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New SYBSA On-Field Position for the season

Safety Coach: These individuals are from each team, typically 2 that can rotate based on their schedules. They are strictly to oversee social distancing policies as outlined in the Reopening Plan. They have no baseball coaching aspects of their role, below are some of their responsibilities and oversight. When you register to sign up as a volunteer you can choose an off-field role. You can view this slideshow for additional information

  • Attendance tracking for contact tracing
  • Dugouts/benches will be closed to all players, except for on-deck use by a single player. Players & coaches will be assigned a specific location where they will reside, positioned down the left & right field lines (off playing field & outside of fence) away from throws that might come to 1st and 3rd base. Players will be seated or stand in their assigned location no less than 6’ apart and must have at least one (1) Safety Coach to watch over players in this area at all times.
  • No player personal equipment will be allowed in the dugout. The player's equipment should be stored at their assigned fence location to prevent direct contact.
  • Face coverings and social distancing of six feet are required when participants are not actively engaged in an activity (e.g., on the bench, huddles, breaks, pre/post-practice). Neck gaiters are NOT ALLOWED.
  • Players may remove face coverings while participating in practice and drills, provided they are able to maintain at least 6 feet of distance from all other person’s present.
  • Coaches, staff, umpires, and other officials are required to wear facial coverings and maintain social distancing of 6 feet from players, coaches, spectators, and other persons at all times.
  • Good sportsmanship should continue in a touchless manner. Players and coaches should refrain from handshakes, high fives, fist/elbow bumps, chest bumps, group celebrations, etc
  • No food (unless medically required) and no spitting. (This includes no gum chewing or seed-eating).
  • Cover coughs & sneezes with the inside of your elbow.
  • The use of hand sanitizer is required by all players and coaches immediately before and after practices and games. Coaches will have hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes or spray as part of their equipment bag. We strongly urge each family to send their child with their own hand sanitizer as well for personal use.
  • Sanitize any shared equipment before and after each game or practice.
  • At the completion of each game/practice, Safety coaches will be required to sanitize frequently touched surfaces.
  • All Coaches will have the authority to remove participants from the activity if they notice symptoms consistent with COVID -19.
  • It is expected each team will provide baseballs/softballs for use when their team is in the field. Foul balls landing outside the field of play should be retrieved by a player on the defensive team. No spectators should retrieve the ball.
  • If any participants, volunteers, coaches test positive for COVID-19 during the time they are participating in the program they will need to follow the State’s isolation requirements as instructed by your local Board of Health. Promptly notify your Coach or SYBSA so we can consult with the Board of Health and assist with contact tracing
  • Managers & Coaches should help to educate all players, spectators, and participants on the social distancing, hygiene, handwashing, touching of the face suggested guidelines.
  • If any individual develops symptoms of COVID -19 during the activity, they should promptly inform any Coach and SYBSA and must remove themselves from the activity.
  • Personal equipment may not be shared and must be dedicated to an individual player throughout the season. (ie, no bat, helmet, hat, or glove sharing). It is encouraged that players bring their own equipment. SYBSA is in the process of evaluating whether they can provide bats and helmets for players for borrowed use for the season if requested. Borrowed equipment must be sanitized prior to return at the end of the season.
  • Participants and spectators should only drink from their own containers. Water bottles must be clearly marked with a player’s name and will never be shared.
  • Practices, and on-field activities, will be limited to players and managers/coaches only.
  • Players and families should vacate the field/facility/parking lots as soon as it is reasonably possible after the conclusion of their game/practice to minimize unnecessary contact with players, coaches, and spectators from the next game/practice. Ideally within 20 minutes
  • Players/families/spectators are instructed not to show up to fields more than 20 minutes before their scheduled game or practice time.
  • SYBSA will provide each team with sanitizing wipes against COVID-19 to use on the catcher’s equipment. Families are more than welcome to purchase their own set of equipment if their child wants to catch a lot, but it is not required, nor can we guarantee your child will be used as a catcher frequently.
  • Coaches will be provided with medical gloves to administer aid if needed until the parent/guardian can tend to the player.
  • SYBSA managers/coaches/board members are all volunteers. We are all involved for the benefit of your children and will not tolerate spectators that are not following the guidelines we have provided. As the permitted user of the field, our volunteers have every right to remove spectators if they refuse to abide by the guidelines set forth.