We have implemented the following procedures for safety and to conform with state and local requirements. These safety procedures govern all softball activities within the State of Illinois:
- Groups of 50 or less, including players, coaches, and umpires (“Group”). Only one Group per field during the assigned time slot.
- DUGOUTS REMAIN CLOSED. DO NOT USE DUGOUTS. Place individual and team gear along the foul line, or behind the backstop, of wherever it makes sense for a given field and context (e.g., practice or game) – at least 10 feet apart – but do not enter any dugouts.
- Players keep their personal gear (bat, bags, etc.) at least 6 feet apart from other players’ gear.
- Coaches and players shall bring their own water bottles, no shared water jugs.
- No shared anything – no shared bats, no shared gloves, no shared helmets, no shared catching gear.
* Game Balls: Game balls will not be shared between teams. Each defensive team shall provide game balls for use while they play defense.
- No sunflower seeds. No gum. No spitting. No physical touching (e.g., no high-fives)
- At the conclusion of a game, good sportsmanship shall still be practiced between the teams, but in a no-contact, socially-distanced manner (e.g., wave, thumbs up, tip of cap, etc.)
- UMPIRES: The umpire calling balls and strikes shall be positioned behind the pitcher, not behind the plate. The umpire shall wear a face covering.
* Spectators will be prohibited from occupying the permanent seats at McCollum 1 and Washington, and the bleachers at Doerhoeffer 1
* Spectators must stay 30 feet or more away from the playing field, from the players’ equipment, and from all players who are sitting out
* Spectators shall socially distance and maintain at least 6 feet of space between themselves and others (family groups need not socially distance among themselves)
* Teams hosting a game are required to inform the opposing team and its spectators of all of these safety procedures
- Team Monitor: Each team using a field permit for a practice or game must assign a coach to monitor social distancing for the duration of the practice or game, including spectators
- Face Coverings:
* Coaches: The organization prefers and highly recommends that coaches wear face coverings at all times. Coaches are required to wear face coverings when social distancing of at least 6 feet is not possible or practicable
* Players: The organization prefers and highly recommends that players wear face coverings when social distancing of at least 6 feet is not possible or practicable
- ANYONE WITH A FEVER AT OR IN EXCESS OF 100.4 F (1) IS PROHIBITTED FROM PARTICIPATING; AND (2) MUST REPORT THAT CONDITION TO THE HEAD COACH, (OR, IN THE CASE OF THE HEAD COACH, OT AN ASSISTANT COACH), WHO SHALL REPORT THE CONDITION TO THE DIRECTOR OF TRAVEL OR HIS DESIGNEE.
* ANYONE WITH A FEVER AT OR IN EXCESS OF 100.4 F SHALL BE PROHIBITTED FROM PARTICIPATING UNTIL A DOCTOR’S NOTE CLEARING THAT PERSON TO RETURN TO PARTICIPATION IS PROVIDED TO THE DIRECTOR OF TRAVEL OR HIS DESIGNEE.
- ANYONE EXHIBITING ANY COVID-19 SYMPTOMS MUST REMAIN HOME. Symptoms include:
* Muscle aches
* Sore throat
* Runny nose
* Loss of taste or smell
- Any participants with a known exposure to someone with a positive COVID-19 test shall be prohibited from attending practices or games or any other team activities for at least 14 days. Parents and/or guardians must notice coaches immediately of learning of any such exposure.
* Any participant who tests positive for COVID-19 shall be prohibited from participating, and must immediately notify the head coach, who must immediately notify the Director of Travel or his designee.
- Team equipment: Coaches are strongly encouraged to sanitize all softballs and team equipment before each practice or game, and to sanitize all softballs after each practice or game
- First aid: In the event of a player injury, a coach attending to the injured player is required to wear a face covering, because the coach will in that event not be able to maintain a 6 foot social distance. Coaches shall therefore have face coverings with them at practice.
- No restrooms, no water fountains: Water fountains will not be operating this season. Restrooms will likely not be open either. Please advise your parents of this fact. Please also maintain a team first aid kit.
- No socializing before or after practices or games (e.g., no post-game team snacks). Players and their families shall leave the field immediately after the end of practices and games.
- All participants are to practice social distancing – maintaining at least 6 feet of distance between individuals – at all practicable times. Social distancing obviously cannot be observed at all times during a game (e.g., batter-catcher, tag plays, etc.). However, social distancing is to be considered the normal state of affairs, as much as possible, from the time participants arrive at the field until they leave the field – through warm-ups, through practice, and during games as much as practicable.
* Thus, for just one illustrative example, players not participating in a game or practice activity must socially distance and maintain at least 6 feet of separation from others
- Practice Good Hygiene: These procedures are based on the IHSA’s draft Return to Pay Plan; Illinois’ DCEO Youth and Recreational Sports Guidelines; DGYB’s Babe Ruth Game and Practice Guidelines; and our Phase 3 procedures. No list of procedures can address all potential possibilities and situations. The safety and health of all our participants is paramount. All participants shall put safety first, and shall follow basic federal, state and local guidance regarding good hygiene practices:
* Parents and/or guardians are to check players for symptoms before leaving the house for every practice or game
* Hand washing and sanitizing: wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds right before you leave home for practice, and again immediately upon arriving home or at the first available opportunity (e.g., restaurant or gas station bathroom).
* Hand sanitizer/ sanitizing wipes: Players are to bring their own hand sanitizer and/or disinfecting wipes to practices and games, and should sanitize hands at least once during practice.
* All participants are encouraged to shower and change clothes immediately after arriving home from a practice or game.