Spring 2021 COVID Guidelines

As of March 16, 2021


The text below represents a summary of MCLL's COVID-19 Protocols and may not cover all aspects of the plan. A comprehensive version can be found on MCLL's safety page. These protocols are as of the date listed above and are subject to change.


Guiding Covid Prevention Principles

  • Promote proper hygiene.

  • Maintain at least 6 feet of physical distancing.

  • Wear face coverings.

  • Follow CDC, State, and Local Guidelines.

  • In order to play ball we need to play by the rules.


Player Agreement (Must be returned to coach at first practice)


Face Mask Policy

  • Players: Face coverings must be worn during arrival and departure from field and while not actively engaged in athletic activity. Players may voluntarily choose to wear a face covering while actively engaged in athletic activity.

  • Coaches/Umpires: Face coverings must be worn at all times, including arrival and departure from the field and while at the field.

  • Parents/Guardians/Spectators: Face coverings must be worn at all times including arrival and departure from the field and while at the field. You may remove the face covering if sitting with other members of the same household and you are properly physically distanced from others.

  • All: Face coverings must be properly worn (covering nose and mouth) and made of two layers. Face shields alone are not permitted. If a face covering cannot be worn due to health reasons, MCLL must be notified and approved. No offensive content is permitted on face coverings.


COVID Facility / Field Rules

  • Players may want to bring their own foldable chairs as dugout use will be limited.

  • Players may arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to their scheduled start time and must leave no more than 15 minutes following conclusion of their practice/game.

  • 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.

  • Gatherings are limited to 50 people.


Hygiene

  • No sharing of food or drink with persons outside of your household.

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

  • Maintain 6 feet of physical distancing and attempt to do so as much as possible when 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. Limit yelling or screaming. Use alternative cheering and signs of appreciation such as cap “tips”, thumbs up, and clapping.


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. Coaches may not request proof of illness (e.g., Doctors Note)


Positive/Suspected COVID-19 Case Protocols

  • Safety Officer must be immediately informed of any confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 of a player, coach, guardian or person that was in attendance at an MCLL event.

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

  • Close Contacts: Team practices/games for any team(s) that may have come in contact with the infected or potentially infected person will be suspended for 7 days. Team members will be required to produce a negative PCR test that is taken no earlier than five days after the close contact.

  • Positive Person: A person is permitted to return to MCLL activities only: 10 days after symptoms first appeared; 10 days after the positive test; or once a negative PCR test is obtained, whichever is the longer period.

  • MCLL reserves the right to request a doctor’s note or proof of a negative test.

  • To return to play, clearance by the Safety Officer is required.


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.

  • 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.


Out of State Travel During COVID

  • Families should follow Maryland guidance/recommendations on out-of-state travel (outside the DMV). The State of Maryland recommends testing 72 hours after returning to Maryland and quarantining while awaiting the results, or if you choose not to get tested quarantining for 10 days. Travel to states with positivity rates of 10% or higher is discouraged.


Equipment

  • Teams in the field should bring out their own game balls.

  • 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.

Vaccines

  • MCLL is currently monitoring CDC and other official government guidance with regards to vaccines and the impact that vaccines may have on our COVID-19 Protocols. At this time everyone, including those that are partially or fully vaccinated, must fully follow our COVID-19 protocols.


COVID-19 Resources


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