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HTV Little League

Return to Play Safety Plan

HTV Little League
Return to Play Guidelines


As Huntington Tri-Village returns to play baseball and softball, our top priority will be the health and safety of our players, volunteers, and families. The procedures and guidelines below are to be followed at both games and practices at the HTV Little League fields. We strive to minimize risk while still allowing for fun and exercise.

The following regulations and procedures are based on best practices recommended by health and government authorities, and Little League International, and follow the mandates of local and state authorities. This plan will be reviewed regularly and adjusted for effectiveness and to meet any changes in government guidance. It does not replace or supersede any state or local restrictions, which must be followed at all times.

All parents/guardians must fully review this document. In addition, parents should review this with their children to help them understand it to the extent they are able. Managers will also review guidelines with their teams as appropriate depending on age. It will be important that coaches help kids during practices and games to remind them of the processes and procedures.

To receive permission to play, we have agreed to follow government mandates. The success of this plan, and our continued ability to play, is dependent on our directors’, coaches’, and parents’ focus on and commitment to implementing them.



General Guidelines:
◦ All state and local rules must be followed.
◦ Everyone must social distance whenever possible
◦ As per NYS order, all players, coaches, spectators, and other personal must wear a mask to enter the complex. Except for players on the field, and children under that age of two, masks should be worn at all times.
◦ Players are not required to wear a mask while playing, but are allowed to wear one.
◦ Players must wear masks when leaving playing field, including in dugouts if in use.
◦ Players needing an exception to wearing a mask should have parent provide HTV with supporting documents.
◦ If you do not have facial covering we will do our best to have masks on hand to supply to players.
◦ Coaches and players are to wash or sanitize hands both before and after game or practice.
◦ Everyone must enter/exit though designated areas for their particular field. 
◦ All spectators/players should remain in their cars until the previous practice/game is finished and participants have left the area.
◦ Only players and coaches are allowed on the field or in the player area. 
◦ Players and families are requested to leave the complex promptly after the end of the activity to allow the facility to be treated.
Illness:
◦ We ask that all players, and those attending activities at the complex, self-certify that they are in good health prior to arriving at the fields. 
◦ Any player or coach that has been confirmed to have the illness will not be permitted at team events until a medical professional has cleared the individual.
◦ If someone in a team member’s household has been confirmed to have the illness, both the individual and the team member must avoid all team activities until a medical professional has cleared the ill individual.
◦ Any player, coach, or spectator who is displaying COVID-19 symptoms will not be permitted at team events until either 14 days have past and their symptoms have cleared up, or a medical professional has confirmed the symptoms are unrelated to COVID-19. A list of symptoms is available here: https://tinyurl.com/sj3ssz2
◦ If a player, coach, or spectator comes in contact with someone who is diagnosed with COVID-19 they will not be permitted to return for 14 days from the last contact with that person.
◦ If any of the above situations take place an e-mail should immediately be sent to [email protected] and [email protected] We fully empathize with and recognize our communities need and rights for privacy regarding their health and the health of our families. However, due to the risks posed by the transmission of this illness, we will be informing teams of potential exposure. We will not share the name, or personal information, but simply inform the team and parents of the situation so they can monitor their own symptoms. 
◦ HTV Little League will work with the Suffolk County Health Department to ensure proper protocol is followed 
General Player Guidelines:
◦ No high fives, first bumps, hugs, or other contact. 
◦ No chewing gum, sunflowers seeds, or spitting.
◦ No horseplay – tag, running around, fighting.
◦ All players should use their own equipment, or equipment provided for their use only at a game or practice. 
◦ Players should have their own batting helmet. HTV Little League will provide a helmet to any player for the season if necessary.
◦ Label all equipment, particularly water bottles.
◦ No food or snacks are permitted in the player’s area or on the field. 
◦ Hand sanitizer will be available, but it is recommended that players bring their own.
◦ Parents may want to disinfect their children's personal equipment in between games with a product of their choice.
General Coach Guidelines:
◦ Coaches will have primary responsibility for helping the players follow these guidelines.
◦ It will be required to have a coach or parent of the day near the stands/entrance during a game to help guide the players when they enter and return from the field and helping the players remember to maintain social distancing. For T-ball it will be required to have two adults with the kids near the outfield fence when their team is batting (further explained in the field specific section) 
◦ While players should not be using shared equipment, coaches should sanitize any equipment handled by multiple people, or anyone from outside of the team after each practice/game prior to their next practice/game. There will be assistance from staff at games.
◦ No post game meetings should take place on the field after games. Teams should leave the park immediately after games. Players can be addressed before games are socially distanced warm-ups.
General Spectator Guidelines: 
◦ Any spectator or attendee experiencing symptoms of sickness should not attend any event at HTV LL.. 
◦ As per NYS order, no more than two spectators per player are allowed. It is requested that spectators be limited to parents, guardians, or caretakers and children in their care.
◦ All event attendees should practice social distancing. Guidelines can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/sxhar75
◦ The bleachers will be closed to all spectators. All spectators should provide their own chairs and sit in family groups in the designated areas outside of the outfield fence or down the base lines towards the outfield. No spectators will be allowed to sit behind the home plate fence. The fences will be distance marked with green flags to assist in social distancing. Social distancing should be practiced among those who do not reside in the same residence.
◦ Protective masks for spectators are required, in alignment with the state of NY mandates.
◦ Unless using the restroom or going to the concession stand, spectators should remain at the field in which their family member is playing. If spectators need to walk around, please do so on the outside of the premises and not near the fields and make sure social distance and mask guidelines are followed. 
◦ During games parents must not approach the dugout, bleachers, or wherever your child is located. Please ensure your player has everything he/she needs prior to the game or practice. 
◦ Parents are encouraged to supply their child with wipes or hand sanitizer to use between innings. 
Practices:
◦ All parents/players should remain in their cars until the previous practice, if any, is finished and crowds have cleared out. Coaches should prepare to take the field.
◦ Dugouts should not be used under any circumstance during practices. 
◦ Only players and coaches should enter the field. Players should hang or place their bags along the inside of the fence in spots marked with blue flags for them.
◦ Players, coaches, and parents dropping off and picking up players must wear a mask to enter the complex. Players do not have to wear masks while practicing, but may if they want.
◦ Parents must remain masked and socially distanced while in the complex. Parents are discouraged from remaining at practices.
◦ Coach or designated team adult should check in all players and coaches with HTV check in form.
◦ Whenever achievable there should be a ratio of no more than five players to one coach. 
◦ Practices should be structured so that individuals are at least six feet apart in all directions, to the greatest extent possible, particularly during field exercises, drills, and other practice activities. 
◦ Only players or coaches from the teams practicing should retrieve foul balls, as to limit the amount of people touching the ball. Balls handled by persons outside of the team should be taken out of play until sanitized. 
◦ Players should periodically use hand sanitizer at breaks in practices.
◦ All other guidelines should be followed as applicable.


Games:
◦ Please keep in mind that we will be focusing on the kids having fun and enjoying the game of baseball in a safe environment, and not wins and losses.
◦ Arriving teams must wait in cars until playing teams have left the field and field has been prepared. Players should not come to the complex earlier than 15 minutes before game time to allow teams from previous games to depart and fields to be prepared.
◦ All coaches and players should be checked in and screened before each game by coaches, designated team parent, or HTV volunteer staff.
◦ Players will proceed to the players area on their team’s field, and should hang or place their bags along the outside of the fence in spots marked by orange flags. Players will wait at their bags for a temperature check before heading on to the field.
◦ Only players, coaches, umpires, and HTV crew members are allowed on the field or may approach the player’s areas, before, after, or during games. Parents should ensure their player has everything he/she needs prior to the game.
◦ No pre-game warm-ups will take place on the infield. The home team will warm up in right field and the away team will warm up in left field.
◦ Each team will be required to have a parent to act as an extra safety coordinator during the games. 
◦ During the game, players will be either on the field, or in the marked locations in the players area. A coach or authorized parent will help guide players when they enter and return from the field.
◦ Players should use hand sanitizer when they exit or enter the field.
◦ Players areas, use of dugouts, equipment areas, etc. will be defined for each field.
◦ There will not be any umpire/coach pre-game meetings.
◦ The Game Changer Team Manager app can be used to exchange lineups without contact.
◦ End of game handshakes will be eliminated. Instead, to show good sportsmanship, teams can tip their caps from the other side of the field to the other team. 
◦ The ball/strike umpire will be positioned behind pitcher’s mound
◦ Balls for each half inning will be provided by the defensive team. 
◦ There will be no shared drinks or food. 
◦ Teams should not share any post game snacks or drinks 
◦ Only players or coaches from the defensive team involved in the current game should retrieve foul balls, to limit the amount of people touching the ball. Balls handled by persons outside of the team should be taken out of play until sanitized.
◦ Bats left at home plate, (player reaches base) will be retrieved by a coach and may be sanitized before being retrieved by player.
◦ For coach pitch, there will be no catcher. 
◦ Catchers gear may not be shared unless it is sanitized first.
◦ Pitchers may not go to their mouth at any time. If they do so, the ball will be removed from play.
◦ There will be a strict time limit for all games, varying by division. If a game ends in the middle of an inning and the home team is winning, they will be declared the winner. If a game ends in the middle of an inning and the visiting team is winning, the final score will revert back to the previous inning.


HTV Complex Guidelines:
◦ Only one person or family group should be in a restroom at one time.
◦ Social distancing should be practiced when standing in line at the concession stand.  There will be markings to ensure the proper distance is maintained.
◦ State and local food service guidelines will be followed at concession stand.
◦ Employee will be screened every day. State and local health departments will be informed of any positive employee tests.
◦ Batting cages are not to be used prior to or during games on Volunteer field to limit the size of crowds. Only one player at a time should be waiting for batting cage. Only the coach in the cage should pick up the balls   
◦ HTV will conduct frequent cleaning and disinfection of shared objects and surfaces, as well as high transit areas, such as payment devices, pickup areas, and common areas. Restrooms will be cleaned before and between games.
◦ All staff will wear face coverings when interacting with players/spectators/coaches/etc. regardless of distance.
◦ Staff will undergo a daily mandatory health screening assessment.
◦ Hand sanitizer will be provided for players/spectators/etc. around the complex.
◦ There will be a site safety monitor whose responsibilities include continuous compliance with all aspects of the site safety plan. 


◦ Little League Coronavirus FAQ can be found HERE
◦ Little League Coronavirus updates can be found HERE
◦ Little League on field guidance can be found HERE
◦ NY State guidelines can be found HERE

Contact

Huntington Tri-Village Little League

PO Box 108 
Greenlawn, New York 11740

Phone: 631-925-6104
Email: [email protected]

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