The plan will be reviewed regularly and adjusted for effectiveness or if/when government guidance changes.
The plan has not been medically reviewed or approved.
The plan provides guidelines, but we cannot guarantee adherence by all participants at all times. Families should make their own choices on participation and the best interests of their family and players.
The plan is focused on minimizing risk while still allowing for fun competition.
The current plan is intended for all divisions. Please note that not all the protocols affect all levels of play the same. Specific divisional guidelines will be updated on our website and emailed to parents and coaches before the first practice.
The best protection for our players and families is for parents to keep players and family members home if showing any symptoms related to COVID-19.
Dugouts are closed and off limits to all participants, including coaches and umpires.
Coaches and Umpires are encouraged to wear masks at all times and a mask should be used in combination with social distancing.
At least 2, no more than 3, approved adults coaching on the field with the players for each team.
Coaches maintain separate game balls for home and away teams and will feed new balls into the game as needed.
Coaches will encourage player hygiene and organization.
Coaches will instruct players while maintaining 6 ft social distancing, when possible.
One umpire or coach will remain 6 feet behind the pitcher and at least 6 feet from other players on the field to umpire the game.
Both teams are encouraged to keep a scorebook for consistency and accuracy.
Dugouts are closed and off limits to all participants, including players.
Players are encouraged to wear masks at all times and a mask should be used in combination with social distancing.
Players may choose to remove their mask during practice, warm-ups, and games.
Players are encouraged to hang their bags and keep their equipment at dedicated stations along the fence extending from the dugout toward the outfield.
Players are encouraged to stay at their dedicated station when “on the bench” or waiting their turn to bat.
Players may choose to bring a chair of their own on which to sit.
Players are discouraged from sharing bats and other equipment.
Players should not retrieve equipment for opposing players (bats, hats, etc.).
Players should retrieve their own equipment when possible.
Players are encouraged to bring hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes to sanitize equipment and hands.
Teams are encouraged to maintain 6 ft social distancing throughout warm-ups, to the best of their ability.
Teams are encouraged to be mindful of other teams and should attempt to provide a generous amount of space between teams in all warm-up areas (on the field, open spaces, batting cages, etc.)
There should be no handshake line following the game and are encouraged to gesture from a distance (hat-tip, etc.).
Players and coaches should leave the field immediately following the coach’s dismissal.
Bleachers are closed and off limits to all participants, including spectators.
Spectators are encouraged to wear masks at all times and a mask should be used in combination with social distancing.
Spectators are not allowed within 6 ft of the players and coaches that are actively engaged in warm-ups, practices, or games (including the fence line extending from the dugout toward the outfield.)
Spectators are encouraged to view the game from the outfield fence and other spaces away from players and coaches and are encouraged to maintain social distancing from other spectators.
If a case of COVID-19 is reported to a coach or official, they will notify MDH by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and MDH will provide guidance.