Barnegat Girls Softball League
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COVID-19 Safety Procedures
BGSL: Barnegat Girls Softball League
Team Communication: Event / Practice Procedures
Batting Cage Usage: Safety Procedures
Field of Play / Practice: Best Practices / Safety Procedures
POST COVID-19: Team Communication & Event Procedures – BGSL
1. A team and event e-mail must be sent to all teams, team managers, coaches, and players/parents in the week leading up to an event of play. The e-mail should 1) encourage all event attendees to practice social distancing; 2) explain that any person who is experiencing symptoms of sickness will be prohibited from attending the event/venue of play; and 3) make clear that all posted and published local- and state-regulated guidelines shall be followed.
2. Take proactive steps in creating social distancing environments, where possible.
a. Inspect designated seating and viewing areas for parents.
b. When using a tent, please restrict it to family members only.
3. Minimize player contact by eliminating team/player handshakes and team/player high fives. No group meetings between teams/players on the field. Create a plan to keep social distancing between players in effect beyond the field of play. Suggest other means of team sportsmanship at the end of practices. (e.g., ask players to wave, clap, or give thumbs up to each other from across the field).
4. In dugouts, players should bring their own, personal cooler instead of using a team cooler. Players should plan on bringing an individual water bottle.
Recommended Best Practices for the Batting Cages & Field-of-Play:
1. Follow all local and state guidelines for facilities and events.
2. Encourage all attendees to practice social distancing.
3. No team/player handshakes, no team/player high fives, and no group gatherings between teams/players on the field.
4. Coaches will spread players out; 1 player & coach in the batting cage per use. Other players will be in designated areas outside of cages using the 6 feet social distancing guideline.
5. Only the coach will touch/use the softballs in the batting cage area. Prior to the player leaving the batting cage, the coach and player will disinfect their hands using hand sanitizer provided and stored in the cages. Players will not touch the batting cage softballs.
6. After a team uses the batting cage/softballs, the coach will disinfect the balls by spraying/wiping them down with a cleaning solution provided by BGSL. Disinfectant solution is located and will be left in the batting cage area. This will be done by any coach that uses the batting cage.
7. Team softballs used during practice will be sprayed/wiped down using the disinfectant provided by BGSL. This will be done after each practice.
8. Encourage parents to supply their players with antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizer for disinfecting / cleaning hands between innings or practice breaks.
9. Allow players to wear PPE items if they choose, as long as the items do not compromise the safety of any and all participants in the game.
10. It is recommended that coaches wear PPE (face mask) but not mandatory.
11. Teams to clean the dugout of all trash and other items after each game/practice, and to wipe down (clean) hard surfaces such as benches, bat racks, etc.
12. Upon arriving at a dugout for the first time, teams are to disinfect hard surface areas (benches, bat racks, etc.). Procedures #11 and #12 here will comply with the CDC recommendation of a two-step process for cleaning and disinfecting.
13. No usage of sunflower seeds. No sharing of food/snacks or drinks.
14. Players will only use their own equipment while participating, there is no sharing of equipment. This includes gloves, bats, etc