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The following guidelines and recommendations were developed by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and The Aspen Institute, and Little League International, and New York State.  Cicero Amatuer Sports, a/k/a Cicero Little League (“CLL”), to reduce risks associated with SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and COVID-19 to our players, coaches, umpires, and spectators will implement the following directives and guidelines:


GENERAL GUIDANCE


  • Wash your hands with soap and water. If soap and water are not readily available use hand sanitizer.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Players are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer. CLL will place hand sanitizer in common off-field areas for easy use.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when around others, especially in public areas around fields.

  • Whenever possible, all players, coaches, umpires, volunteers and spectators should try and maintain six feet between themselves and others not residing within their household; unless safety or core activity (e.g. practicing, playing) requires a shorter distance. If a shorter distance is required, individuals must wear face coverings, unless players are unable to tolerate such a covering for the physical activity (practicing, playing); provided, however, that coaches, trainers, and/or other individuals who are not directly engaged in activity are required to wear face coverings.

  • All individuals should measure their body temperature. Anyone with a 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 their medical professional.

  • Managers/Coaches will be required to complete a health screen questionnaire for each player prior to any practice or game activity so that it can be logged and used for contact tracing, if necessary.

  • Anyone traveling from states where the COVID-19 rate of infection equals or exceeds 10/100,000 people on a seven-day average OR a 10% infection rate on a seven-day average must quarantine for 14 days upon returning to NY and before returning to CLL activities.  This directive also applies to players who travel outside New York State for purposes of participation in a baseball or softball tournament and in doing so come into contact with a team from any state where the COVID-19 rate of infection equals or exceeds 10/100,000 people on a seven day average OR a 10% infection rate on a seven day average even if the tournament is held in a state that does not have a COVID-19 rate of infection that exceeds the New York State travel advisory standard.  

ON-FIELD GUIDANCE


  • No handshakes or personal contact celebrations. Players and coaches should take measures to prevent all but the essential contact necessary to play the game.

  • Coaches, players, umpires, spectators should bring their own drinks and snacks. Drinks should be labelled with the person’s name. There should be NO shared or team drinks or snacks.

  • All coaches, volunteers, umpires should wear cloth face coverings, whenever possible.  CLL will have masks available at the concession stand.

  • Players should wear cloth face coverings when in close contact areas and in places where social distancing is challenging or not feasible. Players may, but are not required to, wear coverings while on the field during a game.

  • Dugouts will not be used by players, with the exception of the on-deck hitter, who may use the dugout immediately prior to that player’s at bat.  

  • CLL will post social distancing markers every six feet along the fence line and players will be assigned spots by their coaches.  Players are to stay in their assigned spots when on the bench or while waiting their turn to bat, other than the on-deck batter who may use the dugout.

  • Each team must have at least one coach or volunteer responsible for ensuring that the players remain in their assigned spots along the fence line.  That coach or volunteer will be solely responsible for opening and closing the gate for players to enter and exit the field.  No players should touch the gate.

  • The team manager and one coach may use the dugout, but should remain six feet apart or wear a cloth face covering.

  • When the ball is not in play, on-field players and baserunners should maintain social distancing.

  • Spectators will be limited to two persons per player, as ordered by New York State, and will maintain six feet social distancing either on the bleachers or in designated areas on the sidelines or outfield. It is suggested that spectators bring their own chairs.

  • No personal player bat bags/equipment bags will be allowed in the dugout. Player equipment will be kept in the player’s designated spot outside the dugout to prevent direct contact. 

  • Players should have their own individual batter’s helmet, gloves, bat, and catcher’s equipment. The sharing of equipment should be avoided.  Equipment may be available for players that do not have their own equipment. Please contact CLL.  When it is necessary to share critical or limited equipment, all surfaces of each piece of equipment will be cleaned and disinfected by the team with an EPA approved disinfectant and allowed sufficient time to dry before being used by another player.  Individuals disinfecting equipment are encouraged to use gloves while using disinfectants.

  • The Manager or Coach will be responsible for removing a players bat from home plate if that player reaches base.  The Manager or Coach will only touch the bat by the barrel.  The Manager or Coach will use antibacterial gel or spray prior to and after the handling of any player’s bats.

  • Player’s equipment (e.g. bags, helmets, bats, gloves) should be cleaned and disinfected by parent/guardian after each game or practice.

  • Players should not share towels, clothing, or other items that may be used to wipe face or hands.

  • Each team should use their own game balls. Coaches and players from the opposite team should not touch the other team’s balls.

  • Balls should be rotated through on a regular basis, at least every two innings and disinfected between innings to limit individual contact.

  • Umpires should limit their contact with the ball. Balls used for infield/outfield warm-up should be isolated from a shared ball container.

  • Spectators should not retrieve foul balls.  If a spectator retrieves a foul ball, it must be cleaned and disinfected with an EPA approved disinfectant and allowed sufficient time to dry before being placed back into play.

  • Sunflower seeds, gum, or other similar products are not permitted to be used during any CLL event. 

  • No spitting anywhere on the field or in dugouts.

  • All trash must be cleaned up and removed from the dugout and the fenceline after every practice and/or game.


GAME OPERATIONS AND UMPIRE GUIDANCE


  • Plate meetings should be eliminated, but if necessary, six feet social distancing should be maintained for all pre-game plate meetings between team managers and umpires.  Players should never be a part of plate meetings.

  • Umpires will be placed behind the pitcher’s mound to call balls and strikes. Umpires are encouraged to keep a safe distance from players as much as possible.

  • If possible, umpires are encouraged to wear cloth face coverings while umpiring.

  • Umpires should avoid direct contact with equipment and balls, but when required, equipment and balls must be cleaned and disinfected with an EPA approved disinfectant and allowed sufficient time to dry before being placed back into play.

  • For each game, there should only be the required team managers/coaches, umpires, two (2) spectators per player and one (1) CLL Board Member (i.e. Safety Officer, player agent, etc.) in attendance.

  • Practices should be limited to the managers/coaches and players.

  • Scorekeeping should be done by team coaches or team parent/guardian via GameChanger. If a book is used to keep score, one person should maintain possession of the book.  Proper social distancing should be practiced.

  • Press boxes will be closed.

  • Dugouts, bleachers, and bench areas should be wiped down after each game.

  • CLL will schedule time between practices and games to avoid having too many people entering and exiting the park at the same time.


FIELD PREPARATION & MAINTENANCE


  • Fields should be mowed, raked, and lined prior to teams and spectators arriving at the complex and after they depart. Team managers/coaches already participating in the game must perform these tasks to limit individuals at the site.

  • Field preparation equipment must be sprayed or wiped with cleaner and disinfectant before and after each use.

  • Bases will be left on the field and only removed by CLL Board Members when necessary for field work.  Bases will be cleaned and disinfected whenever they are removed and replaced. 


CONCESSION STAND


  • All outdoor tables with seating for customers must be separated by a minimum of 6 ft. in all directions. Wherever distancing is not feasible between tables, physical barriers must be enacted between such tables. Barriers must be at least 5 ft. in height and not block emergency and/or fire exits.

  • Regardless of physical distance, volunteers must wear an acceptable face covering at all times.

  • Physical barriers (e.g. plastic shielding walls) will be added to the front of the concession stand windows.

  • Patrons must wear face coverings at all times, except while seated; provided that the patron is over the age of 2 and able to medically tolerate such covering.

  • Individuals seated at the same table must be members of the same party (but may be from different households), with a maximum of 10 people per table. 

  • 6 ft. spacing will be demarked in any lines for customers waiting to order, pick-up food, be seated, or use the restroom, as well as in any pick-up or payment location.

  • A distance of at least 6 ft. should be maintained among volunteers at all times, unless the core activity requires a shorter distance. (e.g. cooking, cleaning, clearing tables).

  • Small spaces (e.g. freezers, storage rooms) are not to be used by more than one individual at time.

  • Volunteers will be dedicated to one station throughout their entire shift. (e.g. salad or grill or desserts), to the extent possible.

  • Volunteers are encouraged to place items on the counter for the next person to pick up, rather than passing items from hands to hands.

  • Patrons are encouraged to use touchless payment or credit cards when available.

  • Bi-directional foot traffic should be reduced by using tape or signs with arrows in narrow aisles, hallways, or spaces.


RESTROOMS


  • CLL will adopt a "one-in-one-out" policy for restroom use and will place signage on the door of each restroom advising users of that policy.

  • Restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected daily.

  • Usage of the water fountain is discouraged and CLL will place signage on the water fountain to that effect.


PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT & SIGNAGE


  • CLL will provide volunteers/managers/coaches/umpires with an acceptable face covering at no cost and have an adequate supply of coverings in case of need for replacement.  Acceptable face coverings include but are not limited to cloth (e.g. homemade sewn, quick cut, bandana) or surgical masks.

  • All volunteers, managers, coaches, players and umpires must clean, replace, and prohibit sharing of their face coverings.

  • CLL will provide gloves for use in disinfecting shared equipment. Gloves must be properly disposed of after each use.

  • CLL will post signage inside and outside of the facility or area to remind personnel and patrons/players/spectators to adhere to proper hygiene, social distancing rules, appropriate use of PPE, and cleaning and disinfection protocols.


This plan will be available onsite at the Concession Stand and online at http://cicerolittleleague.com.  This plan may be modified from time to time based on changes in requirements, guidance and/or prohibitions issued by federal, state and/or local governmental authorities and/or Little League International; in that event, the revised plan will likewise be made available at the Concession Stand and online.