UPDATES REGARDING THE TORONTO PLAYGROUNDS BASEBALL PROGRAM DURING THE ONGOING CORONAVIRUS SITUATION WILL BE POSTED HERE AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE
UPDATED on June 21, 2020
MESSAGE TO OUR TP BASEBALL FAMILIES REGARDING THE CANCELLATION OF THE 2020 SUMMER BASEBALL CAMP PROGRAM: JUNE 21, 2020
MESSAGE TO OUR TP BASEBALL FAMILIES: JUNE 13, 2020
BASEBALL ONTARIO RETURN TO BASEBALL COVID-19 GUIDELINES SUMMARY: June 13, 2020
The following are points from the Guidelines that we feel are important for parents to be aware of since Toronto Playgrounds Baseball, as a member organization of Baseball Ontario, would be adhering to the requirements set by Baseball Ontario.
> In terms of the number of people in attendance at an “event” (game or practice), youth baseball will obviously be following the requirements set by Public Health officials. The Baseball Ontario draft guideline states “As long as the maximum number of persons permitted to gather by the Province of Ontario and the relevant municipality and public health authority is less than or equal to 100, the maximum number of non?participants attending any event is limited to 1 per player.” So, in other words, until more than 100 people are permitted to gather, only one parent/guardian for each player would be allowed to attend.
> The guidelines document also states that “Ride sharing/carpooling should be avoided. Where unavoidable, maintain set groups whenever possible.”
> Regarding participation at games and practices, the draft guideline states that “Self?screening through https://covid?19.ontario.ca/self?assessment/ is required by all participants, volunteers and spectators prior to attending any game, practice, meeting or other in?person team activity and any individual shall not attend if they fail the screening protocol.
> Furthermore, “A person, who is identified as part of an at?risk group, but otherwise passes the screening questions is discouraged from participating in in?person baseball activities, but they are not considered to have failed the screening protocol.“
> “Any participant, volunteer or spectator diagnosed with COVID?19 or who has been in contact with any person having COVID?19 in the previous 14 days MUST not attend any game, practice, meeting or other in?person team activity and MUST notify their local public health authority.”
> “Any participant, volunteer or spectator diagnosed with COVID?19 must be cleared by appropriate medical authorities prior to attending any in?person baseball activity. Evidence of the clearance (a negative test result) needs to be provided to the Member Organization.
> Toronto Playgrounds will be setting up hand washing/sanitizing stations at each diamond. Players and spectators would need to wash/sanitize their hands upon arrival and at regular intervals during the game or practice. During practices/training sessions there will be a hand-cleaning break every 30 minutes. During games (if and when things move to that point) there will be a designated handcleaning time after each half-inning. If parents choose to bring their own hand sanitizer and have their children clean their hands with it that will be fine.
> As physical distancing of 2 metres will still be required whenever possible, we will not be using the dugouts at the diamonds for the players during games and practices. When not playing in the fielding, batting, or running on base players should sit with their parent/guardian or on their own two metres from others. Spectators will also be required to maintain physical distancing of 2 metres.
> We will need to be scheduling 45 minutes between the completion of one “event” (game or practice) and the subsequent “event” in order to allow for the cleaning/sanitizing of any shared surfaces and equipment. This means that we will need to be starting the first games and practices earlier each day and that the final games and practices will be ending somewhat later than has been the case in past seasons. It will also mean that players and parents/guardians arriving for the second game or practice will need to wait in a designated area before going to the diamond until the 45-minute cleaning has been completed.
> When attending games and practices, the guidelines state that “Spectators are encouraged to bring their own chairs for personal use or bring disinfectant wipes to clean the area where they sit. Municipalities and/or facility owners may or may not be cleaning bleachers on a regular basis.“
> Due to the problems that may arise from sharing equipment between players, we will be requiring players to have helmets which only they will use. Families for whom this poses a problem can contact us at info@tpbaseball and we will make arrangements to provide a helmet.
> Sunflower seeds and chewing gum will not be allowed at the diamonds during games and practices. under the current conditions.
> No sharing of coolers, water bottles, or food will be permitted at the diamonds during games and practices.
> As social distancing must be maintained whenever possible there will be no handshakes, fist or chest bumps, or high fives.
> The Baseball Ontario Return to Play Guidelines stipulate that if games are able to be played in 2020 no leadoffs will be allowed in games for children and youth 18 years of age and younger.
> The umpire calling balls and strikes in games in 2020 will be working from 2 metres behind the pitcher rather than from behind home plate.
MESSAGE TO OUR TP BASEBALL FAMILIES: MAY 24, 2020
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