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WLL COVID 19 Guidelines

Warwick Little League 

COVID-19 Return to Play Guidance Document

22 June 2020

24 Memorial Park Dr, Warwick, NY 10990

 

Overview

This plan is designed to create a safe environment for players, coaches, umpires, volunteers, and their families that are supporting the youth baseball and softball activities at the Memorial Park and associated fields that are part of the Warwick Little League.

 

Table of Contents

  1. Universal guidelines
  2. Guidelines for coaches and volunteers
  3. Guidelines for players
  4. Guidelines for umpires
  5. Guidelines for families 
  6. Guidelines for practices
  7. Guidelines for game
  8. Guidelines for equipment
  9. Guidelines for dugouts
  10. Guidelines for concession stand
  11. Guidelines for restrooms

 

Universal Guidelines

All coaches, players, volunteers, umpires, spectators, employees, parents and family members, mustabide by these universal guidelines while at Memorial Park or any other baseball field associated with the Warwick Little League.

 

  • If you or a member of your household are sick, please stay home.
  • If you or a member of your household becomes sick or begins experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, notify your team’s manager and the Warwick Little League at:  www.warwicklittleleague1@gmail.com.
  • Masks mustbe worn by all coaches, managers, umpires, and spectators.  Players must wear masks when in the dugout.
  • Practice social distancing (minimum of 6 feet distance) when outside at all times. 
  • Frequently wash your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer, especially after touching surfaces (doorknobs, light switches, gate latches, handles, etc.) 
  • No spitting, eating of sunflower seeds, or chewing of gum on the premises.

 

Managers/Coaches/Volunteers

Manager, coaches, and volunteers mustadhere to the following:

 

  • Enforce equipment, player, dugout, and game guidelines as listed in the following sections of this guidance document.
  • Only four members of the coaching staff on the field at all times, this includes the designated safety person from the team. 
  • Position coaching staff to ensure 6 foot spacing at all times.
  • During games, one coach/manager will be positioned in the dugout with the remaining manager/coach(s) and team safety person be positioned outside the dugout and spaced 6 feet from each other.
  • Immediately notify the Warwick Little League if any player or parent has become COVID-19 symptomatic.  Also, inform team parents in the event there was direct or indirect contact with the symptomatic person.
  • Wear and maintain mask for the duration of a practice or game.
  • Monitor players for heat stress, ensure player hydration.
  • Communicate to players that if they must sneeze, do so into a tissue or into the crux of their arm.  No spitting will be tolerated.
  • Wipe down all high touch surfaces before and after games/practices.
  • Have hand sanitizer available during games/practices.
  • Will not argue calls made by umpires to maintain social distancing and keep pace of game moving due to time limits.

 

 

Guidelines for Players

Little league players mustadhere to the following:

  • If the player is not feeling well, he/she shall stay home.  
  • Wash hands before coming to practice/game, after using restrooms, before eating, and after practices/games.
  • When not in the field, they must wear a mask. 
  • When in the field of play, wearing a mask is optional. 
  • Use or touch only their own equipment. Recommend putting name on all equipment.
  • If they do not have their own equipment, use team’s which will be cleaned between uses. The Warwick Little League may be able to offer a helmet for the player to use for the duration of the season.  
  • Bring their own beverage, label it, and do not share. 
  • No chewing gum, sunflower seeds, or spitting.
  • Follow dugout guidelines.

 

Guidelines for Umpires

            Umpires mustadhere to the following:

  • Wear mask and maintain social distancing. 
  • Plate umpire will be calling from behind the pitcher’s mound on the grass.
  • Umpires will nothandle baseballs/softballs.
  • Pass balls, foul balls will be retrieved by defensive players. 
  • Pre-game player’s equipment check is visual only.

 

Guidelines for Families

            Families of the players mustadhere to the following:

  • Only (2) parents can be in attendance per player.
  • Provide own seating and may sit along fence line at ball fields, but at least 6 feet away from each dugout as well as 6-foot distance from other spectators.
  • Remaining inside vehicles to watch the games is allowed.
  • Do not touch foul balls at any time.
  • Disinfect your player’s equipment after each practice/game.
  • Keep your player home if he/she is not feeling well, and immediately report to the Warwick Little League board if you or your player has tested positive for COVID-19.

 

Guidelines for Practices

       Managers, coaches, safety team members, and players must adhere to the following:

  • Only managers/coaches/safety team member and players at practice.
  • All participants maintain 6 ft. social distancing at all times.
  • Managers/coaches/safety
  • No practices at the fields during times when there are games.  This includes the use of the batting cages.  This concept will limit the number of people at the field at any given time
  • Practices will be NO LONGER then 1.5 hrs! 

Guidelines for Games

            Pregame, in-game, and post-game guidelines must be followed at all times.

  • Show up maximumof 30 minutes before game time. 
  • Game field must be exited completely and cleaned and disinfected by previous teams before new teams enter the field and dugouts. 
  • 15-minute maximum pre-game warm-ups for each team. 
  • No pre-game meeting at the plate with umpires and coaches. 
  • New baseballs/softballs must be disinfectedevery 2 innings
  • Between inning warm-ups must use same ball.
  •  Foul balls will be retrieved by players only, not spectators, not coaches, not umpires. If touched by another, the ball will be disinfected before being reintroduced. 
  • No physical contact celebrations between players (i.e. high fives, fist bumps, etc). 
  • Pledge of allegiance will have players from the defensive team at their positions in the field and the offensive team will line up outside dugout, six feet apart.
  • End of game, line-up out in front of dugouts and tip hats in good sportsmanship. 
  • All high touch surfaces must be sanitized before any other team is permitted on the field or in the dugout.  Clean and disinfect common contact points of field, including  dugouts, fences, gate latches, benches, bleachers, etc. 
  • Must leave premises no later than 20 minutes after the end of the game.
  • There will be no close quarters discussions between coaches and managers; coaches/managers and the umpires; and coaches/managers and spectators
  • Games will only be 1.5 hrs from their start time, with an end at the 90 min mark! NO EXCEPTIONS 

Guidelines for Equipment

Equipment guidelines are as follows:

  • Players must notto share their equipment. Strongly recommend the labeling of all gear including caps, gloves, bats, and coolers.
  • Players who need equipment, will use team’s equipment. 
  • If team equipment is used, it must be disinfected after each use, this includes catcher’s gear from the team bag.
  • Equipment bags are to be placed outside of dugout separated from each other. 
  • Players must bring their own beverages. 
  • New baseballs/softballs must be disinfected every 2 innings.
  • Warm-up baseballs between innings must be the same.
  • Batting cages may be used by teams during practices and prior to games though time is very limited before games.  The cage door latch shall be wiped down with a disinfectant wipe after each use as this is a high touch area.    Pitching machines may be used but will need to be wiped down after each use along with the outside container.  All balls will be retrieved by the pitching coach only to limit touches.

Guidelines for Dugouts

Dugout guidelines are as follows:

  • Only (1) coach inside the dugout at a time.
  • Only (2) players inside the dugout at a time. 
  • Remainder of the team is separated on the bleachers outside the dugout or along the fence in assigned places. 
  • Dugouts must be cleaned and disinfected after each game/practice using EPA approved household disinfectant or a solution of diluted household bleach.

 

Guidelines for Concession Stands

Concession stand guidelines are as follows:

  • All food items will be made to go with listed pricing available.
  • Food will be dressed by concession stand workers.
  • All concession stand workers shall wear the appropriate PPE.
  • Lines for the concession stands will be marked with 6 foot spacing.
  • The concession stand will be cleaned and disinfected at the end of each day.
  • The concession stand will be restricted to the concession stand workers only.
  • Hand sanitizer made available.  

Guidelines for Restrooms

            Restroom guidelines are as follows:

  • One occupant at a timeunless player needs to be accompanied by parent.
  • Restrooms shall be furnished with anti-bacterial hand soap and a method for drying hands.
  • Wash hands before exiting. 
  • Restroom doors shall remain open to limit touching of the door handle.
  • Restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected twice/day, at the beginning and end of each day, or as needed.  

These guidelines are subject to changes based on federal (CDC), state (NY Board of Health), and local (District 19) health regulations.

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