Baseball COVID-19 Safety Plan

The following UDJAA Baseball COVID-19 Safety Plan was approved by Upper Dublin Township on June 30, 2020:

UDJAA BASEBALL PRACTICE GUIDELINES

  • Each practice must adhere to the gathering occupancy limits as established by Commonwealth of Pennsylvania guidelines. Occupancy includes players, officials and fans.
  • Ensure that physical distance of 6 feet or more be kept at all times during any gathering or practice. 
  • Players will be encouraged to wait in their cars with guardians until just before the beginning of a practice, warm-up, or game, instead of forming a group.
  • Players should not car-pool; players will arrive with their immediate family.
  • Parents will be strongly encouraged to drop off their kids and not stay during practice. If they must stay, social distancing guidelines must be maintained. 
  • Dugouts should be used sparingly and never more than 4 players or coaches (dependent on the size of the dugout to keep 6 feet apart) to store equipment. Once the dugout capacity has been exceeded, players and their equipment will be staged at 6 foot intervals along the adjacent fence line. 
  • Coaching staff and other adult personnel should wear face coverings (masks or face shields) at all times, unless doing so jeopardizes their health.
  • All players/coaches will use their own personal baseball and protective equipment (gloves, bats, helmets, etc.) Teams requiring shared catchers equipment will have access to enough catchers masks so that one mask is worn by one player per practice. All masks will be disinfected after the game. 
  • An adequate supply of baseballs will be available to minimize sharing and will be disinfected by an approved sanitizer after each teams practice. 
  • There will be no high-5s,” handshakes, or other contact displays of sportsmanship. Instead, sportsmanship will be encouraged with a tip of the hat from a safe distance. 
  • All athletes and coaches must bring their own water and drinks to team activities. Team water coolers for sharing through disposable cups are not allowed. 

  • Activities that increase the risk of exposure to saliva must not be allowed including chewing gum, spitting, licking fingers, and eating sunflower seeds.
  • All players/Coaches will make sure that everyone washes their hands or uses alcohol-based hand rub before playing.
  • Parents will complete a symptom screen, including a temperature check, before each game or practice, and coaches are encouraged to be mindful of the screened symptoms. Additionally, coaches will take temperatures of kids at the field before play to ensure none has a fever or 100.4 degrees or higher. If a coach sees a player exhibiting the screened symptoms, he or she should discuss with the parent immediately.


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UDJAA BASEBALL 2020 TESTING AND DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS

Players and coaches should have a COVID-19 Symptom Screen and their temperature taken daily at home before practice and should NOT participate if they have COVID-19 symptoms or have a fever of 100.4°F or over. 

*A COVID-19 Symptom Screen checks for the following: fever, cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, headaches, fatigue, muscle aches, and altered taste or smell. The only exception would be a runny nose from allergies, which should improve with usage of allergy medications. 

If a player or coach is symptomatic or has a fever of 100.4°F or higher, the family should notify their teams head coach immediately. The teams head coach will email the team concerning the player or coach with a fever of 100.4°F or higher and will notify UDJAA Baseball Commissioner Dan Berman at baseball@udjaa.net. Team practices with remaining players and coaches may continue following disclosure provided they have not been in contact with that player or coach. 

(If a player or coach is symptomatic or has a fever of 100.4°F or higher, they should NOT participate until after 3 days with no fever AND 10 days since the fever appeared - OR – 3 days with no fever AND a negative COVID-19 test result.

If a player or coach is positively diagnosed with COVID-19, the family should notify their teams head coach immediately. The teams head coach will email the team that a player has been positively diagnosed with COVID-19 and will notify UDJAA Baseball Commissioner Dan Berman at baseball@udjaa.net. Team practices with remaining players and coaches may continue following disclosure provided they have not been in contact with that player or coach. 

If a player or coach is positively diagnosed with COVID-19, they should NOT participate until 10 days have passed since a positive test with no symptoms - OR – the individual has no symptoms AND receives two negative COVID-19 test results in a row, at least 24 hours apart. 

If a player or coach is exposed to someone else who is positively diagnosed with COVID-19, the family should notify their teams head coach. The teams head coach will email the team that a player has been exposed to someone who is positively diagnosed with COVID-19 and will notify UDJAA Baseball Commissioner Dan Berman at baseball@udjaa.net. The exposed player or coach should NOT participate until 10 days have passed following the exposure - OR – a negative COVID-19 test result. Team practices with remaining players and coaches may continue following disclosure. 

An example of exposure” would be less than 6proximity to a person diagnosed with COVID-19 without appropriate face coverings. 

UDJAA Baseball Commissioner Dan Berman at baseball@udjaa.net will communicate all confirmed cases to Upper Dublin Township and Montgomery County Department of Health and will seek any necessary guidance from the Department on a case-by-case basis. 

UDJAA Baseball Commissioner Dan Berman at baseball@udjaa.net will be responsible for responding to COVID-19 concerns. All coaches, staff, officials, and families will be notified who this person is and how to contact them.


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UDJAA WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY

In consideration of being allowed to participate in any way in any Upper Dublin Junior Athletic Association (UDJAA) program, related events and activities, the undersigned acknowledges, appreciates, and agrees that:

  1. In consideration of having the opportunity to participate as either a team member or competitor at any location, and in acknowledging that I am aware of and willing to assume the risks associated with this activity, I hereby voluntarily agree to waive, hold harmless and indemnify UDJAA and its trustees, agents, volunteers and employees from any and all claims, demands, damages and causes of action of any nature whatsoever arising out of ordinary negligence which I, my heirs, my assigns or successors may have against them for, on account of, or by reason of my participation in the above activities. I indicate my agreement to this hold harmless elective noted below.
  2. I acknowledge that I am aware that there are risks to me of exposure to directly or indirectly arising out of, contributed to, by, or resulting from: An outbreak of any and all communicable disease, including but not limited to, the virus “severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)”, which is responsible for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and/or any mutation or variation thereof;
  3. I willingly agree to comply with the stated and customary terms and conditions for participation. If, however, I observe any unusual significant hazard during my presence or participation, I will remove myself from participation and bring such to the attention of the nearest UDJAA official/coach immediately; and,
  4. I knowingly and freely assume all such risks, both known and unknown, even if arising from the negligence of the Releasees or others, and assume full responsibility for my participation; and,
  5. The risks of injury and illness (e.g.: communicable diseases such as MRSA, influenza, and COVID-19) from the activities involved in this program are significant, potentially life-threatening, and while particular rules, equipment, and personal discipline may reduce these risks, the risks of serious injury and illness do exist; and,

 

FOR PARTICIPANTS OF MINORITY AGE (UNDER AGE 18 AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION)

This is to certify that I, as parent/guardian with legal responsibility for this participant, have read and explained the provisions in this waiver/release to my child/ward including the risks of the activity and his/her responsibilities for adhering to the rules and regulations. Furthermore, my child/ward understands and accepts these risks and responsibilities. I, for myself, my spouse, and child/ward, do consent and agree to his/her release provided above for all the Releasees and myself, my spouse, and child/ward do release and agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Releasees from any and all liabilities incident to my minor child’s/ward’s involvement or participation in these activities as provided above, even if arising from their negligence, to the fullest extent permitted by law.

Participant Name:______________________________________________________

Parent/Guardian Name:__________________________________________________

Parent/Guardian Signature:________________________________________________

Participant Date of Birth ________________DATE SIGNED:_____________________

Emergency Phone Number: (_____)_________________

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UDJAA BASEBALL HEALTH QUESTIONNAIRE AGREEMENT

I, __________________________, hereby agree that I will ask / consider the following questions before I take my child(ren), ____________________________________________, to engage in an any activity organized by UDJAA Baseball. I also agree that I will not send my child(ren) to the field if I answer yes” to any of the following questions. If I answer yes” to any of the following questions, I will call my childs head coach and notify them immediately.

  • 1) Have you or your child been in close contact with a person that has shown signs / symptoms (temperature 100.4 or higher, coughing, shortness of breath, runny nose, headaches, fatigue, muscle aches, and altered taste or smell, or been diagnosed with COVID-19?
  • 2) Has anyone in your household been in contact with a person that is in the process of being tested, has signs / symptoms or been diagnosed with COVID-19?
  • 3) Have you or your child been medically directed to self-quarantine due to possible exposure to COVID-19?
  • 4) Is your child having trouble breathing or have they had flu-like symptoms within the past 72 hours including fever, dry cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, body aches, chills, loss of taste, loss of smell or fatigue?
     

Child Name _______________________________________________ (Print) 

Parent Name ______________________________________________ (Print) 

Parent Signature ___________________________________________ (Signature) 

Date ____________________________________________