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     SRLL SPRING 2021 COVID-19 MITIGATION PLAN 

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In conjunction with the Spring 2021 Season, Shore Regional Little League (SRLL) has put together the following guidelines for all participants—players, coaches, umpires, parents, and volunteers—that will be required to be followed. Please note, this is not intended to be a substitute for guidelines published by the New Jersey Department of Health, but rather are provided in addition to those guidelines.

The information regarding COVID-19 changes rapidly, and, as such, SRLL makes no representation and assumes no responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of this information. Further, you should seek advice from medical professionals and/or public health officials if you have specific questions about your return to practice and competition.

We recommend you reference the covid19.nj.gov website for more information regarding organized sports guidelines.

SRLL Practice and Competition: 

All players, coaches, staff, spectators, and other attendees must adhere to specifically required guidelines from the New Jersey Department of Health (NJ DOH Guidance for Sports Activities). Furthermore, because SRLL uses public fields for practice and competition, additional requirements may be in place based on guidelines set forth by the Boroughs of Oceanport, West Long Branch, Monmouth Beach, Lincroft, Long Branch and/or Eatontown.

COVID Mitigation Ambassador:  Each team should have a mandatory bench coach/parent to monitor compliance with this plan. 

Facemasks:

·       Players: DO NOT have to wear face-coverings while actively playing the game or physically exerting themselves.

·       Coaches: MUST wear a face-covering mask while in the dugout or any scenario where they are less than 6 feet from anybody.

·       Umpires: MUST try to social distance whenever possible. They are required to wear face-coverings when walking up to the field, ground rules and anytime they are not able to maintain 6 feet of separation from others.

·       Dugout Rules: If players cannot socially distance by utilizing surrounding areas (ie. behind or next to the dugouts), they must wear masks.

Equipment: 

·       It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that all players have and use their own equipment which includes: glove, helmet, bat, and face guards (for softball) to reduce the need for sharing.

·       We will provide all necessary and required equipment for our teams including:  first aid kits, icepacks, helmets, bat, catchers gear, baseballs. We WILL NOT be providing face guards (for softball)

·       If equipment must be shared, it should be cleaned and then disinfected with an EPA-approved disinfectant against COVID-19 and allowed sufficient time to dry before being used by a new player. Coaches will be provided with sanitizer for this purpose if needed. 

Drinks & Snacks: 

·       All players, coaches, spectators, and umpires should bring their own food or beverages that are clearly labeled with their name. There should not be any shared food or beverages.

·       Sunflower seeds, gum, chewing tobacco etc., are not allowed in dugouts or on the field. All players and coaches are to refrain from spitting at all times.

SRLL Guidelines Prior to Practice or Competition (Screening):

·       We will use the Team Snap app and all players will be REQUIRED to complete the health screening similar to what you may have seen during football season or the school year.  We will NOT be requiring temperature checks.

·       Teams will screen athletes, coaches, staff, and any other participants prior to participation. Anybody showing symptoms of COVID-19 shall not be permitted to participate.

·       Do not come to practice or competition if you or any member of your household are not feeling well or are showing symptoms of COVID-19.

·       Do not come to practice or competition if you or any member of your household have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 within the past 14 days.

·       Do not come to practice or competition if you are not comfortable with the guidelines set forth by the NJ DOH, SRLL, or the facility at which you are practicing/competing.

·       Adults 65 years and older or people of any age with serious underlying medical conditions are strongly encouraged not to attend practice or competition at this time.

SRLL Guidelines During Practice or Competition:

Healthy Practices: All players, coaches, umpires, and spectators should practice “good hygiene” by regularly washing their hands with soap and water or using hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Players and coaches should avoid all but the essential contact necessary during practice or competition.

·       Post-game handshakes should be replaced by a “tipping caps” as a sign of good sportsmanship.

Social-distancing: Players, coaches, umpires, and spectators must maintain 6-feet of distance whenever possible. During games, all spectators are asked to bring their own chairs and not use the bleachers so the players may sit and social distance.

Limit Spectators & Wear Face-coverings: Any spectator that may at any point be less than 6 feet away from anyone MUST wear a face-covering.

SPREAD OUT: Teams must utilize space in AND around the dugout during the game. Many teams are placing each gear bag 6 feet apart along the fence as "their area" during the game. Spectators have ample space down foul lines along the outfield fence watch the game.

Dugout Rules: If players cannot socially distance by utilizing surrounding areas (ie. behind or next to the dugouts), they must wear masks.

Guidelines for Handling a Positive COVID-19 Test:

·       Any participant who tests positive for COVID-19 should contact the SRLL Board at [email protected] 

o   The email should include a copy of the positive test result.

o   The email should include a list of everyone who was in “close contact” with the person who tested positive.  “Close contact” means:

§  Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period[1] starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.

·       SRLL will reach out to all league participants that are “close contacts”.  It will not disclose the identity of the infected person but will advise the “close contact” that they have been in “close contact” with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.  The Board will advise that the “close contact” should:

o   Self-quarantine at home for five days, then get tested (negative result, business as “usual”; positive result, the whole family should follow this protocol); or

o   Self-quarantine at home for at least 10 days if you do not want to get tested and remain symptom-free.

·       SRLL will forward the positive test results and “close contacts” list to the applicable local health department (“LHD”).

·       The activities for that team affected by a positive COVID-19 test may be suspended immediately based on further guidance from health professionals.

The person that tested positive and their families must follow the “Instructions and Next Steps” outlined by the New Jersey Department of Health which can be found here:  https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/documents/topics/NCOV/COVID_Instructions_Persons_Who_Test_Positive.pdf


[1] Individual exposures added together over a 24-hour period (e.g., three 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes). Data is limited, making it difficult to precisely define “close contact;” however, 15 cumulative minutes of exposure at a distance of 6 feet or less can be used as an operational definition for contact investigation. Factors to consider when defining close contact include proximity (closer distance likely increases exposure risk), the duration of exposure (longer exposure time likely increases exposure risk), whether the infected individual has symptoms (the period around onset of symptoms is associated with the highest levels of viral shedding), if the infected person was likely to generate respiratory aerosols (e.g., was coughing, singing, shouting), and other environmental factors (crowding, adequacy of ventilation, whether exposure was indoors or outdoors). Because the general public has not received training on proper selection and use of respiratory PPE, such as an N95, the determination of close contact should generally be made irrespective of whether the contact was wearing respiratory PPE.  At this time, differential determination of close contact for those using fabric face coverings is not recommended.

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