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LGLL Protocols 2020

At this time, working with the County of Santa Clara, the Town of Los Gatos and the Los Gatos School District, we feel that Los Gatos Little League is be able to hold “Little League Baseball Clinics” on the Town run fields of Baggerly and Balzer.
In an effort to help Los Gatos LittleLeagueenter the road to recovery, this set of protocols has been put together to allow leagues, once they have obtained the necessary clearance, a way to have a safe and healthy experience.
None of this will be easy. But having and reaching a goal never has been easy. When you look at what will be expected during these extraordinary times, keep in mind that it is all in the name of safety. We must do everything we can in our power to keep all members of our beloved community of Little League Baseball safe.
How many times have you sat at a traffic signal and it is red in your direction? No cars can be seen for blocks in either direction, yet we wait; sometimes what seems an eternity. But wait we do, because we have decided on a common set of rules that are intended to keep us and others safe. Without the respect for ourselves and others there would be no order and chaos would take hold of us.
The protocols set forth here for practices should be viewed in the same context. While it may feel like a heavy-handed approach, they will only be required until the light turns green. There is no certainty to when the light will change, but we will do our best to wait our turn.
As we navigate these tumultuous seas, stay calm. Be extra thoughtful about your fellow league members. As they say, you cannot know what they may be going through unless you walk a mile in their shoes. We all want the same thing, and we can help everyone pull through these difficult times.
The use of these protocols is suggested for players age 10 or older. Players younger than 10 will have a difficult time adhering to all the recommendations and by nature are a lot more likely to break thesocial distancing guidelines. This especially true of the T-ball program. Current guidelines state that groups of no more than 12 children can be in any single group for activities such as sport clinic.
It is suggested that younger age groups limit participation size to 6 players per team at any single practice. This will allow the opportunity to create a social distancing environment.

Santa Clara County Guidelines (6/5/2020)
Just like daycares, summer camps, summer school, and other children’s programsmust ensure that: (1) children are in stable groups of 12 or fewer; (2) children do not change from one group to another; (3) multiple groups of children in a facility stay in separate rooms; and (4) providers remain solely with one group of children.

Also, children may not move from one program to another more often than every 3 weeks. This means that, for instance, if a child attends a week-long summer camp program, that child is not allowed to attend another summer camp or childcare program for two more weeks. It also means that children cannot attend two camps simultaneously or attend a summer camp and also another kind of recreational group or childcare program.Children’s programs are responsible for maintaining appropriate enrollment and attendance records. They should verify compliance with these restrictions to the extent feasible.

Protocols for Establishing a Safe Environment

1. The League Safety Officer will be the point of contact for the implementation and enforcement of these protocols.
2. In the event of an outbreak of the virus, the League Safety Officer will coordinate with local health officials any pertinent information regarding any team’s activity. The local League Safety Officer will notify the District Safety Officer of any outbreak.
3. The League Safety Officer will instruct all managers and coaches on the proper protocols of the league before any practice can beconducted.
4. The League Safety Officer in conjunction with the appropriate player agents will compile a list for each team in the league. A list of the team members and coaches will include when the appropriate forms have been submitted to the league. Only players/coaches with current paperwork provided may participate in practices. (Chart #1)
5. The League Safety Officer will compile a master list of all players, including parent or guardian, managers and coaches that are participating in the league. The list will contain contact information for each person.
6. The League Safety Officer will contact players, including parent and guardian, managers, and coaches of any changes to this set of protocols.
7. Routine safety meetings will be conducted by theLeague Safety Officer. In an effort to keep social distancing it is recommended that these meetings take place online.
8. A written acknowledgement of these protocols will be required by each manager and coach in the league and returned to the safety officer. (appendix #1)
9. Managers are required to keep a log of which players are in attendance for any given practice. (Chart #2)
10.A copy of these protocols will be given to every member of the league (and posted on our website, (www.lgll.org) prior to participation. It will also require a signed waiver acknowledging the associated risks as well as a form acknowledgement of these protocols. The signed waiver and acknowledgement form will be returned to the League Safety Officer. (appendix #2 and #3)
11.All practice sites will be assigned by the league. Only teams listed at a particular site may use that site. If more than one field is used at a site, practice times will be staggered by at least 15 minutes to lessen the social contact between teams.
12.All participants must be free from any symptoms that would cause them from participating in the practice (i.e. fever, sore throat, cough, sneezing, body aches, loss of smell, difficulty breathing or fatigue).
13.Only assigned regular season teams may practice as a group. No more than 12 players and 3 coaches are permitted at the practice site. The players and coaches may not change from practice to practice.
14.Coaches that are associated with more than one regular season team must choose one team and work only with that team throughout the term of this order.
15.All coaches will be required to wear masks.
16.Participants are encouraged to wear masks whenever possible. Participants are required to wear masks when not directly participating in an activity.
17.Practices will be scheduled with a minimum of 15 minutes between sessions.
18.Parent/Guardian must drop off participants and pick them up. No waiting will be allowed. Parent/Guardian should not leave vehicle.
19.Carpooling is not allowed unless members of the same household living together.
20.All players must be transported to the practice site. No walking or bicycling.
21.One coach will be available at the practice site 15 minutes before and after scheduled practices. In the event that a child has not been picked up within the allotted time frame the parent will be immediately called.
22.Upon arrival players and coaches should go directly to field and maintain social distancing.
23.Gates to the facility should be in an open position to allow touch-less use. Gates should be wiped down before and after every practice as a precaution.
24.Players and coaches will use sanitizer before entering field and immediately after the practice is over. One container of sanitizer should be available for each team.
25.No socializing before, during or after practices.
26.Minimize close contact: no handshakes, fist and elbow bumps, or hugging. It is recommended to keep a six-foot distance between participants except as strictly necessary to carry out a task associated with the practice.
27.No dugouts will be used.
28.Players equipment should be placed six feet apart down foul lines in the outfield or outside of fence line. (Fig.1)
29.As an alternative, player may place belongings in stands provided they can maintain 6 feet apart. (Fig. 2)
30.Practices shall last no longer than 105 minutes.
31. Signs will be posted at the facility to remind everyone about social distancing. (appendix #4 -#9)
32.If there are more than 1 field at a facility used for practice, the two fields should have staggered start times.
33. Sites with more than 1 field in use should have entrances to the fields as far away from each other as possible. (Fig. 3)
34.Players will have their own personal equipment. (gloves, helmets, bats, batting gloves) No baseballs shall be brought by a player to any practice.
35.Catchers may not be used unless they have their own equipment. Adults may assume the position of catcher in infield and outfield drills. They must maintain 6 feet distancing from the person putting the ball in play. If no players have catcher’s equipment adult coaches may also catch bullpen sessions.
36. Teams should have their own set of bases. No bases will be shared between teams.
37.Use of equipment to maintain the fields condition should be properly sanitized after each use. It is encouraged that teams bring their own rakes and other tools.
38.No base runners will be used in live action drills. This is due to social distancing guidelines.
39.Each player shall have their own single serve water or water bottle. No sharing is allowed.
40.Drinking fountains if available will be off limits.
41.No food of any kind is allowed. This includes gum and seeds.
42.All snack bars will remain closed.
43.Restrooms can remain open provided they are cleaned frequently and follow protocols established by the CDC and health experts. When possible discourage their use.
44. Trash cans on the premise should have lids removed to allow touch-less use.
45.Each team will have their own baseballs/softballs. No baseballs/softballs from other groups should be used.
46.Baseballs should be sanitized after each practice in accordance with the CDC guidelines. A list of approved disinfectants can be found at EPA.gov.
47.If multiple fields are in use, balls from one field hit onto another should not be handled. A coach from the team that has “lost the ball” may retrieve it if social distancing is possible.
48.If batting cages are used only one player and one coach may be in the cage at the same time. One batter and one pitcher. One adult should open the cage for entrance and exit of players. This will allow only one person to contact the surface of the gate. The entrance gate should be sanitized before and after use. Players waiting a turn in the cage must always be spaced six feet apart.
49.All players and coaches are encouraged to shower/bath when they return home and wash all clothing used during the practice.
50.Contact the local health district about suspected cases or exposure. Contact the League Safety Officer about suspected cases or exposure.
51.Immediately isolate and seek medical care for any individual who develops symptoms.
52. Leagues must maintain a complete list of coaches, players, and employees present at each event to include: the date, beginning and ending time of the event, plus name, address, and phone contact to be made available upon request from local health district.

Any suggestions or questions regarding these plans please contact our League Safety Officer, Elliot Carlisle.

LGLL Board of Directors

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2020 LGLL Protocols Covid-19
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