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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 managers, coaches, spectators and volunteers.

 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

Limited sports activity is allowed for players; Players must maintain 6 feet of distance at all times and there should be no contact between players. If maintaining physical distance is difficult or impossible, coaches should limit players to workouts, aerobic conditioning, individual skill work and drills.

Teams must separate players into groups of no more than 10, including coaches and staff.  If teams are on the playing field, the field may be used by more than one group of 10 at one time, provided that adequate social distance and group separation can be maintained. To ensure group separation, groups must be spaces at least 20 feet apart while sharing the playing field.

Players and coaches must be kept in small groups (cohorts) with dedicated coaches and staff.

Scrimmages, organized games, inter-team games and game situation drills are not allowed, and activities are limited to no-contact drills and training exercises. No exercises or drills should put players into contact or close proximity to one another.

Umpires and other officials are not required for practices and cannot be present in Phase II.

Managers, coaches, visitors, spectators, volunteers and staff MUST wear face coverings.

Spectators/chaperones must practice social distancing including wearing face coverings.

Spectators must be limited to ensure social distancing on the sidelines or other observation areas. Spectators must be limited to ONE ADULT CHAPERONE PER ATHLETE. If social distancing is not possible at the complex, spectators are asked to wait outside the facility until practice is completed. ALL spectators must wear face coverings.

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

Players and coaches are discouraged from high fives, fist bumps or other social contact before, during or after practices.

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.

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.

Players may remove face coverings while participating in practice drills, provided they are able to maintain at least 6 feet of distance from all persons present.

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.

Managers will log persons who remain on site for a sustained period of time to facilitate contact tracing, including players, coaches and spectators. (name, phone number, email).

 

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 frequest 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/outdoor-adult-sports-supervised-youth-sports-leagues-summer-sports-camps/download

The following is a summation of the rules and guidelines for RYBSA detailed in Phase 2:

·         Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth is requiring all parents and coaches to sign a waiver. No exceptions!

·         During practices, group size will be limited. Group size is limited to 10 including coaches. On the playing field, additional groups of no more than 10 must be spaced 20 feet apart provided that adequate social distance and group separation can be maintained.

·         Coaches must keep the player/coach small group with the same dedicated players/coaches throughout the practice.

·         Practices are limited to no-contact drills:

o   No inter-team games

o   No scrimmages

o   No game situation drills with base runners

·         Players are not required to wear face coverings while participating in practices and drills, provided they are able to maintain at least 6 feet of distance from coaches and teammates.

·         Face coverings must be worn by coaches during practices.

·         Face coverings must be worn by coaches, volunteers, staff, officials and spectators throughout the duration of practices.

·         Spectators/chaperones must practice social distancing including wearing face coverings while on the complex.

·         Spectators are limited to one adult per player on the complex. If social distancing is not possible, spectators are asked to waitoutside the complex until practice is completed.

·         Players must use their own equipment. Personal equipment may not be shared. All equipment should be cleaned and disinfected after each practice.

·         Players may not share food or drink. Coaches and players should only drink from their own containers. Coaches will provide individual, dedicated water bottles for players who do not have their own.

·         To participate or attend practices, all coaches, players and spectators must show no signs or symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days.

·         Players and coaches should not high-five, fist bump or other social contact during practices.

 

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

 

·         The snack stand will be closed. No food or drink will be available during Phase II.

·         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.

·         Managers will log who remains on site for a sustained period of time to facilitate contact tracing.

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