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Ottumwa Little League

Summary - *Updated May 29, 2020

Ottumwa Little League is working to be able to play baseball this summer in Ottumwa. Baseball is a sport that is played outdoors and is already a sport that distances its players. Due to COVID-19, we realize there are many concerns from parents and others about the safety of our players, coaches, and spectators. We have worked to come up with some rule changes / adjustments to allow us to play baseball.

Little League International highly encouraged that each league and district adheres to the guidelines set forth by their respective state and local government and health officials in terms of public gatherings, organized youth sports, and sporting events when determining when it is safe to return to Little League activities after May 11.

After a meeting with Wapello County Public Health, Ottumwa Little League will plan on starting league activities the week of June 1st. This will allow for practices for two weeks prior to game start. Games will start June 15th.

Disinfection - *Updated May 29, 2020

Coronaviruses on surfaces and objects naturally die within hours to days. Warmer temperatures and exposure to sunlight will reduce the time the virus survives on surfaces and objects.

Outdoor areas generally require normal routine cleaning and do not require disinfection. Spraying disinfectant on sidewalks and in parks is not an efficient use of disinfectant supplies and has not been proven to reduce the risk of COVID-19 to the public. Maintain existing cleaning and hygiene practices for outdoor areas.

Surfaces and objects will just need normal routine cleaning. Frequently touched surfaces and objects will need to be cleaned and then disinfected to further reduce the risk of germs on surfaces and objects.

The CDC has published general framework for cleaning and disinfection practices.

  1. Normal routine cleaning with soap and water will decrease how much of the virus is on surfaces and objects, which reduces the risk of exposure.
  2. Disinfection using EPA-approved disinfectants against COVID-19 can also help reduce the risk.  Frequent disinfection of surfaces and objects touched by multiple people is important. (https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2)
  3.  When EPA-approved disinfectants are not available, alternative disinfectants can be used (for example, 1/3 cup of bleach added to 1 gallon of water, or 70% alcohol solutions). Do not mix bleach or other cleaning and disinfection products together. This can cause fumes that may be very dangerous to breathe in. Bleach solutions will be effective for disinfection up to 24 hours.

All this information on disinfection has been published by the CDC here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/reopen-guidance.html

Communication - *Updated May 29, 2020

Ottumwa Little League has a Facebook site, Twitter account and a website (ottumwalittleleague.org) that are maintained daily. This will continue. All notices and announcements will be posted to all three sites.

Once we have confirmation of our start date, all parents and volunteers will be notified via social media and website. We will pin a post on Facebook with these changes. They will also remain on the landing page of our website.

A coaches meeting will take place within the first week of June 1st. This will be held by our Coaching Coordinator. Our league President and Safety Director will attend as well. All coaches will be emailed a copy of this plan. It will also be discussed in detail with them all during this meeting. It will be communicated to all coaches that they will need to ensure that they are reviewing it with their team (including parents) at practices and games. It will be communicated to the coaches that they are responsible for ensuring their team is compliant with all changes. Any non-compliance will result in being removed as a volunteer.

We will also place signs all around our ball field from the CDC reminding all parents / players / volunteers on how to protect themselves and others during this time. The signs that we will use will be printed from this website
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/print-resources.html?Sort=Date%3A%3Adesc

When posts are made about events, games, practices, etc., parents will be reminded that if anyone is showing any symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, muscle pain, malaise, they are asked to stay home.

If we have a player / coach that test positive for COVID-19:

  • If it’s a player, the coach needs to be notified immediately.
    • All parents on that team will be contacted individually by the coach to notify of a positive case.
  • If it’s a coach, the Coaching Coordinator and / or Safety Director needs to be notified immediately.
    • All parents on that team will be contact individually by the Coaching Coordinator / Safety Director to notify of a positive case.
  • An announcement of a positive case will go to the league coaches and all parents from Ottumwa Little League.
  • Ottumwa Little League will notify Wapello County Emergency Management as soon as possible.
  • Ottumwa Little League in its entirety will stop league play for 14 days
    •  quarantined for 14 days after their last exposure
      • This means games / practices will be suspended until that time
    • Advised to stay home and monitor their health
    • Check their temperature twice a day and watch for symptoms of COVID-19.
    • If possible, stay away from people who are at higher-risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.
  • The player or volunteer MUST be cleared by a medical professional to participate in Little League activities.

More information on insolation and quarantine can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine-isolation.html

Changes - *Updated May 29, 2020

Ottumwa Little League has worked to identify the areas that common practices will need to be changed. This is based upon feedback from Wapello County Public Health, Little League, the CDC and others. This list of changes will be posted on our website and Facebook page. All coaches will be responsible for their players and parents.

The following is a list of all changes that Ottumwa Little League will be making for the 2020 season (this will include practices and games).

General Guidance

·       All players, coaches, volunteers, and spectators should practice social distancing of six feet wherever possible from individuals not residing within their household, especially in common areas.

·       All individuals should measure their body temperature to ensure that no fever is present prior to participating or attending each Little League activity.          

·       Please note – it is up to the parent / guardian to ensure that their player and themselves are fever free prior to entering the ballpark.

·       Player’s equipment should be cleaned and disinfected after each use by a parent/guardian/caretaker.

·       All managers/coaches, volunteers, empires, etc. should wear PPE whenever applicable and possible.

·       If possible, plate meetings should be eliminated.

·       If a meeting is needed, all participants should wear a cloth face covering.

·       No player should be a part of plate meetings.

·       All base runners will try and avoid contact with defensive players.

·       No team drinks will be allowed.

·       Sunflower seeds, gum, etc. are not allowed in dugouts, bleachers or on the playing field.

·       All players and coaches are asked to refrain from spitting at all times.

Disinfecting

·       Each team will be required to identify a dedicated person each game to disinfect. This person will need to wear gloves and a mask while disinfecting and they will be placed in the dugout.

·       We will purchase disinfecting products listed by the CDC and will have that on hand at all times at the concession stand.

·       Coaches will check the products out from the concession stand prior to the start of the game. They will check them back in once the game is over.

Tournaments

·       All Little League tournaments are cancelled for the 2020 year. There will not be a regional or district tournament.

Tryouts 

·       We will not hold tryouts.  Due to no tournaments, players will not be required to undergo an evaluation (try-out).

Draft

·       Our draft will be done virtually by coaches. Coaches will be provided a list of all available players and they will work through a round robin system to build their team.

Opening Ceremonies

·       We will not have an opening ceremony for the season.

Concessions

·       Our concession stand will sell only pre-packaged drinks and food. This will be bottles or cans of water, soda and sport drinks, candy bars, chips, candy, and other food that comes sealed from the factory.

·       Anyone working within the concession stand will wear gloves and a mask.

·       The concession stand will be cleaned regularly with soap and water and then disinfected.

·       All products sold and cash (to pay or change given back) will be placed on the counter for pickup. This will help to promote social distancing.

·       Exact change is STRONGLY encouraged.

·       The counter will be disinfected after each customer.

·       All water fountains will be closed off and will not be used.

Restrooms

·       Public restrooms will have a “one-in-one-out” policy, where only one individual is permitted within the restroom at one time.

·       The only exception to this is for small children and then they can be accompanied by one person residing in their same household.

·       Restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected prior to the start of games and every hour.

Dugouts

·       Dugouts will be closed and will not be used during the game by players. The person that will be dedicated to disinfecting for the team will be in the dugout.

·       If a player must walk through a dugout to get to the field, the player will be instructed to not touch the bench or fence.

·       Dugouts will be cleaned with soap and water prior to the start of the game.

Bleachers

·       Bleachers will be closed to all spectators.

·       Bleachers will be used for players. They will practice social distancing and will be six feet apart at all times.

·       If there are more players than there are space, there will be dedicated spaces on each field for those players and their equipment. Those players will also maintain social distance and will be six feet apart.

·       Bleachers will be cleaned with soap and water prior to each game.

Spectators

·       We will regularly post on social media and on our website that we ask to limit the number of spectators. All coaches will also remind parents of this request.

·       All spectators are asked to bring their own seating or portable chairs.

·       A spectator with any of the following conditions should not attend a practice or game until evaluated by a medical provider and given clearance to do so:

·       Active COVID-19 infection

·       Known direct contact with an individual testing positive for COVID-19

·       Fever

·       Cough

·       Those at higher risk for severe disease should consider consultation with their medical provider before attending a game and should ensure the strictest adherence to guidelines regarding face coverings, distancing and handwashing.

Umpires

·       Home Plate Umpires will be placed six feet behind the pitcher for each game.

·       Base Umpires will be in the field based upon the situation of the game but will ensure that they are six feet away from any player / person on the field.

·       If physically able, umpires are encouraged to wear cloth face coverings while umpiring.

Balls

·       Balls used in infield/outfield warm-up will be set aside and will not be balls used in the game.

·       Foul balls landing outside the field of play will be retrieved by participating players, coaches, and umpires. No spectators showed retrieve the ball.

·       All balls used in every half inning will be switched out prior to the next inning.

·       All balls that were used will be washed with soap and water and then disinfected prior to being put back into play.

·       Each ball will be place out of commission for the time frame required to effectively disinfect per the CDC guidelines based on the product used.

Helmets

·       All players will be encouraged to obtain their own helmets for use in the game.

·       If a player is unable to obtain their own helmets, each team will have helmets to be used.

·       Each helmet will be washed with soap and water and then disinfected after each player uses it.

·       Each helmet will be placed out of commission for the time frame required to effectively disinfect per the CDC guidelines based on the product used.

Bats

·       All players will be encouraged to obtain their own bat for use in the game.

·       If a player is unable to obtain their own bat, each team will have bats to be used.

·       Each bat will be washed with soap and water and then disinfected after each player uses it.

·       Each bat will be placed out of commission for the time frame required to effectively disinfect per the CDC guidelines based on the product used.

Catcher’s Gear

·       Each team is assigned a complete set of catcher’s gear. This gear will be washed with soap and water and then disinfected after each half inning. This is due to the potential of balls pitched bouncing off the chest protector and chin guards.

Handshakes

·       There will not be any handshakes. Teams will line up on their respective foul line while following social distancing guidelines (six feet apart) and they will tip their cap to the other team.

·       All other contact (high five, fist bump, elbow bump, etc.) will be discouraged and coaches will be responsible for ensuring team is following new protocols.

Contact

Ottumwa Little League
PO Box 632 
Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

Email: [email protected]

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