Return to Play Rules

UpdatedFriday September 4, 2020 by RH / RBK LL .

Red Hook / Rhinebeck Little League

Baseball and Softball COVID-19 Regulations and Guidelines

In line with recommendations from health authorities and Little League International, we ask everyone who participates or is around the field to follow these rules and guidelines.

For everyone

  • Health Assessment:  Prior to arriving at the field, complete a daily health assessment.  Please remain home if you feel ill, are experiencing symptoms, or have been in contact with someone who had a confirmed coronavirus test..
  • Social Distancing:  All participants, umpires, volunteers and spectators should observe six foot physical distancing while at the facility.
  • Limit Contact:  A 'tip of the cap' is the recommended gesture.  No handshakes, no fist bumps, no high fives. 
  • Masks:  Face coverings are required while at the facility.  Players have the option to wear a mask while in the field of play.
  • Food and Drink:  Please bring personal containers of beverages and bring your own food.  We recommend labeling all containers with your name.  No team water coolers or drink stations, and do not use public water fountains even if available at the venue.
  • Hand Washing:  Frequent hand washing / sanitizing is strongly recommended.

For Players and Teams:

  • Health Assessment:  Prior to arriving at the field, complete a health self-evaluation.  Stay home if ill, symptomatic, or recently in the company of someone with a positive coronavirus test result.
  • Social Distancing:  Use of dugouts is limited to a maximum 4 players at any one time. The remainder of the team should stay outside the dugouts and maintain 6-foot distancing.
  • Mask:  Outside the field of play, masks must be worn at the facility.  In the dugout and on the field, players have the option to wear a mask.
  • Personal Equipment:  Do not share personal equipment.  Keep personal bats, helmets, gloves in your bat bag.  Bat bags should be placed outside the dugout during a practice or game.
  • Limit Contact:  No team huddles.  Maintain 6-foot distancing when outside the field of play.  Handshake lines are prohibited.  A 'tip of the cap' is the recommended gesture of sportsmanship.
  • Hygiene:  Seeds, gum, and spitting are prohibited at the facility.  Frequent hand washing / sanitizing is recommended.

For Parents / Family / Spectators

  • Health Assessment:  Prior to arriving at the field, complete a health self-evaluation.  Stay home if ill, symptomatic, or recently in the company of someone with a positive coronavirus test result.
  • Social Distancing:  No parents or spectators are allowed in the dugouts, behind the backstop, or in the bleachers.  Please observe six foot physical distancing while at the facility, and watch a game from the outfield fence or down the foul lines.
  • Masks:  Wearing of a face covering is required while at the facility.
  • Seating:  Please bring your own chair.
  • Timing:  Arrive at the park no earlier than 30 minutes prior to a game or practice.  Please depart the facility within 15 minutes of the conclusion of a game or practice.
  • Reporting of test results:  Please contact your coach or a league representative if you, someone in your household, or someone the player has been in contact with has a positive coronavirus test result.  Observe health department isolation recommendations (14 days).

For Coaches and League Volunteers

  • Health Assessment:  Prior to arriving at the field, complete a health self-evaluation.  Stay home if ill, symptomatic, or recently in the company of someone with a positive coronavirus test result.  Contact the league if you are unable to perform your coaching duties.
  • Attendance:  Attend only games and practices your team participates in.  No scouting.
  • Masks:  Coaches are required to wear a mask at all times at the facility.
  • Oversight:  Coaches should verbally remind athletes and parents to adhere to the requirements to return to play:  wear a mask, social distance, and practice frequent hand washing / sanitizing.  Contact the local police department and league officials to address spectators that do not follow the COVID-19 return to play rules.
  • Equipment:  Clean team equipment before/after practices and games.  Encourage players not to share personal equipment.

League response plan for a confirmed case:

  • Coaches and families should contact a league official upon a positive test result.
  • Families should work with the local health department for exposure response.
  • Athletes / Coaches / Volunteers must be clear from COVID-19 for a minimum of 14 days before returning.  Medical clearance must be presented to a league official prior to returning.
  • To support contact tracing / exposure notification:  Other participants from the team or opponents, who may have had contact with a confirmed case, will be notified in an anonymous manner of the confirmed case.  At no time will a representative of the league other than the league president; share the name of players, coaches, or family members that report a confirmed case.
  • League officials will contact the local health department to support contact tracing.  Only the league president can release the name associated with a confirmed case, and is authorized to release the name only to the health department or to address a legal requirement.

 

Contact Information

  • In case of emergency:   Dial 911
  • Red Hook Police:  845-758-0060
  • Rhinebeck Police:  845-876-8181
  • Jim Mulvey (League President):  845-797-1664
  • Tom Connolly (League President):  845-546-9764
  • Dutchess County Behavioral & Community Health:  845-486-3400  (after hours number 845-431-6465)

 

Personal Health Assessment Questionnaire:

Please assess the player or volunteer against the following prior to leaving for a Little League facility/event.  If you answer YES to ANY of the symptoms, please stay home.

Per the CDC, symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus and may be mild or severe.  Individuals infected can also be asymptomatic.

  • Have you been in contact with someone who has a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
  • Do you have a fever or chills?
  • Do you have a cough?
  • Do you have shortness of breath or difficulty breathing?
  • Do you feel fatigued?
  • Do you have muscle or body aches?
  • Do you have a headache?
  • Do you have a new loss of taste or smell?
  • Do you have a sore throat?
  • Do you have congestion or a runny nose?
  • Are you experiencing nausea or vomiting?
  • Do you have diarrhea?
  • Seek emergency medical care if you have trouble breathing, pain in the chest, suffer from confusion, are unable to stay awake, or have bluish lips / face.