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League Play Guidelines

Social Distancing will be in effect at the ball park at all times.

Things to remember:

  • Please follow all the local, state and Little League guidelines
  • Check your temperatures before coming to the ball park
  • If sick … Stay Home!
  • Pack Hand Sanitizer
  • Wash hands often
  • Have fun and enjoy that we were granted an opportunity to play baseball and softball.
  • When coming to the concession stand a face covering needs to be worn.
  • Players will be permitted to sit with their parents on their respective side of the ball field.
  • If so desired spectators may sit behind the outfield fences on fields where it is possible. 6-8 feet apart.
  • All players and spectators should leave the complex at the end of the game. Ideally within 20 minutes

What is not allowed:

  • No Handshakes, High Fives, fist or contact between players and coaches.
  • No chewing gum, spitting particularly sunflower seeds. Teams should not share any snacks or food.
  • Pitchers are not allowed to touch the ball and their mouth. Already a standard rule.
  • No sharing of any equipment.
  • Only the coach and on deck batter will be permitted in the dugout.
  • Bleachers are closed.
  • No running around or playing on any bleachers, unused fields or parking lots.
  • There should be no use of shared or team beverages.

 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):

  • All managers/coaches, volunteers, umpires, etc., should wear PPE whenever applicable and possible, such as cloth face coverings.
  • Players and coaches should line up on their respective baselines when the game is over and tip their hats to each other as a sign of appreciation. This replaces the handshakes.
  • Players should 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.

 

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 and bat.
  • 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 (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:

  • Baseballs and softballs should be rotated through on a regular basis, at least every two innings, to limit individual contact.
  • 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. No spectators should retrieve the ball.