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Feb, 2021

Ashland LL COVID Guidelines 2022




COVID-19 Return to Play Guidelines

 

 

Before you arrive:

• Parents, please check your child’s temperature before attending any practice or game. Please keep your child at home if temperature is at or above 100.4 degrees or child is feeling unwell. Please notify a board member or your coach if your temperature is above 100.4 degrees or if your child exhibits any of the symptoms of COVID-19 or has a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

• Wash hands thoroughly before practice/games.

• Bring own hand sanitizer.

• Bring own sporting equipment to practice.

• If possible, try not to participate in carpooling to and from games.

• Please arrive no earlier than 10 minutes prior to practice or game time.

 

On-Field Guidelines:

Healthy Practices:

•All players and coaches should practice good general health habits, including maintenance of adequate hydration, consumption of a varied, vitamin-rich diet with sufficient vegetables and fruits, and getting adequate sleep. No Handshakes/Personal Contact

Celebrations:

•Players and coaches should take measures to prevent all but the essential contact necessary to play the game. This should include refraining from handshakes, high fives, fist/elbow bumps, chest bumps, group celebrations, etc. Little League International suggests lining up outside the dugout and tipping caps to the opposing team as a sign of good sportsmanship after a game.

•Players and families should vacate the field/facility as soon as is reasonably possible after the conclusion of their game to minimize unnecessary contact with players, coaches, and spectators from the next game, ideally within 20 minutes.

Drinks and Snacks:

•Athletes, managers/coaches, and umpires should bring their own personal drinks to all team activities. Drinks should be labeled with the person’s name.

•Individuals should take their own drink containers home each night for cleaning and sanitation or use single-use bottles.

•There should be no use of shared or team beverages.

•Teams should not share any snacks or food. Players should bring individual, pre-packaged food, if needed.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):

 •All managers/coaches, volunteers, umpires, etc., should wear PPE whenever applicable and possible, such as cloth face coverings.

•Players are required to wear cloth face coverings when in close contact areas and in places where recommended social distancing is challenging or not feasible, such as in dugouts.

•Players should not wear protective medical gloves on the field during game play.

•Players, especially at younger divisions, are not required to wear a cloth face covering while on the field during game play.

•Players will be permitted to wear a cloth face covering on the field during game play, if physically able to do so, based on any directive of a medical provider or individual determination of the player/ parent/guardian/caretaker.

•Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. Dugouts:

•Managers/coaches and players should be assigned spots in the dugout or on the bleachers so that they are at least six feet apart and must be placed behind a fence.

•Players are to stay at their assigned spots when on the bench or while waiting their turn to bat. •Players and managers/coaches are required to wear a cloth face covering while in the dugout.

Player Equipment:

 •No personal player bat bags/equipment bags should be allowed in the dugout. Player equipment should be spaced accordingly outside the dugout to prevent direct contact.

•Players should have their own individual batter’s helmet, glove, bat, and catcher’s equipment. •Measures should be enacted to avoid, or minimize, equipment sharing when feasible.

•Some critical equipment may not be able to be obtained by every individual. When it is necessary to share critical or limited equipment, all surfaces of each piece of shared equipment must be cleaned first and then disinfected with an EPA approved disinfectant against COVID-19 and allowed sufficient time to dry before used by a new player. Increased attention should be paid to detailed cleaning of all equipment directly contacting the head and face (catcher’s mask, helmets).

•Player’s equipment (e.g. bags, helmets, bats, gloves, etc.) should be cleaned and disinfected after each use by a parent/ guardian/caretaker, where applicable.

•Individuals disinfecting equipment are encouraged to use gloves while using disinfectants and follow the manufacturer’s directions for use. All disinfectants should be stored properly, in a safe area, out of the reach of children.

•Players should not share towels, clothing, or other items that they may use to wipe their face or hands Baseballs and Softballs:

•Baseballs and softballs should be rotated through on a regular basis, at least every two innings, to limit individual contact.

•Umpires should limit their contact with the ball, and catchers should retrieve foul balls and passed balls where possible.

 •Balls used in infield/outfield warm-up should be isolated from a shared ball container.

•Foul balls landing outside the field of play should be retrieved by participating players, coaches, and umpires.

 

Game Operations and Umpire Guidance:

Pre-game Plate Meetings:

•If possible, plate meetings should be eliminated.

•Social distancing of six feet between individuals should be implemented during all pre-game plate meetings between teams and umpires.

•Plate meetings should only consist of one manager or coach from each team, and game umpires.

•All participants are required to wear a cloth face covering.

•No players should ever be a part of plate meetings.

 Equipment Inspection:

•Players should place their individual equipment in a well-spaced out manner for inspection. Umpires should avoid direct contact with equipment where possible but, when required, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol after the inspection of each individual piece of equipment.

Limit League/Game Volunteers:

•For each game, there should only be the required team managers/coaches, umpires, and one (1) league administrator (i.e. Safety Officer, player agent, etc.) in attendance.

•Practices should be limited to the managers/coaches and players.

•Scorekeeping should be done by team coaches or team parent/guardian via GameChanger. Proper social distancing should be practiced.

•Press boxes should not be utilized unless there is ample room for social distancing to occur within them.

Field Preparation and Maintenance:

•Fields should be mowed, raked, and lined prior to teams and spectators arriving at the complex and after they depart. It is encouraged that volunteers already participating in the game (managers/coaches, umpires, and league administrator) perform these tasks to limit individuals at the site.

•It is recommended that any shared field preparation equipment be sprayed or wiped with cleaner and disinfectant before and after each use

Umpire Placement:

•Umpires are permitted to be placed behind the pitcher’s mound/circle to call balls and strikes. Umpires are encouraged to keep a safe distance from players as much as possible.

•If physically able, umpires are encouraged to wear cloth face coverings while umpiring.

 

Game and Practice Spectator Guidance:

Limiting Spectator Attendance:

•All spectators should follow best social distancing practices — stay six feet away from individuals outside their household; wear a cloth face covering at all times; avoid direct hand or other contact with players/managers/coaches during play.

•Local Leagues may choose to minimize the exposure risk to spectators by limiting attendance to only essential volunteers and limited family members.

•Spectators should bring their own seating or portable chairs when possible. •Leagues are encouraged to utilize streaming opportunities to provide virtual spectating.

•A spectator with any of the following conditions should not attend a practice or game until evaluated by a medical provider and given clearance to do so:

• Active COVID-19 infection

• Known direct contact with an individual testing positive for COVID-19

• Fever

• Cough

• Those at higher risk for severe disease should consider consultation with their medical provider before attending a game and should ensure the strictest adherence to guidelines regarding face coverings, distancing, and handwashing. Such groups include:

• Those with a serious underlying medical condition, including heart disease, morbid obesity, diabetes, lung disease, immunocompromised, chronic kidney disease, and chronic lung disease.

 • Those currently residing in a nursing home or long-term care facility

• Those over 65

 


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