2020 SPRING SEASON UPDATE
UpdatedTuesday June 9, 2020 byMichael Nagel.
2020 Re-Opening Policies and Procedures
We know everyone is excited to get back to the field, so are we. In anticipation of re-opening the park for ball-games and practices, here are Lyndon Recreation’s new policies and procedures based on the Governor’s “Healthy at Work Guidelines.” To best ensure the safety of our players, parents, coaches, and staff, we will be following these guidelines and making the following modifications to our season.
REGULAR SEASON & TOURNAMENT
In consultation with Staff and Board, our original launch date of June 15th is no longer possible. Regretfully, we have encountered some challenges while implementing the strict safety guidelines, along with fluctuating player pool sizes and perhaps most importantly, securing coaches for many of our leagues. As always, without our volunteer coaches, Lyndon Recreation does not exist.
Resolving these issues will necessitate delaying the start of the season a bit longer. Practices are now scheduled to begin the week of July 13th. This will give Staff ample time to finalize teams, secure coaches and safely prepare the ballpark.
Regular season games are scheduled to start on August 3rd. The season will consist of a 7-week season, and conclude with a tournament.
- Social distancing should be practiced at all times. Also, individuals should not congregate in common areas, parking lots, walkways, or any other area at any time.
- We ask that all parents, players, coaches, and staff monitor their own health. Any person with a fever or COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how minor, should stay home and seek medical attention.
- It is highly encouraged that PPE (face masks) be worn whenever possible by individuals over age 5 following CDC guidelines. This includes spectators, players when not actively participating, and coaches - EVERYONE.
- Sanitation stations will be provided throughout the park. Please use them.
- All league organizational meetings will be held via phone or internet.
- While a final decision has not been made, concessions will most likely not be open this season. No matter what, Gatorade and water will be available via vending machines.
- Playground areas will not be available for use. (Parents will be required to adhere to this policy)
GUIDELINES FOR GAMES & PRACTICES
- All players should remain in their car until 5 minutes before the scheduled practice, warm-up, or other activity.
- Carpools are highly discouraged. Players should only ride with persons living in their own household.
- Games will be scheduled on alternating game nights and with staggered start times for games on fields in close proximity when possible.
- Bleachers will be used as an extension of the dugouts, and therefore will be closed to fans. The actual dugout will be used by the active pitcher, catcher and coach.
- Only one umpire will be used per field to call balls and strikes from behind the pitcher’s mound.
- There will be no sharing of personal equipment. Each player should have their own glove and fielder’s mask (if applicable). It is also encouraged for each player to have their own batting helmet. If your player is unable to do so, please let your coach know and attempts to make other arrangements will be made on a first come, first serve basis. Each player should also have their own bat whenever possible. If not, any “community” bat or helmet should be sanitized by a coach after each use. Batting gloves are also highly encouraged.
- Each team will have their own game ball to use while on defense.
- No new inning will begin with less than 10 minutes remaining in the allotted time. This will allow time for teams and fans from the previous game to disperse before the teams and fans for the next game move in.
- Post-game handshake will be eliminated. Also, unnecessary contact such as fist bumps, high fives, hugs, etc. should be avoided. Positive gestures (thumbs up, head bow, salute) and verbal remarks (good play, good hit, good game) are encouraged.
- Teams must disperse immediately after each game. Post-game meetings or comments should be carried out via phone, online meeting, or email.
- Each player should return all equipment and other personal property to their bag immediately after each use – after warmups, between innings and after games. This includes gloves, helmets, fielder’s masks, water bottles, cell phones, etc.
- All equipment and other personal items (i.e. water bottles) should be clearly labeled with the name of the player. Players should only touch items belonging to them.
- No seeds, gum, or food of any kind is permitted in the dugout, bleachers or field areas. Team water coolers, after game snacks, etc. are not permitted.
- Coaches will be provided with cleaning supplies to clean catcher’s gear in the event of a catcher change.
- With score towers being such a confined space, the score towers/score boards will not be used this season.
- In order to ensure social distancing in our younger age groups, parental assistance may be required at times. This could include players sitting with parents until it is their turn to bat or other supervision as necessary.
GUIDELINES FOR SPECTATORS
- Fans will be required to bring their own chairs for personal use and place around the field with at least 6 feet between family/household units. Bleachers are for players, as they will be part of the dugout.
- To adhere to the crowd size guidelines, we ask that only 1 person per child attend practices and 2 people per game. We encourage grandparents and other vulnerable groups to stay home.
ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES FOR COACHES
- Ensure social distancing between players at all times.
- Ensure players and coaches practice hand hygiene frequently. Before and after practice, between innings, etc.
- Focus more on conditioning and individual skill building activities while limiting group/team activities.
- Divide your team into small groups and keep groups separate as they progress from station to station. Each group should also take separate rest/water breaks.
- No external instruction, coaches, or speakers should be used at the park.
- Think about having some virtual practices or virtual team meetings to go over rules, drills that can be done at home, and situational instruction.
- No scrimmages are allowed between different teams.
- Only two players and one coach will be allowed near the batting cages at any given time. A player and a coach in the cage and one waiting their turn to bat.
- All players, coaches, spectators, umpires, etc. will be responsible for conducting a symptom check, including temperature, before heading to the park. If any symptoms (fever, coughing, etc.) are present, no matter how minor, that individual should not attend.
- Any confirmed case of COVID-19, or anyone exposed to a confirmed case, should stay home and seek medical attention. Please report this to the player’s coach and the Lyndon Recreation office.
- Anyone who has been sick with COVID-19 should not return to the ballpark until they have met the CDC’s criteria detailed here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/disposition-in-home-patients.html
- Any player who is found to have a fever or other contagious symptoms will be moved to a safe, secluded area until a parent/guardian can pick them up.
- In the event we have a confirmed case reported: All families, coaches and umpires involved in any game or practice involving that individual will be notified. The specific individual(s) will not be named.
- Anyone with concerns about COVID-19 should call the Lyndon Recreation office at (502)425-9301.
PARENTS & COACHES - WE NEED YOUR HELP!
As you can see after reviewing the guidelines, it is going to be extremely difficult for our limited staff to police these policies. It is paramount that we all “Buy In” to these guidelines in order for everyone to have a fun, and more importantly safe, season.
We hope that everyone still wants their son or daughter to participate this season. However, we do understand that some families may not feel comfortable playing. Due to fluctuations in the number of coaches and players, it is impossible to form teams in time for our original projected start date. Therefore, we ask that anyone that does not want to participate let us know by Friday June 19th. After this date, we will not offer refunds of any kind.
There are three refund options:
1) CASH REFUND - less a $10 admin fee.
2) ACCOUNT CREDIT - to be applied to a future season.
3) TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION TO LYNDON REC - instead of a refund, turn your registration fee into a tax-deductible donation to the park. While Lyndon Recreation is a non-profit, mostly volunteer organization, we do have paid employees and we are 100% responsible for all of our maintenance and operating expenses. Your tax-deductible donation to the league would be greatly appreciated and will help us remain in business for years to come.
Please feel free to reach out to Lyndon Recreation if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. We look forward to getting back to normal and back to the field, even under the unique circumstances we are faced with.