Health and Hygiene Update (3/12/20)

Mar 6, 2020 8:42 AM

Last Update: 3/12/2020, 3:15pm

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, along with with guidance from BRSSD, San Mateo County, and Little League International, the BRSLL Board of Directors have decided to suspend ALL practices and games effective immediately.  Unless something changes locally, we will look to resume activities on April 6th which is the recommended date by Little League International to consider resuming play. 

Hit-A-Thon/Picture Day has been POSTPONED.  Donations/pledges to Hit-A-Thon can continue, however.  Future date to be announced when appropriate. 

Below are additional measures and suggestions the league is implementing this season in order to better protect our players, coaches, and parents.

Stay home if sick.  Any player, coach, or parent showing cold or flu-like symptoms, especially a fever, should NOT come to practices or games until the symptoms have subsided or a health care provider has given clearance to return. 

If you choose to opt out of practice(s) and/or games, please communicate any absences with your manager with as much notice as possible.

Wash hands + apply sanitizer.  Players will be reminded to wash their hands or apply hand sanitizer before and after each practice and game.  They will also be reminded not to touch their face, eyes, nose or mouth.

No sharing of food.  No snacks or food will be allowed in the dugouts (i.e. gum and/or sunflower seeds) and players should not share food.

Clean shared equipment.  Sanitizing wipes will be provided to or by each team to clean shared equipment.  If you have any extras, always bring them to games just in case.

Limit sharing of equipment where possible.  Players who have their own catchers’ equipment should use them during practices and games. Shared masks should be wiped down before use by a different player.

No hand-shakes; fist or elbow bumps instead.  Players, coaches, parents, and umpires should not shake hands or otherwise touch other players, coaches or umpires.  Post-game handshakes should now be post-game fist or elbow bumps.

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers (once they become available) will be placed in the snack bar area at Marina.  We will work to make these available to all teams/dugouts/fields once available.  We encourage teams/families, if they have extra hand-sanitizer, to bring/provide for their team. 

Bathrooms - We have been assured that extra steps are being taken by Belmont and Redwood City so that all public and school bathrooms are being cleaned thoroughly and daily.

Stay informed. Information about best practices for preventing the spread of infectious diseases will be placed around all fields.  For scientific or technical questions, we defer to certified authorities such as San Mateo County or the CDC. 

We are putting these practices in place out of an abundance of caution.  Should you have any questions regarding our policy please feel free to reach out to David Elliott (President) or Jon Stevenson (Safety Officer). 

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