KCRBL COVID Safety Plan

Updated guidelines for 2021

UpdatedWednesday April 7, 2021 byKCRBL.

Updated April 6, 2021

 

The following guidelines are in place for all Kingswood Cal Ripken League activities, based on guidelines from the CDC, Babe Ruth League Inc. (national and state), the State of New Hampshire, and any facility KCRBL uses. KCRBL guidelines may get revised if/when the guidelines of the aforementioned change.

 

General Safety

Must follow all Covid rules/guidelines of participating facility (e.g., The Nick, Foss Field).

Limit sharing of equipment (e.g., bats, gloves, fielder’s mask, catcher’s gear, helmets, water bottles). Shared equipment must be cleaned and disinfected between use.

All participants must wear some type of face covering at ballfields, and especially while at the games and when social distancing is not possible. For example, umpires, players, coaches, scorekeepers, etc. 

Cleaning supplies, as well as hand sanitizer, will be available in the dugout area during all games and will be provided to coaches to have available at all team events.  They will also be at the snack shack at the Nick. Coaches will carry hand sanitizer with team equipment. Players should carry hand sanitizer in their personal equipment bags.

Athletes should bring their own water bottles. No sharing or common use water bottles or drinking stations.

All mouth-based activities often encountered with sporting events are not allowed. This includes but is not limited to: spitting, chewing gum, licking fingers, and chewing/spitting sunflower seeds.

Managers & Coaches should help to educate players on the hygiene/handwashing/touching of the face suggested guidelines. League will review new procedures with all coaches prior to the first activity or game at the park.

Multiple groups are allowed to practice in one large area/field as long as the separate groups do not mix or interact in any way (e.g., no floating of coaching or support staff, and no interaction between athletes of different training groups). For locations with multiple fields, no more than three (3) fields can be in use for practices at any one time. Only two (2) fields may be in use for a game at any one time. (updated 4/6/21)

No handshaking, high fives, fist or elbow bumps, chest bumps, group celebrations, etc.

Frequent hand hygiene should be required including, but not limited to, hand hygiene upon arrival, before and after meals or snacks, before and after going to the bathroom, before and after touching a person’s face or face covering, and prior to leaving the event.

Person(s) with any COVID-19 symptoms, those who report close contact with someone suspected or confirmed with COVID-19, or those reporting travel risk factors should not be allowed into the sporting event.

An isolation area shall be identified and communicated to all participants at the beginning of every KCRBL activity for participants that develop symptoms during the activity.

 

Practices

Baseballs and softballs should be cleaned whenever possible, with an adequate supply on hand.

Players must wear masks on and off the field at any facility. Athletes may remove their masks during water and mask breaks in designated areas established by the league coaches. The 6 feet rule must be maintained during these breaks. (updated 3/19/21)

Review cleaning and sanitation of common areas like dugouts, concession stands, or similar areas between games or activities. Teams should be advised to clean out and wipe down dugout(s) or other field areas that they used prior to leaving the playing field.

Spectators are discouraged from practices. 

Dugouts are off limits during practices except for players needing a covered place for recovery (e.g., injury, heat exhaustion, isolation). 

Players place their gear spaced apart off the edge of the playing field.

Coaches must wear face coverings on and off the ballfield and within 10 feet of player(s), or follow facility rules. (updated 3/19/21)

Coaches must track who attended each practice in case contact tracing is required.

Staff and other volunteers should not transport any athletes that are not immediate family members.

During training sessions/practices, parents and other spectators are encouraged to remain in their cars in a designated parking area. However, when/if watching from the sidelines or are outside cars in the parking area, they should maintain safe social distance from others and/or follow facility guidelines.

 

Games

Each team will be given 3 balls before the start of play. The balls in play will be the balls of the defensive team. Depending on Umpires rules/guidelines for 2021, balls may come in and out of play via the defensive team only and not via the umpire(s). Defensive team is responsible for sanitizing balls before reinserting into game (from foul balls touched by others).

Players must wear masks on and off the field at any facility. Athletes may remove their masks during water and mask breaks in designated areas established by the league coaches. The 6 feet rule must be maintained during these breaks.Review cleaning and sanitation of common areas like dugouts, concession stands, or similar areas between games or activities. (Updated 3/19/21)

Teams should be advised to clean out and wipe down dugout or other field areas that they were in prior to leaving the playing field.

Fans attending games should follow 6-foot social distancing guidelines at all times.

Per NH guidelines, dugouts are off limits during games except for players needing a covered place for recovery (e.g., injury, heat exhaustion). The dugout area will be extended to allow for 6-foot distancing between players and coaches. Face coverings are required in the dugout area. Players' equipment should be positioned 6 feet apart. (Updated 3/8/21)

Coaches must wear face coverings at all times.

Coaches must track who attended each game in case contact tracing is required.

Meetings on the mound: ONLY the coach and pitcher, and the coach must be wearing a mask.