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Mar, 2021

Covid-19 Rules

WESTCHESTER BASEBALL
2021 COVID-19 Rules of Play

While we recognize the importance of the return to the game of baseball for these young players, we are committed to only doing so in a controlled manner for the safety the players, coaches, families and community.  Requirements may change based on updated CDC regulations.

General Practice / Game Protocol

  • In accordance with CDC regulations, no more than 50 persons are allowed at any game or practice, including coaches, players, umpires, and spectators.

     

  • Daily symptom assessments must be completed by coaches and players (self-evaluation). Players and coaches must stay home if experiencing any symptoms.Coaches must ask players if they are experiencing any symptoms prior to all games and/or practices.

  • Benches and bleachers are reserved for players & coaches only. Fans must be along the outfield foul lines or beyond the outfield fences/boundaries 6’ apart if outside a family group.Bleachers may be used by fans if players are not using them as an extended dugout.

  • Coaches and players must wear face coverings at all times while not actively participating in the field of play if social distancing of 6 ft cannot be maintained.Coaches and players must bring their own face coverings.

     

  • All participants must sanitize hands upon entering the game area.All players should bring their own sanitizer.

  • Coaches and players must adhere to physical six-foot distancing except when actively participating on the field during the game.

  • Coaches must wear face coverings when addressing players and/or parents in close proximity.

  • No sharing water bottles or sports drinks. Team water coolers are not permitted.

     

  • No spitting, seeds, chewing gum, or other food is allowed.

     

  • No handshakes, high-fives, or other personal celebrations such as fist/elbow bumps, etc.

  • Personal equipment should be properly separated from other players’ equipment during the game.

  • Players are not permitted to share equipment including but not limited to helmets, catcher’s gear and gloves, unless properly sanitized between uses.

     

  • Any shared equipment shall be sanitized after each use.

  • Players and coaches should wash their hands with soap for at least 20 seconds or utilize hand sanitizer prior to, after, and during games as necessary.

     

  • Each team’s scorekeeper should exchange line up cards electronically if possible - example: Take a photo of your lineup and send it via text to the opposing team’s scorekeeper.

     

  • At the end of the game, players should line up on respective foul lines and raise their caps in place of shaking hands.

     

  • Each team’s scorekeeper/coach should exchange line up cards electronically (text/ email).

     

  • One umpire will be used and will call the game from behind the pitching mound. They will have the option of being behind the plate if a face covering is worn at all times.

     

  • All teams need to pick up all garbage and other items around the dugout area after each game.

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