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Wasco Baseball Spring Health and Safety Guidelines

As our community re-opens, Wasco is focused on ensuring the safety of our players, coaches, and fans when they return to the baseball diamonds.  Wasco will follow guidance of State and Local authorities and will be implementing additional procedures and recommendations to ensure we mitigate risk of exposure to COVID-19 to the best of our ability.  

Please see specific guidance below –

  • Respect and Responsibility of Families--Participation at any Wasco event is voluntary and we will respect family decisions on their participation, so there will be no judgment for opting out.  Additionally, we expect families to be responsible for their participation when attending Wasco activities.

  • Prior to coming to the field – Wasco asks that players, coaches, and fans check their temperature prior to arriving to the field.  If your temperature exceeds 100.4 F or you aren’t feeling well, please don’t come to the field. Additionally, do not come to the field if you have symptoms or have been in contact with anyone with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis in the last 14 days.

  • Physical Distancing & Face Coverings – Maintaining six feet of physical distancing remains critical at all times. All activities should be conducted using physical distancing including team huddles, dugouts, spectator stands, or any other close-distance congregation of people.  Handshakes, high-fives, and fist bumps all have proven to transmit germs between individuals, so they should not be used. We recognize that not all situations will allow physical distancing so face coverings for our coaches and parents are needed if physical distancing cannot be accomplished.      

  • Hygiene and Sanitation – While Wasco will plan to invest in additional cleaning resources to focus on equipment we will be looking to our players, families, and team members for support on supplies and using good hygiene habits. 

    • Players are encouraged to use the bathroom before arriving to the field

    • Players and coaches are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer

Team organized practices for baseball may begin if conditions below are met or unless circumstances change.  The following mitigation efforts are required to help ensure player, coach, and spectator safety:

  • Coaches need to attend a meeting with league commissioner regarding practice guidelines and small-group skills before any team practice can occur.

  • No dugouts may be used. Players’ items should be lined up against the fence at least six feet apart.

  • Team / group sizes will be limited to 10 participants or fewer per field or multiple team / group size of 10 or fewer participants with each group maintaining at least 30 feet from each other; there will be no inter-mingling of the group.

  • Parents/guardians should maintain a distance of at least 30 feet from all practicing players and staff.

  • Players should use their own gloves, helmets, and bats.  No sharing of gear.

  • Coaches are responsible for ensuring physical distancing is maintained between players as much as possible. 

  • No contact such as sliding/tagging nor catcher/hitter battery during this phase.

  • Players must bring their own water/beverage to consume during and after practice. No shared drinking coolers.  

  • Anyone with symptoms of illness is not allowed to practice.

  • Players should be discouraged from spitting of sunflower seed shells or sharing snacks

When games are played, theSE additional guidelines will apply:
  • Use of dugouts are permitted during games only; the dugouts may be extended beyond the physical dugout to make room for players to spread out.

  • Spectators/Fans must be at least 30-feet from the players, coaches, and umpires during the game. 

  • Fans are encouraged to bring their own chairs or stand.

  • Fans should practice physical distancing between different household units and accept personal responsibility for public health guidelines.

  • No concessions are permitted.

  • Coaches will be required to wear a face mask if maintaining a 6-foot distance is not feasible.

  • Pre-game meeting between coaches and umpires need to be physically distant.

  • Mound visits by the coach will be limited to the pitcher, catcher, and coach.

  • If an umpire is placed behind the plate, they must wear a face covering in addition to their umpire mask.  If the umpire does not wear a face covering, they will be positioned behind the pitching mound to call balls and strikes.