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Athens Little League
Fall Ball 2021
COVID Protocols and Guidelines

The Athens Little League (ALL) Board of Directors will use the following protocols and guidelines for
playing its 2021 Fall Ball 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:
All players, coaches, parents, and other spectators who attend little league games at Holland Park during

the fall 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 but are not limited to cough, shortness of breath
or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, runny nose, congestion, nausea,
vomiting, diarrhea, 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: Athens Little League encourages the practice of “social distancing” (six (6) feet
apart) for all players, coaches, umpires, and spectators. 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 is following Centers for Disease Control guidance
regarding masks/face coverings. The guidance can be found here:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html

● Communications and Signage: ALL will post all guidelines and protocols on its website and social
media.

● 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: All coaches and players will be required to wear masks/face coverings while using
the indoor cages. 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).

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

● COVID-19 Exposure and Positive Test Procedures: ALL will follow procedures outlined by the
Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH).

o Exposure cases (it is determined that the individual was exposed to someone who
tested positive):

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. The player or coach who
has been exposed shall not attend games/practices until the situation has been
evaluated fully and decisions have been made regarding isolation/quarantine based

on DPH recommendations.


2) Georgia DPH guidelines will be used to determine course of action for the

affected player, team, etc. The guidelines can be found here:
https://dph.georgia.gov/contact


3) The coach then informs the team that a player (or coach) on the team has been

exposed and is following the course of action prescribed by Georgia DPH guidelines.
In the case of a player, the coach asks the parent(s) for permission (verbally or in
writing) to inform the team; and in the case of an adult, the coach asks the adult for
permission (verbally or in writing) to inform the team.

o 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):

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. The player or coach with a positive test or symptoms shall not attend
games/practices until the situation has been evaluated fully and decisions have

been made regarding isolation/quarantine based on DPH recommendations.

2) Georgia DPH guidelines will be used to determine course of action for the
affected player, team, etc. The guidelines can be found here:
https://dph.georgia.gov/isolation-contact

3) The coach then informs the team that a player on the team has tested positive
and is following the course of action prescribed by Georgia DPH guidelines. In the
case of a player, the coach asks the parent(s) for permission (verbally or in writing)
to inform the team; and in the case of an adult, the coach asks the adult for
permission (verbally or 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 5 (12:53 PM | 09/29/21)

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)

Open Open

Field 1 (11:31 AM | 09/14/21)

Open Open

Field 2 (11:31 AM | 09/14/21)

Open Open

Field 3 (11:31 AM | 09/14/21)

Open Open

Mays Field (11:31 AM | 09/14/21)

Open Open

Field 4 (01:08 PM | 09/29/21)