NSLL 2021 COVID-19 PLAN & PROTOCOLS
We will continue to monitor and adjust these protocols as instructed by state and county health officials.
The California Department of Health along with the Marin County Public Health Department have established guidelines for the safe reopening of youth sports in Marin County. Further, Marin County Public Health has shared best practices that include mandated steps to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Those steps include protocols on social distancing, handwashing, face covering, surface cleaning and disinfecting, and other precautionary practices. In addition to public health hygiene guidelines, the requirements include limiting group sizes to 14 or fewer children and keeping the same groups together for a minimum of three weeks.
The following guidelines have been created for the Novato South Little League 2021 Baseball Season, including our Spring Training running from 2/8-2/26/21. We will continue to monitor and implement the local, state, and federal recommendations as they are announced and make changes as necessary. We will stay in close communication and update you on any changes we are making to our protocols. We take pride in our organization and how it operates and would like to highlight the policies we have in place to help our athletes and coaches stay healthy and safe.
Our Spring Training practices will begin the week of February 8th and go through February 26, 2021. Per the Marin County Guidelines: our coaches may only be with one group of 14 athletes for the entire 3-week period. Only rostered players can practice. No extra players, siblings or rotational players can practice with a team that they are not rostered to play for. Practices will be limited to 14 athletes at a time. We are counting on our families to abide by all of the recommended social-distancing protocols. This is needed for the safety of our coaches, athletes, the reputation of our organization and the health and wellness of our entire team. Any athlete/family that is found in violation of this policy may be removed from our program immediately.
There will be no practice overlaps with other teams. Only one team at a time on the field of play
Covid-19 Prevention Steps for Novato South Little league:
PRE-ARRIVAL HOME HEALTH SCREEN
We require that each parent or guardian conduct an at home health screen to ensure their player is eligible to practice. If you player is showing any of the following symptoms, please do not bring your athlete to practice
- coughing, sneezing, have a fever, stomach-ache, body aches, sore throat, chest congestion, diarrhea, vomiting, or any other illness.
Additionally, please do not bring your athlete to practice if a family member or someone they’ve been in close contact with is ill with any of the above symptoms
All coaches will be screened prior to each practice in accordance with the CDC guidelines. Any coach displaying any signs of illness or a fever over 99.6 will not be permitted.
Each child will be dropped off individually at the field entrance, and parents should avoid carpooling to such facilities. Activities will be conducted outdoors, where the risk of contracting COVID-19 is much lower.
All athletes will enter the practice facility or field alone and directly from their vehicle. It is required, that athletes wear a mask as they arrive and for the full practice. Parents/guardians of athletes should remain in their vehicle and await the all clear to depart. Parents should refrain from socializing with other families during drop off. If a parent or immediate family member/common household needs to remain at practice, we require that they wear a mask and socially distance from others not within their households. Wellness checks will be completed at arrival with a touchless laser thermometer and visual health inspection. The wellness check will be performed by a coach that is wearing a mask. The thermometer will be sanitized between each use. Any athletes displaying any signs of illness or a fever over 99.6 will not be permitted to attend. Coaches will give the parents/guardians an all clear that the player has passed the wellness check and they can depart.
Once the athlete has cleared the wellness check, they will be provided a sanitizing substance to clean their hands. They will then place their gear bag by a cone/bucket. The cones/buckets will be set up by coaches in advance of arrival and will be a minimum of 6 feet apart.
Every athlete must bring their gear, including a helmet, glove, preferably a baseball bat and their own name-labeled water bottle(s). We ask that our athletes keep their electronic devices put away the entire time they are present at practice for health and focus reasons. Athletes must keep their gear in their coned area unless they are utilizing it.
NO CLOSE CONTACT:
We will be using cones and reminders to implement physical distancing to avoid contact. Athletes will not be permitted to hold hands, high five, or touch each other in any way. We will require that players remain at least 6ft apart while at practice.
We will require that all coaches and players wear masks the entire time while at practice, including arrival and departure.
SNEEZES AND COUGHS:
We are encouraging athletes to cough and sneeze into their shirt or arms, not in their hands. If your athlete has any symptoms of illness or allergies, we are asking them to stay home.
HYGIENE & HAND SANITIZER:
We have hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes at each practice. Athletes will be reminded to use it frequently. We also encourage the athletes to bring their own hand sanitizer.
All athletes are encouraged to use the restroom before arriving at practice. They will be given a sanitizing wipe to open the door and will be reminded to not touch anything. When they finish using the restroom they will be given another sanitizing wipe/hand sanitizer to clean their hands. Restrooms will be sanitized after each use by Manager.
Water fountains should not be used. Please make sure your athlete brings their own name-labeled container(s) of water. There are no fountains at Hamann, the only ones you will see, do not work, please remind your athlete of that.
All athletes will pack up their own gear and walk directly to their parked cars. Parents should refrain from socializing outdoors with other families during pick up.
Team equipment will be sanitized and cleaned after each use. Baseballs can be touched by multiple players and used during practice if players practice above hand-sanitizer procedures.
Drop Off & Pick Up your athlete(s) on time
- Do not bring unnecessary items from home.
- Do not break any formal quarantine/government restrictions.
- Do teach your athlete how to properly wash their hands and encourage them to cough and sneeze into their arm not in their hand and to not touch other players or their coach.
- Do alert us if your athlete does have COVID-19 and has been to practice within the last 14 days so we can contact their peers.
NOTIFICATION OF COVID-19 POSITIVE CASE:
- County of Marin Public Health is notified of all positive COVID-19 cases
- If a coach or player is diagnosed with COVID-19, Marin County Public Health will provide assistance in the assessment of potential exposure and recommend testing, quarantine, or isolation instructions
RETURNING TO SPORT AFTER INFECTION:
- Children and teens with symptoms of COVID-19 should not attend practices or competition. They should consult their physician for testing and notify their coach, athletic trainer and/or school administrator of their symptoms.
- Youths recovering from COVID-19 will have different paths to return to sports based on the severity of their illness. Those who are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms should not exercise until cleared by a physician. See the American Academy of Pediatrics Interim Guidance on Return to Sportsfor additional guidance for more serious infections.
NSLL COVID-19 FAQs
Q: How are practices run to ensure the safety of my child?
A: Our coaches have all gone through a COVID-19 protocols training and will strictly follow all guidelines and procedures setup by the county and the league.
Q: Will the league be able to play games?
A: YES! This is very exciting for all of us as once we move to the "Red Tier" we will be able to conduct games based on the health and safety guidelines setup by the state and county.
Q: What happens if someone on a team, either coach or player, tests positive for COVID-19?
A: In our protocols we require the coach and league be alerted IMMEDIATELY. All team activities would be put on hold until safe to resume per Marin HHS guidance.
Q: Can I stay and watch my child’s practice?
A: Unfortunately this will not be allowed at this time due to health and safety guidelines. Parent/Guardians need to drop off and return for pickup. We will continue to monitor the health and safety regulations and update our protocols accordingly as soon as deemed safe.
Q: What equipment does my child need to bring to each practice?
A: Each player is required to have their own mask, water bottle, hat, baseball glove, bat, and helmet. We also highly recommend each player to have cleats, batting gloves, and any other personal equipment they wish to use. Due to Covid-19, the sharing of equipment is prohibited at this time.
Q: Can my child be on the same team as his buddy?
A: Juggling the many requests and preferences we receive becomes virtually impossible. We do our best to pair the groups up in a logical way, but cannot take requests or guarantee each individual players preference.
Q: Do the players and coaches have to wear masks?
A: Yes. All players and coaches are required to wear masks at all times.
Q: What is the refund policy?
A: As this remains a very fluid and uncertain time, we are sensitive to the financial reservations in committing to our league. If a player is never able to participate in practices or games, a 100% refund would be issued. NSLL will develop a % scale for any partial seasons which there are far too many scenarios to predict at this time. All returning players have been issued a $75 credit in the TeamSnap accounts to apply towards with season.
Q: Is the NSLL program approved by the Marin HHA and the state of CA?
A: Yes, the state of California Department of Public Health Guidelines authorizes the formation of “stable cohorts” regardless of “county tier status” and while under the “Regional Stay at Home Order”. Safety protocols as outlined will be followed and strictly enforced.