2020 SMYBL Update and Mandatory Health and Safety Procedures
2020 SMYBL Spring League
All of us at SMYBL hope that all of our extended baseball family finds ourselves in the best of health. Please continue to practice all the recommended precautions established by the CDC and other Health entities. Unfortunately we had to make a Hard decision and cancel the remaining 2020 Spring Season due to Covid-19 and the uncertain date to restart at either Palmer Park and McMillan Park, Teams will be provided with a credit for future season. The credit is dependent on the league fee paid, number of games played, and league expenses to date (including fixed costs).
Thank you for your understanding.
Notice of New USSSA Mandatory Health & Safety Procedures
Subject: Notice of New USSSA Mandatory Health & Safety Procedures
Due to concerns surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and other health authorities, USSSA is implementing some new, mandatory health and safety procedures as part of a proactive approach to preventing the spread of germs.
Throughout the USSSA organization, we are adopting these new measures effective immediately. We cannot stress enough how vital it is that all USSSA participants adhere to these guidelines.
USSSA is immediately instituting a precautionary “no-contact, no-handshake policy” to be observed at every level of the organization until further notice. This includes all physical contact and extends to customary game-related activities, such as pre-game coaches’ handshakes, umpire-coach introductions, and post-game handshakes between members of opposing teams. Instead, staff, players and coaches should use verbal queues, such as saying “good game,” without shaking hands, high-fiving or fist-bumping.
Maintain Good Hygiene Practices
All USSSA employees, membership and participants in USSSA-sanctioned events should be aware of the coronavirus risk and take the necessary precautions to avoid exposure to germs. This includes maintaining good hygiene practices. We strongly recommend the following:
Wash your hands often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time
If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol; this is suggested after any physical contact with another person or with a shared surface
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
Cover your mouth and nose – with a tissue, if possible – when coughing or sneezing, then properly discard the tissue in the trash
Avoid close contact with anyone else who is coughing or sneezing or who is otherwise sick
Clean or disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
Future Rules for SMYBL when we return to Play in the near Future!
Any person who is experiencing symptoms of sickness will be prohibited from attending the event/venue of play. Please use common sense!
Bleacher and behind the backstop seating WILL NOT be available at any venue.
Spectators need to plan ahead and bring their own seating and maintain “social distancing” of 6 feet between families up and down the fence line from the dugout to the foul pole. If using a tent, please restrict the tent to family members only and space such tents a minimum of 6 feet apart.
If possible, a “one-way” entry and exit gate shall be used.
After each game, in lieu of handshakes, each team shall line up on their respective baseline and tip their cap to the opposing team minimizing player contact.
Players should plan ahead and bring their own personal cooler instead of using a team cooler.
The Managers meeting at home plate shall be limited to 2 Team Managers (one from each team) and 2 Umpires. No Assistant Coaches or Players at the plate meeting.
Post-game Scorecard Signing shall be done behind 2nd base with two Umpires and 2 Team Managers ONLY, in order to reduce person-to-person contact.
Teams shall spread players out by expanding the dugout area (behind the cage) when room permits and only if player safety will not be compromised.
Dugout personnel shall consist of essential team personnel ONLY. No bat boys/girls, no scorekeepers, etc. Just Players and Coaches.
Parents should supply their players with antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizer for disinfecting shared playing equipment and cleaning hands between innings. Parents will be allowed access to assist in the disinfecting process.
Players may wear any Personal Protection Equipment deemed necessary by their parents as long as such items do not compromise the safety of any and all participants in the game.
Upon arriving at a dugout prior to a game, teams are to wipe down (clean) hard surfaces such as benches, bat racks, etc. Parents will be allowed access to assist in the disinfecting process.
Teams are require to thoroughly clean their dugout of all trash and other items after each game, and wipe down (clean) hard surfaces such as benches, bat racks, etc. Parents will be allowed access to assist in the disinfecting process.
NOTE: The previous TWO procedures (13 & 14) will comply with the CDC’s recommendation of a “TWO-STEP” process for cleaning and disinfecting.
Sunflower seeds and other items that require spitting shall be prohibited.
We understand this is a serious illness to some. With this said, we request those with a chronic disease or those who are immune-compromised, please stay home and not attend the events until a time when your personal physician tells you you’re safe.
Finally, anyone who doesn’t feel safe has the right not to attend.