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2021 COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

 

 Mill Valley Little League 

COVID-19 Protocols & Guidelines for 2021 Spring Season 

(effective March 26, 2021) 

According to the California Department of Public Health, COVID-19 continues to pose a severe risk to communities and requires all of us to follow recommended precautions and adapt the way we live in consideration of this ongoing risk. While COVID-19 can cause no or mild symptoms in some individuals, in others it can lead to severe, potentially life-threatening illness or death. Adults over age 65 and people of any age with underlying medical issues are at a higher risk of developing serious illness from COVID-19. 

On February 26, 2021, the California Department of Public Health issued updated guidance with respect to youth sports. In accordance with current State and Marin County guidelines and recommendations, Mill Valley Little League (“MVLL”) established certain protocols for a safe Spring 2021 season. MVLL will be following the safety protocols developed by the CDC, California Department of Public Health, Marin County Department of Health and Human Services, City of Mill Valley, Little League International and Mill Valley Little League. These protocols shall remain in place until modified by MVLL. For the health and safety of our players, families, and volunteers, these protocols must be strictly complied with and any failure to comply with any of the following protocols can result in suspension from participating in MVLL’s programs. 

Coaches 

1. Coaches will notify MVLL if they become aware of a player or a player’s family member(s) that test positive for COVID-19. 

2. Coaches will conduct self-screening at home prior to each practice including temperature and or symptom checks using CDC guidelines. If a coach displays any symptoms, the Coach will immediately notify MVLL’s Safety Officer, Bill Johnston. 

3. Coaches will not attend practice if they feel sick in any way with symptoms including, but not limited to: temperature, cough, sore throat, sneezing, body aches, loss of sense of smell, difficulty breathing, or fatigue. 

4. If a coach travels out of state, MVLL requires that upon return from out-of-state travel the coach self-quarantine before returning to games or practices in-person. If the player does not develop symptoms, the quarantine can end on day 10 from return, or on day 7 if the coach is tested for COVID-19 on day 5 or later, the PCR test result is negative, and the coach remains asymptomatic. 

5. Prior to each practice and game, Coaches will ask their players’ families to complete a health screening for their respective player. (See Health Screening Checklist below.) 

6. Coaches will prohibit the use of facility water fountains and will ensure that water fountains are taped over. 

7. Coaches will ensure that dugouts will not be used during practice and that entrances are taped off. 

8. For practices, only one team is allowed on the field at any time. 

9. Coaches will ensure that no drop-ins, subs, extra players, siblings, “call ups” or rotational players will participate in their respective practices.

10. During practices and games, all coaches must wear a protective face mask at all times and in compliance with CDPH Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings. 

11. Shall maintain at least 6 feet of distance between coaches and participants and facilitate physical distancing between participants to the maximum extent possible. 

12. Coaches should encourage players to sanitize their hands during breaks and especially after coming in contact with any communal equipment, such as a baseball. 

13. Coaches should arrive to practice field at least 15 minutes prior to their scheduled practice time. 

14. Coaches will sterilize shared equipment prior to the start of every practice and game and during practices and games, as necessary. 

 

Players & Families: 

1. Prior to every practice and game, families should go through the health screening checklist for their player. No player should attend a practice or game if they have a temperature or any symptoms such as cough, sore throat, sneezing, body aches, loss of sense of smell, difficulty breathing, or fatigue. (See Health Screening Checklist below.) 

2. If the player is suspected of a COVID-19 exposure, the family must contact their player’s Coach. 

3. Similar to the Mill Valley School District protocols, if a player travels out of state, MVLL requires that upon return from out-of-state travel the player self-quarantine before returning to games or practices in-person. If the player does not develop symptoms, the quarantine can end on day 10 from return, or on day 7 if the student is tested for COVID-19 on day 5 or later, the PCR test result is negative, and the student remains asymptomatic. 

4. Players are to be dropped off at the field for their scheduled practice or scheduled game. Observation and/or attendance at practice and games are limited to immediate household members, and for the strict purpose of age-appropriate supervision. Per Marin County’s guidance, one adult per student athlete will be allowed to attend competitions, to limit crowding among spectators. 

5. Observers shall maintain at least six feet from non-household members and wear a mask at all times, in compliance with CDPH Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings. 

6. Players shall bring their own water and/or snack. Sharing of food and water is prohibited. 

7. Players shall wear a mask during practice, conditioning and games. 

8. Players shall also maintain at least 6 feet of distance between other players and others to the maximum extent possible during practices, conditioning and games. 

9. Catchers should wear and use their own catcher’s gear. Teams will be provided catcher’s gear as part of their distributed equipment and Coaches should thoroughly disinfect the gear before and after each use by a player. 

10. No handshakes, fist bumps, or elbow bumps. Contact of any kind should be avoided to the extent possible. 

11. All practices and time on the field are limited to their scheduled practice time. There is no loitering at the field before or after practice or a game. 

12. When practice or game is over, teams will leave their designated field promptly. 




Mill Valley Little League 
COVID-19 Health Screen Checklist

Has your child experienced any of the following symptoms in the last 72 hours?

• Cough

• Congestion or running nose

• Fever or chills

• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

• Muscle or body aches

• Headache

• New loss of taste or smell

• Sore throat

• Nausea or vomiting

• Diarrhea

If your child has had any of the above symptoms in the last 72 hours, do not come to practice or game.

YES

NO


Has your child experienced a temperature of 100.4 or higher in the past 72 hours?

YES

NO

Has your child been in close physical contact in the last 14 days with:

• Anyone who is known to have laboratory-confirmed COVID-19?

OR

• Anyone who has any symptoms consistent with COVID-19?

Close physical contact is defined as being within 6 feet of an infected/symptomatic person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 48 hours before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic individuals, 48 hours prior to test specimen collection).

YES

NO

Is your child currently waiting on the results of a COVID-19 test?

YES

NO

In the past 10 days, have you or someone you have been in close contact with traveled to an area that required quarantine upon your return (i.e., out of state)?

YES

NO

Did you answer NO to ALL QUESTIONS?

Participation in MVLL activities is APPROVED.

Did you answer YES to ANY QUESTION?

Participation in MVLL activities is NOT APPROVED. Contact your team manager.


 

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