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Glendale Little League

2020 Practice Guidelines

Please note:  All of the below guidelines are in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Northshore Health Department (NSHD) and Little League International (LLI).

Health and social distancing guidance:

·        All players, coaches and volunteers should stay home if they feel sick.

·        Anyone with symptoms of fever, cough, or worsening respiratory symptoms or any known exposure to a person with COVID-19 should not attend any Little League activity until cleared by a medical professional.

·        Any individual, including players, at risk for severe illness or with serious underlying medical or respiratory condition should only attend Little League activities with permission from a medical professional.

·        Please encourage your players not to touch their own face during practice (eyes, nose, mouth).  If one does touch their face, they should wash their hands immediately afterwards.

·        Masks are encouraged but not required for players, coaches and/or volunteers.

·        COVID-19 Notification:  If someone has contracted the disease one needs to inform GLL.  GLL will inform NSHD accordingly and NSHD will determine next steps with applicable self-quarantine procedures and notification of others that may have been in contact.  GLL will NOT release one’s name. 

 

Practice on-field guidance:

·        All contact should be prevented, except for essential contact necessary to participate in the practice. This includes all involved to refrain from handshakes, high fives, fist/elbow bumps, chest bumps or group celebrations.

·        No food, sunflower seeds, gum, etc. will be allowed.

·        All spitting is prohibited.

·        Managers, coaches and volunteers will consider allocating consistent throwing partner pairs, when possible.

·        Groups of players on the field in the same area will be restricted to no more than 9 players and/or coaches.

·        All players will be assigned a small group (under 10 including a coach) to limit the numbers and rotate to specific practice stations with coaches and/or volunteers leading various practice skill instruction. 

·        The same practice balls will rotate with the small groups to each practice station.  Practice balls will be disinfected after each practice by the manager or coach.

·        Dugouts will be off-limits for players, coaches and volunteers.  We will have players equipment organized/stored in socially distant spacing along the fence during practice.

·        If batting cages are being used, we will limit the queue of players and adhere to 6-foot distance by having systematic markings.  Initially, batting cages at GLL East/West will not be utilized prior to games and only one cage will be open during practices.

·        If 6 feet distancing cannot be maintained coaches are encouraged to wear masks.

 

Equipment guidance:

·        Players should have their own glove and bat. If a player doesn’t have their own bat, then shared equipment must be cleaned and dried prior to the next players using it, with the exception of catcher’s equipment.

·        The league will supply individual batting helmets to players that don’t have one, which the player can keep through the year.

·        Catcher’s equipment must be used by only one player per practice. Catcher’s gear must be disinfected after each practice by the manager or coach. If contact is made during a practice, a wipe down of gear should be made.

Cleaning and disinfecting guidance:

·        Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes will be available to all players, coaches and volunteers.

·        Players, and coaches are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer for more frequent use.

·        All common entry/exit gates will purposefully be left open to avoid contact.  All GLL fields will have consistent entrance and exit only designations clearly marked for players, coaches and volunteers.

·        Restrooms will be disinfected after each use during practice by workers, volunteers and/or coaches.

Drop-off/pick-up guidance:

·        We are staggering practice times at GLL to mitigate the number of individuals at our fields at one time in order to abide by social distancing guidelines.

·        Parents and family members may not remain on the GLL premises during practice (exception, one may remain in personal vehicle).

·        Players and families should vacate the field immediately after the conclusion of practice to minimize unnecessary contact with players, coaches and volunteers from the next practice.

·        Individuals should bring their own beverage. No shared beverage will be allowed among players.



Revised 05/24/2020
 


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