UpdatedThursday April 22, 2021 byBrendan Flatow.
In preparation of the Spring 2021 Baseball season, Whitpain Baseball has updated our protocols and guidelines based on guidance from our national governing body (Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken), Montgomery County and the CDC. Our primary focus is the safety and welfare of our members and community.
Core public health measures such as face covering (mask-wearing), social distancing, and hand hygiene will be recognized at all WRA Baseball activities. In order to so, all teams and members will be required to follow the guidelines outlined below:
- Parents will check their child’s wellbeing each day. If you, your child or any member of your family is showing signs of an illness, refrain from attending the WRA event. This applies to parents, siblings and coaches as well.
- All coaches, spectators, umpires and players should wear masks outside if they cannot maintain a distance of 6 feet from those outside their household. This includes coaches and players not only on the benches but on the playing fields as well. The only time players and umpires do not have to wear masks during participation is if they meet an exception in Section 3 of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Order Requiring Universal Face Coverings. For fully vaccinated individuals, masks should be worn in public places.
- Dugouts will be limited to coaches and players spaced 6 feet apart. The remaining players/coaches will be seated outside the dugout in foul territory, distanced.
- Though not recommended, if you must carpool, all passengers should wear a mask while driving and the driver will affirm the health of all players at arrival.
- Players will not share water bottles or equipment. If it’s necessary to share catcher’s helmet and equipment, it will be disinfected by the coaches between each use.
- Attendance for players and coaches will be tracked using the siPlay app for each event or activity. Participant attendance will be kept on file should a need arise later for contact communication [all privacy laws will apply].
- Traditional on-field celebrations such as high fives/fist bumps/handshakes/team huddles will be suspending. Alternatives with 6ft distancing in mind can be employed to demonstrate sportsmanship.
- Due to the need to manage capacity of gatherings and social distancing, families are asked to leave the premises upon conclusion of the event so we have an adequate buffer time to transition for the next event.
- Please report all positive test results and close contacts to a confirmed positive to Brendan Flatow. If a child tests positive or is deemed to be a close contact, the WRA Baseball executive board will notify coaches and take the appropriate steps as directed by Montgomery County.
See CDC website -- Considerations for Youth Sports Administrators -- for more information:
- In accordance with state and local laws and regulations, youth sports organizations should notify local health officials immediately of any confirmed case of COVID-19 .
- Advise those who have had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 to stay home and self-monitor for symptoms, and to follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.
- Maintain careful rosters of which players, family members, coaches, and ancillary staff attend each practice and game, and have current contact information for everyone. If a COVID-19 exposure occurs, timely notifications are critical, and this information will help facilitate contact tracing.