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Covid-19 Protocols



IMPLEMENTING SAFETY MEASURES FOR RYBSA:

RYBSA will immediately adopt and maintain the following generally applicable COVID-19 safety rules.

Social Distancing

 • All persons, including visitors, spectators, volunteers and staff should remain at least six feet apart to the greatest extent possible, both inside and outside areas of the complex.

 • Establish protocols to ensure that visitors, spectators, volunteers and staff can practice adequate social distancing.

 • Provide signage for safe social distancing.

Require face coverings or masks for all players if they cannot social distance.

Participants for all sports must wear facial coverings while in the dugout.

Coaches and umpires are still required to wear masks.

Spectators are required to wear masks if they cannot social distance.

For purposes of this guidance, a facial covering means a face mask or cloth facial covering that completely covers the nose and mouth.

 Hygiene Protocols

 • Provide hand-washing capabilities at the complex.

 • Ensure frequent hand washing by players, coaches and spectators and adequate supplies to do so

 • Provide regular sanitization of high touch areas, such as equipment, screens, doorknobs, and restrooms throughout the complex.


 Staffing and Operations

 • Provide training for coaches and players regarding the social distancing and hygiene protocols

 • Players, coaches, spectators and volunteers who are displaying COVID-19-like symptoms do not report to the complex.

 • Establish a plan for anyone getting ill from COVID-19, and a return-to-playing plan.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

 • Establish and maintain cleaning protocols.

 • Disinfection of all common surfaces must take place at intervals appropriate to said workplace.

 

I.                    SOCIAL DISTANCING

Participants for all sports must wear facial coverings on the bench or sidelines at all times and in any huddles or time-outs from active play.

Participants should take frequent facial covering breaks when they are out of proximity to other players, using caution to avoid touching the front or inside of the face covering by using the ties or ear loops to remove and replace.

This requirement applies to all spectators and chaperones, coaches, staff, referees, umpires, and other officials.

Managers, coaches, volunteers and staff MUST wear face coverings if they cannot social distance.

Spectators/chaperones must practice social distancing.

Managers and coaches are responsible for maintain social distancing among players, coaches and spectators before, during and after practices.

Dugouts, benches & bleachers are allowed to open only if six feet of distance can be maintained between each participant at all times.

Sportsmanship should continue in a touchless manner – no handshakes/slaps/fist bumps.

Lock boxes, equipment rooms and scorers sheds are limited to managers and members of the Board of Directors only.

RYBSA will set, post and monitor occupancy limits and guidelines for use of restrooms to assist in monitoring of social distancing.

 

II.                  HYGIENE PROTOCOLS

RYBSA will post visible signage throughout the site to remind players and spectators of hygiene and safety protocols.

Players must use their own equipment. Personal equipment may not be shared and must be dedicated to an individual player throughout the season.

If any equipment is provided by RYBSA,  coaches must clean and disinfect shared equipment at the end of a practice or competition session using a product from the list of disinfectants meeting EPA criteria for use against the novel coronavirus.

Any equipment used should be cleaned and disinfected at the end of each practice session using an EPA registered disinfectant.

No shared food or drink will be provided during practices for players, coaches or spectators.  Players, coaches and spectators should only drink from their own containers.

Players and coaches must achieve proper hand hygiene at the beginning and end of all activities, either through hand washing with soap and water or by using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Managers and coaches should ensure that players arrive dressed for practice and leave immediately after practice: no recreational play or loitering is allowed at the complex. Teams completing practice should not stay to watch other practices before or after their practice session.

 

III.                STAFFING AND OPERATIONS

To participate or attend, Managers, coaches, players and parents should ensure they show no signs or symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days.

If any individual develops symptoms of COVID-19 during practice, they should promptly inform the team manager and must be removed from the complex and instructed to return home. Managers should immediately report this information to the VP of Baseball or the VP of Softball.

Participants, organizers, players, coaches, spectators or volunteers in high risk categories should not participate or attend organized activities at the complex.

Hand sanitizer will be available to all players. 

Face coverings must be worn by managers, coaches, volunteers and spectators in accordance with MA guidelines to prevent against transmission of COVID-19 throughout the duration of their time at the complex.

 

IV.                CLEANING AND DISINFECTING

Restroom facilities will be cleaned and disinfected in accordance with the Center for Disease Control guidelines and best practices.

RYBSA will maintain cleaning logs that include date, time and scope of cleaning.

RYBSA will conduct frequent disinfecting of heavy traffic areas and high-touch surfaces.

Covid-19 Rules




A complete list of the protocols for compliance with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Workplace Safety and Reopening Standards is posted at https://www.mass.gov/doc/safety-standards-for-youth-and-adult-amateur-sports-activities-phase-iv-step-1-updated-51021/download

The following is a summation of the rules and guidelines for RYBSA detailed in Phase 4:

Moderate Risk sports and recreational activities are characterized by:

• Sports or activities that involve intermittent close proximity or limited, incidental physical contact between participants

Examples: Baseball, softball, crew, sailing, outdoor track and field, indoor track and field, running clubs, team swimming, volleyball, dance class, fencing, field hockey, girls’ lacrosse, soccer.

 

SPORTS & RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES ALLOWED BY RISK LEVEL DURING PHASE IV, STEP 1

 

The risk associated with an activity is also dependent on the type of play. The following types of play are defined by level from least to greatest risk.

• Level 1: Individual or socially distanced group activities (non-contact workouts, aerobic conditioning, individual skill work, and drills)

• Level 2: Competitive Practices (Intra-team/group games, contact drills, and scrimmages)

• Level 3: Competitions (Inter-team games, meets, matches, races, etc.)

• Level 4: Tournaments

Sports and recreational activities are subject to the limitations and guidelines set forth below:

• Sports and activities included in the Lower Risk category can participate in Level 1, 2, 3, and 4 type of play.

• Sports and activities included in the Moderate Risk can participate in Level 1, 2, and 3 type of play.

 

Mandatory Facial Coverings for All Sports:

Facility Operators and Activity Organizers must require facial coverings to be worn by all participants during active play except:

• During swimming, water polo, water aerobics or other sports where individuals are in the water; or

•  For low risk or moderate risk sports when outdoors where social distancing can be consistently maintained. This includes for example, but is not limited to, the following low and moderate risk sports: tennis, pickleball, disc golf, golf, biking, surfing, horseback riding, individual sailing, fishing, hunting, motor sports, gymnastics, cross country, individual rowing, skiing, baseball, softball, beach volleyball, and running formats where social distancing is maintained.

• For individuals with a documented medical condition or disability that makes them unable to wear a face covering.


For purposes of this guidance, a facial covering means a face mask or cloth facial covering that completely covers the nose and mouth.

Participants for all sports must wear facial coverings on the bench or sidelines at all times and in any huddles or time-outs from active play. Participants should take frequent facial covering breaks when they are out of proximity to other players, using caution to avoid touching the front or inside of the face covering by using the ties or ear loops to remove and replace.

This requirement applies to all spectators and chaperones, coaches, staff, referees, umpires, and other officials.


INDOOR AND OUTDOOR FACILITY CAPACITY AND SPECTATOR LIMITS

Indoor facilities and outdoor facilities with a permitted capacity must limit capacity to no more than 50% of the facility’s maximum permitted occupancy up to a maximum capacity of 500. Large capacity venues may exceed the 500-person capacity limit as specified below.

For facilities with multiple fields, surfaces, courts, courses etc. the above capacity limitations shall apply per playing field, surface, court, etc., provided that there is adequate spacing for at least six feet social distancing for all individuals, including those at adjacent fields, surfaces, courts, etc.

Activity Organizers must promote an “arrive, play, and leave” mentality and ensure that individuals are not congregating in common areas or parking lots before, during or following practices or events (such as tailgating).

Sportsmanship should continue in a touchless manner – no handshakes/slaps/fist bumps.

Any concessions or food service must follow the Safety Standards for Restaurants.

Facility Operators must post notice to employees, workers, and participants of important health information and relevant safety measures.

If any equipment is provided by the Operator, the Operator must clean and disinfect shared equipment at the end of a practice or competition session using a product from the list of disinfectants meeting EPA criteria for use against the novel coronavirus.

Operators must post visible signage throughout the site to remind employees and visitors of hygiene and safety protocols.

Restrooms facilities shall be cleaned and disinfected in accordance with Centers for Disease Control guidance and best practices linked here: EEA COVID-19 Outdoor Recreation Facility Restroom Cleaning Best Practices

Keep cleaning logs that include date, time, and scope of cleaning.

Organizers must ensure that any shared personal equipment is disinfected before use by each individual using a product from the list of disinfectants meeting EPA criteria for use against the novel coronavirus. Personal equipment includes all gear that is worn by players (e.g., gloves, helmets, masks, skates, footwear, pads, etc.).
 

I addition to these rules, RYBSA will provide the following to comply:

 

·         Training will be provided to all managers on the RYBSA COVID-19 protocols.

·         Visible signage will be posted at the complex on social distancing and hygiene protocols.

·         Clean restrooms in accordance with CDC guidelines.

·         Establish and maintain cleaning logs.

·         Provide regular sanitation of high touch areas.

·         Disinfection of all common surfaces.

·         Mark off spectator viewing sites to allow for social distancing.

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