Return to play guidelines
Hardball and Journey Summer 2020
HARDBALL and JOURNEY TEAMS
Return to play practices:
Hopefully we return to play this year, so we need to prepare as an organization. We want to handle certain situations consistently as an organization, so every team will abide by the same guidelines. These scenarios were discussed and agreed upon today through a coaches virtual meeting. Tournaments and leagues may have additional guidance, but we wanted to establish some minimum guidelines:
1- Each team should insure that the families of the player have a thermometer and test players before each practice or game to insure the health of each player. A player who shows symptoms of any health concerns should not be allowed around the team.
2- If a player on your team tests positive- that player is out for 2 weeks and must be symptom free prior to return. The rest of the team can continue to play as long as they are symptom free. Coach must inform all families on the team (cc Brent at [email protected] and Juston at [email protected] ) that a player has tested positive. All parents must reply to coach (cc Brent at [email protected] and Juston at [email protected]) that they have received this notification or your player will not be allowed to participate (we want to be sure that parents have all of the information they need to make decisions for their children). If your team has a game scheduled in the next week, our coach will notify tournament/league director that player has been removed for 2 weeks.
3- If a player’s immediate family tests positive- that player is out for 2 weeks after last family member recovers even if player tests negative (due to continued exposure to family). Player must be symptom free upon return.
4- If player has direct contact with someone that tests positive- other than immediate family (ie- friend/co-worker)- Player may participate as long as symptom free.
5- If team has contact with another team or umpire that tests positive- team may continue as long as symptom free.
6- If player has fever- out 2 weeks.
7- If player has a cough and/or runny nose due to allergies, but no fever- player may participate, but must wear mask
8- Another team contacts our coach to inform us that they had a player test positive and that player has been removed from their team’s activities- our coach must notify our families (cc Brent at [email protected] and Juston at [email protected]), and our families must reply to coach (cc Brent at [email protected] and Juston at [email protected]) whether their player will participate or not.
9- Another team contacts our coach to inform us that they had a player test positive and that player has NOT been removed- our team will not play in this situation.
– Team must disinfect balls and arm bands after use (Lysol or rotate balls out of use for 3 days)
– Players must use own equipment (no borrowing bats, helmets, catchers gear etc)
– Uniforms washed after every game/ practice
– Post-game handshake- we will replace this by standing on baselines and tip hat to opposing team