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COVID-19 Guidelines For Play

By Craig Larsen, 06/05/20, 9:30AM CDT

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2020 Common Sense Guidelines To Start

Amateur Baseball (Ages 15 & Up)     

* DISCLAIMER for all Coaches, Players, Staff, Umpires, and Families: The RISK of staffing, playing, of attending games is serious.

If you have any underlying conditions (asthma, diabetes, heart disease, ect) or are immunocompromised, attending or particpating

may put you at greater risk for contracting and fighting COVID-19 if you come into contact with anyone who is postive (with or without).

Mandatory    Recommended Best Practices   

       

Arrival to*All participants, coaches, directors,*Digital Check-in and registration for all games. 

Venueand park staff MUST adhere to the*Lineups should be entered on iScore 20 minutes 

six-foot physical distancing while at before every game.    

the ballpark.*No physical exchanging of line up cards 

*Must conduct daily symptom assessments*Athletes are strongly recommended to travel to 

by all particpants, coaches, directors, the venue alone or with a member of their 

and park staff (self-evaluation). Anyone immediate family or roommate.  

experiencing symptoms MUST STAY HOME!       

*No team water coolers or shared drinking        

stations.       

*ROML game balls must be designated to each       

team for use while that team is playing        

defense. Home team should supply two new       

game balls in plastic wrapper, and two slightly       

used ROML balls for use.       

*All home team's municipality rules must be         

shared prior to the event with all participants,       

coaches, directors, and park staff prior to        

their arrival to the ballpark.       

       

       

       

       

       

       

 * Per the CDC, symptoms include cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, feaver, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headaches, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell.       

Mandatory    Recommended Best Practices   

       

Practice/*Coaches and players must adhere to physical*Face coverings are strongly remmended for all. 

Pregamesix-foot distancing except when the ball is in*For each Batting Practice session, it is recommended

play. that all players divide into groups and establish 

*Coaches must wear face coverings at all times rotating shifts when possible.  

unless coaching 1st or 3rd base or pitching *Athletes should bring individual water containers.

batting practice.*Do not drink your water if not seperated by a  

*Players must wear face coverings at all times six-foot physical distancing.   

while not actively participating in the field*Athletes are strongly recommended to travel to 

of play. the venue alone or with a member of their 

*Must conduct daily symptom assessments immediate family or roommate.  

by all particpants, coaches, directors,*Whenever possible, equipment and personal items

and park staff (self-evaluation). Anyone should have proper separation and should not be

experiencing symptoms MUST STAY HOME! shared. If equipment must be shared, proper  

*No team water coolers or shared drinking  sanitation should be administered between users.

stations.       

                

Mandatory    Recommended Best Practices   

       

Ballplayers*Must adhere to six-foot social distancing*Hand washing or hand sanitizing, in the absence of 

practices and proper hygiene off the  soap and water, are strongly recommended for  

field of play. athletes during the games.   

*Must wear face coverings at all times *Whenever possible, equipment and personal items

when not actively participating in the should have proper separation and should not be

field of play. shared. If equipment must be shared, proper  

*Must conduct daily symptom assessments sanitation should be administered between users.

by coaches and players (self-evaluation).       

Anyone experiencing symptoms must       

MUST STAY HOME!       

*Must not share water or equipment.       

Belongings should only be used by the        

individual owner or operator, including,       

but not limited to water bottles, gloves,       

bats, hats, and other on and off the field       

gear.       

*No touch rule! Players should refrain from       

high five handshake lines, and other physical       

contact with teammates, opposing players,       

coaches, umpires, and fans. A "tip the cap"       

can be used following the game in lieu of       

the handshake line.       

*No spitting or eating seeds, gum, tobacco,       

and other similar products.       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

 * Per the CDC, symptoms include cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, feaver, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headaches, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell.       

Mandatory    Recommended Best Practices   

       

Coaches*Must adhere to six-foot social distancing *Managers/Coaches should ensure the players are 

practices. adhering to social distancing in dugouts and other 

*Must wear face coverings at all times  seating areas and wearing face coverings while 

unless coaching 1st or 3rd base or pitching  not actively participating on the field of play. 

batting practice.*Whenever possible, equipment and personal items

*Must conduct daily symptom assessments should have proper separation and should not be

by coaches and players (self-evaluation). shared. If equipment must be shared, proper  

Anyone experiencing symptoms MUST sanitation should be administered between users.

STAY HOME!       

*No spitting or eating seeds, gum, tobacco,       

and other similar products.       

*No touch rule! coaches should refrain from       

high five handshake lines, and other physical       

contact with teammates, opposing players,       

coaches, umpires, and fans. A "tip the cap"       

can be used following the game in lieu of       

the handshake line.       

*Must ensure that players are following        

COVID-19 related prevention measures       

included herein.       

                

Mandatory    Recommended Best Practices   

       

Umpires/*Must adhere to six-foot social distancing *Digital Check-in and registration for all games. 

Officialspractices when interacting with players, *Lineups should be entered on iScore 20 minutes 

coaches, and spectators off the field of play. before every game.    

*Must conduct daily symptom assessments*No physical exchanging of line up cards 

(self-evaluation). Anyone experiencing *Umpires should not touch game balls. Each 

symptoms MUST STAY HOME! team will control their own game balls. 

*Must avoid exchanging documents or*Umpires calling balls and strikes should allow 

equipment with players, coaches, or for adequate distance behind the catcher while  

spectators. still being able to perform their duty.  

*No spitting or eating seeds, gum, tobacco,       

and other similar products.       

                

Mandatory    Recommended Best Practices   

       

Spectators*Must adhere to six-foot social distancing *Strongly recommended to wear face coverings 

practices. This includes in and around the  at all times.    

bleachers for anyone not in the same*Hand washing or hand sanitizing, in the absence of 

family. soap and water, are strongly recommended for  

*Must conduct daily symptom assessments athletes during the games.   

(self-evaluation). Anyone experiencing        

symptoms MUST STAY HOME!       

*Must not enter the player areas (on the       

field of play or bench areas.)       

*Must remain six-feet or more distance       

from the backstop and dugout areas.       

       

 * Per the CDC, symptoms include cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, feaver, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headaches, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell.       

Mandatory    Recommended Best Practices   

       

Leaving the*Individuals should not congregate in*Post game team meetings should not take place in

Venuecommon areas or parking lot following a team huddle but via technology.  

the game.*Athletes are strongly recommended to travel to 

*Individuals should not exchange items. the venue alone or with a member of their 

*All individuals should practice proper immediate family or roommate.  

hygiene after the game.       

                

Mandatory    Recommended Best Practices   

       

Confirmed *Immediately isolate and seek medical*Work with the local health department to 

Casescare for any individual who develops identify potentially infected or exposed 

symptoms. individuals to help facilitate effective contact 

*Contact the local health department tracing and notifications.   

about suspected cases or exposure.*Once testing is readily available, test all 

*Manager must maintain a complete list suspected infections or exposures.  

of coaches, players, and game staff*Following testing, contact local health department

present at each game to include the  to initiate appropriate care and tracing. 

date, beginning and ending time of       

the game, plus liability forms, names,        

address, and phone contact to be made       

available upon request from local health       

department.       

       

 * Per the CDC, symptoms include cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, feaver, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headaches, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell.