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Equipment

  • Large bottle of hand sanitizer, a package of disinfectant wipes and disinfectant spray will be provided for each team. The “Bench Manager” will be in control of it.
  • WYB will not be supplying shared team gear as in traditional years.  This means each player must have their own helmet. 
  • For those who do not wish to secure their own helmet, WYB will loan out the helmets we have available for the entire season while supplies last.  Details to follow at a later date.
  • Players should also have their own bat and not use any teammates’ bats.  WYB does not have any bats to loan out.
  • Traditional catchers (with equipment) are already not used in T-ball and Coach Pitch Rookies.  We will also not use geared catchers in the 7-8 coach pitch league.  In each case, we will have the catcher wear a batting helmet and stand near the backstop.  They will participate in balls in play but not in catching any pitches.
  • For Minors & Majors division – Each team will be provided one set of catcher’s gear for the season.  Each team should limit how many players catch using the team gear in a given day, preferably to one player per game.  If any coaches or players have their own set of catcher’s gear, that can be used to spread out the catcher workload.  If a 2nd player needs to use the same gear in the same game, the equipment must be wiped down prior to use.
  • Each team will have their own set of game balls to use while on defense and take the ball in with them at the end of a defensive inning.
  • Players are prohibited from bringing their own balls.  Only league provided balls will be used.
  • Each team will be provided their own set of practice balls.  They will use their set of balls when out in the field.

Umpires

  • Face coverings are required at all times for umpires.
  • Tee-ball, CP Rookies & Coach Pitch will be umped by the base coaches as in the past.  For Minors & Majors, we will have just one umpire per game.
  • The umpire will be standing 6 feet behind the pitcher to umpire the game.  Base coaches will assist with fair/foul calls.  No shared protective equipment will be needed. Each umpire will be issued a clicker to keep for the season.
  • Umpire training sessions will be limited in size to avoid large groups.  No more then 10 individuals at each session.

Social Distancing

  • All spectators are expected to maintain 6 feet of social distance, except among family members of the same household.  Families are encouraged to limit the number of attendees and are asked to bring their own chairs.
  • Spectators should stay 6 feet from the backstop and benches and never enter the dugout or field of play.
  • When not on the field of play, players are also expected to maintain 6 feet of social distance.
  • When batting, players will stand in specific marked places – Hitter at plate, on deck hitter in on deck warmup area, in the hole hitter standing next to bat rack by bench gate, and all other players on marked spots on the bench or with their families or other areas that provide 6 feet of distance from others.
  • Each team should have a designated parent/coach near entrance of dugout as “Bench Manager” to keep the batting lineup organized and make sure kids are lined up and spaced properly.
  • A full “no touch” rule among all coaches and players - No high fives, handshakes and other physical contact other than any natural contact that may occur in the field of play.
  • No post-game handshake line. Teams may do a “tip of the cap” when leaving the field.
  • Players and coaches must remove all trash and equipment from the dugout prior to leaving the facility.
  • Time between games will be extended to allow distance for incoming and outgoing teams.
  • If a game or practice is still in progress, players and coaches for the upcoming session must either stay in their vehicle or must maintain 6 feet of social distance until the practice or game in front of theirs concludes and the dugout has been vacated.
  • Player equipment must be placed in marked areas or with their families.
  • Bench manager or head coach will be responsible for the above protocols for social distancing.

 

General Guidelines

  • All coaches, umpires and spectators must wear face coverings at all times.
  • Players must wear face coverings when not actively participating unless the player is under 10 years of age.
  • Before leaving for any game or practice, all of those attending should assess their condition and anyone experiencing symptoms must stay home.
  • Athletes are encouraged to travel to the venue only with members of their immediate household.  Families may want to limit how many family members attend events.
  • Spitting, eating seeds, chewing gum or other similar products is prohibited.
  • No shared water coolers.  Each player must bring their own individual water container.
  • All coaches and each team’s designated “Bench Manager” will attend a mandatory pre-season meeting to go over all guidelines.  Meetings will be limited to a maximum of 10 people.  Multiple sessions will be required for some leagues.
  • Splitting into small groups and working in stations is strongly encouraged for practices this season.
  • Team meetings during games and practices should be limited and spread out, for older groups some items could be communicated via e-mail or virtual meetings.
  • Players and coaches must remove all trash and equipment from the dugout prior to leaving the facility.
  • Head Coach or Bench Manager must fill out the Athlete/Coach Monitoring Form for each player and coach upon arrival at practices and games.
  • Head Coach or Bench Manager will be responsible for keeping all the Athlete/Coach Monitoring Forms.
  • If a player begins showing symptoms, they must leave the field immediately.  The coach must contact both Andy Ruck (Fall League Director) AND Chris Olson (Baseball Director).