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Newbury Park Pony Baseball Reopening Protocol

Revised 1/18/2021




Summary

COVID-19 continues to pose a severe risk to communities and requires all people in California to follow recommended precautions and adapt the way they live and function in light of this ongoing risk. This guidance provides direction for outdoor youth sports activities to support a safe environment for these sports.

General Guidance for Youth Participants, Coaches, and Support Staff

Until further notice, all baseball activities associated with Newbury Park Pony Baseball must take place outdoors. No batting cages or indoor training facilities allowed.   Please note: This document may be updated as additional information and resources become available.

Face Coverings

  •  All NPPB participants should wear face coverings when participating in the activity, even with heavy exertion as tolerated (unless the face covering could become a hazard), and face coverings must be worn when not participating in the activity (e.g., on the sidelines).

 

  • All coaches, family members and visitors are required to wear an appropriate face covering that covers the nose and the mouth at all times. This applies to all adults and to children 2 years of age and older. Masks with one-way valves may not be used.

 

  • Players should take a break from exercise if any difficulty breathing is noted and should change their mask or face covering if it becomes wet and sticks to the player’s face and obstructs breathing. Masks that restrict airflow under heavy exertion (such as N-95 masks) are not advised for exercise.

 

Physical Distancing

  • Participants in youth sports should maintain at least six feet of distance from others to the maximum extent possible, including when on the sidelines. Coaches should avoid contact with participants, and facilitate physical distancing between participants to the maximum extent possible (e.g., staggered starts of practices).

 

  • When observing, individuals must stay at least 6 feet from non-household members.

 

Hygiene and Equipment Sanitation

  • Shared equipment should be cleaned and disinfected before use by another person, group, or team.

 

  • When equipment is shared during an activity, participants should perform hand hygiene (wash hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer) before play, during breaks, at half time, and after the conclusion of the activity.

 

  • Drink bottles must not be shared, and other personal items and equipment should not be shared.

 

  • Players and coaches are discouraged from making unnecessary physical contact with one another (for example, high-fives, handshakes, fist bumps) to limit the potential for disease to spread.

 

Stable Cohort

  • Each team of 10 to 14 players will be established as an individual cohort.  If there is exposure to COVID-19 infection in a stable cohort, all members of the cohort will require quarantine.

 

Health Screening

  • Screening is conducted before players and coaches may participate in NPPB activities. Checks will include a check-in concerning fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing and fever or chills, and whether the person has had contact with a person known or suspected to be infected with the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) within the last 14 days.

 

  • These checks will be done in person or through alternative methods such as on-line check in systems. If the person has no symptoms and no contact to a known or suspected COVID-19 case in the last 14 days, they can be cleared to participate for that day.  If the person has had contact to a known or suspected COVID-19 case in the last 14 days, they should be sent home immediately and asked to quarantine at home.

 

Games and Practices

  • Games or scrimmages are not permitted at this time. Any areas where players are seated off-field (e.g., bench, dugout) has been reconfigured to create additional seating such that players are able to maintain a physical distance of 6 feet while in the area.

 

Observers

  • For all NPPB activities, immediate household members may observe practices and games as needed for age-appropriate supervision, but observers should be limited to ensure physical distance can be maintained, reduce potential crowding, and maintain outdoor capacity limits allowed by Tiers.

 

  • Observers must stay at least 6 feet from non-household members and wear face coverings.

 

  • It is encouraged to utilize live camera feed to observe on field activities at Dos Vientos Community Park.

 

Returning to sports after infection

  • Children and teens with symptoms of COVID-19 should not attend practices or competition. They should consult their physician for testing and notify their coach or league administrator of their symptoms.

 

  • Youths recovering from COVID-19 will have different paths to return to sports based on the severity of their illness. Those who are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms should not exercise until cleared by a physician. See the American Academy of Pediatrics Interim Guidance on Return to Sports for additional guidance for more serious infections.


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