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And deliver us from Coronavirus

Posted by Tyler on Jun 8, 2020 9:31:07 AM

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In early March, making the decision to suspend play for our leagues was both incredibly difficult, and readily apparent as a necessary precaution. Our mission is to provide the leading community for active adults by creating memorable sport and social experiences -- we can’t do that if ensuring safety isn’t priority number one.  When we announced the decision to suspend on March 13th, we never imagined then that the next few months would be so tough for so many, and how long the period of social distancing would last. 

Now, we’re facing equally difficult challenges as we look toward the next few months, and how and when to resume play, and what needs to be different to continue to ensure the safety of our community.  We know that social activity will play a large role in our recovery and healing as a community, and we’re excited to be here for you as soon as it is safe to get back out there!

Below are the steps we’re taking for the summer season to maximize everyone’s safety, while allowing us to return to play. We'll need everyone's support and cooperation to keep us all safe, so make sure you and your teammates are following all of these!

Guidelines for All Games

  • Follow all CDC, State and Local guidelines.
  • All players and referees will receive an email on their game day with screening questions.
  • All players and referees should stay home if they have any of the following symptoms:
    • Temperature above 100.3
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
  • Wash your hands often. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • “Leave No Trace” Policy. Teams must leave nothing at the field and in the dugouts and sidelines. i.e trash, drinks, equipment, clothing, etc.
  • All shared items must be disinfected between each use to the extent practicable.
  • Maintain ten feet of physical distance between all instructors, participants, and spectators, where practicable.
  • Teams may not share sidelines, dugouts, or baselines. Teams must physically separate when off the field.

You must follow:

  • No non-playing spectators at the game site.
  • No post-game handshakes.
  • No sharing of water bottles.
  • No sunflower seeds, smokeless tobacco, or spitting.
  • No licking of fingers/hand or spitting into hand/gloves.
  • Pre-game captains’ meeting to be socially distanced.
  • When it is necessary to schedule multiple games at the same field in a night, game times will be staggered so that Game 1 participants may leave the field before Game 2 participants arrive (game times may be shortened slightly to accommodate this if necessary).
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others while not playing.
  • Do not touch or share anyone else’s equipment, water, food or bags.

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  • Captains only for roster checks; captain will give printed roster to referee
  • One team per sideline
  • Players may not confront other players, teammates, or referees face-to-face. Violation will result in immediate red card.
  • Spitting is expressly forbidden on the playing surface, and will result in an immediate red card.
  • Here are the full modifications to the laws of the game: COVID-19 Laws Modifications

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  • For coed games, we will sanitize belts before and after each game
  • Coed teams will now be able to purchase their coed flags from us (at cost); they'll be available in our Team Shop.
    • NOTE: It isn't a requirement to buy flags, and it isn't a requirement to buy them from us. You may use any of the 3-flag breakaway style flags (no velcro!). 
  • One team per sideline
  • Spitting is expressly forbidden (in your gloves or on the playing surface) and will result in an immediate ejection.

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  • Recommend only the use of your personal equipment (limit sharing of bats/gloves)
  • Must give a new or sanitized ball to the pitcher. 
  • Umpire will be advised to wear facemask and/or face shield
  • Weeknight games will begin at 6:35pm/7:35pm and 8:55pm/9:55pm

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Volleyball

  • Mask required for entry, and anytime players not on court.
  • Temperature check and waiver for each participant upon entry.
  • Ball sanitized prior to each game. 

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  • Balls will be sanitized before and after each game
  • Umpire will be advised to wear facemask and/or face shield

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  • Captain only will fill out the scorebook to minimize players at the table, and sanitizer will be available at the scorer’s table
  • All players will have temperatures checked upon entering the facility.  No one with a temp of 100.4 or higher may enter. 
  • NO spectators may come to games. If the person is not playing in that game, they are not allowed to enter the facility.
  • Do NOT arrive more than 15 minutes before tipoff, and please leave as soon as possible after your game (no scouting/spectating!).
  • Masks and/or social distancing while in the bench area and anytime you’re in the facility and not actively playing are required.

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  • Balls sanitized before and after each game

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  • Rubber gloves recommended
  • Player face masks recommended

Everything is still subject to change, and we will continually adapt as needed. Know that we’ll be hard at work to make these activities as safe as possible for you!

 

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