If you are attending or participating in an outdoor sporting event, it is a given you do so at your own risk. The Covid-19 Virus has added a new element of risk to everyone. Within this document, please find some Best Practice to help prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus when attending and or participating in an Up and Coming Baseball Tournament event.
The virus… (what you need to know)
It is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
- Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.
Everyone Should…(what you need to do)
- Wash your hands often.
- Soap and water, hand sanitizer, etc.
- Avoid touching your face, eyes, mouth.
- Avoid close contact.
- Maintain a distance of 6 feet or more from others.
- Avoid groups breaking the 6 ft distancing rule.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
- Wear face covering/mask when possible in a public setting. This is done to protect others.
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Cover your face with something other than your hand when you cough or sneeze.
- Elbow, into your shirt, etc. (Wash or sanitize hands immediately after.
- Clean and Disinfect
- Shared surfaces
- Use common household disinfectants.
Carefully consider the following when attending our events
- No player, coach, or fan should attend if they are symptomatic.
- Fever (99.5 or higher), cough, sore-throat, runny nose, and general flu like symptoms.
- No player, coach, or fan should attend if they have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 14 days.
- Players, staff and fans should take their temperature prior to arrival at the event location.
- Players, coaches and fans who have health conditions that make them more susceptible should NOT attend.
- Coaches should limit the number of players in the dugout at any one time to assist in maintaining proper social distancing.
- Parents and other fans attending Up and Coming Baseball events should follow the social distancing guidelines.
- Fans and coaches are highly encouraged to wear a mask while attending or coaching at an event.
- Coaches should utilize a scorekeeper to communicate the lineup from behind the dugout to the players and coaches at a distance of 6 feet or more.
- Tools such as GameChanger can be a great tool for communicating the game to coaches, players and fans during a game.
- Coaches should use more visual signs to players versus verbal guidance.
- When and if a Coach needs to be in the dugout and in the presence of players, they should wear a mask or other face covering.
- Players should maintain a proper social distance when entering and leaving the dugout.
- Eliminate celebratory events where player to player, player to coach, or coach to player contact would normally occur.
- Players should NOT share equipment.
- If and when equipment is shared, it should be disinfected before and after use.
- Coaches should have readily available sanitizing hand cleaner or wipes for their players.
- Players should put away their equipment when not immediately in use during the game. This can help to prevent contamination.
- Players and coaches should disinfect their equipment after each game.
- During pre-game practices, social distancing should be closely observed by players and coaches alike.
- Limit mound visits, and follow social distancing when a visit must occur.
- Coaches should use a sanitizing wipe when transferring the baseball during a pitching change.
Please note that we want all attendees to enjoy our events and be safe. We know we cannot monitor each and every person attending an UP AND COMING event, nor do we wish to infringe on your personal rights. You are attending these events at YOUR own risk. However, if an Up and Coming Baseball staff member witnesses a blatant disregard for the health and welfare of others, we WILL ask and or escort the offending party from the complex and you will not be allowed to return for the remainder of the tournament.
To play in an Up and Coming Baseball Event, each coach and participant parent or legal guardian must sign our COVID-19 Waiver. You may use the form below to request our online waiver.