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Victoria Slopitch League’s COVID-19 Plan for return to play of slopitch on City of Victoria fields (Updated June 26,2020)

1. All team reps/coaches are to communicate to all players the following best practices before commencing play, the training for Softball BC return to play guidelines is at this link:

2. Comply with all current governmental health regulations and protocols such as 2m social distancing and hygiene practices to prevent spreading of COVID-19.
– COVID Basics, keep a safe distance, use a face mask where necessary, clean hands frequently, touching of items be kept to a minimum.
Tip – players should bring their own damp cloth that has been soaked with soap sanitizer or hand sanitizer wipes for wiping of hands during and after the game, keep this in a zip locked baggie as part of their equipment.

3. Emergency Procedures – if a player requires medical assistance, each team will have a Designated Emergency Person (DEP) that will:
– be primary person to attend the person for close proximity requiring medical assistance.
– use proper ppe (gloves & face mask), have sanitizer towels and administer use of first aid kit if necessary.
– call 911 if requiring ambulance or further assistance.
– take note name of person (or persons involved), place, time, injury and assistance provided, fill out Emergency Action Plan Form (attached).
This information will be communicated to league executive within 24hrs or soonest.

4. Pre-game
– team reps/coaches are to advise players that are ill not to attend and to follow Softball BC Illness Policy:
Sofball BC Illness Policy:
– any player exhibiting signs of illness at the playing field will immediately leave the premises.
A participant may bring this to the attention of the umpire who will suspend play and notify the team rep the game will not continue until the player leaves the premises.
The player’s name, team names will be noted and communicated to the executive.
– maximum amount of participants per team is 20.
– participants are not use dugouts while on the sidelines and to follow 2m rule (exception are couples)
– no sharing of beverages and food, no coolers
– the use of ppe (ie face masks) is recommended for close proximity
– have available alcohol based sanitized towel/wipes, hand sanitizer etc.
– pre-game warm ups at discretion of team while exercising “best practices”
– scorekeeper not to share (touching) of score-booklet
– spectators are to be 2m away from players

5. Game time:
– start of game, umpire and coaches will go over ground rules keeping 2m distancing
– batting lineups will not be exchanged, scorekeepers will confirm with umpire scores after each inning
– umpire, catcher and batter to keep 2m physical distancing protocol
– base runners to run 2m behind catcher when scoring
– tagging should be with ball in glove only
– offensive team at bat supplies balls, base coaches are to alternate big ball/small ball using a glove
– umpires are not to handle the ball, pitcher exchanges big ball/small ball with base coach
– wipe balls between innings
– person retrieving a bat should pick up by barrel only
– minimize sharing of equipment (ie bats), if sharing wipe down after each use
– umpire fielding calls, take the safest path with physical distancing in mind.
– no physical interaction such as handshaking, high five’s
– no spitting
– at end of game, no handshaking, good sportsmanship gestures only directed to umpire and opponent team

6. Post-game:
– wipe balls, bats and other touched items, sanitize hands
– keep area clean, properly dispose of any garbage
– leave field in a timely manner, no social gathering
– report any issues or recommendations to league executives

Victoria Slopitch League June 26, 2020