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UPDATE REGARDING COVID-19

Quick Update Week Ending 7/07/20

Parents - Players 

Welcome to Phase III COVID 

We can officially play games and scrimmages. We will be sending /posting game specific rules once they all become finalized. We will be getting some from towns that we play and practice in and will forward them off ASAP . Each week with tourneys and games we will be forwarding specific rules for those fields as well. So everyone please be diligent in checking rules and regs for each town weekly.

Tourneys are still being worked through for baseball and softball . We have been in contact with tourney directors and we will be seeing some specific tourney rules for each one . So to clarify what we all saw yesterday was somewhat misleading and still a work in progress. Phase III has multiple steps in each and tourneys are re-orging  formats of the past to work into new regulations. 

So please stay tuned for more news here as well .

Thanks 

Don Connors 


2020 Dirt Dawg Sports  - COVID-19 Safety Guidelines Phase 3 - Updated Jul 9, 2020

The safety guidelines below are to be enforced before, during and after all baseball/softball practices. These guidelines are in addition to guidelines provided by the CDC, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, as well, as our local recreation department. These safety measures must be strictly adhered to by all players, coaches and spectators to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

GAMES 

  • Masks must be worn from vehicle to dugout and dugout to field.
  • Parents and all spectators requested to wear masks at all times when on and around the field.
  • Parents to view games from  left and right field foul lines and in outfield area
  • Masks must be worn in dugouts and at all times where 6’ of social distancing cannot be met.
  • Players are to be assigned spots along the fence to maintain 6’ of space between each other when not in the field.
  • Player equipment bags should be located at players assigned spot.
  • Masks must be on when in the dugouts, at bat, or on base. 
  • Dugouts at SYB are not to be used  !!!
  • When players are in the field on defense, masks are not required.
  • Equipment should not be shared if at all possible, any shared equipment must be properly disinfected after use and allowed to dry.
  • No handshakes, etc., line up and tip caps to each other is LL good sportsmanship suggestion.
  • Leave the field as soon as reasonably possible after conclusion of game.
  • No sharing of snacks/drinks.  NO SEEDS, GUM or SPITTING! 
  • Balls should be rotated through and wiped to limit individual contact.
  • Foul balls are to be retrieved by players and coaches, not spectators.
  • Fields must be raked and equipment wiped down  
  • SYB will have bathrooms available – No cookouts – NO Dogs
  • Concession stand not open this first weekend 
  • No Bathrooms available at Randolph Fields 

 

GAMES - PRACTICE GUIDELINES

  • Maximum of 50 participants at each baseball/softball field. Participants include players, coaches and spectators.  Groups will not be greater than 12 people.
  • Face coverings should be worn when not on the playing field, cannot socially distance (minimum of 6 ft apart) or in the designated dugout by all players and coaches. 
  • Practices will be tailored to limit the usage of shared baseballs/softballs and maintain social distancing as much as possible. For batting cages, no more than one player and coach in each batting cage while practicing social distancing. A max of two players can be waiting outside the cage while practicing social distancing.
  • Spectators are limited to only the player’s parents/guardians. Spectators must remain beyond 1st and 3rd base while practicing social distancing (see Figure 1). Face coverings are recommended. The bleacher area cannot be utilized by spectators as the bleachers are considered to be part of the designated dugout area.
  • Dugouts (benches) are to be extended to the outside behind the dugout (benches) to the home plate backstop with fencing on both sides to keep spectators separate. This area will be marked for social distancing (e.g. cones, signs, or roped off (see Figure 2).  
  • Teams practicing will leverage both dugouts to further separate players. Splitting teams evenly across both home and away benches.
  • Players should have their own helmet, bat, facemask and water bottle. Each catcher should have their own catcher’s equipment. Players must refrain from sharing equipment. Request all gear have players names on it to avoid any confusion and accidental sharing.
  • Players should wear batting gloves as much as possible during practice, especially when handling a bat.
  • Coaches will have hand sanitizer and/or wipes available for all participants; however, we encourage each player to have their own hand sanitizer.
  • Players and coaches must refrain from any physical gestures of celebrating, including but not limited to high fives, hugs, fist or elbow bumps. 
  • When social distancing is not possible (e.g. player injury), coaches and players must wear masks and if possible, gloves.
  • No seeds, chewing gum or any food that encourages spitting will be allowed.
  • Each team will be responsible for cleaning their dugout area after practice. 
  • There will be no organized games, scrimmages, or tournaments during Phase 2.
  • Players, coaches and/or spectators that are not feeling well or exhibiting symptoms of possible exposure to COVID-19, such as fever must not attend practice until such time as the player, coach or spectator has been tested and/or cleared.


For additional COVID-19 guidance, please visit:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/youth-sports.html













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