Mountville Youth Athletic Association
Baseball Covid-19 Safety Plan
Updated on 2/26/2021
Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, MYAA Baseball is implementing guidelines to ensure the health and safety of all players, coaches, and families.
As always, the MYAA strives to provide a safe and healthy environment for the youth of our community to participate in organized sports and to protect volunteers as they guide them through MYAA sponsored activities. Therefore, MYAA has adopted and will follow the “MYAA Baseball Covid-19 Safety Plan.”
We understand there may be differing opinions about the necessity for such guidelines. But we all share one important and common goal, to provide an opportunity for our youth to participate in organized sports. To make that possible, we need everyone’s full cooperation in adhering to the “MYAA Baseball Covid-19 Safety Plan” outlined here.
Baseball Covid-19 Point of Contact:
Dylan Weagly – Baseball Commissioner
Face Coverings and Social Distancing:
Everyone attending the sporting event (athletes, coaches, officials, and spectators) must wear face coverings (masks or shields), unless they are outdoors and can consistently maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet.
Healthy and Clean Environments:
Whenever possible, sports equipment should not be shared. If shared, equipment should be properly disinfected between users. Sports complex facilities should be cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis.
What to do if Someone Gets Sick or Exposed:
Any player/volunteer who is displaying any symptoms of illness and/or has a fever of 100.4 or higher must refrain from attending all sports functions. Any player/volunteer who is exposed to or tests positive for Covid-19 must quarantine per CDC guidelines.
Pennsylvania Covid-19 Guidelines:
- Everyone attending the sporting event, including coaches, officials, athletes, staff, and spectators, age 2 and older must wear face coverings (masks or face shields), unless they are outdoors and can consistently maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet.
- Spectators may attend sporting events but count towards the statewide large gathering limitations as outlined in the maximum occupancy calculator above and must follow the Universal Face Covering Order and social distancing guidance when arriving, attending, and departing the event.
- Athletic directors, coaches and league officials must review and consider the CDC guidance on consideration for youth sports to modify practices and games to mitigate the risk of spreading the virus. This includes focusing on individual skill building versus competition and limiting contact in close contact sports.
- The community, league, or team must designate a primary point of contact for all questions related to COVID-19, and all parents, athletes, officials, and coaches must be provided the person’s contact information.
- The community, league, or team must develop a plan of action in the event an athlete, coach, or official falls ill, make the plan publicly available, and explain it to the entire sport community.
- The community, league, or team must educate all athletes, staff, and families about the symptoms of COVID-19 and when to stay home. Athletes also should be educated on proper hand washing and sanitizing.
- Coaching staff, officials, and other adult personnel must wear face coverings (masks or face shields) at all times, unless doing so jeopardizes their health.
- Coaches and athletes must maintain appropriate social distancing at all times possible, including in the field of play, locker rooms, sidelines, dugouts, benches, and workout areas. During down time, athletes, coaches, and officials should not congregate.
- Coaches and athletic staff must screen and monitor athletes for symptoms prior to and during games and practices. If individuals participating in sporting activities show symptoms, have a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher, or are sick, they must be sent home.
- All athletes, coaches, and officials must bring their own water and drinks to team activities. Team water coolers for sharing through disposable cups are not allowed. Fixed water fountains should not be used.
- Activities that increase the risk of exposure to saliva must not be allowed including chewing gum, spitting, licking fingers, and eating sunflower seeds.
- Avoid shaking hands, fist bumps, or high fives before, during or after games and practices. Limit unnecessary physical contact with teammates, other athletes, coaches, officials, and spectators.
- Whenever possible, equipment and other personal items should be separated and not shared. If equipment must be shared, all equipment should be properly disinfected between users. Follow the CDC guidance for cleaning and disinfecting.
- If multiple games are to be held at the same facility, adequate time shall be scheduled between contests to allow for facilities to be cleaned and disinfected, and to minimize interaction between athletes. Sports complexes with multiple fields may operate simultaneous games or practices on fields within a complex only if social distancing can be maintained. Each individual game or practice at a complex must adhere to the gathering occupancy limits using the maximum occupancy calculator above.
- Concession stands or other food must adhere to the Guidance for Businesses in the Restaurant Industry.
CDC Covid-19 Quarantine Guidelines:
Any player/volunteer who is displaying any symptoms of illness and/or has a fever of 100.4 or higher must refrain from attending all sports functions.
If any player/volunteer is exposed to or tests positive for Covid-19 (at school, work, home, etc):
- The player/volunteer must refrain from attending all sports activities and quarantine for 14 days (isolation from other family members should be practiced as well). The next day after the date of exposure counts as “day 1.” The player may not return until after day 14 (so on day 15 they are eligible to return).
A player/volunteer may expedite their return for exposure to Covid-19 (not for testing positive for Covid-19), if:
- They are displaying zero symptoms (including no elevated temperature).
- They take a Covid-19 test after day 5 from the date of exposure (the next day after the date of exposure counts as “day 1”).
- If their Covid-19 results are negative, then they may return after day 7 (the next day after the date of exposure counts as “day 1”) from the date of exposure (so on day 8 they are eligible to return).