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2020 Kenosha Little League Coronavirus Operational Plan Guidelines

These are the current guidelines (subject to change depending on any further orders from the State of Wisconsin, Kenosha County or the City of Kenosha) and parameters that the Little Leaguers of Kenosha will be following. These guidelines apply to all Little League and tournament teams.

  1. Length of the season will be based on when and if there is a District 6 and State tournament the schedule will be released as soon as possible.

  2. Practices will start June 8, 2020.

  3. Games will start June 15, 2020.

  4. Batting cages will not be open and there will be no practicing on lower fields before games.

  5. Wearing of masks is entirely up to each individual manager, coach, fan, or umpire.

  6. Hand sanitizer will be available in each dugout.

  7. There will be a designated entrance and exit to the park, the coaches, players and spectators should

    follow the signage.

  8. Individuals should not congregate in common areas or the parking lot following a game or practice.

 

Players, Managers and Coaches

  1. Players will be assigned a slot in the dugout to keep their personal equipment: Helmet, glove, batting gloves, water bottle, etc.

  2. Players will place their bats in a designated spot in the bat rack.

  3. Bat bags and other bulky items must be lined up along the fence outside of the field of play by the

    bleachers.

  4. Each player must have his/her own bat and must keep it sanitized. If a player is unable to provide

    his/her own bat, the Little Leaguers of Kenosha will provide one for use during the season. The bat

    must be maintained properly and returned at the end of the season.

  5. Players must keep all their personal equipment sanitized.

  6. Shared catching equipment must be sanitized by the manager after each player’s use. Personal catching

    equipment must be approved and kept sanitized.

  7. Players returning to the dugout after play (defensive position, plate appearance, or base running) must

    use hand sanitizer.

  8. Coaches and Players must adhere to physical six-foot distancing except when the ball is in play.

  9. Must not share water or equipment. Belongings should be used only by the individual owner including,

    but not limited to water bottles, gloves, bats, hats, and other on- and off-field gear subject to the

    limitations within these guidelines.

  10. There will be no spitting or eating seeds, gum or other similar products.

     

    Games

    1. Managers and umpire will go over the ground rules prior to the start of the game, maintaining social distancing. There will be no hand shaking...no contact.

    2. There will be a sanitizer spray in each dugout.

      • The manager or coach is responsible for spraying all surfaces in the dugout prior to anyone

        entering.

      • The bleachers must also be sprayed by the manager.

    3. A maximum of three players will be allowed in the dugout. 

    • The remaining players will line up on the bleachers, according to the batting order, while maintaining social distancing. There will be tape designating the area for each player to sit. 
    • A registered coach will monitor the players on the bleachers.
    • The coach will also assist and/or observe the player going to and returning from the dugout and the playing field to ensure social distancing.‚Äč

     

    4.  Only two registered coaches will be allowed on the field.

    • Both coaches are to be outside the dugout, observing social distancing. 
    • One coach in the entrance way of the dugout.
    • One coach six feet away from the other coach down the fence line.

     

    1. Each team will provide a ball for their respective pitcher. The manager or coach will wipe the ball each half inning. Each team will be provided with two game balls. Either the manager or coach will be designated to handle the game balls. The game balls stay with each team and are not to be shared between the two teams.

    2. The umpire will be positioned six feet behind the pitcher.

    3. When the game is over:

      • Players will line up along their respective base line and tip their hats to the other team (no hand shaking).

      • All trash will be placed into the garbage can.

      • Players will take their belongings and leave the playing field.

    4. Postgame meetings will be away from the playing field, maintaining social distancing and are

      encouraged to be done virtually or over the phone rather than congregating in or around the park.

     

    Practices

    1. All game day rules apply.

    2. Only registered coaches are allowed on the field.

    3. Spectators are to remain along the outfield fence.

    4. Make sure dugouts and diamonds are locked up properly.

    5. Secure the restrooms.

     

    Parents/Spectators

    1. If you and/or child are not feeling well and are experiencing any of these symptoms: fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, shortness of breath, new loss of taste or hearing, vomiting, diarrhea, etc., you must stay home and notify your manager.

    1. If anyone in your household tests positive for the coronavirus, you are to notify the manager, as well the league, ASAP. Before, your child is able to return to play, a release order from your physician is required.

    2. Fans must follow social distancing, unless you are a family.

    3. Fans must stay away from the players lined up outside the dugout.

    4. Fans are not allowed on bleachers. Bleachers will be used exclusively for the players.

    5. No one, except Little Leaguers of Kenosha personnel, is allowed in the clover area surrounding the

      concession stand, unless they are going to use the restroom. This area will be roped off and the

      concession stand closed.

    6. In the event that Little Leaguers of Kenosha wants to open the concession stand additional protocols will

      be taken to ensure the safety of all players, coaches and spectators.

    7. There will be no spitting or eating seeds, peanuts, gum or other similar products.

    8. Little Leaguers of Kenosha is working on a format to stream the games so that spectators have the

      ability to watch the games without being at the park. When the details are completed, the details will be shared with the league.

     

    General/Miscellaneous

    1. Restrooms. Only 2 people are allowed in the restroom at any one time. Remember to wash your hands.

    2. Signage. Signs will be placed around the park reminding people to practice social distancing.

    3. Public Service Announcements (P.S.A.). On game days and when we are able to make announcements,

      a board member will broadcast a reminder to all of the players and spectators to follow these guidelines.

    4. Crowd Control. The schedule will allow extra time in time between games and practices to reduce the

      crowds and limit interactions. Players and guests should arrive at the field at a time prior to the designated practice or game in an effort to minimize the number of people at the park at one time.

     

    Evaluations/Team Assignments

    1. With practices starting June 8 and an already shortened season, it is important for those required to attend the evaluations. This will allow sufficient time for  teams to be assigned and practices to start in a timely fashion.

    2. An evaluation for all new 7/8 year-old players will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2020 from 1-3 p.m. at the Dr. James Santarelli Sports Complex.

    3. An evaluation for all tournament teams will be held on Sunday, June 7, 2020. The times will be staggered for 9-12 to allow the fields to clear and the next age group to attend to limit the number of people at the park at any given time. Details will follow on specific times for each designated age group.

     

    “Red Hat”

     A “Red Hat” board member will be enforcing these regulations at each game and from time to time during practice

     

    The Little Leaguers of Kenosha is most concerned for the health and safety of all...managers, coaches, umpires, players, and fans. Thank you for your patience as we work through this process.