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2020 COVID-19 Return Plan

UPDATED July 5, 2020

As Dexter Little League returns to the field, we are continuing to monitor and implement the guidelines set forth by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Little League International and Dexter Community Schools.

The guidelines below will help to provide a safe place to play and continue to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Dexter Little League will continue to update these guidelines as information is further developed around COVID-19 mitigation. 

All Dexter Little League board members, managers, coaches, umpires, league officials, and families are strongly encouraged to review these guidelines. 

Self-monitoring & Health Screening

Any player, coach, umpire or family members exhibiting cough or fever, or any known exposure to a person with COVID-19 are prohibited from attending any Dexter Little League activity until cleared by a medical professional.

Any individual, including players, at risk for severe illness or with serious underlying medical or respiratory condition should only attend Dexter Little League activities with permission from a medical professional.

All players, family members, spectators, coaches and umpires are expected to complete the following illness screening prior to attending any DLL practice or game. Parents are expected to complete the screening of their child(ren).

Illness screening:

Does you/your child have a fever above 100.3?
Does you/your child have:

  • new or worsening cough
  • shortness of breath
  •  diarrhea 
  •  sore throat

 Have you or your child had close contact with someone that has been COVID positive or suspected of COVID in the past 14 days?

A positive screening (answering yes to any of the illness screening questions) is an automatic DO NOT ATTEND.

Any child that misses a game or practice due to a positive screening should notify their coach as soon as possible. The coach will then notify Amy Teddy (Safety Director) for possible consultation with the Washtenaw County Health Department.   

Social Distancing

All players, coaches, volunteers, umpires, and spectators should practice social distancing of six feet,wherever possible, from individuals not residing within their household, especially in common areas. 

Coaches may modify practices so players work on individual skills, rather than on competition. Coaches may also put players into small groups (cohorts) that remain together and work through stations, rather than switching groups or mixing groups.

Managers/coaches and players may be assigned spots in the dugout or on the bleachers so that they are at least six feet apart and must be placed behind a fence. Players are to stay at their assigned spots when on the bench or while waiting their turn to bat.

Players and coaches will take measures to prevent all but the essential contact necessary to play the game. This should include refraining from handshakes, high fives, fist/elbow bumps, chest bumps, group celebrations, team huddles, etc. 

At the end of each game, each team will line up on appropriate baselines and tip their caps to the opponent.

Players and families should vacate the field/facility as soon as is reasonably possible after the conclusion of their game to minimize unnecessary contact with players, coaches, ideally within 20 minutes.

Face Masks

Players and manager/coaches are required to wear face mask when in the dugout, close contact areas and in places where social distancing is challenging or not feasible.

Players are permitted, although not required, to wear a face mask on the field during game play.

Players are required to provide their own personal face mask – preferably labeled with player name.

Hand Hygiene

Each player should provide their own hand sanitizer.

Players, coaches and managers will use hand sanitizer as needed and at least once between innings.

Food and Beverage

Athletes, managers/coaches, and umpires should bring their own beverages, labeled, to all team activities. Shared/team beverages or snacks are prohibited.

There will be no concession stand.

Food, including gum and sunflower seeds, are not allowed in the dugout or playing field.

Families are encouraged to bring their own food/beverages as the concession stand will be closed.

All players and coaches are to refrain from spitting at all times, including in dugout areas and on the playing field.

Equipment

Equipment should not be shared. It is recommended that players have their own individual batter’s helmet, glove, bat, batting glove(s). 

When it is necessary to share critical or limited equipment (ex: catcher’s gear) all surfaces will be sanitizedwith an EPA approved disinfectant against COVID-19.

Umpires should limit their contact with the ball, and catchers should retrieve foul balls and passed balls whenever possible. 

Foul balls landing outside the field of play should be retrieved by participating players, coaches, and umpires. 

Spectators

All spectators should follow best social distancing practices — stay six feet away from individuals outside their household.

Spectators are expected to bring their own seating.

Spectators are expected to complete illness screening questions (see self-monitoring section) prior to attending any DLL game or practice.

Pre-Game Plate Meetings/Warm-up

Social distancing of six feet between individuals should be implemented during all pre-game plate meetings between teams and umpires. Plate meetings should only consist of one manager or coach from each team, and game umpires. All participants should wear a face mask.

Umpires

Umpires are encouraged to keep a safe distance from players as much as possible.

If physically able, umpires are encouraged to wear face masks while umpiring. 

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