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SBL COVID-19 GUIDELINES FALL 2020

To ensure the safety and well-being of our players, coaches and community this Fall, we’re implementing a few additional guidelines to help minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Many of our guidelines come from county guidance, in addition to recommendations from state and federal authorities, and have been adapted for our league. As a Board, we will stay on top of these guidelines to ensure we’re following the latest recommendations for everyone’s safety. Should we need to adjust any of these guidelines, we’ll be sure to provide updates through our coaches and the COVID-19 resource page on our SBL website.

We strongly encourage all parents, players and coaches to take these recommendations seriously. They’re not only intended to keep us safe and healthy, they’re our best bet to ensure we have a full season this Fall.

If you have any questions or concerns about how our league’s COVID-19 guidelines, please reach out to [email protected].

WHAT PARENTS AND PLAYERS NEED TO KNOW...

BEFORE HEADING TO GAMES OR PRACTICES

  • Parents and/or players must consider whether they have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days. If so, they should inform their head coach immediately.

  • Parents and/or players should check for COVID symptoms, including forehead temperature, just before heading to practice or games.

  • If a player shows any symptoms or has a fever greater than 100.4, the player must stay home and their head coach should be informed.

WHEN ARRIVING AT THE BALL PARK

  • Visitors and players should adhere to the guidance on all posted signage.

  • Cloth or other face coverings that cover the nose and mouth of a person to impede the spread of the virus during speaking, coughing, sneezing, or other action, shall be required in Rutherford County within all publicly accessible areas, in public outdoors areas where 6' social distancing cannot be maintained.

  • Proper social distancing should be maintained at all times.

  • Bleachers will not be available for watching the games. Instead, spectators should bring their own chairs and maintain proper social distancing.

DURING A GAME OR PRACTICE

  • Players are not required to wear face coverings, but they are allowed.  [Updated - 8/13/2020]

  • Coaches are required to wear face coverings when:  [Updated - 8/13/2020]

  • Standing within 6 feet of a player.  [Updated - 8/13/2020]

  • Projecting their voice within 15 feet of a player.  [Updated - 8/13/2020]

  • Masks are not required for players and coaches, but they are allowed.

  • Players should not share any sports equipment.

  • Players under the age of 12 are not required to wear a mask per Rutherford County mandate. However, to ensure proper social distancing, players will be asked to maintain 6 feet apart in the dugouts at Cedar Stone, or to the greatest extend possible. At Todd Lane, teams will utilize both the dugouts and bullpens to maintain 6 feet apart, or to the greatest extent possible. In the event 6 feet apart cannot be maintained, masks should be worn.

  • Players and coaches should use the provided hand sanitizer when coming off the field with each inning.

  • Each team will play with their own issued ball.

  • For coach pitch leagues, the coach and pitcher position must maintain 6 feet apart for proper social distancing, or to the greatest extent possible.

  • For kid pitch leagues, the coach and pitcher positions must maintain 6 feet apart during mound visits for proper social distancing, or to the greatest extent possible.

  • In all leagues, the catcher position must maintain 6 feet from the batter for proper social distancing, or to the greatest extent possible.

  • All player meetings must maintain 6 feet apart for proper social distancing, or to the greatest extent possible.

  • Catcher’s gear must be disinfected between uses by different players.

WHEN A GAME ENDS

  • Players will no longer line up to shake hands. Instead, they will lineup on the first and third baselines (whichever is closest to their dugout) and tip their hats.

  • Team coaches must disinfect dugout / bullpen surfaces using the cleaning supplies.

  • Post-game team meetings in the park must follow proper social distancing guidelines.

  • Players and parents are encouraged to leave the park once the game is over to minimize crowds.

  • All catcher’s gear must be disinfected prior to the next practice or game.

ABOUT CONCESSION STANDS

  • Workers and volunteers in our concession stands will always follow strict PPE guidelines (masks, gloves, etc.)

  • Our concession stands will only accept credit or debit cards during the Fall 2020 season. We will not accept cash at this time and plan to reevaluate this decision for the Spring 2021 season.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: Has the board amended the SBL refund policy in light of the COVID-19 pandemic?

A: Because we understand that COVID-19 carries a certain level of uncertainty for our community, we have amended our refund policy to include a pro-rated approach for the Fall 2020 season. We’re doing this because we believe it’s the right thing to do for our families and the continued operation of our league.

The amended refund policy for Fall 2020 will be applied as follows:

Refunds requested before the season
Refunds requested prior to a player’s first scheduled game will be paid out in full-minus the cost of the player’s uniform ($40).


Refunds requested after the season begins

  • If a refund is requested by September 6th, it will be paid out at 50% of the total registration fee minus the cost of the player’s uniform ($40).
  • If a refund is requested by September 27th, it will be paid out at 25% of the total registration fee minus the cost of the player’s uniform ($40).
  • Refunds requested on or after September 28th will not be granted.

All refunds can be applied in one of three ways: as a player credit for the Spring 2021 season, a refund in the form of a mailed check, or as a donation to the league’s operating expenses throughout 2020.

 

Q: What happens if Rutherford County schools cancel in-person classes?

A: As long as the city parks are open, we will continue to operate our league.

 

Q: What happens if a player tests positive for COVID-19?

A: If a player tests positive for COVID-19, that player cannot return to games or practices unless they are symptom free and present a physician’s release. Parents must immediately inform the head coach that their child has tested positive for COVID-19 so proper contact tracing can be performed. And while the strictest confidentiality will be kept (player’s name will be withheld), all teammates and their parents/guardians will be informed that a player on the team has tested positive for COVID-19. We will also inform any opposing teams (games or scrimmages) that the player has played against in the previous 14 days.

 

Q: What happens if a team loses too many players before the season starts?

A: If a team loses too many players before the season starts, the league commissioner will work to reassign players to existing teams. If that’s not possible, we will apply our amended refund policy for the Fall 2020 season.

 

Q: What happens if a team is unable to start a game with seven players?

A: If a team is unable to start a game with seven players for any reason, including COVID-related absences, the current rules still apply. This means the team with fewer than seven players will forfeit the game; however, the coaches may still decide to scrimmage even though the game is forfeited.

 

Q: What would cause the board to cancel the season?

A: If the Fall 2020 season were to be cancelled for the health and safety of our players, it would be at the guidance of the city parks department.

Contact

Smyrna Baseball League
Smyrna Baseball League, PO Box 936
Smyrna, Tennessee 37167

Email: [email protected]

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