NHYBS restarted the 2020 baseball season on Monday June 22nd with practices through July 5th and games starting July 6th.
As many of you may know the NJ Department of Health released guidelines for Youth Sports on Monday June 16. Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken national, the organization we are sanctioned under, also released suggested guidelines. Our Board of Directors including our Safety Director, Player Agent, and Rules Committee all worked to put these guidelines together.
While we continue to navigate through a very fluid situation dealing with COVID-19 we are confident that the guidelines we have put in place are set to offer an experience to our kids that will be safe and compliant with guidance from NJ DOH, and we would like to ask for cooperation from all of our parents and athletes as we look to get the kids back on the field.
2020 NHYB – COVID-19 Baseball Program Preparation and Prevention Plan (Revised July 9, 2020)
Section 1 – General Precautions
We have identified staff members and volunteers to help remind coaches, players and staff of social distancing.
All players must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian during the duration of their time at our baseball complex(s)
Individuals shall remain 6 feet apart from one another whenever possible. This applies to athletes, coaching staff, parents/guardians, and other spectators.
In order to maintain a safe environment, the league is requiring the following:
Spectators are limited to each athlete’s immediate family members or a legal guardian.
Spectators under the age of fifteen (15) MUST be supervised by an adult at all times.
Spectators, except for Board Members carrying out NHYB related tasks, are not permitted to attend games/practices when an immediate family member is not scheduled to participate in a game/practice.
We have posted signage throughout our complex reminding all participants of their obligations to wear masks in the appropriate circumstances and continually socially distance themselves. In order to further these goals during games, only 2 players will be allowed in the dugout areas with the remainder being placed in designated players only areas ‘player bullpens’ which will be considered in the field of play. Player bullpens will allow parent access to their children. No parents or other spectators will be allowed in these marked off areas.
Coaching staff and parents/guardians must wear cloth face coverings when they cannot practice social distancing from others, excluding immediate family members, caretakers or household members. This requirement shall not apply when wearing a face covering would inhibit that individual’s health, including when engaging in high intensity aerobic or anaerobic activities, and in other situations where the presence of a mask would pose a risk to the individual’s safety, or where the individual is under two years of age.
Athletes are also encouraged, per Department of Health regulations, to wear cloth or disposable face coverings when not engaging in vigorous activity, such as when sitting on the bench. All managers & coaches will adhere to specific guidelines developed for staff members overseeing practices & games.
Staff members will be responsible for checking the temperature of all staff members and players upon arrival to the field. Based on expert guidance a temperature of over 100.4 is deemed a risk and that player will not be permitted to participate on that given day.
The concession stand will be closed for the 2020 season.
Hand sanitizer stations have been installed in all six dugouts at are Jericho complex. It is highly suggested that parents bring sanitizer and other supplies to help with keeping their kids safe and practice good hygiene.
Each team in their respective divisions will be playing the majority of their games and conducting the majority of their practices at their respective field. This includes Majors American playing and practicing at J1 and J3, Majors National playing and practicing at J3, J2 and Foran, and AAA playing and practicing at J2 and Foran.
All staff will be educated on COVID-19 health and safety protocols prior to the resumption of athletic activities, including:
All Managers must attend in-person meeting at our Jericho complex before running practice or managing a game.
Revised practice rules and regulations in place during COVID-19;
The importance of staying home when experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or residing with someone experiencing symptoms of COVID19;
Social distancing and face coverings;
Proper hand hygiene; and
Our staff has discussed how to deal with situations in which social distancing or other necessary requirements are challenged by athletes or parents/guardians/visitors.Should a situation occur involving a spectator or staff member regarding the clear negligence of our social distancing guidelines arise and cannot be resolved in a timely fashion, the staff member or parent will be asked to leave the complex.Should this not happen local authorities will immediately be notified.Should a player defy any of our social distancing guidelines his parent will be notified immediately and asked to leave the playing field.
We have educated our staff and advise parents to consider keeping themselves and their children at home and when not feeling well. The below guidelines have been published by the NJ DOH to help everyone understand more about this:
Actively encourage sick staff, families, and players to stay home. Develop policies that encourage sick employees to stay at home without fear of reprisal, and ensure employees are aware of these policies.
Individuals, including coaches, players, and families, should stay home if they have tested positive for or are showing COVID-19 symptoms.
Individuals, including coaches, players, and families, who have recently had a close contact with a person with COVID-19 should also stay home and monitor their health.
Immediately separate coaches, staff, officials, and athletes with COVID19 symptoms at any sports activity. Individuals who have had close contact with a person who has symptoms should be separated and sent home as well, and follow CDC guidance for community-related exposure.
Establish procedures for safely transporting anyone who is sick to their home or to a healthcare facility
All athletes, coaches, and staff should bring their own water and drinks to practice activities. Use of Team water coolers for sharing through disposable cups is prohibited.
Players will be discouraged from sharing of equipment as much as possible. If equipment is shared, coaching staff should be aware of the sanitation procedures for team equipment (balls, bats, etc.) and sufficient disinfecting wipes or similar products should be made available. Consult CDC guidance for cleaning and disinfection.
Each team should have a designated staff member that is responsible for overseeing the baseballs that are in play when their team is at bat, and also equipment is not being shared. Same staff member is also responsible to retrieve any equipment left in the field of play during the typical game of play.
Upon completion of a practice or a game, for the safety of the spectators and players in the spirit of social distancing we ask that everyone vacates the premise in a timely fashion and limits the amount of congregating between others.
NHYB will further consult and implement, as appropriate, recommendations listed in the CDC guidance regarding assessing risk, promoting healthy behaviors, and maintaining a healthy environment during youth sports.