McCormick Ranch Little League
COVID Safety Protocol
McCormick Ranch Little League (MRLL) is planning for the Spring 2022 season. Our goal is to have a complete season with evaluations for minors and majors players in January/February, practices beginning in February, games beginning in March, playoffs in May, and All-Stars beginning in June. To achieve our goal, MRLL has developed this COVID Safety Protocol to provide our league with the safest possible playing conditions. This document has been informed by our experiences during the successful Fall 2021 season, as well as guidance from Little League International, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Arizona Department of Health Services.
The CDC and AZDHS recommend masks, physical distancing, and vaccinations for those who are eligible. Each individual is responsible for their immediate space and will follow all MRLL COVID-19 protocols, waivers, and safety measures. Parents will provide players with hand sanitizer (or soap and water) and a face covering for all team events as needed. In addition, please be mindful the following:
● All players, coaches, volunteers, and spectators should take their body temperature prior to MRLL events (e.g. evaluations, practices, games) to ensure that no fever is present when participating in each Little League activity. Anyone with symptoms of fever, cough, or worsening respiratory symptoms, or any known exposure to a person with COVID-19 should not attend any Little League activity until cleared by a medical professional.
● Any individual, including players, at risk for severe illness or with serious underlying medical or respiratory conditions should only attend Little League activities with permission from a medical professional.
● Players and coaches will take measures to prevent all but the essential physical contact necessary to play baseball. Players and families should vacate the field/facility as soon as is reasonably possible after the conclusion of their practice or game to minimize unnecessary contact with players, coaches, volunteers, and spectators.
● Athletes, managers/coaches, and umpires should bring their own personal drinks to all team activities. Drinks should be labeled with the person’s name. Individuals should take their own drink containers home after practice/game for cleaning and sanitation or use single-use bottles. Post-game, parents can bring individual, pre-packaged food and drink items to share with the team at the manager’s discretion.
Spitting, Sunflower Seeds, Gum, etc.
● Sunflower seeds, gum, etc., will not be allowed in dugouts or on the playing field. All players and coaches are to refrain from spitting at all times, including in dugout areas and on the playing field.
● Players, coaches, and umpires should use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting the ball field.
● Players and coaches should share only necessary equipment and instructional materials with other players or coaches. Equipment and instructional materials should be cleaned regularly.
● Players, coaches, volunteers, and spectators should maintain physical distance and minimize physical contact to the best of their ability.
● As of December 2020, MRLL does not require masks, but will defer to local guidance as needed. AZDHS recommends wearing a mask in public settings. The CDC recommends wearing masks in crowded outdoor settings when COVID cases are high.
● If you feel sick, please stay home.
● Attendance should be taken at all practices and games to enable contact tracing should a player or coach test COVID-19 positive.
● Parents will notify coaches immediately if their player(s) has contracted the COVID-19 virus and/or their player(s) has been in contact with any person that has contracted the COVID-19 virus.
● If any player on a team contracts the COVID-19 virus or comes into contact with anyone who has contracted the COVID-19 virus, the team will not be allowed to have any MRLL practices or games for a period of 14 calendar days from the date that the player contracted the virus or came into contact with another person who contracted the virus.