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COVID-19 Impacts and Protocols

Most frequently asked question: will we actually have a season this year?

Short answer: YES!

In February King County moved into a phase of reopening that allows for youth sports activities with appropriate COVID transmission risk mitigations. Unless King County moves back to a more restrictive phase we will have practices and games.

what do we need from parents and what can kids expect?

  • If anyone in your family is feeling ill or has any flu or COVID-like symptoms, or if anyone in your family has recently been exposed to anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please stay home from practices and games.
  • Players, coaches, umpires will need to wear masks on the field during practices and games.
  • Folks at the ballpark and practice fields need to wear masks and practice social distancing.

If we can all commit to those safety priorities we have a great opportunity to have a season that may look a little different than in the past but that gets our kids moving around outside, safely socializing with friends, and building their softball and baseball fundamentals.

District 9 Little League COVID Protocols

Topic Rule
Sick Person Leagues will receive an affirmation from each parent that they agree to never bring a child/person to a field that have any covid symptoms
Masks All volunteers and coaches will be required to wear masks when on the field and spectators* expected to follow the governor’s directions by following mask mandate. Players, when engaged in play, are not required to wear a mask Players, in dugout (or bench) must wear mask.
Physical Distance Plate umpire cannot be positioned behind the plate (i.e. stand behind the mound instead) When off the field, social distance 6 ft when not actively in the field of play When on the field, engaged in play, exception to social distance permitted to allow game to be played Priority of seating goes to players (i.e. bleachers are the dugout) Dugouts can be used, as long as there is 6 ft between people (people walking past in a dugout is permissible to allow more than 1 person in the dugout) There will be no exchange of lineups or any contact during the pregame meeting between umpires and managers. The plate meeting will follow social distancing guidelines. Teams are encouraged to go “book to book” (the umpire will not keep a lineup), and any lineup issues will be resolved by the plate umpire and the official scorekeeper.
Hygiene Players (with financial support of the league as needed) will supply their own helmet, bat, glove, catcher equipment (if league provided equipment, it will be sanitized between uses) Foul balls are retrieved by players No sunflower seeds, peanuts, or spitting allowed
Outdoor spaces Outdoor training, practices and competitions allowed outdoors for low, moderate, and high risk sports. Maximum 200 people allowed at competitions, including spectators.
Handwashing Provide hand sanitizer (to each team and/or field 60-95% alcohol content) players are encouraged to have a personal hand sanitizer with them in their bags.
Cleaning Teams on the field will provide their own ball, and balls will be changed out each inning (umpires will not maintain gameballs) Active passways (i.e. dugout door)can be left open, no player in the doorway.
Ventilation Outdoors locations are preferred to indoors locations, and should be utilized to the greatest extent possible to allow for maximum fresh air circulation and social distancing. Outdoor structures, in order to be considered outdoors, should have no more than two walls to provide appropriate ventilation unless they meet this ventilation requirement; Structures can have three walls if another opening exists that is large enough to create cross ventilation.
Outdoor competitions max occupancy For facilities or complexes with more than one field or area of play a maximum of 75 people allowed per field or area of play, including spectators. All spectators of different households are to remain physically distant, 6 feet or more, as much as possible.
Contact tracing If a positive covid case is reported within 3 days of an interlock game, the president of the covid positive person’s league will report findings to the other league’s president.