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Coronavirus and DLL Season Update

Background 

As our impacted families know, our 2020 spring teams were scheduled to begin practicing on March 30, with Opening Day and games beginning on April 27.  Due to the global health pandemic, the season was postponed in mid-March at the direction of local, state and federal officials.

On May 1, Governor Holcomb revealed a 5-phase plan to reopen Indiana.  This plan specifically states that:
  • In Phase 4, beginning 6/14, recreational sports leagues and tournaments may resume.  Social gatherings of up to 250 people may take place following the CDC social distancing guidelines.  No large events such as conventions, sports events, fairs, festivals and parades.
  • In Phase 5, beginning on 7/4, events such as conventions, sports events, fairs, festivals and parades will be allowed.
What does that mean for Little League?  

We will begin practices on June 15. Each team will have 2-3 practices. We will begin games on June 21 and play two games per week on weeknights until July 31 (for a total of 12 games).   For divisions that play interleague (other towns), we will have games with Roselawn and Hebron.  We will not play leagues based in Lake County.

What about All-Stars?

Unfortunately, there will be no All-Stars played in Indiana this year; we will have a regular season only.

DLL Social Distancing Plan

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COVID-19 Precautionary Measures

General

•        Participants and spectators should use tools to self-screen before arriving at the event.  Anyone with symptoms of fever, cough or worsening respiratory symptoms should not attend any Little League activity until cleared by a medical professional.

•        Any individual, including players, at risk for severe illness or with serious underlying medical or respiratory condition, should only attend Little League activities with permissions from a medical professional.

•        If DLL becomes aware of a positive or presumptive positive participant (player, coach, volunteer, spectator, employee), we will follow the advice from the Jasper County Health Department and/or Indiana Contact Tracing center regarding notifications to other participants and return-to-play status.

 

Players, Coaches and Umpires

•        All players will be required to wash or sanitize their hands immediately upon entering the field at the start of the game, and when returning to the dugout at the end of a defensive inning.

•        Coaches meetings at home plate will be limited to one coach from each team plus the umpire.  No players at plate meetings.  Meetings will only be held if deemed necessary.

•        In Phase 4, umpires will remain behind the pitcher instead of behind the catcher.  in Phases 4.5 or 5, they will return to their customary position.

•        Parents will be allowed to keep their child out of the dugout and only send them into the on-deck circle, to bat, and to play defense if they prefer.

•        DLL will supply players with hand sanitizer for disinfecting shared player equipment and cleaning hands between innings. 

•        Players will be allowed to wear cloth face coverings if they choose, as long as the items do not compromise the safety of any and all participants of the game.

•        Teams will be required to clean the dugout of all trash and other items after each game.  Team Safety Officers will disinfect all hard surfaces inside dugouts at the end of each game.

•        Sunflower seeds and gum are banned until further notice.  All players and coaches are to refrain from spitting at all times, in the dugout, on the field, and in the park.

•        No hand shaking at the end of the game- players are encouraged to “tip their hat” or cheer on the opposing team as a sign of good sportsmanship at the end of each game.

 

Restrooms

•        Restrooms will routinely be disinfected with proper supplies throughout the night. Touchless handwashing will be installed.

•        For areas served by portable restrooms, hand washing stations will be provided.

Gear, Equipment and Balls

•        Waterbottles or drinks should be clearly labelled with players name.

•        Players should bring a bag or backpack and keep all their belongings inside it.

•        Batting helmets will not be shared.  Any player who does not have their own helmet will be issued one for the duration of the season (to be taken home nightly and returned at the last game).

•        Bats which are shared among players will be wiped down between batters with disinfecting wipes by the team Safety Coordinator.

•        Catchers gear will be used by only one player per day, and disinfected at the end of the night.  Each team will be issued two sets of catchers gear.  Coaches are encouraged to plan ahead and communicate with the parents of their catchers.

•        For tee-ball and pee-wee players, balls will be cleaned with disinfecting wipes throughout the game as opportunity permits.

•        Umpires should limit their contact with the ball, and catchers should retrieve foul balls and passed balls where possible.

•        Foul balls landing outside the field of play should be retrieved by safety officers. Spectators should not retrieve balls.

 

Spectators

•        Spectators will need to observe social distancing (6' between families).  This means spectators will need to be using space further down the baselines or in the outfield.  The perimeter of each field will be marked off in six foot sections.  Each section is available for use by one household only; an empty section must be left between household groups. 

•        Bleachers will follow the same procedure with 6’ sections being unavailable.  This will greatly limit the capacity of the bleachers.  Spectators are encouraged to bring their own seats.

•        Parents will need to be responsible for helping their children observe social distancing procedures.

 

Concessions

•        The concession stand will utilize same practices as other take-out restaurants.  The floor will be marked with 6’ indicators. 

•        Online ordering will be available to help reduce the number of people waiting near the concession stands and to eliminate touchpoints in processing payments.

•        The “treat ticket” process will be eliminated.  DLL will be providing treats for our players at the end of their games at no cost to players/families.  Treats will be delivered directly to the fields.

Team Safety Officer

Team Safety Officer


The role of the Team Safety Officer is to help ensure the safety and  of players, coaches, umpires and spectators at their team’s field throughout the play of the game.  Safety Officers are trained individuals who work as an extension of the DLL Board.  Furthermore, Safety Officers have the full support of the DLL Board to enforce rules and/or report individuals who will not comply with the precautions that have been set in place thus ensuring the continued quality of safety that DLL has worked so hard to provide for our players, volunteer staff and community.

Duties include:

• Enforce all rules and policies.
• Ensure spectators are following social distancing guidelines in setting up around the fields.
• Administer hand sanitizer to players (or supervise them sanitizing their hands) upon entering the field, and upon returning to the dugout each inning.
• Throughout the game, disinfect bats that are being shared by players; and, for teeball and peewee, disinfect balls.
• At the end of the game, disinfect catchers equipment, hard surfaces inside the dugout, and frequently touched surfaces such as gate latches.
• Notify board member if any additional cleaning or sanitizing materials are needed.
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