UPDATED 05-29-2020

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Items that are in bold italics are updates from our last update.


Ottumwa Little League has worked to identify the areas that common practices will need to be changed. This is based upon feedback from Wapello County Public Health, Little League, the CDC and others. This list of changes will be posted on our website and Facebook page. All coaches will be responsible for their players and parents.

The following is a list of all changes that Ottumwa Little League will be making for the 2020 season (this will include practices and games).

General Guidance

  • All players, coaches, volunteers, and spectators should practice social distancing of six feet wherever possible from individuals not residing within their household, especially in common areas.
  • All individuals should measure their body temperature to ensure that no fever is present prior to participating or attending each Little League activity.          
    • Please note – it is up to the parent / guardian to ensure that their player and themselves are fever free prior to entering the ballpark.
  • Player’s equipment should be cleaned and disinfected after each use by a parent/guardian/caretaker.
  • All managers/coaches, volunteers, empires, etc. should wear PPE whenever applicable and possible.
  • If possible, plate meetings should be eliminated.
    • If a meeting is needed, all participants should wear a cloth face covering.
    • No player should be a part of plate meetings.
  • All base runners will try and avoid contact with defensive players.
  • No team drinks will be allowed.
  • Sunflower seeds, gum, etc. are not allowed in dugouts, bleachers or on the playing field.
  • All players and coaches are asked to refrain from spitting at all times.


Disinfecting

  • Each team will be required to identify a dedicated person each game to disinfect. This person will need to wear gloves and a mask while disinfecting and they will be placed in the dugout.
  • We will purchase disinfecting products listed by the CDC and will have that on hand at all times at the concession stand.
  • Coaches will check the products out from the concession stand prior to the start of the game. They will check them back in once the game is over.

Tournaments

  • All Little League tournaments are cancelled for the 2020 year. There will not be a regional or district tournament.

Tryouts 

  • We will not hold tryouts.  Due to no tournaments, players will not be required to undergo an evaluation (try-out).

Draft

  • Our draft will be done virtually by coaches. Coaches will be provided a list of all available players and they will work through a round robin system to build their team.

Opening Ceremonies

  • We will not have an opening ceremony for the season.

Concessions

  • Our concession stand will sell only pre-packaged drinks and food. This will be bottles or cans of water, soda and sport drinks, candy bars, chips, candy, and other food that comes sealed from the factory.
  • Anyone working within the concession stand will wear gloves and a mask.
  • The concession stand will be cleaned regularly with soap and water and then disinfected.
  • All products sold and cash (to pay or change given back) will be placed on the counter for pickup. This will help to promote social distancing.
    • Exact change is STRONGLY encouraged.
  • The counter will be disinfected after each customer.
  • All water fountains will be closed off and will not be used.

Restrooms

  • Public restrooms will have a “one-in-one-out” policy, where only one individual is permitted within the restroom at one time.
    • The only exception to this is for small children and then they can be accompanied by one person residing in their same household.
  • Restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected prior to the start of games and every hour.

Dugouts

  • Dugouts will be closed and will not be used during the game by players. The person that will be dedicated to disinfecting for the team will be in the dugout.
  • If a player must walk through a dugout to get to the field, the player will be instructed to not touch the bench or fence.
    • Dugouts will be cleaned with soap and water prior to the start of the game.

Bleachers

  • Bleachers will be closed to all spectators.
  • Bleachers will be used for players. They will practice social distancing and will be six feet apart at all times.
    • If there are more players than there are space, there will be dedicated spaces on each field for those players and their equipment. Those players will also maintain social distance and will be six feet apart.
    • Bleachers will be cleaned with soap and water prior to each game.

Spectators

  • We will regularly post on social media and on our website that we ask to limit the number of spectators. All coaches will also remind parents of this request.
  • All spectators are asked to bring their own seating or portable chairs.
  • A spectator with any of the following conditions should not attend a practice or game until evaluated by a medical provider and given clearance to do so:
    • Active COVID-19 infection
    • Known direct contact with an individual testing positive for COVID-19
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Those at higher risk for severe disease should consider consultation with their medical provider before attending a game and should ensure the strictest adherence to guidelines regarding face coverings, distancing and handwashing.

Umpires

  • Home Plate Umpires will be placed six feet behind the pitcher for each game.
  • Base Umpires will be in the field based upon the situation of the game but will ensure that they are six feet away from any player / person on the field.
  • If physically able, umpires are encouraged to wear cloth face coverings while umpiring.

Balls

  • Balls used in infield/outfield warm-up will be set aside and will not be balls used in the game.
  • Foul balls landing outside the field of play will be retrieved by participating players, coaches, and umpires. No spectators showed retrieve the ball.
  • All balls used in every half inning will be switched out prior to the next inning.
  • All balls that were used will be washed with soap and water and then disinfected prior to being put back into play.
    • Each ball will be place out of commission for the time frame required to effectively disinfect per the CDC guidelines based on the product used.

Helmets

  • All players will be encouraged to obtain their own helmets for use in the game.
  • If a player is unable to obtain their own helmets, each team will have helmets to be used.
    • Each helmet will be washed with soap and water and then disinfected after each player uses it.
    • Each helmet will be placed out of commission for the time frame required to effectively disinfect per the CDC guidelines based on the product used.

Bats

  • All players will be encouraged to obtain their own bat for use in the game.
  • If a player is unable to obtain their own bat, each team will have bats to be used.
    • Each bat will be washed with soap and water and then disinfected after each player uses it.
    • Each bat will be placed out of commission for the time frame required to effectively disinfect per the CDC guidelines based on the product used.

Catcher’s Gear

  • Each team is assigned a complete set of catcher’s gear. This gear will be washed with soap and water and then disinfected after each half inning. This is due to the potential of balls pitched bouncing off the chest protector and chin guards.

Handshakes

  • There will not be any handshakes. Teams will line up on their respective foul line while following social distancing guidelines (six feet apart) and they will tip their cap to the other team.
  • All other contact (high five, fist bump, elbow bump, etc.) will be discouraged and coaches will be responsible for ensuring team is following new protocols.