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Athens Little League
2021 Spring Season
Protocols and Guidelines

The Athens Little League (ALL) Board of Directors will use the following protocols and guidelines for
playing a 2021 spring season.

Assumptions:
 The health and safety of all Athens Little League stakeholders is paramount.

ALL understands the dynamic nature of the pandemic and will take all necessary steps to adjust
its plans and events as additional information about the pandemic is known.

ALL will work with ACC Leisure Services to ensure adherence to all local, state and federal (CDC)
guidelines and protocols.

ALL recognizes ACC Leisure Services (via ACC Unified Government) dictates
availability of fields and space.

General Guidelines and Protocols for 2021 Spring Season:
All players, coaches, parents, and other spectators who attend little league games at Holland Park during
the spring of 2021 will comply with the following guidelines and protocols:

COVID-19 Symptoms: Any person who has a fever or who exhibits any other symptom
associated with COVID-19 should not enter Holland Park or attend any little league activity at
Holland Park. Symptoms of COVID-19 include cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing,
fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell. Any Board Member of
Athens Little League (ALL) will have the absolute discretion to ask any individual associated with
ALL at Holland Park to leave the baseball fields, batting cages, and associated common areas if
that individual is exhibiting one or more symptoms associated with COVID-19.

Person-to-person Contact:
All players, coaches, parents, and other spectators should avoid any
unnecessary person-to-person contact at all times, including, but not limited to, handshakes,
high-fives, etc. Instead of traditional hand-shaking/high-fiving after the game, players will
remain near the dugouts and participate in a hat-tipping with the other team to enforce good
sportsmanship.
Hygiene: All players, coaches, parents, and other spectators should wash their hands with warm
water and soap for a minimum of 20 seconds, or apply hand-sanitizer that contains at least 65%
alcohol, immediately before coming to Holland Park for either a practice or a game. ALL will
provide hand sanitizer for dugouts and “players-coaches only” areas outside of dugouts.

Equipment: All players, coaches, parents, and other spectators should clean and sanitize any
and all equipment that is brought to Holland Park immediately before coming to Holland Park
for either a practice or a game. Equipment shall include all bats, gloves, batting gloves, helmets,
chairs, coolers, or any other materials brought to Holland Park. Players will not be allowed to
borrow ANY equipment from another player at any time. This means that each player must have
his or her own bat, glove, batting gloves, batting helmet, and hat. ALL has a limited supply of
said equipment for any player unable to provide their own.

Social Distancing:
All spectators shall practice "social distancing" at all times, and should remain
at least six (6) feet apart from another individual. The exception to this rule will be that families
who live together in the same home on a regular basis will be allowed to be closer in proximity
to each other than 6 feet.
Masks/Face Coverings: Athens Little League mandates all spectators wear masks/face coverings
at all times while at Holland Park, both to protect yourself and to limit the possible spread of
COVID-19. ALL will purchase one mask/face covering for every player, manager, coach, umpire,
and board member. ALL will mandate use of masks/face coverings for all players within dugouts
and in “players-coaches only” areas down the outfield lines. ALL will mandate use of masks/face
coverings for all coaches and umpires on the field of play and within dugouts and in “players-
coaches only” areas down the outfield lines. ALL will provide disposable masks and hand
sanitizer for dugouts and “players-coaches only” areas outside of dugouts.

Liability: At least one parent or legal guardian of each player participating in little league play at
Holland Park during spring 2021 will be required to sign a Liability Waiver, which will fully
release any and all individuals associated with Athens-Clarke County and Athens Little League,
including all Board Members, from any and all legal claims that may arise because someone who
enters Holland Park is diagnosed with COVID-19. ALL registration link will require a review of
these guidelines and protocols and sign the Liability Waiver in order to register.

Communications and Signage: ALL will post all guidelines and protocols on its website and
Facebook page. ALL will post signage throughout the quad, Mays Field, and Fields 5 & 6 as well.
 Dugouts: To allow for appropriate social distancing, dugouts will be extended down the fence
lines of the first and third base lines for a “players-coaches” only area. Families and spectators
are asked to stay clear of these extended dugout areas.

Batting Cages: Every other batting cage (located between Fields 3 and 4) will be used during
team warm-ups. All coaches and players will be required to wear masks/face coverings while
using the cages. Only one team will be allowed in the indoor batting cages at a time. And use of
the indoor batting cages will be limited to two coaches and two players at a time (other players
will wait outside and rotate in).

Bathrooms:
Bathroom use will be limited to one person at a time.

Team/Spectators Arrival-Exit Plan: ALL will implement a 1.5 hour game time limit to allow for
safe “arrival-exit” of teams and spectators. For example, during weeknight games, Game 1 will
start at 5:30pm and end at 7:00pm. Game 2 will then start at 7:30pm and end at 9:00pm. Teams
and spectators should arrive 15 minutes before game time and leave immediately after to
minimize the number of spectators, players, and coaches on the quad at any given time.

Concession Stand:
The concession stand will operate on a limited basis and sell only pre-
wrapped products and bottled drinks. Likewise, the concession stand will operate with a “card-
only” policy, so that cash-coins are not being exchanged.

First Aid: Mobile first aid kits, ice, and defibrillators will be provided at the park.

Local Game Rules: Pitch count rules and other local game rules may need to be implemented to
adhere to these guidelines and protocols. Any local rules modifications will be reviewed and
approved by the ALL Board of Directors.

COVID-19 Exposure and Positive Test Procedures:
ALL will implement that following procedures
for any individual associated with ALL who has tested positive or been exposed to COVID-19:

Exposure cases
(it is determined that the individual was exposed to someone who
tested positive, but is not experiencing any symptoms nor has tested positive
themselves):
1) Upon being made aware of an exposure case, it is first necessary to inform the co-
Presidents so that a series of fact-finding questions can be asked to determine the
who, what, when, how long, etc. of the specific situation.
2) For exposure cases, the individual may not participate in ALL activities for a
minimum of 14 days since time of exposure. The individual may return to ALL
activities only after 14 days from exposure AND exhibiting no symptoms. (Should
symptoms develop, a COVID test is recommended; following which the symptomatic
player should follow instructions for positive testing or symptomatic patients.)
3) The coach then informs the team that a player (or coach) on the team has been
exposed and is quarantining from the team for 14 days. In the case of a player, the
coach asks the parent(s) for permission (in writing) to inform the team; and in the
case of an adult, the coach asks the adult for permission (in writing) to inform the
team.

Positive test cases or COVID-19 symptoms (a coach or other league official is notified
that a player/coach has tested positive for COVID-19 or has COVID-19 symptoms):
1) Upon being made aware of a positive test or someone exhibiting symptoms, it is
first necessary to inform the co-Presidents so that a series of fact-finding questions
can be asked to determine the who, what, when, how long, etc. of the specific
situation.
2) For cases involving a positive test, the individual who tested positive may not
participate in ALL activities for a minimum of 10 days.
3) The coach then informs the team that a player on the team has tested positive
and is isolating for 10 days. In the case of a player, the coach asks the parent(s) for
permission (in writing) to inform the team; and in the case of an adult, the coach
asks the adult for permission (in writing) to inform the team.
4) The coach also determines exposure of other players/coaches to the individual
who tested positive. (Any player/coach who was within 6 feet of the individual who
tested positive for more than 15 minutes total in a 24 hour period within 48 hours
of the positive test or symptom onset is an exposed case and procedures for
exposure cases are applied.)

Field Status

Open Open

Bryan Park (08:50 PM | 03/15/21)

Open Open

Field 1 (08:50 PM | 03/15/21)

Open Open

Field 2 (08:50 PM | 03/15/21)

Open Open

Satterfield (08:50 PM | 03/15/21)

Open Open

Field 1 (08:50 PM | 03/15/21)

Open Open

Field 2 (08:50 PM | 03/15/21)

Open Open

Field 3 (08:50 PM | 03/15/21)

Open Open

Field 4 (08:50 PM | 03/15/21)

Open Open

Field 5 (08:50 PM | 03/15/21)

Open Open

Oconee Veterans Park (05:00 PM | 03/23/21)

Open Open

Field 1 (05:00 PM | 03/23/21)

Open Open

Field 2 (05:00 PM | 03/23/21)

Open Open

Field 3 (05:00 PM | 03/23/21)

Open Open

Field 4 (05:00 PM | 03/23/21)

Open Open

Hart County Little League (08:15 PM | 04/13/21)

Open Open

Field 1 (08:15 PM | 04/13/21)

Open Open

Field 2 (08:15 PM | 04/13/21)

Open Open

Field 3 (08:15 PM | 04/13/21)

Open Open

Field 4 (08:15 PM | 04/13/21)

Open Open

Holland Park (04:30 PM | 04/17/19)