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PNHLL COVID-19

COVID 19 Waiver for Fall Ball

WAIVERS MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE PLAYERS CAN PARTICIPATE IN FALL BALL.

Please complete using the following form (1 per child):

http://forms.gle/gSnh5JC6WBeEGiJR6

Coaches will also need to fill out a waiver.

FALL COVID PROCEDURES

Plymouth New-Hope Little League’s Procedures to Play outline the processes to reduce our association’s players, coaches, volunteers and families potential exposure to the Coronavirus during activities associated with the baseball season. These guidelines were developed to support compliance with orders and guidelines issued by the Federal Government, the State of MN and the cities of Plymouth and New Hope. PNHLL guidelines may change in relation to future changes to these recommendations. PNHLL may adjust or revise policies that are found to need improvement after on-field practices begin. Ammendments can be made at any time during the PNHLL session.

These guidelines apply to all PNHLL activities associated with the current baseball season and equipment used during such activities.

These guidelines apply to all coaches, families, players, and volunteers participating in PNHLL activities associated with the current baseball season. All participants must review this document and acknowledge understanding before they will be permitted to participate in group activities.

Return to Play Procedures

  1. All posted and published local and state regulated guidelines shall be followed.

  2. This document is supplemented by the current Return to Play Protocols in place by PNHLL and

    any host facility or governing athletic association that PNHLL participates in.

  3. Any person who is experiencing symptoms of sickness will be prohibited from attending the event/venue of play. Players who experiencing flu or COVID symptoms will need to obtain a doctor’s note to resume play.

  4. PNHLL players, coaches and volunteers will take proactive steps to create and maintain social distancing environments at all times, where possible.

  5. PNHLL will minimize player contact

    • ●  By limiting individuals in dugouts to no more than 3

    • ●  Players will sit on assigned bleacher seat when off field

    • ●  Enforce responsible distancing behavior in the dugout and on play fields.

    • ●  Prohibiting group huddles. Taking a knee will be advised

    • ●  Prohibiting high fives, hugs, and handshakes. (hat tips will be used to finalize games

      between both teams)

    • ●  Players who own their own equipment will be asked not to share their equipment

      unless exclusive permission is obtained.

    • ●  Players and coaches will be asked to sanitize any shared equipment between uses.

      Please note, player-owned equipment is strongly encouraged where possible as it may reduce potential exposure to viruses and illness. Any shared bats will be sanitized after each use.

  6. Players must bring their own water bottle as there will be no shared water coolers or bottles. As summer months bring with them a potential risk of heat related illness, water needs to be

PLYMOUTH - NEW HOPE LITTLE LEAGUE PROCEDURES TO PLAY

plentiful and individuals will be responsible for providing their own water and using water responsibly in and around the field and dugout.

  1. Only designated coaches approved by the league are allowed to run games and team events to reduce exposure and contact.

  2. PNHLL encourages parents to supply their players with antibacterial wipes and/or hand sanitizer for disinfecting. Coaches will also have a sanitizing materials available and will be responsible to sanitize any shared playing equipment. Players and coaches will sanitize their hands upon arrival to games and prior to departure. Additional opportunities to sanitize will be offered during the course of games.

  3. PNHLL will not require players and coaches, to wear PPE items during baseball activities, but it will be allowed for any coach or player to wear PPE off-the-field if they choose. Players may not wear PPE on the field, during games as it poses a safety risk for themselves or other players, it is welcome in the dug outs.

  4. Spectators are required to maintain a minimum of 6 feet from individuals not in their family. We do encourage spectators to wear PPE items, but it is not required.

  5. Spectator will not be allowed on the bleachers or behind the team dug outs - they must socially distance themselves down the baselines or in the outfield areas.

  6. PNHLL requires teams to clean the field and player areas of all trash and other items after each game and deposit it in the appropriate location.

  7. Teams are not allowed to take the field until the previous game or practice has fully exited the field

  8. Teams will use their own balls when they are on the field and will take the ball with them to the dug out when they leave the field. Umpires will not have contact with the balls.

  9. The PNHLL Board will do our best adjusting the playing formats and schedules to minimize overlap and traffic flow. Game start times on adjacent fields will be staggered by at least 15 minutes to minimize the number of people arriving and departing at any given time. As a standard protocol and to accommodate shared use of fields, teams will enter all field spaces from the first base side of the field and exit all field spaces form the third base side when possible.

  10. Home Team is first base line dug out, Away team is 3rd baseline dug out please use the respective entrance on your side of the field to avoid crowding areas.

  11. PNHLL will ban the use of shared foods or snacks amongst teams and will eliminate the use of sunflower seeds and gum as to promote a more sanitary environment.

  12. PNHLL Board will be open to families’ concerns regarding Covid-19. They are encouraged to contact a board member to begin an open conversation

  13. PNHLL will error on the side of cancellation in the event of inclement weather. We will not wait out inclement weather if it occurs during practice and/or games — as teams usually congregate in small sheltered spaces.

  14. All players (or their guardians) and coaches must complete and sign a Return to Play Waiver prior to participating in any PNHLL events.

SPRING RETURN-TO-PLAY BEST PRACTICES

POST COVID-19 Return-to-Play Guidelines, 

PNHLL Procedures and Recommendations as found on, www.pnhll.org/pnhllcovid19

This is a fluid document and any updates will be reflected in the “updated” date portion of the document. 

Drafted 4/26/2020

Updated 5/5/2020 version 1.2

In accordance with Little League International, and in compliance with Plymouth and New Hope Park and Rec facilities, PNHLL has adopted the following guidelines to return safely to the fields when the stay-at-home orders are lifted. 

Inside this manual are what Plymouth - New Hope Little League (PNHLL) feels are best practices for our program to move forward, as developed by our Executive Board of Directors in consideration with District 1, and the cities of Plymouth and New Hope. 

Please view Little League International’s Covid-19 recommendations here 

These “best practices” are designed to help equip PNHLL coaches, parents, and players with ideas and plans for operating events post COVID-19. They do not replace or supersede any protocols or restrictions outlined by state or local authorities. All directors and coaches must continue to follow those local state and city guidelines first and foremost.

All participants and families will be asked to sign a waiver before proceeding with the Little League season to resume eligibility. This waiver can be found here

  1. In accordance with Little League International, and in compliance with Plymouth and New Hope Park and Rec facilities, PNHLL will request that only one parent attend games; siblings will be asked to stay home to avoid congregation in the park -- as not to breach the government group limitations; Indirect family members will be asked to not attend games at this time. (*** this rule will be reviewed by the city of Plymouth, upon Gov Walz official back to play rulings -- that new ruling may allow all household family members to attend games!!!! - May14th update***)
  2. Any person who is experiencing symptoms of sickness will be prohibited from attending the event/venue of play. Players experiencing flu-like symptoms will need to obtain a doctor’s note to resume play.

  3. All posted and published local- and state- regulated guidelines shall be followed. 

  4. Winning shall not supersede the safety of players, fans, or umpires in any circumstance. The health and safety of our members shall be placed as the highest value. 

  5. PNHLL fans will take proactive steps to create social distancing environments, where possible. 

    • Designated seating and viewing areas for fans will be behind the back stop, down first and third base lines, and in the outfield. Use this full space to create appropriate social distances between parties.  

    • When using a tent, please restrict it to direct family members only. 

    • Use of your own seating if/when possible

    • Avoid congregating in established bleacher areas, and wipe those areas down accordingly

  6.  PNHLL will minimize player contact

    • By using responsible behavior in the dug out

    • Taking a knee instead of group huddles

    • Players who own their equipment will be asked not to share their equipment unless exclusive permission is obtained. 

    • Players will be asked to sanitize any shared team equipment they are utilizing

    • By eliminating team/player handshakes and team/player high fives. PNHLL suggests other means of game celebrations and team sportsmanship at the end of games (e.g., ask players to tip their caps/visors, cheering for the other team from their respective dug out, or have teams bow to each other from across the field). 

  7. Directors, players, umpires and spectators must adhere to the guidelines from CDC, state and local authorities regarding potential state travel restrictions and stay-at-home orders. 

  8. In dugouts, PNHLL will discontinue use of water coolers that are provided by tournaments, parks or teams. Players should bring their own, personal cooler instead of using a team cooler. Players should plan on bringing an individual water bottle, there will be no shared water bottles. Playing in June and July brings an added task of heat safety, so water needs to be plentiful and individuals will be responsible for providing their own water and using water responsibly in the dug out. 

  9. The managers meeting with the umpire at home plate should be limited to one coach from each team. No players will attend an at-plate meeting. Eliminate the meeting altogether if possible. 

  10. Where possible, consider options for limiting both the pitching and the scorecard exchanges, in order to reduce person-to-person contact. Recommended to use Game Changer in Majors, Minor A, and Minor B where rosters can be shared electronically. Rookie level is not required to obtain opponent rosters or pitch counts.

  11. Only the 3 league designated coaches from each team are allowed to run practices, games, and team events. No parent helpers or volunteers will be allowed to participate. That includes during practices and warm-ups. 

  12. PNHLL encourages parents to supply their players with antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizer for disinfecting any shared playing equipment and for cleaning hands between innings. When available, it is recommended all players wash their hands with soap and water before and after taking the field.

  13. PNHLL will allow players and coaches to wear PPE items in dugouts, however, for the safety of players, and in compliance with LL International, players are not allowed to wear PPE items on the field for safety purposes.  

  14. PNHLL Requires teams to clean their dugout of all trash and other items after each game, and to wipe down (clean) hard surfaces such as benches, bat racks, etc.

  15. Upon arriving at a dugout for the first time, teams are to disinfect hard surface areas (benches, bat racks, etc.). Procedures #14 and #15 here will comply with the CDC recommendation of a two-step process for cleaning and disinfecting. 

  16. PNHLL Board of Directors will do our best adjusting the playing formats and increasing the amount of time between games, to minimize overlap and traffic flow when needed. Saturday Mornings and afternoons, and Sunday evenings will now be added to our schedule to accommodate a better, staggered schedule 

  17. PNHLL will ban the use of sunflower seeds, as to promote a cleaner environment.

  18. PNHLL Concessions will remained closed during the first 2 weeks of the season. We will evaluate opening after that date as we head into phase 2. If we proceed with opening concessions:

    •  It will be pre-packaged food ONLY. The only exception may be during Jamboree Events. 

    • We will adjust the time frame concession will be open. 

    • Concessions will only have 2 workers at any given time

    • PNHLL will advise against treat tickets or any potential “reward system” that incentivizes large crowds at concessions   

    • PNHLL will not be selling sunflower seeds, to avoid hand-to-mouth transmission around the park. 

    • No food will be allowed on the front counter to avoid being touched by non-workers. 

    • Workers will be required to wear face masks

  19. PNHLL is going to limit our regular season inter-league interactions to Crystal, Hamel, Northland and Golden Valley as they are all connected to our borders. We will not play other leagues beyond that during regular season play.

  20. PNHLL board will be open to concerns regarding Covid-19. Please contact our safety officer to begin an open conversation

  21. PNHLL will not “wait it out” in the event of weather rolling in during games — as teams usually use the concessions as a shelter, and we do not want people to congregate in small spaces. 4 innings will consist of a complete game, in the event the game is past 4 inning a game will revert back to the last full innings score.

COVID-19 HYGIENE REQUEST

Notice of New PNHLL Mandatory Health & Safety Procedures

MAY 5, 2020 version 1.0

Dear parents of athletes,

Due to concerns surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and other health authorities, PNHLL is implementing some new, mandatory health and safety procedures as part of a proactive approach to preventing the spread of germs.

At PNHLL we are adopting these new measures effective immediately. We cannot stress enough how vital it is that all PNHLL participants adhere to these guidelines for us to safely and effectively move forward. As you know, this situation is highly complex and changing at a rapid rate - this is new territory for all of us. 

“No-Contact/No-Handshake” Policy 

PNHLL is immediately instituting a precautionary “no-contact, no-handshake policy” to be observed at every level of the organization until further notice. This includes all physical contact and extends to customary game-related activities, such as pre-game coaches’ handshakes, umpire-coach introductions, and post-game handshakes between members of opposing teams, and expressions gratitude to umpires. Instead, staff, players, umpires and coaches should use verbal queues, such as saying “good game,” without shaking hands, high-fiving or fistbumping.

PNHLL members should Maintain Good Hygiene Practices 

All PNHLL board members, membership and participants in PNHLL sanctioned events should be aware of the coronavirus risk and take the necessary precautions to avoid exposure to germs. This includes maintaining good hygiene practices. For official information regarding the transmission of COVID-19 and other diseases please refer to the CDC's website

  • Consistent Evaluation:

    • Parents will be asked to fill out a COVID release form prior to the season.

    • Parents should monitor and take their child’s temperature before events. If your child has a fever, please keep him or her home and contact your doctor if symptoms persist.

    • Parents should continually communicate with their players regarding their health. If they feel sick or exhibit two or more symptoms of COVID-19, please keep them home and contact your doctor.

    • Open and honest discussions within each family is encouraged to bring awareness to COVID symptoms

    • Contact the league if anyone in your household is experiencing 2 or more COVID symptoms and/or have tested positive

    • Any child who is not feeling well will be required to stay home.

 

Quarantine Procedures:

  • If anyone tests positive or has been directly exposed to COVID-19 by a close contact or family member, he or she should self-quarantine for 10 days and notify the league immediately. Positive cases can return to play after 10-day quarantine period as well as being three days symptom-free.

  • If 2 or more players on a single team test positive for COVID that team should then quarantine. 

  • If a player was at an event within 24 hours of having COVID symptoms that player’s team should quarantine. 

  • Players and Coaches are required to quarantine if they have personally experienced COVID symptoms and/or if they had 1-hour exposure to a direct contact who has tested positive for COVID-19 (or if a doctor told their direct contact to assume they are COVID-19 positive). 


 

 As a good practice, even without the current COVID-19 situation, concerns for the spread of various forms of influenza, coughing, and other communicable disease are possible. We strongly recommend the following:

  • Wash your hands often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time.

  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol; this is suggested after any physical contact with another person or with a shared surface.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Cover your mouth and nose – with a tissue, if possible – when coughing or sneezing, then properly discard the tissue in the trash.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Avoid close contact with anyone else who is coughing or sneezing or who is otherwise sick.

  • Clean or disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

Other General Precautions

  • Avoid sharing food.

  • Make sure your child is eating well, drinking fluids, getting plenty of rest, wearing weather-appropriate clothing, and consistently consuming foods high in vitamin C.

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has a specific Q&A regarding the virus in children:

Q: Are children more susceptible to the virus that causes COVID-19 compared with the general population and how can infection be prevented?

A: No, there is no evidence that children are more susceptible… – please reference here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/children-faq.html 

We will provide updates related to these new measures or let you know about any additional precautions to take if and when they become necessary. We appreciate your cooperation in following these new procedures as we work together to maintain the highest health and safety standards as an organization while maintaining a back-to-play mentality.

If you have any questions regarding an event in which you are registered to participate in, please contact the appropriate Board Member

Thank you,

Shaynah Dodge PNHLL President