Safety is essential to making the game (and our league) fun. Our safety initiatives include background checks for all coaches as well as processes and training for how to deal with injuries on the field. We also have a program in place to make sure the proper safety and first-aid equipment is available at all fields and for all coaches throughout the season.
COVID-19 Return to Play Plan - TRSLL
TRSLL will follow the Best Practices plan created by Little League International which compiled resources and direct guidance from the CDC, the World Health Organization (WHO), The Aspen Institute and others to reduce the spread of illness among players, volunteers and spectators.
TRSLL will also follow all current directives and guidance from state and local government in order to mitigate the spread of infection among TRSLL players, volunteers and families. Volunteers, players and spectators who refuse to comply with the following practices will be prohibited from participating in the 2021 baseball season.
TRSLL will continue to educate players, volunteers and families on the importance of:
- Proper handwashing and hygiene
- Wearing masks on and off the field as needed
- Practicing social distancing, specifically maintaining 6 feet apart
- Staying home if you are ill and what to do if you have been exposed to the infection
On-Field Guidance for Players and Volunteers
- Handshakes/Personal Contact Celebrations will be prohibited. Instead, players and volunteers will be encouraged to tip their hats to show sportsmanship
- Team snacks will be prohibited. Players will be encouraged to bring individual drinks and snacks.
- Players and volunteers will be required to wear a mask where proper social distancing is not possible. Players and coaches will be required to wear a mask while in the dugout.
- Coaches and players will be assigned spots in the dugout or on the bleachers so that they are at least six feet apart. Players are to stay at their assigned spots when on the bench or while waiting their turn to bat.
- Equipment sharing will be prohibited. Personal player bat bags/equipment bags will not be allowed in the dugout. Player equipment will be spaced accordingly outside the dugout to prevent direct contact. Players will have their own individual batter’s helmet, glove, bat, and catcher’s equipment.
- Sunflower seeds, gum, etc. will not be allowed in the dugout or on the playing field to discourage spitting
Game Operation and Umpire Guidance
- Social distancing of six feet will be implemented during all pre-game plate meetings between teams and umpires
- Equipment inspection by the Umpire will occur after players place their individual equipment out in a well-spaced manner. Umpires will avoid direct contact with individual player equipment where possible.
- A limited number of volunteers will attend games and practices; there will only be the required team managers/coaches, umpires, and one (1) league administrator (i.e. Safety Officer, player agent, etc.) in attendance.
- Practices will be limited to managers/coaches and players
- Scorekeeping will be done by team coaches or team parent/guardian via GameChanger. Press boxes will be closed in order to maintain proper social distancing among volunteers and spectators.
- Umpires will be permitted to be placed behind the pitcher’s mound/circle to call balls and strikes. Umpires will be encouraged to keep a safe distance from players as much as possible.
- Umpires will be asked to rotate baseballs in and out of play on a regular basis. Spectators will be discouraged from retrieving baseballs hit outside the field of play.
- TRSLL administrators will schedule sufficient time between practices and games to facilitate the complete evacuation of individuals from a previous practice or game before the next group enters.
- Players/families/spectators will be instructed not to show up to fields more than 40 minutes before game time. If there is a game or practice prior to an event, families and spectators will be encouraged to stay in their vehicles or at recommended social distances until the start of their game to prevent overcrowding of spectator spaces and walkways.
- On-field warm-up will be limited as much as is reasonably possible and no more than 30 minutes.
- TRSLL will ensure sure that practices and games follow all local and state directives regarding the number of people allowed to gather in one place and will allow time between practices and games for cleaning and disinfecting common areas.
- All spectators will be educated on how to follow best social distancing practices. This includes: staying six feet away from individuals outside their household, wearing a cloth face covering at all times and avoiding direct hand or other contact with players/managers/coaches during play.
- Spectators will be encouraged to bring their own seating and maintain 6 feet of proper social distancing from individuals not in their households.
- Spectators that do not comply with proper social distancing and wear proper face coverings will be asked to leave the premises.
- TRSLL will utilize GameChanger to provide virtual spectating opportunities to limit the number of spectators at games.
- Spectators/Volunteers/Players will be asked to avoid socializing on the field and in the parking lot after practices and games
- A spectator/player/volunteer with any of the following conditions will be prohibited from attending games and practices:
- Active COVID-19 infection
- Known direct contact with an individual testing positive for COVID-19
- Exhibiting any of the known symptoms listed at www.cdc.gov.