Fall 2021 COVID Guidelines

As of September 20, 2021


To Report a COVID-19 Positive Case, Suspected Case or Close Contact Click Here


To Request Permission to Return to Play Click Here



Guiding COVID Prevention Principles

  • Promote proper hygiene.

  • Maintain at least 6 feet of physical distancing.

  • Wear face coverings when appropriate.

  • Follow CDC, State, and Local Guidelines.



Face Mask Guidelines

  • Face coverings are currently not required while outdoors. However, everyone (vaccinated and unvaccinated) are encouraged to wear face coverings during arrival and departure from field, on the bench/dugout, and during other times when persons of different households are unable to maintain proper physical distancing (except players actively engaged in athletic activity). Players may voluntarily choose to remove a face covering while actively engaged in athletic activity, including when pitching.

  • Face coverings must be properly worn (covering nose and mouth) and should be made of two layers. No offensive content is permitted on face coverings.


Facility / Field Rules

  • Families are asked to leave the field upon conclusion of events in order to reduce the number of people at any field.

  • No guardians or spectators are permitted in the player areas (e.g., dugouts, benches, field of play) except as otherwise permitted due to player injury.

  • All attendees must follow the requirements of the any facility and local government, including mask wearing or any other health safety protocols.


Hygiene

  • No sharing of open food or drink with persons outside of your household EXCEPT team snacks may be provided to players if individually packaged and provided “to-go”, or enjoyed while sitting physically distanced from others outside their household. Physical distancing should be maintained during snack/food distribution.

  • No spitting, gum chewing, or finger licking at any time when at the ball field.

  • Maintain 6 feet of physical distancing as much as possible when not engaged in baseball activity.

  • Frequently use hand sanitizer or wash your hands with soap and water if possible.

  • No handshakes, high/low fives, fist/elbow bumps or touching of any other person other than from your household. When games conclude teams should lineup on the baselines and tip their caps. No post game handshakes.


Sick Policy

  • Stay home if you are sick!

  • No fever (>100°F) for 24 hours without fever reducing medications

  • Players will not be punished for being absent from practice or games. Coaches may not request proof of illness (e.g., Doctors Note)


COVID-19 Reporting Process

  • The Safety Officer must be immediately informed of any confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 of a player, coach, guardian or person within 48 hours of attendance at an MCLL event. Please fill out MCLL's COVID-19 Reporting Form to report any positive cases, suspected cases, or close contacts. You will be asked to provide the following information:

          1. Name and team (team name and level) of player(s) and/or coaches impacted;

          2. Exact date which they were either exposed to a positive COVID-19 case or tested positive and exhibited symptoms (if applicable);

          3. Exact date they last attended an MCLL event (i.e. practice or game);

          4. Vaccination status if 12 years or older.

  • MCLL will hold any information reported as confidential, except for contact tracing. Names will not be released unless permission is given.

  • To return to play, clearance by the Safety Officer is required. Per recent changes in CDC guidance and the transmissibility of the Delta variant, vaccinated players and coaches must report close contacts. Positive Covid-19 cases must also be reported regardless of vaccination status. Please fill out MCLL's Return to Play Form in order to request permission to return to play.


Positive/Suspected COVID-19 Case Protocols

  • Close Contact Definition: MCLL defines a close contact as a person who was within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes over a 24-hour period (regardless of whether they were inside or outside/masked or unmasked) within 48 hours of that person testing positive or displaying symptoms OR who would be deemed a close contact by Montgomery County Public Schools and required to quarantine.

    1. An unvaccinated person that is considered a close contact under MCLL's definition will not be allowed to participate in MCLL events for 14 days or they may "test-out" after 7 days. If choosing to test-out, a person will be required to produce a negative COVID-19 test that is taken no earlier than five days after the close contact.

    2. A vaccinated person that is considered a close under MCLL's definition will be allowed to participate in MCLL events so long as they wear a mask for 5 days and produce both proof of vaccination and a negative test that is taken no earlier than 3 days after the close contact. If the person does not wish to wear a face covering, show proof of vaccination, and provide a negative COVID test then they may not participate in MCLL activities for 14 days.

    3. Members in the same household with a person that has been deemed a close contact may continue to participate in MCLL activities so long as they wear a face covering at all times (including during athletic activity) for the duration of the household member's quarantine. Should that household member show symptoms and test positive, then others in the same household would all be considered close contacts and MCLL's protocols for close contacts would be applied to the entire household from that point in time forward.

    4. A close contact of a close contact is NOT a close contact. In other words, if a player's class has been quarantined due to a positive COVID-19 case, even if that player attended practice the day before, the rest of the team is not considered a close contact unless that player exhibits symptoms or tests positive. And even in that case the team may not be considered a close contact depending on when the player tested positive or exhibited symptoms (see definition of close contact above).

  • COVID-19 School Cases: As of September 14, 2021, MCPS began administering rapid COVID-19 tests in school. A person or persons who are notified that they must quarantine from school are not permitted to attend MCLL events until they either complete their quarantine or test out as required under the MCLL COVID-19 protocols. If it is found that it was not a case of COVID-19 and MCPS lifts the quarantine then all impacted persons may return to play. We note that in order to receive a rapid COVID-19 test in school you must opt-in to allow MCPS to administer a test. We strongly encourage families to do this in order to avoid unnecessary class quarantining and to keep kids on the field!

  • COVID Positive Person: A person that tests positive for COVID-19 may return to MCLL activities: 10 days after symptoms first appeared or 10 days after the positive test, whichever is the longer period. MCLL reserves the right to request a doctor’s note or proof of a negative test.

  • Tests Permitted: While MCLL prefers the use of PCR tests, rapid tests are permitted for proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

  • Calculating Time: Dates are calculated by starting with the day after the day of the close contact or positive test. For example, a person that tests positive on a Monday is not allowed to return to play until Friday of the following week (subject to approval by the Safety Officer).


COVID Policy Compliance

  • Managers are responsible for their own conduct as well as establishing protocols to ensure their team’s compliance (i.e., players, parents, other volunteers). But everyone is responsible for their own actions and must abide by coaches instructions. Please report violations of MCLL's COVID-19 protocols to safety@mclittleleague.org.

  • MCLL will monitor compliance through random inspections.

      1. First Violation: Warning.

      2. Second Violation: Immediate removal from current MCLL activity. Signing of safety pledge.

      3. Third Violation: Suspension from participating in or attending MCLL activities for the remainder of season.


Equipment

  • No shared personal equipment (Bats, helmets, gloves/mitts etc.)

  • MCLL Catching Gear Guidelines:

    • Gear may be wiped down for re-use by a different player using proper disinfectants; or teams may assign it to a player for the entirety of the season.

    • FDA List of Disinfectants for COVID-19. If wiping down follow disinfectant instructions, wait until disinfectant dries.

    • Teams should utilize catchers gear in the manner they are comfortable.


COVID-19 Resources


Questions or to report issues please contact safety@mclittleleague.org


Note: These protocols are as of the date listed above, they are subject to change throughout the season. These protocols have been developed based on CDC, State and Montgomery County published guidance and in consultation with external medical/infectious disease professionals.