Scarborough Dragons Softball

    

Scarborough Softball Association Return To Play Guidelines 2021 


For insurance purposes we are required to have a safe return plan. Provided below would be guidelines that fit within our leagues daily operations from the OASA Return to Play Guidelines. Depending on what we are permitted by the city some of these guidelines may not be applicable. Link for the full Return to Play Guidelines from OASA: https://oasa.ca/documents/policies/OASA-RTP-Guidelines20210423.pdf


OASA Insurance Program: In order to activate insurance coverage for the 2021 season the contact person on behalf of the association or teams to be covered, agrees to either follow the OASA Return to Play Guidelines or submit their own Return to Play Guidelines to the OASA Insurance Coordinator. Local Government approval of the Return to Play Guidelines, if required by them, is the responsibility of each association or team.


We need to first look at what STEP Toronto will be in, in order to plan for numbers

https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-response-framework-keeping-ontario-safe-and-open


STEP 1

STEP 2 

STEP 3


The purpose of the OASA Return to Play Guidelines document is:


  1. Entry:

All persons entering the park must agree to be screened by a representative from the Host for tournaments or the Home team for play downs, if not, no admission (this screening may require a certified individual with private assurance protection if required by local authorities).

A COVID-19 Declaration must be provided by each team to the OASA Registrar within 3 – 5 days of each OASA tournament, play downs or event (This includes regular games). (insert link to declaration on OASA website)

Signage must be well displayed in the entry area with regards to the spreading of the virus, proper hygiene, information on physical distancing and what to do if you have any symptoms.

If any player or member of their household has any signs or symptoms they must leave or stay home. Ask typical Covid questions!


Entryways to field/diamond area(s): (Host or Home team responsibility)

• Considerations in this area will be dependent on the type/location of the complex or playing fields.

• Emphasis should be placed on providing safe travel areas to reduce contact between individuals entering and exiting the park / complex.

• Must monitor for mass gathering numbers in the park for all teams, leagues. For tournament play this would be the responsibility of the Tournament Director(s) or the Host Association.

• Should not use indoor facilities and should plan for safe use of pathways / trails. Controlling crowds by having the pathway split into 2 specific directions, as in grocery stores.

• The use of caution tape may be recommended to safely mark off areas that should not be accessed, as well as helping to provide marked areas for travel to and from diamonds, etc.

• Volunteers will all need PPE and may need multiple tables in order to meet the distancing rules, all work areas to be taped off.

• PPE is defined as mask / face coverings and potentially gloves.


Team and Player-Sign In (each Coach / Team Manager’s responsibility)

• A coach / team manager will be required to provide all team roster information to the OASA registrar prior to the tournament / play downs to avoid the requirement to have players sign in individually. Players, Coaches and Spectators Contact Information (Coach / Team Manager’s responsibility)

• The contact information (name, email or phone number) for all players, coaches and spectators in attendance for each game or practice must be recorded and retained for 14 days after the activity in case it is required for contact tracing in relation to an actual or potential case of COVID-19 being Detected.


Hand Sanitization (Host or Home team responsibility)

• The establishment of hand sanitizing stations may be applicable for some complexes / facilities, but at a minimum they must be on the bench and equipment area of every team for all training, practices, games and tournament play.

• Hosts would be responsible for hand sanitizer in each washroom, at concessions stands, at souvenir stands and at each entrance / exit at least. Ideally hosts would also provide sanitizer on each bench as well.

• Teams are required to bring their own personal supply of hand sanitizer to be able to participate.

• Frequent hand sanitization will be stressed for players in all league / tournament play and is mandatory.


Public Washrooms will likely not be opened, if they are the league needs to monitor them


  1. OFF-FIELD:

Medical Personnel (Host or Home team responsibility)

• If medical personnel are present, they will need to have had their own training, and may be able to provide suggestions on further safety considerations and must have their own PPE.

• A separate area / tent for treating athletes or anyone who is injured must be available that ensures the 6 foot physical distancing requirement is maintained.

• Medical team will need to be fully equipped with PPE to be able to be in close contact with the athletes, this includes team trainers etc.


Playground areas (Host or Home team responsibility)

• Guidelines for these areas should be consistent with local guidelines / regulations. Suggestion for tournaments is to leave them closed, but if they are open as part of the city property, then the numbers in the playground will be included in the mass gathering numbers for your facility.


Vehicles (Host or Home team responsibility)

• Carpooling should be avoided. Only family members should travel together to and from games /tournaments.


Scorekeeping (Host or Home team responsibility)

• Scorekeeping, announcing, spotters all need 6-foot distancing and may need separate tables that must be disinfected after each use and personnel change.


Banquets / Ceremonies (Host or Home team and OASA responsibility)

• Banquets, fireworks and opening ceremonies are not allowed.

• Closing ceremonies are allowed as long as 6 foot physical distancing is maintained.

• Championship plaques, medals, banners, MVP awards are to be announced only.

• All awards will be kept in their original packaging and given to the coach to distribute to each athlete appropriately.

 

 

  1. ON-FIELD:

COVID-19 signage should be explicitly presented in the park on fencing (Host or Home team to verify with the city when they will install these).

There will possibly be a limit on the number of diamonds in use, depending on the size of the complex / park, the proximity to each other and the mass gathering numbers. Hosts and OASA tournament convenors will need to check with local officials prior to the event to ensure that maximum numbers of people allowed to gather are understood and maintained throughout the tournament.


Hand Sanitization (team responsibility)

• Should be done consistently throughout the game.

• Teams are responsible for individual and team hand sanitizer for each player, coach and caring parent.


Coin Toss / Rules and Exchange of Line-up Cards (OASA and team responsibility)

• Ground rules procedure, one representative from each team should be allowed at home plate for the plate conference with the 6-foot physical distance always maintained by all parties.

• Coin flip – done either virtually or with social distancing.

• Line ups are to be filled out and electronically shared with the other team, the umpire and the

scorekeeper. If line up cards are used, they must be disinfected and placed on the backstop for all to view (i.e. clothespin or clear holder) and not be exchanged.


Bats (team responsibility)

• The most desirable scenario is that there will be no sharing of bats. If bats are to be shared between players, they must be sanitized by a coach / bench adult before each player uses it.

• Each player must have their own helmet and or facemask which should be cleaned after each use.

• Only the offensive team will remove a bat from the field, i.e., the batter if unsuccessful in reaching base in the at bat or a designated team person with appropriate PPE if they do reach base.

• No bat boys / girls allowed.

• Picking up the hitter’s bat will be the responsibility of the bench coach and must be cleaned after each use.

• In the event there is a bat near home plate that poses a danger for the players during game play the umpire will kick it out of the way.


Player’s Equipment (team responsibility)

• No gloves on fence, no bringing out gloves, batting gloves, distancing of player’s bags of 6 feet.

• Players are to be reminded to not share equipment and keep each individual’s equipment isolated – 6 foot distance and reduce coming into contact with the equipment of other players.

• Personal batting gloves are permitted. They are not to be shared with any other players. Hand washing/sanitizing is preferred as it is deemed to be more efficient.

• Each catcher must have their own personal equipment that should be disinfected after each game.

• Sharing of water bottles is not allowed.

• Label all water bottles and personal equipment so there is no confusion.

• Make it a priority to provide your team with essentials to stay healthy – hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, disinfecting spray, etc. Also, make it mandatory for players to disinfect everything that was used during participation.

• AT ALL TIMES disinfect and sterilize your own personal equipment


Protective Face Masks / Helmets (team responsibility)

• There should be no sharing of protective face masks or helmets at any time.

• Face shields are also allowed and may be preferred as it provides protection for the players’ eyes.


Masks (non-protective) (team responsibility) (see section 11 – How to wear a mask)

• Face masks/coverings for the purpose of reducing potential virus transmission will be a required stipulation for entering the park / complex / facility.

• It is strongly recommended that all personnel on the diamond wear a face mask / covering. Exceptions to this would be individuals who provide a medical note or if the local public health unit provides specific direction that they do not recommend the use of face masks / coverings.

• Where 6 foot physical distancing is not able to be maintained face masks / coverings must be worn.

• If the catcher and umpire are observing the 6 foot physical distancing requirement then they are not required to wear a face mask or covering.

• The batter, on deck batter and any offensive player who reaches base safely must wear a face mask or covering (a bandana or buff will suffice).

• All coaches on the field of play are required to wear face masks.

• In lieu of masks, team coloured balaclavas / bandanas for players, coaches and umpires will be permitted.


Balls (defensive team responsibility)

• The defensive team will manage (OASA to supply 1 new ball per team per game) their own balls while in the field to reduce contact with individuals on the opposing team. No one on the offensive team is to retrieve or touch the ball. Additional official game balls are to be supplied by each team for each game.

• The defensive team will retrieve all balls including home runs and foul balls unless a designated ball chaser for each team is used.

• Balls will require consistent sanitization by each team every half inning during games and the coach must determine how often during practices.

• Each team will have a bucket, soap and water, cloth and towel, or spray sanitizer and be responsible for cleaning their balls between innings. A designated individual should be identified by each team. For practices the coach will be required to determine how frequently to ‘sanitize’ the balls.

• Umpires will not handle the balls at all.

• Clean water / water source must be provided by the Association, Home Team, Tournament host or city/municipality in which the event is being held.


Catcher and Batter (team responsibility)

• It is not expected that the catcher and batter will be able to maintain the 6 foot physical distancing desired. If not, then both must wear a face mask or covering while on the field of play.

• If the catcher and batter are able to maintain the 6 foot physical distancing desired, they will not be required to wear a face mask or covering.


Catcher and Umpire (defensive team and umpires’ responsibility)

• It is not expected that the catcher and umpire will be able to maintain the 6 foot physical distancing desired. If not, then both must wear a face mask or covering while on the field of play.

• If the catcher and umpire are able to maintain the 6 foot physical distancing desired, they will not be required to wear a face mask or covering. This may involve the umpire being positioned behind the backstop in cases where the distance between home plate and the backstop is very short. Alternatively, the umpire could potentially be positioned behind the pitcher for younger age groups.


Batter / Bench area (team responsibility)

• On the bench – 1 bench adult / assistant coach / manager only – batter, then on deck batter, then batter in the hole outside dugout, then the batting order would have to be spread out at 6-foot intervals behind the dugout (will vary depending on park). Bench adult / assistant coach / manager to disinfect the dugout after each inning.

• Sanitizer on benches to allow for frequent hand washing (between innings / after at bats).

• If the dugouts / benches are not large enough to allow for 6 foot physical distancing between all players and coaches, then they are to be cordoned or blocked off. Then have the “bench” along the baseline/outfield fence / behind the dugout, perhaps mark off “boxes” painted on the grass in 6’ squares to ensure proper social distancing. Having each player bring their own lawn / folding chair.

• There is to be no contact with coaches at 1st, 3rd, after hits or home runs or reaching base, etc.

• Batters/runners should attempt to reduce any unnecessary contact with other players. They should also avoid using their hands to contact the ball at any time.


On-Deck Batter (offensive team responsibility)

• Consideration should be made as to whether having an on-deck batter reduces the ability of the batter/umpire/catcher to remain at least 6-feet apart. If so, the on-deck batter may need to be positioned outside of the field of play.


General Protocols (teams’ responsibility)

• No handshakes, team huddles, high fives, etc. allowed. Suggest a new show of respect for the opposition at a safe distance.

• Protests are to be held at a safe distance. Any player / coach / umpire getting heated and yelling will be removed from the venue.

• Defensive conferences at the pitcher’s circle to be limited to one person who must remain outside the circle.

• Mound visits with catcher / coach both must remain outside the circle and the catcher must raise their glove up in front of their face if they are not wearing a face mask or covering.


No sunflower seeds, gum chewing or spitting (teams’ responsibility)

• General spitting will be discouraged for all participants, both on and off the field. It is recognized that this will be difficult to enforce.

• Sunflower seeds / chewing tobacco or gum will be handled with a zero tolerance policy that will become enforceable through ejection from the game and / or removal from events.

Final Game Sheet / Lineup cards (teams’ responsibility)

• If lineup cards are required to be submitted following the completion of the game, these cards should be submitted electronically by sending a picture of the card to the appropriate party or dropped into a designated container.


Pre-Game / Post-Game Huddles / Handshakes (teams’ responsibility)

• These should not be conducted at any time.

• They will not be allowed or required before or following games at any level.

• Give yourself space from your fellow teammates and coaches (No tight team huddles / touching).

• Allow larger circled team huddles and beginning of game cheers, allow distance when giving advice one on one, prioritize being engaged during conversations while giving yourself space.

• Do not share skin on skin contact (No high fives, handshakes, elbows, etc.).

• Air fives, cheers for certain situations and accomplishments, hand gestures and a group cheer thanking your opponent for participating.

• Create a method to show support without having to high five – i.e., a practiced in sync clap / collectively as a team (touch the dirt / do a cheer / synchronically a hand gesture)


Sunscreen (teams’ responsibility)

• Sharing of sunscreen is not permitted. Personal sunscreen use is permitted.


Players on the bench / dugout (team responsibility)

• Will need to be consistent with government guidelines relating to the maximum number of individuals allowed to gather in a given area. Recommend 1 coach / adult at each end with a bench adult /manager/coach = total of 3 max.

• Players may be required to sit behind the bench / dugout to help maintain safe distances between them.

• Make it a priority to provide your team with the essentials to stay healthy – hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, disinfecting spray, etc. Also, make it mandatory for players to disinfect everything that was used during participation.

• Keep a hand sanitizing station in your team dugout. This will allow players and coaches to have the option to feel like they have the resources they need quickly and safely without having to leave the diamond. Please stress to your players that this is a MUST (exception: their own safety helmet and mask).

• Do not eat in the dugout (seeds, spitz, snacks, etc.).


Exit from the playing field during a game (team responsibility)

• During the game, players entering and exiting the playing field should do so in an orderly fashion that allows a 6-foot physical distance to be maintained between players as much as possible.

• Any player not required to be on the field should not enter the playing surface (e.g., homerun

celebrations).


First and Third Base Coaches distance, hand taps (team responsibility)

• Coaches on the playing field must remain a minimum of 6-feet away from the base they are coaching to prevent contact with the defensive player. Also, coaches are not allowed to engage an offensive player with high-fives or any other physical contact.

• Field dependent: Coaches may be asked to coach from outside of the playing field if a safe distance is unable to be maintained.


Injured Player (team responsibility)

• If medical personnel are on hand, injured players should be dealt with primarily by these individuals, unless further assistance is requested.

• The number of individuals attending to an injured player should be limited to the number necessary based on the severity of the injury. Sufficient first-aid kits should be provided that include latex gloves and facemasks to help increase the safety of their interaction with the injured player.

• Players injured during the game must be positioned in a safe area or at the other end of the dugout. For younger ages the parent will need to remove the child from the field and place them in a safe place respecting all social distancing rules. (Recommend the bleachers since they will be off limits to any spectators)


Pitching Conferences / On-Field Conferences (team responsibility)

• Will need to be reduced to coach / pitcher conferences only, if not entirely removed.


Score sheets (team responsibility)

• Scores are to be reported electronically to reduce congestion at headquarter locations. If not, score sheets are to be dropped in the designated container.


Call Challenges / Protests (team responsibility)

• Challenges / Protests may be made as long as the challenge is made by a recognized coach in a controlled and orderly fashion, and the coach / umpire are able to remain at a safe distance in which neither is put at risk.

 

 

Bat Testing / Checks (Umpire’s responsibility)

• Bat testing prior to the start of games / tournaments will be done using a visual check done by the umpire crew to ensure all bats have the appropriate thumbprint, certification stamp and do not show any visible signs of damage.

• Bat testing / stickering done by leagues / tournament organizers will be postponed for the season to prevent unnecessary contact with equipment.


Post Game Bench / Dugout Cleaning (Host or Home team responsibility)

• Emphasis will be placed on mandatory cleaning and sanitization of the bench area following the completion of the game. Access to extra garbage bags / recycling containers may be a request made to specific parks / municipalities. Cleaning of the bench / dugout will be the responsibility of the host or home team if it is just a practice or an exhibition or non-tournament game.

 

 

OASA Plans/Suggestions

Potential Rule Modifications for Non OASA Leagues (could be varied by age group) (local league responsibility)

▪ Consider using a second orange safety bag (or throw down base possibly) at first base that the batter would use to avoid potential collisions or coming into close (less than 6 foot physical distancing) proximity to the first baseman.

▪ Consider having no stealing of any bases if the catcher is positioned 6 feet behind the batter which would make it much more difficult to potentially throw out the base runner.

▪ Consider eliminating all tag plays, making every play at a base and home plate a force play. This would require commitment lines to be drawn on the baselines. After passing the commitment line the base runner must proceed to the next furthest base.

▪ Consider starting with a 1-1 count on each batter to speed up games, especially where time limits are set for each game (i.e., tournaments with no new inning after 90 minutes)

▪ Consider reducing the maximum number of innings to be played by age group (i.e., U8 3 innings; U10+ U12 4 innings; U14 + U16 5 innings; U19+ 6 innings).

▪ Consider capping the numbers of runs per inning by age group (especially for the younger age groups) (i.e., U10 + U12 5 runs; U14 + U16 6 runs; U19+ 7 runs)

▪ Consider alternative versions of softball that require fewer pieces of equipment or smaller spaces in order to play a ‘game’ (i.e., https://baseball5.wbsc.org/) especially for younger age groups.

▪ Consider increased restrictions on the number of offensive / defensive conferences allowed per game to reduce the length of time needed to play each game.


  1. SPECTATORS:

*PLEASE NOTE: The allowance of spectators will be dependent on the guidelines set out by the Ontario government and local health officials. For all age groups we will only permit competition / practice if we can adhere to local mass gathering allowances.


Screening (team responsibility)

• All spectators should self assess prior to leaving home/hotel to attend any games. If they have any symptoms, they should stay home.

• All spectators entering the park must answer the COVID-19 screening questions. If any of the questions are failed entry into the park will be denied.


Seating (team responsibility)

• Spectators will not be allowed to watch the game from inside the infield baselines. It will be required that any spectators (if allowed) will need to bring their own chairs or blankets and sit down the foul line or outside of the outfield fence. Seating areas including bleachers and picnic areas will be considered off limits to prevent congregation of groups of spectators. Players who are not required to be present for

a game should be considered spectators and will be required to follow spectator guidelines. (i.e.,injured players attending to support their team).

• All spectators must adhere to the 6 foot physical distancing requirement for anyone outside of their immediate family that they are residing with.


Hand Sanitization (team responsibility)

• Established hand sanitization guidelines must be followed by all spectators. A personal /household supply of hand sanitizer is required.


No sunflower seeds, gum chewing or spitting (team responsibility)

• As is consistent with guidelines for participants, spectators will not be allowed any seeds, gum, or chewing tobacco and will be asked to remove it from the area.


Restaurant / Bar / Concession / Playground Area (Host responsibility)

• Spectator use of these areas will be dependent on the operational guidelines of these areas / facilities as outlined by facility management / municipal governments.


Pets / Minor Children (team responsibility)

• Spectators / participants will be asked to leave small children / pets at home if at all possible, to reduce the number of individuals present at a game or event. If they are present, they must be supervised at all times by a parent / guardian.


Crowds (team primary responsibility – Host and OASA secondary responsibility)

• Crowding will not be tolerated. Individuals will be asked to respect the 6-foot physical distancing rules at all times. When physical distancing is not being observed and gatherings of individuals become too large, they will be asked to separate.

 

 

  1. UMPIRES

Catcher and Home Plate Umpire (Umpires)

• The catcher and plate umpire will be required to wear a face mask / covering at all times while on the diamond, due to them being within the 6 foot physical distancing guidance. For all OASA tournaments and play downs this will be the expectation.

• If the catcher and umpire are able to adhere to the 6 foot physical distancing guidance, then face masks or coverings will not be required to be worn.

• Umpire’s equipment / clothing changes may require multiple tents or a limit to the number inside a tent at any given time. Umpire clothing is not to be hung in the park or public areas, etc., but must go into their own vehicle.


Player Equipment (removal of bat, handing to on-deck batter) (offensive team responsibility)

• Removal will not be considered the responsibility of the umpire. Specifically, the removal of bats from the field will be the responsibility of the offensive team based on guidelines outlined previously in the ‘On-Field’ section.


Base Umpire / Other Field Umpires (Umpire’s responsibility)

• Must be able to position themselves in a position at least 6-feet away from any player.


Umpire Conferences (Umpire’s responsibility)

• Umpire conferences may be allowed to take place, as long as they are conducted in a safe manner such that the umpires can be away from any players and can maintain a 6-foot physical distance between one another.


Call Challenges / Protests (team and Umpire’s responsibility)

• As mentioned, challenges / protests can be made by a coach in a safe and controlled manner. The umpire will have the authority to eject said coach if they feel their safe distance is being encroached upon and the coach has not respected any request to remain at a safe distance.


Water Bottles (Umpire’s responsibility)

• No sharing of water bottles between umpires, and refillable water bottles will be strongly recommended.


Hand Sanitization (Umpire’s responsibility)

• Umpires will be subject to any hand sanitization guidelines provided by the league / tournament organizer.

• Umpires will be asked to supply their own personal hand sanitizer.

Responsibility (Umpires and team responsibilities)

• Umpires are responsible for enforcing on-field guidelines during the game.

• Coaches and team officials are responsible for enforcing dugout and off-field guidelines related to their players and parents, before, during and after games.

Lightning / Inclement Weather (Umpire’s responsibility)

• If the umpires suspend or cancel a game due to lightning / inclement weather all persons must return to the vehicle in which they arrived at the park, no congregating under tents, shelters etc.

 

 

  1.  Mass Gathering Limitations

10 or less Participants Mass Gathering limitation

• No full teams or regular games – skill development / practices only where allowed.

• 1 – 2 coaches – 8 – 9 athletes.

• Consider grouping by positions to work on skills or small team challenges (3 – 4 per team).

Less than 30 Participants

• Practices and games where allowed.

• 2 teams depending on roster sizes.

• Coaches, umpires, volunteers, OASA representatives are not considered in the count of participants.

Likely no spectators would be allowed. They would be counted as part of the spectators allowed under the appropriate colour coded region.

• 1 - 2 umpires.

• 1 - 2 OASA representatives.

• Volunteers – depends on park, entrances, numbers, etc. but estimated to be 2 - 4.

30 - 50 Participants

• Practices and games where allowed.

• 2 - 4 teams depending on roster sizes.

• Coaches, umpires, volunteers, OASA representatives are not considered in the count of participants. They would be counted as part of the spectators allowed under the appropriate colour coded region.

• 1 - 2 umpires / game.

• 1 - 2 OASA representatives.

• Volunteers – depends on park, entrances, numbers, etc. but estimated to be 4 – 10+.

50-75 Participants

• 3 – 5 teams depending on roster sizes.

• Coaches, umpires, volunteers, OASA representatives are not considered in the count of participants.

They would be counted as part of the spectators allowed under the appropriate colour coded region.

• Maximum 2 umpires / game.

• Maximum 2 OASA representatives.

• Volunteers - depends on park, entrances, numbers etc. but estimated to be 4 – 10+.

75-100 Participants

• 5 – 8 teams depending on roster sizes.

• Coaches, umpires, volunteers, OASA representatives are not considered in the count of participants.

They would be counted as part of the spectators allowed under the appropriate colour coded region.

• Maximum 2 umpires / game.

• Maximum 2 OASA representatives.

• Volunteers - depends on park, entrances, numbers etc. but est. 4 – 10+.

 

 

  1. Reporting of Suspected COVID-19 Cases

• Refer suspected cases for COVID 19 testing.

• Predetermine emergency contacts and exact protocols with local authorities.

• Establish isolation area - on-site medical treatment clinics/facilities where an individual can be initially assessed.

• The isolation area should be equipped with the necessary supplies determined by the local authorities.

• The medic / personnel attending symptomatic persons should wear FPP2 masks, rubber / disposable gloves, and glasses or visors, which shall be disposed of immediately after use and the staff shall cleanse

thoroughly afterwards.

• The symptomatic patient should be given a surgical mask before carrying out a careful evaluation.


• In the case of a symptomatic patient (Temperature 37.5, sore throat, runny nose, breathing difficulties and flu-like symptoms) based on clinical data, the case should be reported to local health authorities following the pre-established organizational channels, recommending when possible, to perform a COVID 19 test.


• Medic/staff must proceed, immediately after evaluation, with personal and area cleaning protocol as established by the local authorities; Safe Return to Baseball / Softball – Covid 19 Prevention Guidelines.

• If the subject does not fall within the definition of “case” or “suspect case”, they shall be sent home with the indication to contact his / her own physician.

• If a medic/personnel member falls within the definition of “case” or “suspect case”, it shall be reported immediately to local health authorities following the pre-established organizational channels.

Participants who become ill with signs and symptoms of COVID 19 while playing/on-site

• Activate Emergency Action Plan (EAP) COVID 19 Medical and Public Health Response Procedure for the specific venue.

• Participants (personnel, players, coaches, managers, spectators, etc.) who become ill at the field will be isolated and removed from the activity / event.

• OASA and / or the Host will designate an area at each field for isolation purposes.

• The activity/event will be shut down while:

1) Equipment (dugouts / bases) are cleaned and sanitized.

2) Participants sanitize their hands. (see section 10)

• The Activity Leader (coach, captain, OASA personnel, host) will advise the unwell participant to put on a face covering or mask (if available) on their exit from the field.

• The Activity Leader (coach, captain, OASA personnel, host) will advise the unwell participant to go home immediately (in a private vehicle, if at all possible) and self-isolate, and contact Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-9000), their health care provider or visit their Local Health Department website to determine if further care is needed and learn about assessment centres.

• If leaving the field can not be done immediately (waiting for a private vehicle, or a parent / guardian), the participant will remain in the designated isolation area.

• The Coach / Manager / team Medic will advise OASA, so that the PSO can follow up with the unwell participant, and aid public health authorities with potential contact tracing in the event the unwell participant tests positive for Covid 19.

• If an OASA member at any OASA activity/event tests positive for Covid 19, their local public health unit will follow up with close contacts, who may include other OASA members. Other Team members who came in close contact with the infected participant may be required to self-isolate. OASA will maintain an attendance listing record and advise participants if they have been in contact with a member who has tested positive for Covid 19 and to contact Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-9000), their health care provider or visit their Local Health Department Website to determine if further care is needed and learn about assessment centres.


COVID 19 positive cases, can only return to play / practice / participation after:

1) A doctor’s note is provided and received by OASA leadership, or

2) The local public health authority/unit has advised that the individual is considered recovered per Ontario/Local Public health guidelines and cleared to return to play/work.

Note: The privacy of OASA members will be maintained; participants who may have been in close contact with a positive COVID 19 case will only be advised that someone at the training session/game/tournament has tested positive.


  1.  Activity Leader Checklist

Prior to Departing for the Field

• Complete your personal wellness screening / checklist (COVID-19 Pre-Tournament Declaration questions).

• Sanitize all equipment that you will be using at the field.

• Ensure you have hand sanitizer in your bag for your athletes and to sanitize equipment at the field.

• Ensure you have your own water bottle and it is appropriately labelled with your name.

• Check your expected attendance listing (remember only Provincial Mandated # of participants including yourself) and remind those who are attending to complete their pre-departure wellness screening.

 

 

At the Field – On Arrival/At Check-in Location

• Arrive and set up at the identified Check-in location or a neutral location only with members of your team.

• Complete your on-field wellness check of all of your players.

• If all your athletes / coaches have passed all of the COVID-19 Declaration questions satisfactorily you are clear to direct them to the sideline area where they can put their belongings (remind them to keep 6-feet of spacing between their belongings and others’ belongings).

• If an athlete / coach does not “pass” the screening, advise them to go home, and recommend that they call telehealth / their medical health provider or go to an assessment centre.

• Direct athletes / coaches to sanitize their hands on their way to the designated sideline area.


During the Session

• Maintain 6-foot distancing within the training session / games.

• Friendly reminders may be necessary at first.

o No high-fives.

o No team huddles.

• Avoid touching your own face as much as possible.

• Group participants into smaller groups to minimize points of contacts.

• Schedule breaks to hydrate and in that water break, sanitize equipment and wash / sanitize hands.

• If someone shows any symptoms (aside from things like coughing after swallowing a bug, sneezing due to

allergies, etc.) during the session, remove them from the group, advise them to call telehealth / their

medical professionals or to visit an assessment centre.


After the Session

• Encourage all participants to sanitize their equipment and hands.

• Sanitize any bats and other equipment (ex. helmets) before putting them back in their bag.

• Ensure all participants put any garbage / waste (water bottles) they may have into the garbage / waste bin at the venue, or to take it with them and dispose of it at their home.

• Ensure all participants leave the field and the venue in a timely manner (no congregating after in the parking lot).