Spring/Summer/Fall 2021 COVID Guidelines

As of June 1, 2021

Guiding COVID Prevention Principles

  • Promote proper hygiene.

  • Maintain at least 6 feet of physical distancing.

  • Wear face coverings if unvaccinated.

  • Follow CDC, State, and Local Guidelines.

Face Mask Guidelines

  • Players: Unvaccinated players are encouraged to wear face coverings during arrival and departure from field, on the bench/dugout, and while not actively engaged in athletic activity. Players may voluntarily choose to remove a face covering while actively engaged in athletic activity.

  • Face coverings must be properly worn (covering nose and mouth) and made of two layers. Face shields alone are not permitted. No offensive content is permitted on face coverings.

Facility / Field Rules

  • Players may arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to their scheduled start time and must leave no more than 15 minutes following the 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.

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


  • No sharing of 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 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 in close proximity of individuals outside your household. 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 within 48 hours of 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.

  • COVID Positive Person: A person is permitted to 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. 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.

  • Updated guidelines for individuals who are fully vaccinated (two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccine):

o Individuals who have been fully vaccinated may refrain from testing following a known exposure, if asymptomatic.

o Individuals who have been fully vaccinated may refrain from quarantine following a known exposure if asymptomatic.

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.


  • 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. The complete COVID-19 protocols can be found here. We will update this summary as changes are made.