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COVID-19 SAFETY PLAN FOR LEWISBURG LITTLE LEAGUE

In order to continue to use public facilities in the Borough of Lewisburg, Kelly Township and East Buffalo Township, Lewisburg Little League is required to follow COVID guidelines at all times.

Purpose: Safeguarding the health, safety and well-being of our players, coaches, volunteers, family members and support personnel is our number one priority. Specific measures will be introduced to protect all parties who continue to play, coach and help take care of the children in our league. 

The COVID-19 safety plan should be viewed, in conjunction with, Lewisburg Little League’s 2021 Safety Plan. In no way is this plan meant to replace or supersede any protocols or restrictions outlined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) or by state and local authorities. Lewisburg Little League has worked with each township to establish the appropriate protocols. 

The league will not resume league sanctioned activities unless Little League International, state and local authorities grant the League permission to do so. The league reserves the right to stop the season if urged to do so by Little League International, and or local, state, or federal officials. 

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A - Participation 

  1. Players and volunteers are required to stay home if they are feeling ill.
  2. Parents are to take their players temperature prior to leaving their home. If their temperature is above 100.4 the player is to stay home.
  3. Players and volunteers must allow for 72 hours of no symptoms before returning to participate in any league activity. 
  4. Coaches are responsible for taking attendance of all participants during ALL league activities whether practice or games. Coaches are responsible for maintaining record of attendance for the entire season. Attendance records will be reported to the Player Agent weekly via email (Photo of your attendance sheet is acceptable ([email protected] or [email protected]
  5. We ask that any participant, whether a player or volunteer, who is diagnosed with COVID-19, notify their coach who is to then notify the LLL Safety officer immediately. 
  6. LLL will adhere to the reporting requirements as required by the PA department of Health or any Government entity. 

 

B - Fields and Equipment 

  1. NO FOOD will be allowed in the dugouts, this includes gum and sunflower seeds.
  2. All players MUST bring their own water bottles, no team coolers allowed.
  3. Shared equipment MUST be sanitized between each use (catcher’s gear, gloves, and bats). Coaches should discourage their players from sharing bats, helmets, and hats.
  4. Any equipment used by team managers/coaches MUST be sanitized before and after each use, this includes pitching machines and any other items used from the coach closet/shed.
  5. Disposable PPE will be added to all first aid kits.
  6. Coaches will be provided with Hand Sanitizer and Sanitizing Spray. 

C - Practices and Game Play

  1. Dugouts MUST be sanitized both before and after practice (all hard surfaces include benches and bat racks). This includes removing all trash. 
  2. Lewisburg Little League will provide sanitizer to all teams.
  3. Fields in use will be limited to adhere to gathering requirements in accordance with municipal and state regulations (limiting the number of players, parents and volunteers at the fields at any one time). 
  4. Practices and Games will be scheduled to allow time for a team to exit the fields before the next team arrives. 
  5. Teams will be asked to arrive at their scheduled practice time (no earlier) and wait in their cars until the previous team has left/vacated the fields. 
  6. Parents must bring their own chair and adhere to social distancing guidelines. 
  7. There will be no bleachers. 
  8. Dugouts can be used after they have been sanitized. We recommend keeping only 6-8 players at a safe distance in the dugout and using chairs directly outside the dugout areas for remaining players to avoid crowding the dugouts. In no event should the dugout be extended on to the field or in foul ball territory. 
  9. Teams will be asked to wait in their cars until the previous game has ended (if necessary due to weather delays) and the teams have exited the fields. 
  10. NO high-fives or handshakes after the game. Players and coaches should line the foul lines and tip their hat to the opposing team. 
  11. As per Little League Requirements, there are to be no Parents, Spectators or Non-Registered Volunteers within the field fence or dugout. 
  12. Players must arrive for the game/practice with a mask. Players must wear the mask when in the dugout or not on the field. Players are encouraged to wear a mask when they are in close proximity to not required to wear a mask when in the field of play.
  13. Spectators are to wear masks and socially distant themselves at least 6 feet cannot be observed, especially in common areas such as concession stand and restrooms. 
  14. Coaches are to ensure that any visiting teams are aware of LLL’s COVID plan and will adhere to the plan.
  15. Coaches and Umpires are to be wearing masks at all times.

D -  Spectators 

  1. Parents and spectators are NOT allowed in the dugouts. This excludes team coaches and assistant coaches. 
  2. Households may sit together. Anyone from separate households are to engage in social distancing and remain at least six feet apart. 
  3. Bleachers are not available.
  4. Spectators are to bring their own chairs. 

E - Concession Stand Operation 

  1. Volunteers are required to submit to a “temperature check” before entering the concessions stand. 
  2. Volunteers MUST wear a mask when working in concessions.
  3. Hands must be washed or sanitized frequently both before, during and after a volunteer’s shift is complete.
  4. NO sunflower seeds or gums will be sold.
  5. All common touch points (i.e. register, door handles, drawers, countertop areas) will be sanitized and disinfected by the concession volunteer prior to opening and upon closing. 
  6. If a line is has formed in the concession stand area, please maintain a social distance of 6 feet as marked on ground. Patrons must wear a mask. 
  7. We will utilize prepacked items for sale. 
  8. We will utilize a team of trained concession stand workers. This is in an attempt to provide people that know the regulations and minimize exposure. 
  9. There will be a sanitization station in each concession stand. 

F - Volunteer Training Program and Compliance 

  1. The safety officer will review the safety plan with all board members and coaches at the beginning of the season. 
  2. This safety plan will be posted on the league’s website.
    The safety officer, all board members and all team managers are responsible for enforcement and ensuring all league participants are compliant with this safety plan.
  3. LLL reserves the right to modify and or alter this plan as needed to maintain compliance with current guidelines. 

 

 

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