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Little League COVID Requirements

COVID-19 Information


The Throop Little League is an organization with the responsibility to look out for the best interests and safety of all the children in our organization. We want to make sure everyone is informed with the resumption of baseball and COVID-19. 

COVID Coordinator Brian Giumento email: [email protected]


Covid Updates

Travel

As of March 1, 2021 the Order of the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health for Mitigation Relating To Travel is no longer in effect. Travelers should still practice appropriate public health measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 such as masking, physical distancing, and hand hygiene. The list of states can be found here.

Facemasks

Everyone must wear a face covering, such as a mask, unless they fall under an exception listed in Section 3 of the Order.  Coaches, athletes and spectators must wear face coverings at all times.



Resumption of Baseball/Waivers/Information


Throop Little League COVID

Throop Little League COVID Package 2021

Throop Little League Cleaning Protocol

Throop Little League COVID Waiver 2021

Throop Boro COVID Waiver 2021


District 17/32 Resumption Rules

General League Guidance

League Participation Guidance

COVID Response

Player Equipment Check

Waiver of Liability District 32

Little League Resumption on Baseball

Little League COVID Information

Little League Best Practices Guide


For additional information visit
https://www.littleleague.org/player-safety/coronavirus-update/

PA Governor's Requirements for Sports

PA Guidance on Sports


Recreational and Amateur Sports

Recreational and amateur sports organizations and teams (not affiliated with a public or private PK-12 school), including, but not limited to basketball, hockey, field hockey, football, soccer, swimming, baseball, softball, lacrosse, gymnastics, and kickball, are permitted to conduct in-person activities, including games and practices,  if they strictly adhere to the requirements of this guidance, including amended guidelines on safe gathering limits released by the Department of Health on October 6, 2020 (effective 10/9/2020).

The administration is, however, concerned that holding recreational and amateur sports before January 2021 presents significant health risks to participants and the public. Similar to school sports, the administration strongly recommends that youth recreational sports be postponed until at least Jan. 1, 2021. The administration is providing this strong recommendation and not an order or mandate. This recommendation:

  • Applies to youth team and individual non-school recreational youth sports;
  • Allows conditioning, drills and other training activities on an individual basis to continue; and
  • Includes competitions, intramural play and scrimmages.

Youth sports should also follow CDC guidance.

Guidance Applicable to All Sporting Events

Local political units and school districts may impose more stringent requirements than those contained in this guidance.  In such instances, businesses must adhere to this guidance as well as any other requirements imposed by the local political units. Teams and organizations should contact their local political subdivision to discuss their plan to resume play and to notify them of their intention to resume play.

To conduct games and practices, organizations and teams authorized to conduct in-person activities pursuant to this guidance must adhere to the following:

  • Everyone attending the sporting event, including coaches, officials, athletes, staff, and spectators, age 2 and older must wear face coverings (masks or face shields), unless they are outdoors and can consistently maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet.
  • Individuals who fall under an exception listed in Section 3 of Universal Face Covering Order, are not required to wear a face covering.
  • Coaches, athletes, and spectators must wear face coverings while actively engaged in workouts and competition as well as when on the sidelines, in the dugout etc. unless they meet an exception in the Face Covering Order. Section 3 of the Order provides an exception that allows an individual to remove their mask if wearing a face covering would either cause a medical condition, or exacerbate an existing one, including respiratory issues that impede breathing, a mental health condition or a disability. The Order indicates all alternatives to wearing a face covering, including the use of a face shield, should be exhausted before an individual is excepted from this Order.
      • Using football as an example, wearing a mask in addition to a mouth guard and a helmet would likely create a medical issue for the athlete whether the athlete is a professional or youth player even if a previous medical issue was not present. For example, the CDC says that “wearing a mask with these types of protective equipment is not safe if it makes it hard to breathe.” There are other sports where there are similar concerns that a mask would create a medical issue where one would otherwise not exist in an athlete. For example, it should also be obvious that wearing a mask while swimming presents an imminent health issue.

    According to Section 3, the athlete would be asked to work through alternatives that would reduce or eliminate the respiratory droplets that would impact others in proximity. If the sport, equipment, or exertion level does not allow for face covering to be worn safely then the athlete should not wear a face covering.

    There are no exemptions for specific sports, leagues, teams, or levels. We know that some people don’t like masks. We are asking everyone to please give this their best effort so we can continue these activities and others as we all unite to fight COVID-19.

  • Spectators may attend sporting events, but count towards the statewide large gathering limitations, and must follow the Universal Face Covering Order and social distancing guidance when arriving, attending, and departing the event.
  • Athletic directors, coaches and league officials must review and consider the CDC guidance on consideration for youth sports to modify practices and games to mitigate the risk of spreading the virus. This includes focusing on individual skill building versus competition and limiting contact in close contact sports.
  • The community, league, or team must designate a primary point of contact for all questions related to COVID-19, and all parents, athletes, officials, and coaches must be provided the person’s contact information.
  • The community, league, or team must develop a plan of action in the event an athlete, coach, or official falls ill, make the plan publicly available, and explain it to the entire sport community.
  • The community, league, or team must educate all athletes, staff and families about the symptoms of COVID-19 and when to stay home. Athletes also should be educated on proper hand washing and sanitizing.
  • Coaching staff, officials, and other adult personnel must wear face coverings (masks or face shields) at all times, unless doing so jeopardizes their health.
  • Coaches and athletes must maintain appropriate social distancing at all times possible, including in the field of play, locker rooms, sidelines, dugouts, benches, and workout areas. During down time, athletes, coaches, and officials should not congregate.
  • Coaches and athletic staff must screen and monitor athletes for symptoms prior to and during games and practices. If individuals participating in sporting activities show symptoms, have a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher, or are sick, they must be sent home.
  • All athletes, coaches, and officials must bring their own water and drinks to team activities. Team water coolers for sharing through disposable cups are not allowed. Fixed water fountains should not be used.
  • Activities that increase the risk of exposure to saliva must not be allowed including chewing gum, spitting, licking fingers, and eating sunflower seeds.
  • Avoid shaking hands, fist bumps, or high fives before, during or after games and practices. Limit unnecessary physical contact with teammates, other athletes, coaches, officials, and spectators.
  • Whenever possible, equipment and other personal items should be separated and not shared. If equipment must be shared, all equipment should be properly disinfected between users. Follow the CDC guidance for cleaning and disinfecting.
  • If multiple games are to be held at the same facility, adequate time shall be scheduled between contests to allow for facilities to be cleaned and disinfected, and to minimize interaction between athletes. Sports complexes with multiple fields may operate simultaneous games or practices on fields within a complex only if social distancing can be maintained. Each individual game or practice at a complex must adhere to the gathering occupancy limits.
  • Concession stands or other food must adhere to the Guidance for Businesses in the Restaurant Industry.

To operate games or practice, organizations, and teams that are otherwise permitted to conduct in-person activities pursuant to this guidance are encouraged to do the following:

  • Coaches should create a back-up staffing plan which should include cross-training staff and coaches and training all coaches and officials on safety protocols.
  • Limit cash transactions to the extent possible; find alternative ways to charge admission and pay for concessions.
  • Create protocols to limit entrance and exit traffic, designating specific entry to and exits from facilities. Establish protocols to ensure staggered pick up and drop off for practice and events and ensure that athletes are not congregating while awaiting pick up and to ensure congregation or crowding does not occur on drop off. Pickups and drop offs should remain outside. Parents should not enter the facility.

Guidance for Caregivers and Spectators

  • Seating areas, including bleachers, must adhere to social distancing requirements of at least 6 feet of spacing for anyone not in the same household. To assist with proper social distancing, areas should be clearly marked.
  • Everyone age 2 or older must wear face coverings (masks or face shields) at all times, unless they are outdoors and can consistently maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet, or fall under an exception listed in Section 3 of the Secretary of Health’s Order on Universal Face Coverings.
  • Caregivers or spectators should not enter the field of play or bench areas.
  • Non-essential visitors, spectators, and volunteers should be limited when possible, including activities with external groups or organizations. Parents should refrain from attending practices, or volunteering to assist with coaching.
  • Caregivers and coaches should assess levels of risk based on individual athletes on the team who may be at a higher risk for severe illness.
  • Caregivers should monitor their children for symptoms prior to any sporting event.  Children and athletes who are sick or showing symptoms must stay home.

Reminders to Contain the Spread of COVID-19: Social Distancing and Other Requirements

When people need to leave their places of residence in connection with allowable individual activities, allowable essential travel, or by virtue of exemption from this policy, the Department of Health strongly encourages individuals to abide by the following social distancing requirements to:

  • Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from other individuals;
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as frequently as possible, or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available;
  • Cover coughs or sneezes with a sleeve or elbow, not hands;
  • Do not shake hands;
  • Regularly clean high-contact surface areas; and
  • When sick, stay at home.
For more additional information visit:  https://www.governor.pa.gov/covid-19/sports-guidance/

Governor's order for Facemask requirements

Everyone must wear a face covering, such as a mask, unless they fall under an exception listed in Section 3 of the Order.  Coaches and spectators must wear face coverings,  Athletes are not required to wear face coverings while actively engaged in workouts and competition that prevent the wearing of face coverings, but must wear face coverings when on the sidelines, in the dugout, etc. and anytime 6 feet of social distancing is not possible.


CDC Guidelines for Resumption of Sports
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/youth-sports.html

Signs and Symptoms

Action Plan for Potential Positive Cases Among Athletic Participants
Signs & Symptoms of COVID-19


Signs and symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus and may range from mild to severe. Signs and symptoms may include:

  • Fever (100.4 degrees or higher)

  • Chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or Body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore Throat

  • Congestion or Runny Nose

  • Nausea or Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

For more information, click here

What to do if you are sick?

If you are sick with COVID-19 or feel you may be infected with the virus, PLEASE STAY HOME! It is essential that you take the precautionary measures in order to help prevent the virus from spreading within the community.

If you feel you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop any of the above signs and symptoms, please do the following:

  • Contact your primary care physician for medical advice

  • Notify your coach or contact the Athletic Director immediately

The league will determine whether any other Athletic Participants who may have been exposed will require to be notified, isolated and/or monitored for signs and symptoms. Anyone that has been identified as having been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 must stay home for 14 day after exposure.

Athletic Participant becomes ill with COVID-19 signs and symptoms during athletic-related activities

Every effort will be made to isolate the affected individual from others until the individual can leave the activity. The parent/guardian of any affected student will be notified and arrangements will be made for the student to be picked up. Any affected Athletic Participants will be asked to contact their primary care physician for follow up care.

Return of Athletic Participant following a COVID-19 diagnosis

Athletic Participants must have medical clearance, along with documentation of a negative PCR (Nasal Swab) test, from the treating physician attesting that the individual:

  • Has been afebrile for 3 days and

  • Symptoms improved and

  • Ten (10) days have passed since first symptoms appeared

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