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SPBA COVID-19 Policy

COVID-19 Warning:

  • An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. When you visit or use the park and facilities at Sweat Mountain Park and Harrison Park, you voluntarily assume all risk related to exposure to COVID-19.
  • If you have a fever or COVID-19 you are not allowed in the park.
  • Signage placed at any entrance and throughout the park to instruct individuals they cannot enter if they’ve had symptoms of COVID-19 or had any contact with a person that is suspected to have COVID-19.
  • Notices also reference proper hygiene

Screening Players and Coaches:

  • Coaches are responsible for ensuring players and coaches have a temperature of less than 100.4° before attending practice/games.

Maintain Social Distancing:

  • Spacing between persons in the park should be at least six feet at all times.
  • Spectators are encouraged to bring their own chairs
  • Members of the same household will be allowed to sit within 6ft of each other.
  • Players and teams must maintain social distancing inside the dugouts and throughout practices/games.
  • Handshaking and high-fiving is prohibited at all times. (Consider lining up outside the dugout and tipping caps to the opposing team as a sign of good sportsmanship after a game)
  • We ask that sunflower seeds, tobacco, and vaping products not be used (no spitting).
  • No team coolers (dispensing type), individual players may bring their own.
  • Batting cages will be limited to 2-3 kids per team at a time.
  • Field use will be limited to a maximum of 25 people per state guidelines.
  • Each team will dedicate a parent or coach to monitor these guidelines during team practice.

Use of Personal Protective Equipment and Best Practices:

  • Face masks will be encouraged for coaches, players, and spectators but are not mandatory.
  • Players and parents will be encouraged to bring hand sanitizer and utilize it before and after practice/games.
  • Concessions employees will be screened to ensure temperatures are 100.4° or less
  • Face masks and gloves will be worn by concessions workers.
  • Social distancing spaces will be marked for concession lines
  • Pregame plate meeting will be for umpires and head coaches only, while maintaining six- foot social distance
  • If any physical contact should occur between players coaches may call time to have disinfectant used on each player
  • Players and coaches should take measures to prevent all but the essential contact necessary to play the game. This should include refraining from handshakes, high fives, fist/elbow bumps, chest bumps, group celebrations, etc.

Field Transitions:

  • Players and families should vacate the field/facility as soon as possible after the conclusion of their game/practice to minimize contact with players, coaches, and spectators from the next game.
  • If there is a game or practice prior to your event, families and spectators are encouraged to stay in their vehicles or at recommended social distances until the start of their game play to prevent overcrowding of spectator spaces and walkways.

Player Equipment:

  • Player equipment should be spaced accordingly outside the dugout to prevent direct contact.
  • Players should have their own individual batter’s helmet, glove, and bat.
  • Measures should be enacted to avoid, or minimize, equipment sharing when feasible.
  • Some critical equipment may not be able to be obtained by every individual.
  • When it is necessary to share critical or limited equipment, all surfaces of each piece of shared equipment must be cleaned first and then disinfected with a disinfectant against COVID- 19. Increased attention should be paid to detailed cleaning of all equipment directly contacting the head and face (catcher’s mask, helmets).