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Apr, 2021

RETURN TO PLAY Guidelines

PEARL RIVER LITTLE LEAGUE 
“RETURN TO PLAY” 
 

Introduction

We understand that these past 12 months have been hard, both physically and mentally, on all of us, most notably our children.  PRLL wants nothing more than to be able to start to bring some semblance of normalcy back to the kids of Pearl River and let them have some fun.  They deserve it.  But we cannot do it alone.  The guidelines we have included below have been developed by the PRLL Board of Directors, in conjunction with guidance provided by Little League Baseball, to ensure everyone’s safety, most notably our players and children.  For us to be able to create and maintain a safe and secure 
environment they must be followed by all involved……... League officers and volunteers, umpires, coaches, players, and parents alike. 
Everyone’s cooperation is expected and greatly appreciated. 

Table of Contents
1. Overview 
2. Universal Guidelines
3. Parking/Arrival/Warm-up Guidelines
4. Pre-Game Guidelines
5. In-Game Guidelines
6. Post-Game Guidelines
7. Coach/Volunteer Guidelines
8. Player Guidelines
9. Umpire Guideline
10. Family Member Guidelines
11. Equipment Guidelines
12. Dugout Guidelines
13. Restroom Guidelines
14. Hopper Guidelines



     Overview

This plan is designed to create a safe environment for players, coaches, umpires, volunteers, and members of their families while they are participating in youth baseball and softball activities at the Pearl River Little League baseball complex at Anderson Fields in Pearl River New York.  
As a league it is our responsibility to provide a safe playing environment for the kids as well as a safe watching environment for parents and other family members.  Everyone is by now aware of the importance of maintaining social distance and wearing masks for protection.  Your help in adhering to these regulations will not only keep you and your family safe but it will also keep the other members of the community safe as well.

     Universal Guidelines

All persons involved in or at the Pearl River Little League facilities, practice, or games (coach, player, volunteer, umpire, spectator, employee) must abide by these universal guidelines:
 
If you or a member of your household are sick, please stay home.
If a player, manager or coach becomes sick or begins experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, notify Pearl River Little League by emailing [email protected]
Practice social distancing (minimum of 6 feet distance) when outside at all times.
Wear PPE whenever possible and absolutely not able to socially distance. 
When inside, wear PPE
While hand sanitizers will be available at the facility, everyone is encouraged to bring your own hand sanitizer whenever they are at the facility. Players are especially encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer for personal use at every game.
Avoid touching, your eyes, nose, and mouth. 
No spitting, eating of sunflower seeds, or chewing of gum on the premises.


     Parking/Arrival/Warm-up Guidelines
3.A Health Monitoring 

PRLL is not required, nor will we be, taking temperatures of players before games.
All individuals should measure their own body temperature to ensure that no fever is present prior to participating or attending Little League activity.  Anyone with symptoms of fever, cough, or worsening respiratory symptoms, or any known exposure to Covid-19 should not attend any Little League activity until cleared by a medical professional.  Also, any league individual, coach, umpire, or player at risk for severe illness or with serious underlying medical or respiratory conditions should only attend Little League activities with permission from a medical professional.
3.B Parents/Guardians
Games and times will be staggered in order to reduce crowds and accommodate proper socially distancing practices mandated by the state and local authorities.
Please arrive with your child no earlier than 30 minutes prior to your game time.
When you arrive at the facility, we ask that you park in the location designated by the league.Parents/Guardians will be requested to watch the games from socially distanced personal seating away from the dugouts and the areas immediately outside the dugouts.  The areas outside the dugouts will be reserved for players and coaches only.  Specifically, the viewing areas along the first base line and the third base line will be closed to all spectators for the 2021 season.  These areas will be set up for the players to allow for proper social distancing.  Parents and spectators will be required to view games from the outfield in a socially distant manner.  Spectators should bring their own portable seating, if possible, as the bleachers may not be available.  Please note that social distancing will not be policed by PRLL.  It is expected that if you are coming to watch you will maintain the proper distance.  (Note: Games for members of our younger divisions might need to be moved to different fields to allow for proper distancing and viewing.)  Parents/Guardians must remain with their children at all times.  Children are not to be dropped off and left at the facility at any time.
In an effort to manage the amount of people at the field at any given time, Parents/Guardians are required to leave the facility as quickly as possible once the game ends.  
3.C Players
A list with the names of all players and coaches present at each game will be logged and kept on file in the event that contact tracing becomes necessary. The manager or assigned coach will utilize and retain the standard score/batting order book for tracking attendance at each game.
Teams will remain separate, and players will stay socially distant, while warming up prior to the game.  All pregame warmup to take place on the game field in the outfield only.  
Teams will remain separate, and players will stay socially distant, while utilizing the batting cages. 
     Pre-game Guidelines 
Upon arriving at the designated field, all players will be assigned spots, spaced 6’ apart, on a temporary designated “bench” area outside the field of play along either the first or third base lines as applicable. All players are to remain at their assigned spot while on the “bench.”
Players will be asked to leave any and all equipment and bags at their assigned spot, not on the field or in the dugout area. Players will only be allowed to bring equipment from their bags on to the field as needed (i.e., glove when in the field, bats/helmets when at bat).
 Players should have and use their own individual equipment as much as possible.   
 In the event that critical or limited equipment must be shared, it must be thoroughly cleaned before being used by a new player.
No pre-game meeting at the plate with umpires and coaches will take place. Any discussions/meetings during the game should be done while maintaining a distance of at least 6’ from each individual and should only be between the two managers and one umpire. Masks should be worn during all meetings. No players should participate in any meeting. 
     In-game Guidelines
5.A General
No physical contact or celebrations shall take place between players (i.e., high fives, fist bumps, etc.) either before, during or after each game.
5.B Offense
Only offensive players at bat, on-base, or on-deck will be allowed on the field. The player on-deck will remain in the dugout until it is their turn to bat. No more than two players are allowed in the dugout at any time.
The other members of the offensive team will remain outside the field of play at the designated team “bench” location separated at distances where their bags were positioned at the start of the game.
Only managers and coaches may retrieve players’ bats after the at-bat.
Offensive base coaches shall consist of adult coaches only.  Players shall not serve as base coaches at any time.  Adult base coaches shall wear masks at all times and must remain minimum of six (6) feet from either first or third base. 
5.C Defense
The team on defense will supply the ball for use in their half of the inning.
Only defensive players assigned a position by the manager will be allowed on the field. The other members of the defensive team will remain outside the field of play at the designated team “bench” location separated at distances where their bags were positioned at the start of the game.
     Post-game Guidelines
There will be no post game handshake allowed. Teams may extend gestures of good-sportsmanship while each team stands, socially distanced, in front of their own dugouts.
Upon completion of the game, players and families must vacate the field/facility as soon as reasonably possible to minimize any unnecessary contact with players, coaches and spectators arriving for the next game.
 Managers and Coaches will be responsible for cleaning the dugout areas before new teams enter the field and dugouts
Parents should clean and disinfect all players equipment and bags after each game.
     Coach/Volunteer Guidelines

    Coaches, managers, and other assistants follow these guidelines:
Every team MUST have at least three adults (Managers, Coaches, or designated Parents) actively involved at every game to make sure all players are following these guidelines.  One adult shall be in the dugout at all times, one adult shall assure that the players are following the “bench” and equipment protocols, and a third shall be designated to retrieve and manage game baseballs
Managers/Coaches are responsible for the actions and safety of their own team.   They should ensure all players are adhering to social distancing in and around the field of play.


     Player Guidelines

Players are to follow these guidelines at all times.

When not in the field, all players must wear PPE (I.e., face covering) at all times.
When in the field of play, wearing a face covering is not required but it is optional. Players parents are responsible for deciding and managing whether or not their defensive player children wear face masks.
Players shall use or touch only their own equipment. No equipment of any type is to be shared at any time.
  No food, gum, sunflower seeds, etc. will be allowed at any game either in the dugout, on the field of play or in the designated bench areas.
  All water bottles must be labeled with the player’s name. There will be absolutely no sharing of water at any time, and all water bottles, etc., shall remain outside the dugout and field of play.  
  Players are strongly encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer and to use it often and especially after each inning in the field and every at-bat.
No hand shaking, fist bumping or any other touching for celebration or otherwise will be allowed at any time.
Defensive players shall remain socially distant from occupied bases as much as can be reasonably accommodated.
      Umpire Guidelines

Umpires are to follow these guidelines at all times.

Wear PPE at all times.
Plate umpire will be calling from behind the pitcher’s mound on the grass.
Umpires will not handle baseballs.
Pre-game player’s equipment check is visual only. Umpires should not touch any gameday equipment. 
Family Member Guidelines

Household and immediate family members are to follow these guidelines at all times.
All spectators should follow best social distancing practices - stay six feet away from individuals outside of their household; wear PPE at all times; avoid direct hand or other contact with players and coaches during play. 
All family members shall bring their own seats and sit or stand along the fence lines away from the players designated areas.
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:
O Active COVID-19 infection
O Known direct contact with an individual testing positive for COVID-19
o    Fever
o Cough
Equipment Guidelines

Guide to equipment use at all times.

Players are encouraged to not share their equipment.
In the event that critical or limited equipment must be shared it must be thoroughly cleaned before being used by the new player. 
Equipment bags are to be placed outside of the dugout separated from each other.



Dugout Guidelines

Guide to dugout use at all times.

Only 1 coach inside the dugout at a time.
Only 2 players inside the dugout at a time.
Remainder of the team is separated outside the dugout along the fence lines in assigned “bench” areas.

Restroom Guidelines

Guide to restroom use at all times.

Wash hands before exiting.  Hand soap or hand sanitizer (to the best of our ability and availability) shall be readily available.  All visitors (players, parents, etc.) are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer as well for personal use.
While waiting, individuals should stand at designated locations outside of the bathrooms. 
Restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected at a minimum each day.  On busier days (i.e., Saturdays) bathrooms will be cleaned and disinfected every three (3) hours.
Hopper Guidelines
It is our intention to provide, at least on an initial trial basis, limited food, and beverage service at Anderson field.  That service will be provided thru a combination of Hopper and temporary outside services (grills, coolers, etc.)  Food and beverage services will be allowed only to those persons who abide by mask use and social distancing guidelines. Continued use of food and beverage services will be contingent upon successful implementation of and adherence to these guidelines. 
 

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