2021 Covid-19 Safety Protocols

Sheridan McGuane COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Sheridan McGuane Baseball & Softball expects all coaches and participants, including parents and their guests, to comply with the guidance below and any safety rules published by government or health officials. Each person is on the “honor system” to do what is proper, correct, and safe for the participants and volunteers in our leagues. All participants must supply their own masks, hand sanitizer, wipes, etc.

Practice Protocols

● Coaches must wear face coverings at all times.

●  All Participants should adhere to arm’s length social distancing except when actively participating in the field.

● Athletes must wear face coverings at all times while not actively participating in the field of play.
● We are asking all families and players to practice self-evaluation of their health prior to practice. Players and coaches must stay home if experiencing any symptoms of illness (cough, fever, chills, etc)
● No sharing water bottles or sports drinks. Team water coolers are not permitted.
● Personal equipment should be properly separated from other players’ equipment while at practice. Players are not permitted to share equipment (except for catcher’s gear which will be sanitized after every practice).
● Parents, Guardians, other family members or spectators are not allowed to participate in practice.
● Players and Coaches must abide by any additional rules that each practice facility or field has mandated.

Games Mandatory Player Protcols

● While in the dugout players must have their mask on and be arm’s length apart from their teammates. Players must also practice social distancing at all other times when the ball is not in play (using the arm’s length rule).
● Players must wear face coverings at all times when not actively participating in the field of play.
● Players and parents must self-evaluate symptoms of illness prior to attending. Players must stay home if they experience any symptoms.
● Must not share water or equipment.
● No chewing gum, seeds or spitting.
● No touch rule – No high-fives, handshake lines, and other physical contact with teammates, opposing teams, coaches, umpires, and spectators.
● Players and parents should sanitize personal equipment after each game.

● Players may be asked to leave the field or game by coach, game or tournament organizers if player protocols are repeatedly violated.

Mandatory Coaches Protocol

● Must wear face coverings at all times.
● Must adhere to social distancing while working with players, using the arm’s length rule.
● Coaches must self-evaluate daily symptoms before attending. Coaches must stay home if experiencing any symptoms.
● No chewing gum, seeds or spitting.
● No touch rule – No high-fives, handshake lines, and other physical contact with players, opposing teams, coaches, umpires, and spectators.
● Coaches are to sanitize personal equipment after each game.
● Coaches must ensure that players are following COVID-19 protocols and prevention measures.
● Coaches are allowed to ask players and/or spectators who are not abiding by the protocols listed by the team or the Tournament/ Games organizers to leave the field or game.

● Coaches must take attendance at every game, practice or team activity to ensure proper documentation if contact tracing is required.

Spectator Protocols

● Spectators must adhere to three feet social distancing guidelines while watching the game (families or small groups of less than 10 can be in closer proximity but proper social distancing must be maintained between families/groups).
● Spectators are encouraged to bring chairs or seating.
● Spectators must stay home if experiencing any symptoms.
● No chewing gum, seeds or spitting.
● No touch rule – No high-fives, and other physical contact with other spectators, players or coaches.
● Spectators should not congregate in common areas or parking lots during or following games.
● Spectators may be asked to leave the field or game by coach, game or tournament organizers if spectator protocols are not followed.

Communication/Protocol About Exposure, Symptoms or Positive Test

If you or your participating child(ren) experience symptoms or test positive or you learn that they have come into direct exposure to someone with COVID-19 or symptoms of such do the following:

  • Consult your medical provider
  • Send an email to sheridanmcguanebaseball@gmail.com 
    1. List the impacted person’s name, age division and team and game/practice last attended.
    2. Identify whether there was a positive test, symptoms and/or exposure.
    3. Identify the date of such test, symptoms and/or exposure.
  • Do not return to participation in cases of displaying symptoms or having a positive test until
    1. The impacted person has two negative tests within 24 hours; or
    2. It has been at least 10 days since the first positive test or on-set of symptoms and the person has been symptom free for 24 hours without the aid of medical intervention; or
    3. if no positive test, but the person had symptoms,
      • It has been at least 24 hours with no symptoms without the aid of medical intervention; and
      • It has been 10 days since the symptoms first appeared.
  • If the person has been subject to direct exposure to someone with COVID-19 or symptoms of such,
    1. The CDC and City of Chicago Department of public health note that a 14-day quarantine is the safest approach
    2. The CDC and City of Chicago will allow a return to Sheridan McGuane activities as follows:
      • If you do not have symptoms, then within 10 days of the exposure.
      • If you do not have symptoms and take a test no earlier than 5 days after exposure and it is negative, you may return after 7 days.
    3. If you are fully vaccinated and are not experiencing symptoms after a direct exposure, you may fully participate in Sheridan McGuane activities

Direct Exposure means: Someone who has been within 6 feet of an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a
total of 15 minutes in one day). An infected person can spread SARS-CoV-2 starting from 2 days before they have any symptoms (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days before the positive specimen collection date), until they meet criteria for discontinuing home isolation.

You authorize Sheridan McGuane to advise teammates, parents, opposing players, coaches and others for whom we have contact information if such individuals have been in direct contact with a person about whom Sheridan McGuane receives notification of direct exposure, having symptoms or testing positive.