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Sep, 2020

COVID 19 Updates

August 24, 2020- BOH APPROVES NJBL Covid Protocols -

Hello Baseball Families,

Attached is updated NJBL Covid Guidelines for our Fall Season.
Please read through and notice the highlighted updated requirements.

You will see areas that require face covering is more strict.

Quick Notes:
Players will need face covering on when in dugouts or not in the field of play
Coaches, during games, will need face covering on at all time.
Coaches, during practices, will need face covering on when social distancing is not possible.
Spectators, during practices, are asked to remain in parking lot. 
Spectators, during games, will need face covering on at all time and will have specific viewing area.
Umpires will have face covering on at all time and will call balls/strikes from behind pitcher.

Please note -- The NJBL is run by volunteers. All of our coaches are volunteering their time. We do NOT want to be Covid Police. The State of Massachusetts, along with the Northbridge Board of Health have deemed these guidelines necessary. Please put aside personal views and HELP US KEEP OUR KIDS PLAYING SPORTS. 

I thank you in advance,

NJBL-BOD



July 6, 2020- BOH APPROVES NJBL Covid Protocols- Phase 3 games to begin.

Prior to Arrival at Venue (during all phases):

  • Must conduct daily symptom assessments by coaches and players (self-evaluation). Anyone experiencing symptoms must stay home.
  • Players should travel only with members of their immediate family.
  • Players and Coaches should remain in their vehicles until their scheduled arrival times. If a prior event has run past their time, the players and coaches should remain in their vehicles until the prior event has concluded. In any event, a proper amount of warmup time will be allotted to the arriving team(s).
  • Players should bring their own drink/water.
  • No team water coolers or shared drinking stations.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the facility and at each dugout.
  • Prior to competitive tournaments, event owners must alert the local health department of the event.
  • These requirements must be shared prior to the event with all players, coaches, spectators, officials, and employees prior to their arrival at the venue.
  • All players, coaches, spectators, and volunteers should maintain appropriate physical distancing.

     

    Practices (Phase 2):

  • Must conduct daily symptom assessments by coaches and players (self-evaluation). Anyone experiencing symptoms must stay home.
  • Players should be dropped off at the facility with the parents remaining in the parking lot or available to be reached by phone.
  • Players must bring their own drinks/water.
  • No team water coolers or shared drinking stations.
  • Chewing gum, sunflower seeds and spitting will be strictly prohibited.

     

  • Players will utilize hand sanitizer prior to approaching the dugout/field. (coaches will be providing hand sanitizer)
  • Equipment will NOT be shared. Each player must use their own bat, helmet, glove, and catcher’s equipment.
  • Each player will be assigned an area to place their equipment. Each player’s area will be appropriately spaced in order to maintain proper physical distancing.
  • Players will be divided up into smaller groups to limit the chance of player contact with each other.
  • Maintain a list of all Players, Coaches, Volunteers present during games and practices.
  • Coaches and Players must adhere to six-foot physical distancing except when the ball is in play. Drills should be established with this in mind.
  • Coaches and Players must wear a face covering when not in the field of play. Coaches must also wear a face covering when not able to maintain physical distancing during the course of play (i.e. communicating with a base runner, or visiting the mound).
  • Coaches will design practice drills that limit possible cross-contamination with baseballs between the players. NJBL will provide each coach with enough baseballs to accomplish this goal.
  • Hand washing/sanitizing should be conducted when proper hygiene would be normally expected (sneezing, coughing, etc).
  • Hand washing/sanitizing should be conducted at the conclusion of practice.
  • Players will be encouraged to clean and disinfect their equipment at home after practice.
  • Any shared equipment, either by player or coach will be disinfected.
  • Only 1 team will be allowed on each field at a time. Multiple teams will not share field space.

     

  • NJBL will stagger practice times to avoid large gatherings. Appropriate down-time will be scheduled to allow one team to leave prior to the next team arriving.

 

Gameday (Phase 3):

 

Players:

  • Must conduct a self-assessment prior to arrival. If experiencing symptoms they must remain home.
  • Arrive at your scheduled arrival time. If a prior event has run past their time, the players should remain in their vehicles until the prior event has concluded. In any event, a proper amount of warmup time will be allotted to the arriving team(s).
  • Upon arrival at the field, they are to utilize hand sanitizer station prior to entering the dugout area.
  • Upon arriving at their team dugout they are to locate their assigned area for the game. Players will be spaced out along the fence outside of the dugout running the length of the foul line. Each player must place their gear in their assigned area and remain in this area when not in the field of play.
  • Will not chew gum, sunflower seeds or spit.
  • Must bring their own drink/water to the event.
  • No high fives, handshakes, fist or elbow bumps to any of their teammates, coaches or opponents. A “tip of the cap” would be appropriate.
  • Maintain six-foot physical distancing when not in the field of play.
  • Must have their own equipment and not share with anyone. This includes but is not limited to: hats, bats, gloves, helmet, water bottle, etc.
  • Frequent handwashing and sanitizing as appropriate and whenever proper hygiene would be required.

     

  • Immediately leave the facility at the conclusion of the game.
  • Properly clean and disinfect equipment when they arrive home.

     

    Coaches:

  • Must conduct a self-assessment prior to arrival. If experiencing symptoms they must remain home.
  • Arrive at your scheduled arrival time. If a prior event has run past their time, the coaches should remain in their vehicles until the prior event has concluded. In any event, a proper amount of warmup time will be allotted to the arriving team(s).
  • Upon arrival at the field, they are to utilize hand sanitizer station prior to entering the dugout area.
  • Ensure that the players are following the player guidelines. Correcting discrepancies in a discreet manner.
  • Maintain a list of all Players, Coaches, Volunteers present during games and practices.
  • Adhere to proper physical distancing.
  • Will not chew gum, sunflower seeds or spit.
  • Limit the use of shared equipment used for field maintenance. Properly clean and disinfect any equipment immediately upon completion of use.
  • Will NOT provide shared drinks/water.
  • Each Coach is responsible for maintaining an appropriate number of compliant game balls for when their team is on defense. (Umpire will no longer be in control of game balls)
  • Ensure that their players maintain distancing when not in the field of play and that each player is assigned a spot for the entirety of the game when not on the field.
  • Ensure that each player had their own equipment. If equipment must be shared, the coach MUST sanitize the equipment in-between users.

     

  • Lineups should be communicated thru spoken word, text or thru an online app.
  • When not able to maintain physical distance during the course of play (mound visit, instructing baserunner, or speaking with umpire), a face covering must be worn.
  • No touch rule – no high fives, handshakes, fist or elbow bumps to any of their teammates, coaches or opponents. A “tip of the cap” would be appropriate.
  • Encourage proper hygiene as appropriate in-between innings. Have players use hand sanitizer.
  • Immediately leave the facility at the completion of the game. Conduct game recaps virtually or thru email if possible.
  • NJBL will provide an appropriate amount of time between scheduled games to limit large gatherings.

     

    Spectators:

  • Must conduct a self-assessment prior to arrival. If experiencing symptoms they must remain home.
  • Arrive at your scheduled arrival time. If a prior event has run past their time, the spectators should remain in their vehicles until the prior event has concluded.
  • Spectators are allowed to view game in complex. They must stay along the outfield fence, foul pole to foul pole. Must maintain proper social distance and use mask when proper distancing is not possible.
  • Must not enter the field of play, the player’s assigned area, and the dugout.
  • Encouraged to sanitize hands as needed.
  • Immediately leave the facility at the conclusion of the game.

    Umpires:

  • Must conduct a self-assessment prior to arrival. If experiencing symptoms they must remain home.
  • Avoid contact with players, coaches, spectators, and equipment.
  • Allow adequate distance behind the catcher while still being able to perform their duty.
  • Immediately leave the facility at the conclusion of the game.

 

Confirmed cases (Mandatory):

  • Immediately isolate and seek medical care for any individual who develops symptoms.
  • NJBL to contact the local Board of Health about suspected cases or exposure.
  • NJBL must maintain a complete list of coaches, players, and employees present at each event to include the date, beginning and ending time of the event, plus name, address, and phone contact to be made available upon request from local health district.

Recommended best practices:

  • Work with local health department to identify potentially infected or exposed individuals to help facilitate effective contact tracing/ notifications.
  • Once testing is readily available, test all suspected infections or exposures.
  • Following testing, contact local health department to initiate appropriate care and tracing.


NJBL reserves the right to modify these protocols as needed so that the safety of our players, coaches, spectators and volunteers is ensured (in conjunction with recommendations from the BOH)







June 6, 2020 - BOH APPROVES NJBL Covid Protocols - Phase 2 practices to begin



June 6, 2002

Prior to Arrival at Venue (during all phases):

  • Must conduct daily symptom assessments by coaches and players (self-evaluation). Anyone experiencing symptoms must stay home.
  • Players should travel only with members of their immediate family.
  • Players and Coaches should remain in their vehicles until their scheduled arrival times. If a prior event has run past their time, the players and coaches should remain in their vehicles until the prior event has concluded. In any event, a proper amount of warmup time will be allotted to the arriving team(s).
  • Players should bring their own drink/water.
  • No team water coolers or shared drinking stations.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the facility and at each dugout.
  • Prior to competitive tournaments, event owners must alert the local health department of the event.
  • These requirements must be shared prior to the event with all players, coaches, spectators, officials, and employees prior to their arrival at the venue.
  • All players, coaches, spectators, and volunteers should maintain appropriate physical distancing.

     

    Practices (Phase 2):

  • Must conduct daily symptom assessments by coaches and players (self-evaluation). Anyone experiencing symptoms must stay home.
  • Players should be dropped off at the facility with the parents remaining in the parking lot or available to be reached by phone.
  • Players must bring their own drinks/water.
  • No team water coolers or shared drinking stations.
  • Chewing gum, sunflower seeds and spitting will be strictly prohibited.

     

  • Players will utilize hand sanitizer prior to approaching the dugout/field. (coaches will be providing hand sanitizer)
  • Equipment will NOT be shared. Each player must use their own bat, helmet, glove, and catcher’s equipment.
  • Each player will be assigned an area to place their equipment. Each player’s area will be appropriately spaced in order to maintain proper physical distancing.
  • Players will be divided up into smaller groups to limit the chance of player contact with each other.
  • Maintain a list of all Players, Coaches, Volunteers present during games and practices.
  • Coaches and Players must adhere to six-foot physical distancing except when the ball is in play. Drills should be established with this in mind.
  • Coaches and Players must wear a face covering when not in the field of play. Coaches must also wear a face covering when not able to maintain physical distancing during the course of play (i.e. communicating with a base runner, or visiting the mound).
  • Coaches will design practice drills that limit possible cross-contamination with baseballs between the players. NJBL will provide each coach with enough baseballs to accomplish this goal.
  • Hand washing/sanitizing should be conducted when proper hygiene would be normally expected (sneezing, coughing, etc).
  • Hand washing/sanitizing should be conducted at the conclusion of practice.
  • Players will be encouraged to clean and disinfect their equipment at home after practice.
  • Any shared equipment, either by player or coach will be disinfected.
  • Only 1 team will be allowed on each field at a time. Multiple teams will not share field space.

     

  • NJBL will stagger practice times to avoid large gatherings. Appropriate down-time will be scheduled to allow one team to leave prior to the next team arriving.

 

Gameday (Phase 3):

 

Players:

  • Must conduct a self-assessment prior to arrival. If experiencing symptoms they must remain home.
  • Arrive at your scheduled arrival time. If a prior event has run past their time, the players should remain in their vehicles until the prior event has concluded. In any event, a proper amount of warmup time will be allotted to the arriving team(s).
  • Upon arrival at the field, they are to utilize hand sanitizer station prior to entering the dugout area.
  • Upon arriving at their team dugout they are to locate their assigned area for the game. Players will be spaced out along the fence outside of the dugout running the length of the foul line. Each player must place their gear in their assigned area and remain in this area when not in the field of play.
  • Will not chew gum, sunflower seeds or spit.
  • Must bring their own drink/water to the event.
  • No touch rule – no high fives, handshakes, fist or elbow bumps to any of their teammates, coaches or opponents. A “tip of the cap” would be appropriate.
  • Maintain six-foot physical distancing when not in the field of play.
  • Must have their own equipment and not share with anyone. This includes but is not limited to: hats, bats, gloves, helmet, water bottle, etc.
  • Frequent handwashing and sanitizing as appropriate and whenever proper hygiene would be required.

     

  • Immediately leave the facility at the conclusion of the game.
  • Properly clean and disinfect equipment when they arrive home.

     

    Coaches:

  • Must conduct a self-assessment prior to arrival. If experiencing symptoms they must remain home.
  • Arrive at your scheduled arrival time. If a prior event has run past their time, the coaches should remain in their vehicles until the prior event has concluded. In any event, a proper amount of warmup time will be allotted to the arriving team(s).
  • Upon arrival at the field, they are to utilize hand sanitizer station prior to entering the dugout area.
  • Ensure that the players are following the player guidelines. Correcting discrepancies in a discreet manner.
  • Maintain a list of all Players, Coaches, Volunteers present during games and practices.
  • Adhere to proper physical distancing.
  • Will not chew gum, sunflower seeds or spit.
  • Limit the use of shared equipment used for field maintenance. Properly clean and disinfect any equipment immediately upon completion of use.
  • Will NOT provide shared drinks/water.
  • Each Coach is responsible for maintaining an appropriate number of compliant game balls for when their team is on defense. (Umpire will no longer be in control of game balls)
  • Ensure that their players maintain distancing when not in the field of play and that each player is assigned a spot for the entirety of the game when not on the field.
  • Ensure that each player had their own equipment. If equipment must be shared, the coach MUST sanitize the equipment in-between users.

     

  • Lineups should be communicated thru spoken word or thru an online app.
  • When not able to maintain physical distance during the course of play (mound visit, instructing baserunner, or speaking with umpire), a face covering must be worn.
  • No touch rule – no high fives, handshakes, fist or elbow bumps to any of their teammates, coaches or opponents. A “tip of the cap” would be appropriate.
  • Encourage proper hygiene as appropriate in-between innings. Have players use hand sanitizer.
  • Immediately leave the facility at the completion of the game. Conduct game recaps virtually or thru email if possible.
  • NJBL will provide an appropriate amount of time between scheduled games to limit large gatherings.

     

    Spectators:

  • Must conduct a self-assessment prior to arrival. If experiencing symptoms they must remain home.
  • Arrive at your scheduled arrival time. If a prior event has run past their time, the spectators should remain in their vehicles until the prior event has concluded.
  • Must maintain proper physical distance, including remaining at least six feet away from the backstop.
  • Must not enter the field of play, the player’s assigned area, and the dugout.
  • Encouraged to sanitize hands as needed.
  • Immediately leave the facility at the conclusion of the game.

    Umpires:

  • Must conduct a self-assessment prior to arrival. If experiencing symptoms they must remain home.

     

  • Must wear face coverings at all time.
  • Avoid contact with players, coaches, spectators, and equipment.
  • Maintain proper physical distancing.
  • Allow adequate distance behind the catcher while still being able to perform their duty.
  • Immediately leave the facility at the conclusion of the game.

 

Confirmed cases (Mandatory):

  • Immediately isolate and seek medical care for any individual who develops symptoms.
  • NJBL to contact the local Board of Health about suspected cases or exposure.
  • NJBL must maintain a complete list of coaches, players, and employees present at each event to include the date, beginning and ending time of the event, plus name, address, and phone contact to be made available upon request from local health district.

Recommended best practices:

  • Work with local health department to identify potentially infected or exposed individuals to help facilitate effective contact tracing/ notifications.
  • Once testing is readily available, test all suspected infections or exposures.
  • Following testing, contact local health department to initiate appropriate care and tracing.


NJBL reserves the right to modify these protocols as needed so that the safety of our players, coaches, spectators and volunteers is ensured (in conjunction with recommendations from the BOH)




May 19, 2020

                                                            COVID 19 UPDATE/ SEASON UPDATE

 

 

Dear Baseball Families,


With the news of the State’s phase plans, the NJBL is continuing to work towards a Spring/Summer season for each of our leagues. Phase 2 allows practices after June 8 and phase 3 allows games after June 29. We know these dates rely on continued improved numbers across the state.

 The NJBL is communicating with State officials, Town officials, Town BOH and we are reaching out to other leagues (AAU and National) for our own Covid Practices and Covid Game Day protocols. We will share that info very soon as we want to make sure we thoroughly go over everything.

 Since our leagues games would run from June 29 thru July 31, we are asking our baseball families if they are still planning on participating. We truly appreciate your patience as we continued to push out the season.

 We would like a head count (and plan on opening registrations for new players) so we can figure out current teams/rosters for each of our leagues.

 If you could send an email to [email protected] with a response: (and please include your child’s league in subject)

 1) Will participate

2) Carry-over 2020 registration to Spring 2021

3) Reimburse for Spring 2020

 For those baseball families that continue with us this summer, we will provide information weekly, leading up to your child’s first practice.

 For those baseball families that we will see in Spring 2021, we wish you the very best and look forward to your return.

Warmest Regards,

 NJBL-BOD



April 24, 2020

                                                            COVID 19 UPDATE

 Dear Families, 


We hope everyone continues to feel well and cope with this unique once in a lifetime circumstance regarding the global Coronavirus pandemic.

 

With the governor’s decision to keep schools closed for the remainder of the year, our Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth spring season continues to be on hold. The next update from NJBL will be prior to Memorial Day.

The NJBL stresses health and safety for all of our baseball community. We continue to hope for a season to help our community get back to a normal way of life, for our kids to “play” together, and to have fun with each other.  

 

While we wait for this day to come, please continue to follow the guidelines in place, stay healthy, complete the school work assigned and enjoy the precious time we are all spending with our families.

The NJBL Board of Directors will continue to communicate with town officials and we will keep you updated when we have a plan in place. We wish all our families the best during this unfortunate time in history.

Warmest Regards,

 NJBL-BOD

April 1, 2020

                                                            COVID 19 UPDATE

 

Dear Families,


We hope everyone feels well and are coping with this unique once in a lifetime circumstance regarding the global Coronavirus pandemic.

We know families and especially children are wondering if Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth Baseball will play this season given the severity of the current situation we are facing as a nation?

At this time, we have not been given a date from Cal Ripken as a potential start date for leagues to begin operations. The NJBL will follow guidelines and restrictions set by the Town of Northbridge and will reassess a start date following May 4, 2020.

Whatever date Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth Baseball decides that it is safe to start a program, whether in the late Spring, early Summer or even Fall, we want to make our message loud and clear to all of our NJBL families, there WILL BE Baseball in 2020!!!!

Losing a year of Little League Baseball and all that it offers our children from learning and teaching life lessons, developing friendships, understanding sportsmanship and having a fun filled experience in our leagues eyes is not an option! While we have several ideas in mind to operate the program, our message is the same no matter what option is chosen, THERE WILL BE BASEBALL IN 2020!!!

While we wait for that day to come, NJBL stresses to all families to follow the guidelines in place, stay healthy, complete the school work assigned and enjoy the precious time we are all spending with our families.

Soon enough there will be NJBL Baseball for all! We will keep you updated when we have a plan in place and wish all our families the best during this unfortunate time in history.

Warmest Regards,

 NJBL-BOD

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Northbridge, Massachusetts 01534

Email: [email protected]

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