Ashland Little League plans to hold baseball activities this coming Spring in order to provide athletic conditioning and skill development in a safe manner. ALL will not be providing medical advice and we understand that every family will need to assess their own readiness to return to the field. No player will be discriminated against by other player or coach if they are not comfortable returning to play.
- Always follow local and state health guidelines
- Continue to monitor and abide by OHA and Governor Brown’s requirements
- Maintain records of all participants
- Participants will be health checked upon arrival to baseball activities
- Modified traditional baseball conditioning and drills to incorporate prevention measures, requirements and best practices
- No handshaking/celebrations: Players and coaches should refrain from handshakes, high fives, fist/elbow bumps, chest bumps, group celebrations, etc.
- Participants will not be sharing much of the baseball equipment such as gloves, helmets and water bottles
- Each player is only allowed two spectators at a game. The bleachers will be closed for public use. Each spectator must bring their own chair and practice social distancing.
- Bats and catcher’s gear will be cleaned thoroughly between use
- Each team will have their own baseball that they will use when they are on defense and the different balls will be clearly marked. The other team should not touch these balls whenever possible
- Hand Sanitizer will be used throughout activities
- Coaches will clean, sanitize, and disinfect frequently touched surfaces (for example balls, tees and nets)
- All social distance guidelines will be followed
- All players must be registered with Ashland Little League
- All volunteers need to have volunteer forms and background check forms in and up to date
- All players and coaches will be screened for symptoms of COVID at each event (shortness of breath, fever, chills, muscle aches, sore throat)
- No player or coach will attend activities if they have known exposure to COVID-19 within the preceding 14 days
- Players and coaches will stay and remain home for at least 10 days after any illness onset and until 72 hours after fever is gone, without use of fever reducing medicine, and COVID‐19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, and diarrhea) are improving.
- Individuals with a fever greater than or equal to 100.4° F will not be allowed to participate and should stay home.
- If a player or coach develops a new cough (e.g., unrelated to pre‐existing conditions such as asthma), fever, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID‐19 during the activity day/class session, they will be isolated away from others immediately, and sent home as soon as possible.
- While waiting for a sick child to be picked up, a coach will stay with the child in a location isolated from others. The coach will remain as far away as safely possible from the child (preferably at least 6 feet), while remaining in the same location.
- The affected individual will remain home for at least 10 days after illness onset and until 72 hours after fever is gone, without use of fever reducing medicine, and COVID‐19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, and diarrhea) are improving
Record Keeping and Notification:
- The ALL organization will maintain copies of all Daily Participant Lists.
- Parents will notify the head coach and the ALL President of any coach or player that develops a new cough (e.g., unrelated to pre‐existing conditions such as asthma), fever, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID‐19 within 2 weeks of a baseball activity.
- ALL will report and consult with the Local Public Health Authority if anyone who has entered an activity is diagnosed with COVID‐19.
- Baseball activities will support physical distancing, striving to maintain at least 6 feet between individuals.
- Parents are not allowed to remain in the Baseball Activity area after check‐in. ALL will only monitor the immediate area of the activity and will not monitor public areas outside the activity boundaries.
- Coaches will wear masks/cloth face coverings if a 6‐foot separation cannot be maintained from other coaches or players.
- Players are encouraged to wear masks/cloth face coverings when arriving, departing, and anytime a 6‐foot separation cannot be maintained.
- Each player will be required to bring their own individual equipment. No equipment will be shared between players except for catcher’s gear and team bats. No personal equipment will be shared
- Coaches will designate locations for each player to place their individual equipment before the players arrive.
- Team equipment (balls, nets, tees) will be designated for each group. If equipment must be shared between groups it will be sanitized before and after use by coaches.
- Coaches will be responsible for setting up, handling, and sanitizing team equipment. Players will not move or handle team equipment.
- Coaches will be responsible for administering hand sanitizer throughout activities and each player will sanitize their equipment after each activity.
Food and Drinks:
- The use of candy, chewing gum and/or sunflower seeds is not permitted by players, coaches, umpires or spectators.
- Players will supply their own drinks. The players’ drinks will be kept with their equipment at their individual equipment spot. All drink containers must be labeled.