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HALL COVID-19 POLICY - 2021 SPRING SEASON

COVID-19 POLICY UPDATE - MAY 13

As you know, COVID-19 guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) continues to evolve for youth sports. To ensure the safety of our players, families and volunteers, here are a few updates to the HALL guidance: 
 
  • Masks will continue to be required for HALL players and coaches when occupying dugouts.
  • Masks will continue to be required in the pavilion/concession area at Maetzold Field for all in attendance, including players, coaches, volunteers and spectators.
It is very important that we continue to require masks in these situations because exposure to COVID-19 is still a common occurrence. Our mask requirements will allow our players to quarantine individually--instead of requiring entire teams to quarantine--if exposure takes place away from the baseball field.
 
In addition to these mask requirements, we also recommend that HALL participants continuously mask and/or get a COVID-19 test weekly in order to give them the best opportunity to play the entirety of the 2021 season.

Hopkins Area Little League (“HALL”) will follow the direction put forward by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) and the Minnesota Department of Health (“MDH”).

HALL recommends that all families review the most current guidance from the CDC and MDH often and encourages all families to review the COVID-19 Organized Sports Practice and Games Guidance for Youth and Adults.

HALL expects all in attendance to meet the requirements of the COVID-19 Organized Sports Practice and Games Guidance for Youth and Adults and the requirements of the Hopkins Area Little League COVID-19 Policy.

Hall encourages all in attendance to observe the recommendations of the COVID-19 Organized Sports Practice and Games Guidance for Youth and Adults and supports the decision of those that wish to take additional individual measures to ensure their own safety. 

Prevention:

  • The game of baseball, with a few exceptions, naturally creates physical distances of 6 feet or more.  That being said, team practice drills and game warm-up activities will be designed to eliminate physical contact where possible, use small groups, and ensure that 6-foot distances are maintained whenever possible.

  • All players, coaches, umpires, and fans in attendance will be expected to police their actions so as to create an environment conducive to conducting responsible baseball activity.

  • Opponents may have their own protocols, which may be more or less restrictive than HALL’s.  Opponents will be made aware of HALL’s policy and will be expected to follow the mask guidance of the CDC and MDH.  HALL will update its mask guidance in accordance with any future developments in the policies put forth by these organizations.

  • All players and coaches must provide their own water bottles.  Gum, sunflower seeds, food, etc. will not be allowed anywhere on or near the field of play.

  • Players will be encouraged to use only their own equipment.

  • HALL Participants and coaches are required to wear a mask when occupying the dugout space.  

  • Post-game handshakes are not allowed and will be replaced with a tip of the cap from the front of each dugout.

  • Masks are required for all in attendance (players, coaches, volunteers, umpires, spectators, etc.) in the pavilion/concession area at Maetzold Field.

Monitoring and Escalation Management:

  • Players, parents/guardians, and coaches will be asked to closely monitor themselves and family members for symptoms or known direct exposure to a person diagnosed with COVID-19.

  • Any player or coach with a fever or clear illness related respiratory symptoms will not be allowed to participate in baseball activities.

  • In the event of a positive diagnosis or a direct exposure, the player involved will notify the identified team contact.  Team contacts will then notify Dan Watts, HALL President, via email at president@hopkinslittleleague.com. The HALL Board will then follow CDC and MDH guidelines on how to handle the situation while maintaining the health privacy of all involved.

  • Positive diagnosis – return to baseball activities of any player or coach with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis will be subject to MDH guidance.  Typically, a return to baseball activities will be allowed after 14 days from symptom onset or the positive test date. 

  • Direct exposure – any player or coach that has been directly exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19 will not be allowed to return to baseball activities until: 1) after 7 days from exposure if accompanied by a negative test that was administered at least 5 days after last known exposure; or 2) after 14 days from exposure if a symptoms do not arise.

  • If HALL is notified that an umpire or player/coach from an opposing team is diagnosed with COVID-19, that does not necessarily trigger the above actions.

  • Secondary exposure to COVID-19 by players and coaches does not necessarily trigger the above actions.

  • Parents/guardians and players may make their own decisions to suspend participation at any time.

Hall Strongly recommends the following additional measures:

  • Though participants and coaches are required to wear a mask when occupying the dugout space, additionally, it is strongly recommended that participants and coaches continuously mask or get tested weekly.  

  • Though participants and coaches are required to wear a mask when occupying the dugout space, additionally, it is strongly recommended that participants wear their mask when batting, playing the position of catcher, fielding an occupied base, running the bases, or other situations in which close contact is possible.