2022 AUTUMN BASEBALL LEAGUE

COVID -19 / ABL GUIDELINES

COVID-19 / ABL GUIDELINES
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Hello Mr. Bomback,

The guidelines you are looking for can be accessed here Guidance for Youth, Adult, and School Sports (ri.gov).

  • If one player on the team tests positive for COVID-19, they must isolate for 10 days from the day they took the test.
  • Close contacts of the person who tested positive would be anyone who had come within 6 feet of the infected individual for a total of 15 minutes or more within a 24 hour timeframe. These individuals would need to quarantine for at least 10  days if they do not meet one of the quarantine exemptions listed in the current Executive Order found here: Executive Order 21-105 | Governor's Office, State of Rhode Island (ri.gov). The exceptions to quarantine can be found under section 3a-h of the Executive Order above.
  • If a player test positive they must isolate for 10 days from their test day, but it is still possible for others to play the game. The only individuals that would need to quarantine are those who are identified as a close contact. Individuals who are fully vaccinated, have had COVID-19 in the past 90 days, or meet another exception to quarantine listed in the EO, would not need to quarantine. Individuals who are in quarantine, must quarantine for 10 days. There is an option to shorten this quarantine to 7 days if a they receive a negative test taken on day 5 or later of quarantine.

 

I hope this information was helpful to you but if you have further questions please feel free to reach out.

Best,

Nancy

GAME SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS:

Host team should communicate the field safety rules with players, parents and opposing coaching staff by  email, phone or online meeting prior to the arrival. 

All attendees (coaches, players, family members, etc.) should self‐screen for signs/symptoms of COVID‐19  before arriving to the field. 

Any person with positive symptoms reported should not be allowed to participate and should contact his or her primary care provider or other appropriate healthcare professional.  Some symptoms include: Cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, change in taste or smell, fever. Be sure to visit  www.cdc.gov for more information. 

Teams should refrain from arriving to the field in a team vehicle with multiple players 

All individual should arrive wearing face masks 

Players should handle their own bags, equipment, etc.  

Teams should ensure they have a sufficient amount of sanitizing product 

Teams should check to learn if their umpire assigner has a safety screening process in place prior to assigning umpires to officiate their league games. 

Home plate meetings are limited to both umpires and one coach from each team. Social distancing must be practiced.  DURING the GAME  TEAMS 

MASKS (COACHES): Coaches are required to wear facemasks at all times. If proper social distancing can be kept, coaches can remove their mask such as while coaching 1st and 3rd base.  

MASKS (PLAYERS): Players are required to wear face masks when in or around the dugout, but not while on the field. Players should have face masks with them at all times. 

EQUIPMENT – There should be no shared athletic equipment (gloves, bats, helmets, towels, water bottles, clothing, shoes, or sports specific equipment) between players.

DUGOUTS: Social distancing must be enforced while in and around the dugout. Coaches must require some players to remain out of the dugout if social distancing cannot not be properly practiced within the dugout. 

BASEBALLS – Each team should consider the use of their own baseballs when on defense. Umpires should not handle baseballs unless they are able to sanitize the baseballs before returning them into play. All foul balls should be retrieved by defensive team members only.  

CELEBRATIONS – Coaches and Players should refrain from team celebrations such as high fives.  

FOOD – No food such as seeds, gum, etc. should be allowed while on the field at league games 

HYDRATION – There should no team coolers or shared drink stations 

The host team should confirm with their umpires the field positioning that will be used by the umpire(s) and relay this to the opposing team prior to game. 

When positioned behind home plate, the umpire must wear a face mask. 

Umpires must wear a mask at all times if their positing cannot ensure proper social distancing from players, coaches and spectators.

If the umpires handle or come in contact with the baseball, the baseball should be sanitized 

UMPIRES should not handle the bats unless it is to remove the bat from the field during play to avoid potential injury 

SPECTATORS -The amount of spectators at the field should be monitored to ensure the local/state restrictions are not violated. 

Spectators should avoid team dugouts 

Spectators must follow proper social distancing guidelines at all times 

Spectators should bring their own seating or portable chairs when possible 

When using pop up tents please restrict to family members only AFTER the GAME 

 

No handshakes between teams. Teams line up on the baselines after the game for a tip of the cap instead of handshaking.  

 

No mass celebrations  Teams required to clean their dugout after their game(s)


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