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Monarch Little League’s “Playing It Safe”
2021 Guidelines for Returning to Baseball & Softball Amid COVID-19

 

UPDATE 5/18/2021

Guidelines are based off the City of Louisville, Boulder County and Colorado State guidelines for Personal Recreation and Team Sports

https://www.louisvilleco.gov/living-in-louisville/residents/coronavirus-update
https://www.bouldercounty.org/families/disease/covid-19/
https://covid19.colorado.gov/organized-sports

Part A – Wellness | Tracing | Season:

1. If any coach, umpire, player or family members of a player are experiencing any signs of illness, they cannot participate, come to the field and/or must leave the field if they become ill.

2. If a player, coach, or umpire has received a positive COVID-19 test, they must inform MLL at safety@monarchLL.org and should isolate per the guidelines povided at https://covid19.colorado.gov/how-to-isolate, or as directed by their health care provider.

3. If a player, coach, or umpire has been exposed to a person who has tested positive for Covid-19, they will not be allowed to return to MLL activities until the standard quarantine period has elapsed. If you participated in a practice or game with an infected individual on your team, then MLL considers you to have been exposed. This is out of an abundance of caution. Asymptomatic vaccinated individuals are exempt.

Quarantine Duration per CDPHE

1) 10 days from date of exposure, no test required as long as asymptomatic, or

2) 7 days from date of exposure, with a negative test on day 5 or later

4. If a player, coach, umpire has been asked to quarantine due to exposure to an infected individual at school or elsewhere, they may not return to MLL activities until the quarantine defined by CDPHE shown above is completed. 

5. Each team must keep a record of their own players & coaches that attended a game, along with contact information for each umpire. In the event a player, coach, or umpire tests positive for COVID-19, others who were at the same event can be notified. Teams must be able to contact any family/guest to help with contact tracing if needed.

6. MLL volunteers, participants, families/guardians of, umpires, and any persons who may be involved with MLL activities are required to promptly inform the MLL Board of Directors if said person is being tested for COVID-19. The MLL BoD should be notified before results have been delivered to the individual/family for planning purposes.  This is paramount for the safety of the MLL community. 

7. If at any time MLL feels conditions have become unsafe for their players, coaches, umps, field sups and/or families, MLL will stop the season. Even after practices and games start, we may need to relax or tighten up rules.

8. Please check with the MLL BOD that a player is registered for their requirement regarding a COVID-19 waiver.

9. “Sanitizing /Sanitize(d),” refers to wiping down with a disinfectant wipe or spray.

Part B - Social Distancing:

1. Players, coaches, umpires and spectators should attempt to maintain 6 feet of separation from those outside of one's household. This includes entering field complexes, warming up, watching games, and leaving field complexes.

2. Anytime persons are less than 6 feet from each other, and outdoors, it is recommended to wear a mask, EXCEPT during game play. (See Part C)

3. In some cases, bleachers will be reserved for players, coaches, and scorekeepers, so that not all team members are confined to the dugout. 

4. If bleachers are needed for team personnel, parents/fans will be asked to vacate the needed areas. Plan on providing their own seating. If a field allows for parents/fans in the stands, social distancing is required.

5. Carpooling players from different households is highly discouraged.

7. Parents/Fans are asked to arrive no earlier than 25 minutes before game time. Please allow any Parents/fans from previous games to leave the area before setting up chairs/blankets/seating area for the current game.

8. No concessions or snacks. It is strongly encouraged for players to bring an adequate amount of sports drinks and water. (See Part C)

Part C - Masks | Sanitization | Food/H20/Drinks | Bathrooms:

1. Players are not required to wear a mask while in the field of play, but are recommended to do so while in the dugout/sideline.

2. It is recommended that coaches wear a mask when within 6ft of non-family members while in the dugout.

3. All participants should avoid touching their faces and should use hand sanitizer after touching faces or shared surfaces.

4. Each player should provide their own hand sanitizer even though teams will provide hand sanitizer and/or wipes.

5. No food in the dugouts. Team members will not be allowed to eat during games except for medical purposes.

6. In the event of a double-header, team members may eat in between games, but must wash hands and/or use hand sanitizer before and after eating.

7. No sharing of food or drinks. 

8. No spitting, eating seeds, chewing gum, or other similar products is permitted. 

9. Each player should have their own bottle for water/sports drinks/etc.

10. No team water coolers are permitted.

11. Where restrooms are available and allowed per the local Health Dept. Only two at a time in the restroom. Social distancing will be adhered to when in the line. Bathrooms are to be used at one's own risk and will not be the responsibility of MLL.

12. Masks are required while inside the bathrooms.

Part D - Warm-Ups | Dugouts | Balls | Umps Info | Equipment | Game:

1.  Boulder County and Colorado State Guidelines; games should be limited to 50 players, not counting coaches, umps, spectators, and other adults.

2. Teams may warm-up in any area that provides them social distancing among themselves and from other teams.

3. Coaches and players should sanitize their hands prior to warm-ups and between innings.

4. Dugouts are reserved for coaches and players. Masks wearing in the dugout is recommended, especially if social distancing cannot be observed.  

5. Teams may not come into contact as they are entering and leaving the dugouts. Each team should not enter a dugout until the previous team has fully left the dugout and cleaned it.

6. Each team should sanitize the surfaces used in each dugout before and after games. Equipment should be cleaned prior to and after games by teams and/or parents.

7. Bats and batting helmets may be kept in the dugout.

8. No players at the plate meeting before a game. Only one coach from each team while social distancing or wearing a mask. 

9. Defensive team will provide new game balls for play for their defensive innings. If a ball goes out of play, the defensive team is responsible for retrieving and sanitizing that ball prior to going back into play.

10. Teams should sanitize their game balls during warm-ups and practices prior to use. It is also advised to sanitize them in between innings.

11. It is advised that umpires should limit interaction with the game balls.

12. It is encouraged that umpires wear masks when less than 6 feet from players and coaches (meaning while they are engaged in umpiring from behind the catcher).

13. Sharing of equipment is discouraged in most circumstances.

  • In the heightened health concerns and to be courteous, please ask the parents and/or kids of personally owned equipment if non-family members can use said equipment. MLL would like to limit sharing of equipment between families if at all possible. 

*Each player should have their own batting helmet, bat, glove, batting glove et.al.
NOTE: If a family needs assistance in providing equipment, please send a request to the MLL BOD.

14. If sharing of equipment is necessary, equipment must be sanitized before each use.

15. Ideally catching equipment would be unique to players catching in the game. MLL will try to provide catching equipment to allow for this, but sanitation of catching mask and gloves is required in-between uses.  

16. Teams are encouraged to sanitize catchers gear before use by another player. If the catchers have their own catcher’s mask, that is even better.

17. If the game is delayed due to weather, all players and families are asked to go to their own vehicles and wait to be called back to the fields.

18. Players should attempt to avoid contact with other opposite team outside of game play;

*No high fives, fist bumps or handshakes. Teams should acknowledge each other and umpires
post games via waves and/or tip of the cap.

Part E – Addition to Above Rules

1. Coaches may receive reimbursement for any products they purchased for sanitizing with receipts.

2. Parents/Guardians are asked to help the coaches with sanitizing products & cleaning equipment/dugouts.

4. Guidelines may/will be reviewed regularly and adjusted for effectiveness or if/when government guidance changes.

5. These guidelines have not been medically reviewed or approved.

6. MLL is providing these guidelines, but we cannot always guarantee adherence by all participants.

7. Families should make their own choices on participation and the best interests of their family and players.

8. The guidelines are focused on minimizing risk while still allowing for fun competition.

Latest guidelines can be downloaded/printed here.

Covid-19 Waiver of Liability and Assumption of Risk