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Jul, 2020

NLL Covid-19 Safety Plan

Norwell Little League Return to Play Guidelines (COVID-19)


Follow all local and state guidelines for facilities and events (and subject to change as these evolve). All individuals should measure their body temperature to ensure that no fever is present prior to participating or attending each Little League activity. 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 conditions should only attend Little League activities with permission from a medical professional. 

1. Social DIstancing

1A.Teams must spread players out into a designated, safe area. Attempt to limit bench personnel to essential team personnel. Managers/coaches and players should be assigned spots in the dugout, in a safe space on the field or on the bleachers so that they can maintain a distance of at least six feet apart. 1B. Players are to stay at their assigned spots when on the bench or while waiting their turn to bat. 1C. Pitching and scorecard exchanges should be electronic. 1D. Eliminate the pregame/home plate meeting, if possible. If necessary, managers meetings should be limited to one coach from each team plus the umpires. No players at pregame meetings. 1E. The catcher and umpire shall position themselves during a player’s at-bat to allow for social distancing. 1F. Team/player handshakes and team/player high fives are eliminated. Alternatively, players / coaches should tip their caps to the opposing team. 1G. Maintain social distancing for group prayers between teams on the field. 1H. All staff and spectators are encouraged to continue social distancing on and off the field during an event. Practice social distancing of six feet wherever possible from individuals not residing within their household, especially in common areas. 1I. Players and families should vacate the field/facility as soon as is reasonably possible after the conclusion of their game to minimize unnecessary contact with players, coaches, and spectators from the next game, ideally within 15 minutes. 

 2. PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

2A. All managers/coaches, volunteers, umpires, etc., should wear PPE whenever applicable and possible, such as cloth face coverings and protective medical gloves. 2B. Players should wear cloth face coverings when in close contact areas and in places where recommended social distancing is challenging or not feasible, such as in dugouts. 2C. Players are not required to wear a cloth face covering while on the field during game play but will be permitted to wear a cloth face covering on the field during game play, if physically able to do so, based on any directive of a medical provider or individual determination of the player/parent/guardian. 2D. Cloth face coverings should never be placed on young children under age 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

3. Player Equipment

3A. No personal player bat bags/equipment bags should be allowed in the dugout. Player equipment should be spaced in accordance with social distance protocol outside the dugout. 3B. Players should utilize their own individual batter’s helmet, glove, bat, and catcher’s equipment, where possible. 3C. Avoid, or minimize, equipment sharing when feasible 3D. Some critical equipment may not be able to be obtained by every individual. When it is necessary to share critical or limited equipment, that equipment must first be cleaned and then disinfected with an EPA-approved disinfectant against COVID-19 and allowed sufficient time to dry before being used by a new player. Increased attention should be paid to detailed cleaning of all equipment directly contacting the head and face (catcher’s mask, helmets). 3E. Player’s equipment (e.g. bags, helmets, bats, gloves, etc.) should be cleaned and disinfected after each use by a parent/guardian/caretaker, where applicable. 3F. Individuals disinfecting equipment are encouraged to use gloves while using disinfectants and follow the manufacturer’s directions for use. All disinfectants should be stored properly, in a safe area, out of reach of children.3G. Baseballs: a. Should be rotated through on a regular basis, every ½ inning, to limit individual contact. Each team will use their own baseballs. b. Umpires should limit their contact with the ball, and catchers should retrieve foul balls and passed balls where possible. c. Balls used in infield/outfield warm-up should be isolated from a shared ball container. d. Foul balls landing outside the field of play should be retrieved by participating players, coaches, and umpires. No spectators should retrieve the ball. 

4. Facility Cleaning

4A. Parents are encouraged to supply their players with antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizer for disinfecting playing equipment and cleaning hands between innings. 4B. Teams must clean their dugout of all trash and other items after each game, and to wipe down (clean) hard surfaces such as benches, bat racks, etc with league supplied cleaning supplies. 4C. Upon arriving at a dugout for the first time, teams are to disinfect hard surface areas (benches, bat racks, etc.). Procedures #7 and #8 here will comply with the CDC recommendation of a two-step process for cleaning and disinfecting

 5. Drinks / Snacks

5A. Concession Stand/Food Sales will NOT be available at this time. 5B. Consumption of food, gum and sunflower seeds on the field and in the dugout is prohibited. 5C. There should be no use of shared or team beverages. 5D. Athletes, managers/coaches, and umpires should bring their own personal drinks to all team activities. Containers should be labeled with the person’s name, not shared and should be taken home each night for cleaning and sanitation. 5E. Use of refillable water stations is not permitted. 5F. All players and coaches and spectators are required to refrain from spitting. 

6. Travel

6A. Families traveling to regions not within Massachusetts approved travel regions will be required to remain away from NLL activities for fourteen days, in accordance with state guidelines.

 7. COVID Symptoms and Testing

7A. Player/Coach/Family member testing positive is prohibited from participating in any NLL activities (practices or games) for 14 days from notification date. Player/coach can return to baseball activities after 14 days only if player/coach is showing no COVID symptoms. Team/division is notified that an unnamed player/coach has had contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19



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