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HTV Little League

Pandemic Mitigation Plan

HTV Little League
Pandemic Mitigation

As Huntington Tri-Village begins another season of 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 should 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 focusing on and committing to implementing these mandates.


General Guidelines

·      All state and local rules must be followed.

·      Everyone must social distance whenever possible.

·      As per NYS and town of Huntington mandates, all players, coaches, spectators, and other personnel must wear face coverings while entering and exiting the Greenlawn Park complex. Team personnel must wear face coverings when they are checked in by volunteers. Except for players on the field, and children under that age of two, masks should be worn at all times in when not in specter areas (see map) and not social distanced.

·      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 all player areas, the common areas, and in dugouts if in use. This include both games and practices.

·      Players needing an exception to wearing a mask should have parent contact HTV and provide HTV with supporting documents.

·      If you do not have facial covering we will do our best to have masks on hand to supply players.

·      Coaches and players should wash or sanitize hands both before and after game or practice.

·      All spectators/players should remain in their cars until the previous practice/game is finished and participants have left the area. Multiple teams and their families should not congregate before or after games.

·      Only players and coaches are allowed on the field or to enter the player area. This include before and after games and practices.

·      Players and families are requested to leave the complex promptly after the end of the activity to allow the facility to be treated.

 

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.

·      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.

 

Coach Guidelines

·      Coaches will have primary responsibility for helping the players follow these guidelines.

·      It is 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.

·      Any post game meetings should take place on the field. They should be brief, and players should be separated and masked. Teams should then leave the park immediately. Players can be addressed before games at socially distanced and masked warm-ups.

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://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/social-distancing.html

·      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. (See map.) No spectators will be allowed to sit adjacent 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.

·      PW2 does not have room down the baselines, and so the spectator area is against the fence of Memorial field.

·      Areas that allow entry and exit from the fields, such as from the entrance at Heid  towards third base, should be keep clear to allow spectators, players, and personal to pass.

·      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, fields or wherever your child is located. Please ensure your player has everything he/she needs prior to the game or practice.

·      Please do not call players involved in a game over to your seats and avoid interacting with them during games. This distracts players from the game, and puts an additional burden on the volunteers in keeping track of their players while also coaching the game. Players and spectators should remain distanced during the games for the protection of everyone present. 

·      Parents are encouraged to supply their child with wipes or hand sanitizer to use between innings.

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 be ill with covid-19 will not be permitted at team events until cleared by a medical professional.

·      If someone in a team member’s household has been confirmed to have covid-19, both the individual and the team member must avoid all team activities until the ill individual has been cleared by a medical professional.

·      Any player, coach, or spectator who is displaying COVID-19 symptoms will not be permitted at team events until either 14 days have passed 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://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

·      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

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.

·      As mandated by NYS and the Town of Huntington, 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.

·      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.

 

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. Arriving earlier may keep the game from starting on time.

·      Players, coaches, spectators, and other personnel must wear face coverings while entering and exiting the Greenlawn Park complex.

·      All coaches and players should be checked in and screened before each game by HTV volunteer staff or in some cases coaches.

·      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 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 coach or 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.

·      Umpire/coach pre-game meetings will be socially distanced.

·      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 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 player 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 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: 631-757-2314
Email: [email protected]

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