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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.

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

New York state has adopted effective May 19th the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) “Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People,” issued May 13, for most businesses and public settings. 

Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear masks or be socially distanced, but unvaccinated individuals must continue to wear masks and be socially distanced. 

As specified by NYS HTV will use self-reporting of vaccination status (e.g., honor system).

General Guidelines

·      All state and local rules must be followed.
·      Players are not required to wear a mask while playing, but are allowed to wear one. 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.
·      Label all equipment, particularly water bottles.
·      Iit is recommended that players bring their own hand sanitizer 
·      Parents may want to disinfect their children's personal equipment in between games with a product of their choice.·      Any post game meetings should take place on the field. They should be brief, and players should be separated. Teams should then leave the park immediately. Players can be addressed before games at socially distanced warm-ups.

Spectator Guidelines

·      Any spectator or attendee experiencing symptoms of sickness should not attend any event at HTVLL
·      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.
·      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]. 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 during practices.
·      Only players and coaches should enter the field.
·      Players do not have to wear masks while practicing, but may if they want.
·     Parents are discouraged from remaining at practices.
·      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.
·      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 should 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.
·      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.
·      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 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.
·      There will be no shared drinks or food.
·      Catchers gear should 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.·     
·      All unvaccinated staff will wear face coverings when interacting with players/spectators/coaches/etc. regardless of distance.
·      Staff will undergo a daily mandatory health screening assessment.
·      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
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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