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Facility, Fan, and Administrative Guidance

Key Audiences:

  • League Administrators
  • Parents/Guardians/Caretakers
  • Fans/Spectators

CDC Resources:

Clean and Disinfect Shared Equipment and Surfaces:

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily and in between all facility uses, including practices and games. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, facility equipment, dugouts, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are visibly soiled or dirty, they should be cleaned with a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

Spread Out Scheduling of Practices and Games:

  • League administrators should schedule sufficient time between practices and games to facilitate the complete evacuation of individuals from a previous practice or game from the premises before the next group enters.
  • Players/families/spectators are instructed not to show up to fields more than 40 minutes before game time.
  • Where possible, individuals should enter your complex through one point of entry and exit through another.
  • Arrivals to the complex can be scheduled to help ensure a large number of individuals are not arriving at the same time.
  • If there is a game or practice prior to your event, families and spectators are encouraged to stay in their vehicles or at recommended social distances until the start of their game play to prevent overcrowding of spectator spaces and walkways.
  • On-field warm-up should be limited as much as is reasonably possible and no more than 30 minutes.
  • Ensure that practices and games follow all local and state directives regarding the number of people allowed to gather in one place.
  • Wait in cars before practice or game; limit the use of van pool or carpools.
  • Allow time between practices and games for cleaning and disinfecting.

Limiting Spectator Attendance:

  • All spectators should follow best social distancing practices — stay six feet away from individuals outside their household; wear a cloth face covering; avoid direct hand or other contact with players/managers/coaches during play.
  • Local Leagues may choose to minimize the exposure risk to spectators by limiting attendance to only essential volunteers and limited family members.
  • Spectators should bring their own seating or portable chairs when possible.
  • Leagues are encouraged to utilize streaming opportunities to provide virtual spectating.
  • A spectator with any of the following conditions should not attend a practice or game until evaluated by a medical provider and given clearance to do so:
    • Active COVID-19 infection
    • Known direct contact with an individual testing positive for COVID-19
    • Fever
    • Cough
  • Those at higher risk for severe disease should consider consultation with their medical provider before attending a game and should ensure the strictest adherence to guidelines regarding face coverings, distancing, and handwashing. Such groups include:
    • Those with a serious underlying medical condition, including heart disease, morbid obesity, diabetes, lung disease, immunocompromise, chronic kidney disease, and chronic lung disease.
    • Those currently residing in a nursing home or long-term care facility
    • Those over 65

Public Restrooms:

  • Communicate information on available facilities and policies to all parents prior to resuming or beginning season.
  • Access to public restrooms should be limited if possible.
  • A “one-in-one-out” policy, where only one individual is permitted within the restroom at one time, should be implemented to ensure adequate distancing in the confined restroom space.
  • Prior to and after any league activity, restrooms should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Restrooms should be disinfected on a regular basis.
  • Public water fountains or refillable water stations should not be used, and should be turned off to discourage use, if possible.

Concession Stands:

  • Leagues should follow local and/or state guidance when considering operating food or concession sales.
  • Leagues opting to operate food and/or concession sales should also review and understand the CDC’s guidelines.
  • For leagues not operating a concession stand, families are encouraged to bring their own food/beverages.

Indoor Facilities and Batting Practices:

  • Prior to reserving indoor facilities for team and/or league activities, review the mitigation procedures in place for those facilities, as well as your state and local guidance on indoor activities.
  • Leagues, coaches, and volunteers arranging to utilize these facilities should communicate the mitigation needs (wearing face masks, limiting participation to a specific number, etc.) to the families of those players participating and fellow volunteers.

Post Information to Promote Everyday Preventive Actions:

  • Leagues should display posters and signs throughout the park to frequently remind visitors to take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These messages may include information about:
    • Staying home if you are sick or do not feel well, and what to do if you’re sick or feel ill.
    • Using social distancing and maintaining at least six feet between individuals in all areas of the park.
    • The CDC has downloadable resources available to post at public places; and leagues are encouraged to utilize additional resources from their state or local authorities.

Member Communication:

  • Local leagues should disseminate information to all families, volunteers, and spectators about the Coronavirus risk and the efforts your league will be undertaking to mitigate those risks, as outlined above. Information should be disseminated by way of email, league website, social media, coach talks, and public announcements.
  • Designate a league board representative to be responsible for COVID19 concerns (e.g. Safety Officer)
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