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The way we play baseball and softball is changing given the circumstances we are all facing. We thank you for your patience and willingness to be flexible in our collective effort to provide a safe and welcoming environment to our players and spectators. Below are the rules our players, teams, coaches, and parents are expected to follow during the modified 2020 season which have been submitted to the Wayland Board of Health. We understand these will seem foreign to players, parents, and coaches, and the league is committed to providing initial and ongoing training on these rules prior to the season, as well as constant updates and reminders.
Please note, every town and their respective Board of Health may have different rules and protocols. We expect our families to adhere to these rules whenever visiting another town and respect their protocols and be good guests. Coaches will inform families of different rules per town when they become available.
Families, please learn town rules as they apply to both players and spectators. Parents, we will certainly need your help in reviewing these policies with your players. If a player cannot follow the policies set forth by the state, Little League International and local officials, it is best for them to not play the upcoming season. Should you have any questions please notify your coach or email email@example.com. Thank you!
Little League International: Organizing, Playing and Watching Games in 2020:
WHAT IF SOMEONE ARRIVES SICK OR BECOMES SICK DURING, AFTER AN ORGANIZATIONS ACTIVITY
GENERAL PLAY / SPORTS ACTIVITIES
During Phase II, limited baseball and softball activity is allowed for players; players must maintain 6 feet of distance at all times and there should be no contact between players. Wayland Little League will conduct informal small group sessions during phase II simply as way to provide supervision for players to get throwing and some swings in during this phase.
During Phase II, fields are limited to only 12 people at a time (updated on June 15th from 10 to 12 players).
Scrimmages, organized games and tournaments are not allowed in Phase II.
Drop Off & Pick-Up Procedures :
Wayland Little League will stagger arrival and drop-off times or locations by cohort (group) or put in place other protocols to limit contact between groups and with chaperones as much as possible. Wayland Little League will not have any programs back-to-back.
Athletes MUST arrive dressed for practice. Players are encouraged to wear shorts during phase II. There will be no sliding during this phase or game play.
Athletes will have their own bottle of sanitizer in their bag. Coaches will have one as well on premises.
Players will sanitize their hands at the start of every practice while checking-in with his or her coach.
Athletes MUST leave immediately after practice: no recreational play or loitering is allowed.
DRINKS AND SNACKS:
There will be no sharing of water bottles or team coolers. Players are expected to bring their own and have them properly labeled.
Coaches cannot apply sunscreen and bug repellant to players. This is consistent year-round.
No shared food or drink may be provided during any activities for participants or spectators (e.g., concession stands or team snacks).
No use of public water bubblers, fountains or bottle fillers if present on site.
Athletes, managers/coaches, and umpires should bring their own personal drinks to all team activities. Drinks should be labeled with the person’s name.
Individuals should take their own drink containers home after each activity for cleaning and sanitation or use single-use bottles.
There MUST be no use of shared or team beverages.
Teams should not share any snacks or food. Players should bring individual, pre-packaged food if needed.
· 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.
· ADULTS 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.
BASEBALLS AND SOFTBALLS:
During phase III, families are allowed to attend the games, however, they must wear a mask and sit away from the dugouts.
Parents are asked to stay on premises if weather may become an issue.
Spectators must wear masks. No exceptions.
All spectators will watch the practice while maintaining social distant protocols. Wayland Little League has designated specific areas at each field well-beyond the proximity of the field for parents to watch.
All spectators MAY NOT USE the bleachers at the fields. Spectators may bring their own chairs or blanket to sit on. Spectators should sit 10' from other families in all directions. During Phase III, if you have children who like/need to run around please sit on the outside of the seating area so they are not running through spectators.
All spectators MUST wear masks and follow Wayland health guidelines when social distancing is not possible, such as walking to and from your car.
REQUIRED: TRAINING FOR COACHES TO INCLUDE NEW COVID-19 RESPONSIBILITIES
Wayland Little League has sent out over six emails detailing proper procedures and protocols, as well as hosted numerous Zoom meetings for coaches, assistant coaches, and parents.
Organizers must educate all participants and spectators on the applicable protocols for the relevant activity, protocols for entering/leaving the facility, and any other hygiene requirements
SOCIAL DISTANCING AND HYGIENE PROTOCOLS
COACHES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR:
Ensuring social distance of players, coaches, staff and spectators. Wayland Little League will also appoint a safety officer on site for all games during phase III to ensure compliance of the protocols.
To enforce one adult per athlete (only during phase II)
Players will be responsible for bringing their own hand disinfectant as part of their equipment. The team will have their own as well.
NO PORTABLE OR TEMPORARY TOILETS WILL BE PROVIDED
NO DOGS ALLOWED AT TOWN BASEBALL PARKS
NO TRASH RECEPTACLES - CARRY-IN/CARRY OUT
PLAYGROUNDS REMAIN CLOSED IN PHASE II & III
While these protocols may sound exhaustive, they are simply being used to ensure the safest possible experience for our parents and players. We are appreciative of Wayland Recreation's help in detailing our plan so we can provide our community with a fun activity and in a responsible manner.