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Overview:
The goal of this plan is to create as safe an environment as possible for players, coaches, families, volunteers and umpires while they are participating in or experiencing a baseball or softball event at Vernon-Rockville Little League. The following recommendations are made using resources from Little League International, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). These plans will be reviewed regularly to ensure that at all times, Vernon-Rockville Little League will follow Connecticut State and local guidelines and regulations regarding group gatherings and youth sports activities.

 

Mask Guidelines:

  • Players will not have to wear masks while on the field during active play, unless directed to do so by a parent/guardian.
  • Coaches and players will wear masks in the dugouts.
  • Coaches will wear masks when acting as a base coach.
  • Coaches will wear masks when social distancing cannot be adhered to.
  • Umpires are required to wear masks during active play.

General Guidelines:

  • When playing out of town, VRLL will abide by the home teams rules
  • Face coverings are to be warn by all players, coaches, and spectators
  • Families will be asked to take the temperature of all players before leaving home for practices or games
  • Any participant with a temperature above 100.4F should stay home
  • Any participant, fan or volunteer with symptoms of COVID-19 will be asked to stay home with symptoms including but not limited to: fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of smell/taste
  • Any participant or fan who has been at a VRLL event and then becomes sick within two weeks should immediately notify the league
  • Social Distancing (6 foot distance between people) will be expected whenever possible between non-family groups
  • Hands should be washed frequently for at least 20 seconds or hand sanitizer used frequently
  • Sanitizer solution will be available at all fields during all events in sufficient amounts to supply all players, coaches, volunteers and families. Players will also be encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer for personal use
  • No spitting, eating sunflower seeds or chewing gum will be allowed or sharing of drinks

On-Field Guidelines:

  • Foul balls will be retrieved by players only not spectators or coaches. If touched by non-player, a coach will disinfect the ball before returning to play
  • Measures must be taken to prevent all but the essential contact necessary to play the game
  • No handshake line at the end of games. Instead players will line up outside dugout and tip hands toward the other team

Equipment

  • Equipment is not to be shared between players
  • If any player does not have individual equipment, team equipment will be used and then disinfected after each use

Restroom Guidelines

  • Public restrooms will be locked during all VRLL activities (Key will be available for EMERGENCIES ONLY)
  • If opened for any reason bathroom will be cleaned and disinfected after each even
  • Porta Potties will be made available when restrooms are closed

Concession Stand

  • If opened, volunteers running stand will wear PPE at all times