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Return To Play – Recommendations and Guidelines

Introduction.

Davidson Youth Baseball Association (DYBA) and the Town of Davidson (Town) believe that participation in organized youth baseball provides the children with numerous physical, psychological, emotion and cognitive benefits that are critical for their development.  In 2020, the difficult decision was made to not play baseball as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic.  As we have all now lived with the risk of COVID-19 and have a greater understanding of the safety measures that we each must take to protect ourselves, loved ones and friends and neighbors, we believe that now is the right time to Return to Play.

Safety of our children, volunteers, umpires and family members is the number one priority.  We have designed a set of safety protocols to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission, in consultation with other youth sport organization protocols and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services safety protocols.  In addition, we want to acknowledge the importance of individual accountability – these protocols are designed for your safety and the safety of your children.  Despite personal views, we implore each DYBA family to read, understand and follow these protocols.  Lastly, we also believe that each family must make their own decisions with regard to playing youth sports and accepts a certain amount of risk when doing so. 

Please note that DYBA is a volunteer, non-profit organization with no staff or employees.  Thus there no DYBA representative to enforce compliance, so we are completely relying on voluntary compliance with these recommendations and guidelines. 

Recommendations and Guidelines.

Recommendations and Guidelines are as follows:

General Protective Measures

•        Anyone experiencing symptoms of illness, such as sneezing, coughing, congestion, runny nose, sore throat, difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell, fever or chills, etc. should refrain from attending a DYBA event.

•        Anyone with a temperature in excess of 100.1 degrees on the day of an event should refrain from attending a DYBA event.

•        Anyone who has known or confirmed close-contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 will follow the guidance of public health officials and should refrain from attending a DYBA event until:

•        Receiving a negative COVID-19 test AND approval from a medical doctor; or

•        The passage of 10 days from the date of the close contact.

Practice Protocols

•        Field access will be limited to registered players, official coaches and volunteers assisting with practice. 

•        Team gatherings and discussions should be limited and must follow the current guidelines for outdoor group gatherings – coaches will ensure players remain 6 feet apart when holding group discussions with players.  Masks are encouraged for all during team discussions and anytime social distancing cannot be maintained.

•        Team members and coaches should refrain from high-fives, fist bumps, elbow bumps or tight circle team cheers.

•        Coaches are encouraged to keep players distant during drills and while waiting in lines.

•        At water breaks and no less frequently than every 30 minutes, all players and coaches should apply hand sanitizer.  Each player and coach should bring their own bottle of hand sanitizer.

•        Dugout use during practice should not be used at practice.

•        No equipment sharing is allowed.  This includes bats, gloves, batting gloves, batting helmets and catcher’s mask.  If you child is interested in playing catcher, please purchase your own mask.  DYBA may issue masks to individual players for the season, subject to supply limitations.  The only exception to the rule is catchers shin guards and chest protector. Catcher equipment should be wiped down in between usage amongst players.

•        Parents may attend practice to watch from outside the fence, but are encouraged to remain distant from others outside their immediate family members and wear masks

 

Game Protocols

•        Safety protocols for games will be the same as practice, with the following exceptions:

•        Masks for all players, coaches, and fans are required when arriving at the field, walking from the car, and entering the field of play.  Masks are not required to be worn by players while playing.

•        Given fencing arrangements at McEver and player safety concerns from baseball activities (batted foul balls, errant throws, swinging bats, etc.), limited dugout use by no more than two people at a time will remain during games.  However, all coaches and players must wear a mask when inside the dugout. 

•        For Rookies and Minors, umpires will call the game from behind the pitching mound.

•        Team handshakes and post-game sportsmanship gathers will be prohibited.  Instead, at the conclusion of each game, players and coaches will “tip their hats” to the opposing team to show good sportsmanship.

•        Coaches are required to wear masks when speaking with umpires.  Discussions with umpires should be limited to questions about the rules or application thereof.  There should be no discussions regarding individual calls, balls and strikes, or other in-game calls.  Under no circumstances should coaches or players yell, shout or otherwise speak with a raised voice to umpires.

•        Teams must exit the field quickly at the conclusion of the game and teams for the following game must wait until all have exited before entering the field.  Game times will be adjusted for allow for sufficient time to eliminate team overlap.

•        Hand sanitizer should be applied by each player and coach between every inning.

•        Parents and family members are encouraged to limit the number of fans. The number will be determined and updated based on the current NCDHHS guidelines for outdoor group gatherings. We understand how much fun it is to bring grandparents, extended family members, friends and others to games.  Please limit fans in attendance to parents and siblings.   Areas near dugouts may be unavailable for fans for some age groups and fields.

•        Parents and other fans are encouraged to wear masks at all times and masks are required when unable to remain socially distant from others.  Fans in the risers are required to wear masks.

Protection of Vulnerable Populations

There are certain segments of the population who are at an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, including individuals who are elderly, those with ear, lung, kidney, or liver disease, those with diabetes, and those with immunodeficiencies.  We discourage any individuals who fall into these high-risk categories from attending any DYBA events.

DYBA and the Town of Davidson will continue to monitor guidance published by the Center for Disease Control, NCDHHS, and other governmental agencies and will update these protocols as appropriate.

 

In summary, we recommend following the public health recommendations similar to protocols in place for major league baseball:  (i) wear a mask; (ii) socially distance a minimum of 6 feet from others; (iii) consistent hand sanitizing.

Thank you!






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Davidson Youth Baseball Association (DYBA)

PO Box 942 
Davidson, North Carolina 28036

Email: [email protected]

Davidson Youth Baseball Association (DYBA)

PO Box 942 
Davidson, North Carolina 28036

Email: [email protected]
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