Monarch Little League’s “Play It Smart”
Fall 2021 Guidelines for Returning to Baseball & Softball Amid COVID-19
Guidelines are based on the City of Louisville, Boulder County and Colorado State guidelines for Personal Recreation and Team Sports. These and Monarch LL guidelines may change.
Keep in mind most participants in LL are not vaccinated due to age, play it smart.
- If feeling ill, even minorly, stay home and get tested for COVID-19
- If in close contact (15+ minutes within 6 feet) with a person who have tested positive, isolate and do not attend MLL activities until a negative test is produced 3-7 days after exposure
- If a team exposure is discovered after an MLL event, notify the league and parents of the players on the team immediately
- If allowed to attend in-person classes in a BVSD school, attending an MLL activity would be allowed
- Masks are not required outdoors but are welcomed.
- Distance of ~6ft should be strived for between parties
- No sharing of food/water
Part A – Wellness | Tracing | Season:
1. If any coach, umpire, player, or family members of a player are experiencing any signs of illness, they cannot participate, come to the field, and/or must leave the field if they become ill.
2. Each team must keep a record of their own players & coaches that attended a game, along with contact information for each umpire. In the event, a player, coach, or umpire tests positive for COVID-19, others who were at the same event can be notified. Teams must be able to contact any family/guest to help with contact tracing if needed.
3. MLL volunteers, participants, families/guardians of, umpires, and any persons who may be involved with MLL activities are required to promptly inform the MLL Board of Directors if said person is being tested for COVID-19. The MLL BoD should be notified before results have been delivered to the individual/family for planning purposes. This is paramount for the safety of the MLL community.
4. If at any time MLL feels conditions have become unsafe for their players, coaches, umps, field sups and/or families, MLL will stop the season. Even after practices and games start, we may need to relax or tighten up rules.
5. Please check with the MLL BOD that a player is registered for their requirement regarding a COVID-19 waiver.
6. “Sanitizing/Sanitize(d),” refers to wiping down with a disinfectant wipe or spray.
Part B - Social Distancing:
1. Unvaccinated players, coaches, umpires and spectators should attempt to maintain 6 feet of separation from those outside of one's household.
2. In some cases, bleachers will be reserved for players, coaches, and scorekeepers, so that not all team members are confined to the dugout.
3. If bleachers are needed for team personnel, parents/fans will be asked to vacate the needed areas. Plan on providing their own seating.
4. Please allow previous teams to vacate the dugout before a new team moves in.
Part C - Masks | Sanitization | Food/H20/Drinks | Bathrooms:
1. Unvaccinated players are not required to wear a mask but are welcome to based on their families choices.
2. It is recommended that unvaccinated coaches wear a mask when within 6ft of non-family members while in the dugout.
3. Any person who chooses to wear a mask will be treated like they would be without a mask. Any violation of this will be dealt with promptly and severely.
4. An attempt to use hand sanitizer after touching faces or shared surfaces is encouraged
5. Each player should provide their own hand sanitizer even though teams will provide hand sanitizer and/or wipes.
6. Limited food in the dugouts is permitted.
7. In the event of a double-header, team members may eat in between games, but must wash hands and/or use hand sanitizer before and after eating.
8. limit sharing of food or drinks.
9. No spitting, eating seeds, chewing gum, or other similar products is permitted in the dugout.
10. Each player should have their own bottle for water/sports drinks/etc.
11. Where restrooms are available and allowed per the local Health Dept. Bathrooms are to be used at one's own risk and will not be the responsibility of MLL.
Part D - Warm-Ups | Dugouts | Balls | Umps Info | Equipment | Game:
1. Teams may warm-up in any area that provides them social distancing among themselves and from other teams.
2. Dugouts are reserved for coaches and players.
3. Teams should limit contact as they are entering and leaving the dugouts. Each team should wait to enter a dugout until the previous team has fully left the dugout.
4. No players at the plate meeting before a game.
5. It is encouraged that unvaccinated umpires wear masks when less than 6 feet from players and coaches (meaning while they are engaged in umpiring from behind the catcher).
6. Sharing of equipment is discouraged in most circumstances.
- In the heightened health concerns and to be courteous, please ask the parents and/or kids of personally owned equipment if non-family members can use said equipment. MLL would like to limit sharing of equipment between families if at all possible.
*Each player should have their own batting helmet, bat, glove, batting glove et.al.
NOTE: If a family needs assistance in providing equipment, please send a request to the MLL BOD.
7. If sharing of equipment is necessary, equipment should be sanitized before each use.
8. Teams are encouraged to sanitize the catcher's mask before use by another player. If the catchers have their own catcher’s mask, that is even better
9. Players should attempt to avoid contact with other opposite team outside of game play;
*No high fives, fist bumps or handshakes. Teams should acknowledge each other and umpires
post games via waves and/or tip of the cap.
Part E – Addition to Above Rules
1. Coaches may receive reimbursement for any products they purchased for sanitizing with receipts.
2. Parents/Guardians are asked to help the coaches with sanitizing products & cleaning equipment/dugouts.
4. Guidelines may/will be reviewed regularly and adjusted for effectiveness or if/when government guidance changes.
5. These guidelines have not been medically reviewed or approved.
6. MLL is providing these guidelines, but we cannot always guarantee adherence by all participants.
7. Families should make their own choices on participation and the best interests of their family and players.
8. The guidelines are focused on minimizing risk while still allowing for fun competition.
At the end, play it smart and do what is best for your family.