As we continue to work through the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic, and do our part to return to normalcy, we wanted to share a number of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to help your league, district, and community. If there is a question that you don’t see below, and would like some guidance, please contact Little League Support.
It is highly encouraged that each league and district adheres to the guidelines set forth by their respective state and local government and health officials in terms of public gatherings, organized youth sports, and sporting events when determining how and when to return to Little League activities. Leagues should contact their state and local health authority and other municipalities for guidance prior to resuming any Little League activities. We appreciate the patience, understanding, and flexibility of all our volunteers, players, and parents.
We are advising all our leagues to follow the guidelines set by the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), your state’s public health department (click here for a listing of state public health departments).
It is highly encouraged that each league and district adheres to the guidelines set forth by their respective state and local government and health officials in terms of public gatherings, organized youth sports, and sporting events when determining how and when to return to Little League activities. Leagues should contact their state and local health authority and other municipalities for guidance prior to resuming any Little League activities.
Little League International will be continuing to communicate updates and advice for volunteers, as we prepare for the 2021 season and continue to provide opportunities, where safe and appropriate, throughout 2020.
Some activities that may be beneficial for league volunteers and families that are able to done from their homes or remotely include:
- Communicating with families and volunteers
- Utilizing Sports Connect and JDP for background checks
- Doing any online training including the Pure Baseball Abuse Awareness training that is SafeSport approved and Little League preferred
- Reviewing educational materials on Little League University
- Reviewing league finances, etc.
A draft letter to Sens. Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer, circulated by the National Council of Youth Sports, appeals for federal funding to assist youth sports programs. You can read more on this from the Aspen Institute’s Project Play.
Little League International has signed onto this letter and is interested in supporting a bill that provides funding relief for community-based youth sports programs only. We do not support providing relief to event organizers, or those youth sports operators that exist solely for commercial purposes. However, we would support a relief effort for local, volunteer-led teams/organizations that would benefit our local Little League programs in the United States looking to recover financially from the impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic.
First and foremost, we recommend that all individuals should measure their body temperature to ensure that no fever is present prior to participating or attending each Little League activity. Anyone with symptoms of fever, cough, or worsening respiratory symptoms, or any known exposure to a person with COVID-19 should not attend any Little League activity until cleared by a medical professional (CDC: Resource: If You Are Sick or Caring for Someone | PDF Download).
While Little League International is currently reviewing a number of testing options, we do not have an official endorsement at this time. Our background check provider, JDP, has launched COVID testing, which is available to Little League families at a discounted rate. You can learn more about JDP’s offer at LittleLeague.org/JDP.
We would also encourage you to review the CDC’s guidance on COVID testing, as well as the guidance from your local and state department of health.