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COVID-19 Guidlines

The health and safety of our athletes, spectators, staff, and volunteers remain the highest priority for Northwest 45 Little League. We want nothing more than to see the ball fields full of young kids learning the great game of baseball. As we are all aware the COVID-19 pandemic has required us to change course from normal operations. We will be following State, Local, and little league guidelines to protect everyone who comes out to our facility to the best of our ability. Below, you will find a summary of actions we are taking to help ensure we are lowering COVID-19 risk as much as possible while also allowing our athletes to play. (The actions are taken from the Texas youth sports operators and participants guidelines, as well as the little league international guidelines). 

General Guidelines

Intensifying cleaning, disinfection, and ventilation within our facilities and premises by:

1.     Concession workers will be required to wear protective masks at all times. Directors on duty will wear a mask when social distancing guidelines cannot be followed (i.e. staying 6 ft apart). Any concession worker or Director who exhibit signs or symptoms of Covid-19 will be asked to stay home or sent home from work. 

2.     Protective barriers will be utilized at all point-of-sale and food pick-up locations. 

3.     Restrooms, counters, doors, railings, tables, and chairs will be sanitized frequently throughout the day/night when the facility is open. All areas will be thoroughly sanitized and cleaned prior to opening each day including bleachers and dug outs. 

4.     Sanitizing equipment in regular intervals to prevent the spread of contact germs.

Reducing physical closeness or contact between players when possible by:

1.     Arrival and drop off times, putting signs and tape on floors or playing fields to ensure that coaches and players stay 6 feet apart. 

2.     Please keep distance of 6 feet between families while watching games in bleachers or by the fields. 

3.     Discouraging unnecessary physical contact, such as high-fives, handshakes, fist bumps, and hugs. Before, during, and after games, no player handshakes will be allowed. Players, coaches, and spectators of opposite teams should not mix together.

Promoting healthy hygiene practices such as:

1.     Washing hands or using hand sanitizer before and after practices and games. 

2.     Encouraging all players and spectators to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or to use the inside of their elbow and reminding them to not spit.

3.     No Sunflower seeds or gum used by players or spectators.

Requesting that coaches, youth sports staff, officials, parents, and spectators wear a cloth face covering during practices and games.

Players, Coaches, and/or Dugout helpers will be required to wear a cloth face covering when they are inside of the dugouts, they may be removed when they are batting and/or playing in the field. 

Limiting the sharing of equipment such as no sharing helmets, gloves, bats, or any other equipment.

NO TEAM SNACKS.

Players shall attend no more than 90 minutes per day for practices. 

Guidelines for Illness 

Coaches and Parents Responsibilities

Be on the lookout for symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Call your doctor if you think you or a family member is sick.

In evaluating whether an individual has symptoms consistent with COVID-19, consider the following:

  • Have they recently begun experiencing any of the following in a way that is not normal for them?
  • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Shaking or exaggerated shivering
  • Significant muscle pain or ache
  • Diarrhea

Any players, spectators, umpires, or directors who either: 

(a) are lab-confirmed to have COVID-19; or (b) experience the symptoms of COVID-19 (listed above) must stay at home throughout the infection period and cannot return to any team activity until they meet the return criteria. 

In the case of an individual who has symptoms that could be COVID-19 but who has not been evaluated by a medical professional or tested for COVID-19, such individual is assumed to have COVID-19, and the individual may not return to team activities until the individual has completed the return criteria.

Individuals – including players, spectators, umpires, workers, coaches, directors and visitors–who have had close contact (defined below) with someone who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19, as defined in this document and as determined by the appropriate public health agency, should stay at home through the 14-day incubation period, and should not attend games, practices, or team events. They need to meet the return to play criteria below to resume participation.

Close contact is defined as being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on while not wearing a mask or face shield); or being within 6 feet for a cumulative duration of 15 minutes, while not wearing a mask or face shield.

If a player, coach, or anyone with direct contact with the team has a positive test for COVID-19 in addition to the stay home criteria above we need the positive result to be reported to the following:

(a)   Report it to the coach (Please report when symptoms first appeared)

(b)   Coach will report it to the division director and the safety director 

(c)   The coach will then advise the team of a positive test, and if the close contact criteria apply then the team will need to follow the appropriate quarantine steps

If a single player, coach, or anyone with direct contact (dugout help) with the team has a positive test for COVID-19 the team will be asked if the close contact criteria apply (see above) and to self-evaluate for symptoms and follow the proper CDC guidelines 

If two or more players, coaches, or direct contact helpers, from the same team have symptoms or test positive in a 7-day period the entire team will be asked to refrain from all baseball activities for a period of 10 days and asked to report self-evaluations for symptoms to their coach. Games that are scheduled during the suspension of team activities will be re-scheduled if possible. 

Return to Play Criteria

In the case of an individual who was diagnosed with COVID-19, the individual may return to the any team activity when all three of the following criteria are met (adapted from Youth sports operators guide): 

(a)   at least three days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications); 

(b)   the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and 

(c)   at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared. 

In the case of an individual who has symptoms that could be COVID-19 but who has not been evaluated by a medical professional or tested for COVID-19, the individual may return to any team activity when the following criteria are met:

If the individual has symptoms that could have been COVID-19 and wants to return to games or practices before completing the above stay at home period, the individual must either 

(a)   obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the individual for return based on an alternative diagnosis or 

(b)   receive two separate confirmations at least 24 hours apart that they are free of COVID via acute infection tests at an approved COVID-19 testing location found at https://tdem.texas.gov/covid-19/.

**NW45LL reserves the right to modify any portion of these guidelines as new or additional information is provided. These guidelines have been established on August 5, 2020.

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Northwest 45 Little League

PO Box 2053 
Spring, Texas 77383

Email: [email protected]

Northwest 45 Little League

PO Box 2053 
Spring, Texas 77383

Email: [email protected]
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