Return to Play Guidance

Please note the following critical procedures to ensure the continued safety of our children and families as our top priority.

We are in discussions with a former GVLL official to support our reopening effort and serve as a point of contact for any questions and concerns you may have as a parent or family member of an enrolled GVLL Player.

Please use the following email address to connect with our Covid19 Point of Contact:  [email protected]

This email address will be monitored only by our soon to be named Covid19 PoC and your questions/concerns will be fully confidential.

Our Covid19 PoC will be an autonomous resource to ensure all GVLL Officials, Coaches, Volunteers and Families are following the Little League Best Practices.

https://www.littleleague.org/downloads/best-practices/

This information will be shared with you by your respective Team Manager as well.  Please take the time to familiarize yourself with these Best Practices to ensure we are all working together for a safe restart to our effort.

One area that we call out multiple times each and every year and fortunately escaped an absolute tragedy last season is Parents dropping off/picking up their child in the lower lot.

Parents must not pick up nor drop off Players in the lower lot during practices nor games under any under circumstances.

Please note the Little League International Best Practice guidelines for Players, Coaches and Families which must be observed.

Drinks and Snacks:

  • Players, managers/coaches, and umpires must bring their own personal drinks to all team activities. Drinks should be labeled with the person's name.
  • Individuals must take their own drink containers home each night for cleaning and sanitation or use single-use bottles.
  • There will be no use of shared or team beverages.
  • Teams will not share any snacks or food. Players should bring individual, pre-packaged food, if needed.

 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):

  • All managers/coaches, volunteers, umpires, etc., will wear PPE whenever applicable and possible, such as cloth face coverings.
    • GVLL Managers, Coaches and Volunteers -  Little League International Best Practices require coaches to wear masks during games.   GVLL has adopted these Guidelines to operate by,  additionally,  the League is choosing to err on the side of caution.   Wearing a mask is not a request or a suggestion.  It is required.  Please be fully cognizant of the Players and our Families that we are here to protect.  Thank you for your cooperation and compliance.
  •  Players will wear cloth face coverings when in close contact areas and in places where recommended social distancing is challenging or not feasible, such as in dugouts.
  • Players should not wear protective medical gloves on the field during game play.
  • Players are permitted to wear a cloth face covering on the field during game play, should the player chose to do so whether based on any directive of a medical provider or individual determination of the player/ parent/guardian/caretaker.

 

Dugouts:

  • Managers/coaches and players will be assigned spots in the dugout or on the bleachers so that they are at least six feet apart and must be placed behind a fence.
  • Players are to stay at their assigned spots when on the bench or while waiting their turn to bat.
  • Players and managers/coaches must wear a cloth face covering while in the dugout.
  • The tented bleaches next to each dugout are for PLAYERS ONLY in order for the players to space out more.  The bleacher are NOT for spectators.

 

Note - our dugout seating areas are being expanded by repositioning our existing seating stands formally used for spectators.Families will be asked to limit attendance to games to a family member or two where possible to best enable social distancing requirements.GVLL will provide guidance via areas marked for same-household usage and should plan to bring their own seating at all fields.

Player Equipment:

  • No personal player bat bags/equipment bags should be allowed in the dugout. Player equipment should be spaced accordingly outside the dugout to prevent direct contact.
  • Players should have their own individual batter's helmet, glove, bat, and catcher's equipment.
  • In the event of rain during practice, both dugouts should be utilized to best socially distance Players until Parents can pick up their child.
  • Player's equipment (e.g. bags, helmets, bats, gloves, etc.) must be cleaned and disinfected after each use by a parent/ guardian/caretaker, where applicable.
  • Players must not share towels, clothing, or other items that they may use to wipe their face or hands

 

Baseballs and Softballs:

  • Baseballs and softballs will be rotated through on a regular basis, at least every two innings, to limit individual contact.
  • Umpires will limit their contact with the ball, and catchers should retrieve foul balls and passed balls where possible.
  • Balls used in infield/outfield warm-up will be isolated from a shared ball container.
  • Foul balls landing outside the field of play must be retrieved by participating players, coaches, and umpires. No spectators should retrieve the ball.

 

Spitting, Sunflower Seeds, Gum, etc.:

  • Sunflower seeds, gum, etc., should not be allowed in dugouts or on the playing field.
  • All players and coaches are to refrain from spitting at all times, including in dugout areas and on the playing field.


Spectators:

  • We ask that you limit the number of spectators that come to the games.  Guidelines are still no more than 250 people in large public gatherings.  At times we may have games being played on all four fields that will push our attendance numbers near capacity.  As much as we all love to see the neighbors, cousins, aunts and uncles, and grandma and grandpa at the fields cheering on our kids, this just isn't the year for it.  Many of the teams utilize Game Changer, invite them to "virtually watch" and listen to the games.
  • Family units should be seated together.  Try to not sit too close or mix in with other family units.  We do understand that this is a great social outlet, and yes we completely understand it is greatly needed after the past four months, we just ask all spectators bring a mask and wear it when in a situation that you are not at least 6 feet apart from non-family unit members.



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