COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11, 2020. Following local, state, and federal guidelines, LCYO Baseball, Softball and Champions leagues made the choice to delay play until local, state, and federal guidance supported a phased, controlled approach to returning to normal activities. As of June 30, 2020, LCYO is working to return to play using adaptations and modifications designed to protect the health and safety of our players, coaches, and families to the fullest extent practicable. Specifically, LCYO has developed the following guidelines for resuming play:
All participants are encouraged to follow, to the fullest extent practicable, all school district, local, state, and federal guidelines regarding COVID-19 transmission mitigation during our modified season.
Prior to re-initiating practices and games, parents/legal guardians will be asked to sign a waiver pertaining to the potential risks associated with COVID-19.
All adult-age spectators are strongly encouraged to wear masks/face coverings at all times during practices and games. Players will NOT be required to wear masks/face coverings during practices or games.
Coaches and Team Parents are encouraged to wear masks/face coverings as much as practical during practices and games.
LCYO will provide sanitation packets or squirt bottle stations near each field.
Coaches will be provided with an infrared thermometer to check each player’s temperature prior to games and practices. Any player with a temperature exceeding an identified threshold will not be permitted to play.
Any player who has been diagnosed with or who has experienced symptoms of COVID-19, or who has been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with or who has experienced symptoms of COVID-19, within 14 days prior to any practice or game will not be permitted to play. Current symptoms of COVID-19, as defined by the CDC include, but are not limited to:
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
All spectators are encouraged to practice social distancing and avoid congregating during games or practices. This includes spreading out along the foul lines. LCYO encourages limiting spectators to 2 adults per player and encourages any individual considered “high risk” to not attend any game or practice.
In an effort to limit player contact in the dugout, all bleachers along the infield will be closed to spectators during games, and will be used to stage players on the batting team.
In addition to the league-provided sanitation stations, parents/legal guardians are encouraged to supply their players with individual hand sanitizer for periodic hand sanitizing during practices and games.
Teams are to clean their dugout of all trash and other items after each game. This includes disinfecting hard surfaces in and around the dugout and on the bleachers after each game.
To the extent practicable, games will be scheduled with time built in between games to minimize unnecessary interaction between teams.
Player contact will be minimized by eliminating team/player handshakes and team/player high fives. Sportsmanship at the end of games will be displayed by asking players to tip their caps at one another from across the field.
Teams are encouraged to limit the sharing of equipment including helmets, catchers gear, bats, gloves, etc.
The defensive team will bring its own game balls out for play during that respective inning. When the half inning is over, they will take those balls with them off the field.
A full list of protocols can be viewed in our Return to Play Handbook (QuaranTEAM PLAYbook).
PONY.org Baseball Season Statement
USA Softball Back to Ballpark Recommendations