The objective of the League shall be to implant firmly in the children of the community the ideas of good sportsmanship, honesty,loyalty, courage and respect for authority, so that they may be well adjusted, stronger and happier children.

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First and foremost, We hope you and your family are safe and healthy.

Our sponsors have always supported Redbirds Baseball and Softball and we have been extremely thankful for them!

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Spring Season 2021-Safety Procedures

 

Safety Procedures

 

Self-Monitoring Health of Players and Families

Parents should check their temperature before leaving to attend a practice or game. They should also check their player’s temperature as well as anyone else who will be coming with them to the practice or game. If anyone presents a fever, they should notify the team’s manager and stay home.

 

A player with any of the following conditions should not attend a practice or game until evaluated by a medical provider and given clearance to do so:

a. Active COVID-19 infection

b. Known direct contact with an individual testing positive for COVID-19

c. Fever

d. Cough

 

 

Coming in Close Contact with a Person who has COVID-19

We ask that you follow the State of NJ guidelines if you come in close contact with a person who has COVID-19.  The safest option is to stay home and not participate in any Upper Freehold Baseball/Softball activities for 14-days.

 

Self-Isolation After Travel Beyond the Immediate Region (NY, CT, PA, DE)

In accordance with travel restrictions set forth by the State of New Jersey, anyone traveling to a state that falls under the COVID-19 Travel Advisory should self-isolate and not participate in any Upper Freehold Baseball, Softball or T-Ball activities for 10 days.

 

Use of Facilities

 

Bathrooms

 

1. Will be available during games.

2. Only one person/family will be allowed in the bathroom at one time.

3. People waiting in line for the bathroom should ensure social distancing with people other than their immediate family.

a. Stay six feet away from individuals outside their household

b. Wear a cloth face covering

c. Avoid direct hand or other contact with the players, managers, and coaches during play.

 

 

 

 

Concession Stand and Press boxes

 

The concession stand will remain closed. The press boxes will be open but will allow only 1 person or immediate family (no children) in the box. Wipes will be provided to wipe down the scoreboard controller after each use.

 

Practices

 

Practices should be conducted at any of the baseball fields available at Byron Johnson or affiliated fields.

 

General Guidelines

1. All coaches are required to wear masks when running practices.

 

2. Before every practice coaches should ask each of the players the following questions (can be done as team if everyone stays six feet apart):

a. Has anyone had a fever today?

b. Has anyone had a cough today?

c. Is anyone feeling sick or achy?

 

3. Coaches are responsible for ensuring social distancing between players as much as

possible.

 

a. Additional spacing between players while playing catch.

b. Changing drills so that players remained spaced out.

c. Running more than one drill at a time.

d. No congregating of players while waiting to bat.

e. Disinfect shared equipment before and after each practice such as catcher’s equipment.

 

Players

 

1. Players need to use their own basic baseball equipment.

a. Basic baseball equipment includes gloves, helmets, and bats.

b. If they do not have their own basic equipment, or if they forget anything at home, they cannot participate in any drill that requires the missing equipment.

 

2. A player with any of the following conditions should not attend a practice or game until evaluated by a medical provider and given clearance to do so:

a. Active COVID-19 infection

b. Known direct contact with an individual testing positive for COVID-19

c. Fever

d. Cough

 

3. Players must bring their own water/beverage to consume. No shared fountains or coolers.

 

4. Players do not need to wear a face covering while on the field, however they should wear one in these situations.

a. Arriving at and leaving from the facility.

b. Waiting for practice to start.

 

Spectators

 

1. Spectators should ensure social distancing with people other than their immediate family.

a. Stay six feet away from individuals outside their household

b. Wear a cloth face covering

c. Avoid direct hand or other contact with the players, managers, and coaches during play.

 

2. A spectator with any of the following conditions should not attend a practice or game until evaluated by a medical provider and given clearance to do so:

a. Active COVID-19 infection

b. Known direct contact with an individual testing positive for COVID-19

c. Fever

d. Cough

 

3. Spectators should bring their own seating or portable chairs when possible.

 

4. Those at higher risk for severe disease should consider consultation with their medical provider before attending a game and should ensure the strictest adherence to guidelines regarding face coverings, distancing, and handwashing. Such groups include:

a. Those with a serious underlying medical condition, including heart disease, morbid obesity, diabetes, lung disease, immunocompromised, chronic kidney disease, and chronic lung disease.

b. Those currently residing in a nursing home or long-term care facility

c. Those over 65

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Game Day Operations

 

 

Scheduling

 

 

1. Games will be spaced out when possible to allow as much time as possible for teams to finish their game and leave the facility before any other teams show up to play their game.

 

2. 2-hour drop-dead time.

 

Players

 

1. Players do not need to wear a face covering while on the field, however they should wear one in these situations.

a. Arriving at and leaving from the facility.

b. Waiting for warmups or the game to start.

c. Sitting in the dugout bench when not in the field of play.

 

Pregame Arrival and Warmups

 

1. A player with any of the following conditions should not attend a practice or game until evaluated by a medical provider and given clearance to do so:

a. Active COVID-19 infection

b. Known direct contact with an individual testing positive for COVID-19

c. Fever

d. Cough

 

2. Before every game coaches should ask each of the players the following questions (can be done as team if everyone stays six feet apart):

a. Has anyone had a fever today?

b. Has anyone had a cough today?

c. Is anyone feeling sick or achy?

 

3. Players should not show up to the fields more than 30 minutes before game time.

a. Anyone that arrives earlier than 30 minutes must remain in their car.

 

4. Warm-ups should be limited as much as is reasonable and be no more than 30 minutes.

a. Players should have a catch before each game.

b. Pitchers should be allowed to warm up with a catcher before each game.

c. Congregating players in the outfield to field grounders or pop-ups is prohibited.

 

5. Home teams will be responsible for lining their own fields.

 

 

Spectators

 

1. A spectator with any of the following conditions should not attend a practice or game until evaluated by a medical provider and given clearance to do so:

a. Active COVID-19 infection

b. Known direct contact with an individual testing positive for COVID-19

c. Fever

d. Cough

 

2. Spectators should bring their own seating or portable chairs when possible as the bleachers will be used by the players waiting to be put into the field or bat.

 

Baseballs

 

1. Each team will be provided game balls that their team is to use during their defensive half inning and rotated through every two innings or a change in pitcher.

 

Food/Snacks during the Game

Only water or another drink brought for the player will be allowed to be consumed during the game. Any food must be consumed before or after the game.

Sunflower seeds, gum, etc. are prohibited before, during, or after a game while at the facilities.

 

Playing a Game

 

1. Coaches

a. Coaches must always wear face coverings anytime around kids/coaches/parents in dugout, coaching a base when player is on the base, etc..

b. One coach will be allowed in the dugout to keep score and facilitate players going up to bat, coming back to bleachers after batting or playing in the field.

c. Only two coaches will be allowed on the field while the game is being played. Examples of this include:

i. Majors and Minors: 1st and 3rd base coaches

ii. Rookie: One coach pitching to players and a second behind the catcher

collecting baseballs.

iii. Tee Ball: One coach pitching or setting up the tee and a second coach in the field directing defensive players.

d. No coaches will be allowed on the field to disagree or argue a call. Coaches must call the umpire to their dug out with all questions and remain 6ft away. For the safety of all we will not allow aggressive arguing with any umpire.

e. Coaches must refrain from celebratory physical contact and discourage players from doing the same.

 

 

 

2. Players waiting to be in the game

a. Social Distance in dugouts.

b. All player equipment will be placed six feet apart.

 

3. Umpires

a. Umpires need to wear masks.

b. Umpires may call balls and strikes from behind the pitcher if they are not comfortable behind the catcher.

c. No coaches will be allowed on the field to disagree or argue a call. Coaches must call the umpire to their dugout with all questions and remain 6ft away. For the safety of all we will not allow aggressive arguing with any umpire.

 

4. End of the Game

a. There can be no handshakes or fist bumps before or after the games. Please tip your hat to the opponents after the game from your dug outs.

b. Trash must be discarded in a waste receptacle.

 

Response to a Positive COVID-19 Test

In the event that a player or coach tests positive for COVID-19, the league will take the following steps.

 

1. The activities for that team affected by a positive COVID-19 test will be suspended immediately.

 

2. The league will contact UFT officials and use the CDC official guidance and follow all of their recommendations.

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