Lewiston Baseball and Softball takes the health and safety of players, coaches and the community seriously. This involves taking precautions to reduce COVID-19 exposure, while factoring in the mental well-being of our athletes during this unprecedented time.
This document sets forth the league’s plan to safely resume the 2020 season in accordance with guidelines passed on to the public by both the Federal and State Centers for Disease Control. It will be the responsibility of participants and their families to help us abide by these guidelines to help prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
If a player, coach, or parent does not abide by these guidelines after being educated on how to properly follow them, the league reserves the right to not allow said person to return for the remainder of this season, with the possibility to also include future seasons.
League Education for Coaches, Spectators, and Players
The board will take various steps to educate coaches, players and spectators about COVID-19 exposure risk and practices that should be undertaken to mitigate these risks. The information will be shared via email, virtual coaches meetings, virtual parent information meetings, social media, and signage at the fields.
Parents/guardians of players will be required to sign a waiver/release agreement that states the following:
- they understand the risk associated with having their child(ren) play during this active pandemic
- they release the league from any liability, regardless of negligence
- they agree to abide by the safe play guidelines imposed by the league in an effort to reduce exposure
Signage will be placed at each field warning of COVID-19 risks, and outlining steps to take to reduce such risks, as follows:
- Coaches, Players and Spectators are not allowed to enter the facility if they are exhibiting any of the following symptoms: Temperature greater than a 100.4, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, sore throat, chills, headache, new loss of taste or smell, body rash or muscle aches.
- Seniors and other individuals with compromised immune systems should not participate in or attend league events due to risk of infection.
- If you are repeatedly coughing you may be asked to leave immediately.
- All players, staff, and spectators should practice social distancing by remaining 6 feet apart whenever possible.
- All players, coaches, and spectators should wear PPE, such as face masks, whenever social distancing cannot be achieved. Active players on the field are exempted, but not prohibited from wearing a face covering if desired.
- Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer upon entering and departing the facility.
- Please limit the amount of spectators per player. This will help us reduce the number of persons present, as we are currently limited to 50 people per event (subject to change based on governor mandate).
Social Distancing Protocols for Spectators
- No parents or spectators will be allowed to stand near the dugouts or players socially distancing themselves outside the dugout.
- Spectators should remain along the outfield fence, standing 6 feet apart from other groups of spectators.
- If needed, the league will mark out spectator “sitting” areas either by staking or marking the ground.
- No pop-up tents allowed.
- Bleachers should not be used this season.
- Spectators should only watch games with people in their exposure circle. For example, household members and family members to whom they are regularly exposed.
- Limit the number of spectators per player per game. We all want to be able to watch our athletes play, but spectators are required to social distance following the governor's order. If a group of spectators is too large, the league reserves the right to require people to leave or go sit in their vehicles and wait for their players.
- After games, we ask spectators to stay where they are and let the players come to you. Please do not crowd the field entrances and exits. Keep social distancing until you leave the facility.
- PPE should be worn when social distancing cannot be obtained.
In Case of a Positive Case
- If a player or coach tests positive for COVID-19, they will not be allowed back on the field until they have been confirmed recovered by a medical body. If the player or coach has not been in contact with others at a league event for longer than 7 days, then nothing needs to be done. The league’s Board of Directors will address any other scenarios as they arise.
- Communication and transparency will be important in the event of a positive test. In the event of a positive case, notice of potential exposure will be communicated to the parents of all players.