ARAA Baseball COVID-19 Preparedness Plan
Anoka Ramsey Baseball Association is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all our members. To ensure that, we have developed the following Preparedness Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Coaches, parents, spectators, umpires, and players are all responsible for implementing this plan. Our goal is to provide reasonable protective measures to limit risks for the potential transmission of COVID-19 on and around the field of play, and that requires full cooperation among everyone involved. Through this cooperative effort we can establish and maintain the safety and health of our participants. Anoka Ramsey Baseball coaches have our full support in enforcing the provisions of this policy.
Our Preparedness Plan follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidelines related to COVID-19 and addresses:
The MDH recognizes that sports provide opportunities for youth to develop or maintain fitness, specific skills, mental well-being, and social-emotional health. We all want to support youth engaging in sports, but we want to do it in a way that will keep them safe.
Per the COVID-19 Sports Practice Guidance for Youth and Adults, it is important we set and adopt the following expectations. These expectations are for the entire ARAA association and Anoka Ramsey Baseball will be adhering and enforcing these expectations.
COVID-19 Administrator and Coordinator
The Anoka Ramsey Athletic Association has named Jen Niska, ARAA Vice President as the COVID-19 administrator and coordinator. Erik Entinger, Commissioner, is the Anoka Ramsey Baseball administrator and coordinator. Their contact information can be found on the main webpage at arsports.org. Administrator and Coordinators are responsible for preparing and implementing the COVID-19 preparedness plan and reporting and tracing positive cases. Please contact Anoka Ramsey Baseball’s COVID-19 Administrator and Coordinator first with any questions, comments, and concerns.
Athlete and Coach Masking
This section is copied directly from the COVID-19 Sports Practice Guidance for Youth and Adults and will be updated as there are changes from the Governor’s executive orders.
If you have an exemption for wearing a face covering due to a disability, medical, or mental health condition, you must provide a doctor’s note to your coach who will provide that note to the Anoka Ramsey Baseball Administrator and Coordinator.
COVID-19 screening and policies for participants
Participants should self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 before leaving home. Stay home if you have an elevated temperature or have respiratory symptoms (i.e. cough, sore throat, or shortness of breath). Participants who are sick should notify their Program Director and follow CDC-recommended steps. Participants should not return to play until the criteria to discontinue home isolation are met, in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments. Participants who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should follow CDC recommended precautions including self-quarantine. Team personnel may screen players for symptoms upon arrival. Participants who appear to have symptoms or who become sick during an activity should be immediately separated from other participants and sent home.
Participants with underlying medical conditions or who have household members with underlying health conditions should take additional precautions to minimize face-to-face contact, maintain a distance of six feet from other participants and/or us CDC approved Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) if possible.
If a participant is confirmed to have a COVID-19 infection, Anoka Ramsey Baseball will inform fellow participants of their possible exposure to COVID-19 while maintaining confidentiality and instruct fellow participants about how to proceed based on the Public Health Recommendations for Community-Related Exposure
Hygiene and respiratory etiquette
Basic infection prevention measures are encouraged at all times including hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette. Participants should wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water frequently, but especially before and after activity, prior to eating and after using the toilet. Participants should use hand-sanitizer (of greater than 60% ethyl or 70% isopropanol alcohol) for hand hygiene in place of soap and water, as long as hands are not visibly soiled. Please review the CDC’s guidelines for proper handwashing. Participants are prohibited from handshakes or high fives.
Participants should cover their mouth and nose with their sleeve or a tissue when coughing or sneezing and avoid touching their face, in particular their mouth, nose and eyes, with their hands. They should dispose of tissues in the trash and wash or sanitize their hands immediately afterward. If participants are suffering from seasonal allergies, make sure to employ exceptional hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette, as they are likely to touch their face more frequently which may increase risk of exposure. CDC approved cloth face masks are required for all participants in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order 20-81. Masks worn during play must be of one color and not distracting (i.e. neutral in color and no designs). No spitting, chewing gum, or eating sunflower seeds as this may cause respiratory droplets while around others. No sharing of food or drinks is permitted.
Guidance for social distancing
The term “social distancing” refers to measures being taken to restrict where and when people can gather in order to stop or slow the spread of infectious disease. In general, 6 feet of separation is the distance that should be kept between people interacting within their community. Social distancing should be observed in youth programs through the following controls:
This guidance is based on the MDH Guidance for Social Distancing in Youth and Student Programs.
Cleaning and disinfecting
Regular housekeeping practices should be followed including routine cleaning and disinfecting of player equipment, baseballs, bats, etc. Team personnel will carry disinfectant to be used before, during and after practices and games. Parents are encouraged to supply their players with antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizer to disinfect their equipment and clean hands. Players should refrain from sharing equipment in general. This includes but is not limited to bats, helmets, and catcher’s equipment
● Players should hang their equipment along the fence line following proper spacing and distancing requirements.
● Players should use their own personal water bottle or cooler. Team coolers are prohibited.
● Participants should hand sanitize following contact with other players, coaches, or shared equipment.
● Players should wear their batting gloves as much as possible, especially when handling a bat.
● Shared equipment must be sanitized between use by a different player.
Communications and training
This Preparedness Plan will be communicated to all participants on or before the first day of organized activity. Additional communication and training will be provided to all participants on an ongoing basis. This Preparedness Plan will be updated, as necessary, to implement a phased approach to a safe return to play.
Appendix A – Guidance for COVID-19 Preparedness Plan
Participant screening questions
The following questions may be used by team personnel to screen for symptoms of COVID-19.
● Do you live with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19?
● Do you live with anyone that is required to self-quarantine?
● Do you have any of the following respiratory symptoms?
o Sore throat
o Shortness of breath
● Have you taken any fever reducing medications (i.e. Tylenol) within the last 24 hours?
Appendix B – Resources for COVID-19 Preparedness Plan
Minnesota’s Stay Safe Plan Chart
Participants exhibiting signs and symptoms of COVID-19
COVID-19 Exclusion Guidance: Decision Tree for Symptomatic Individuals in Schools & Childcare Programs (PDF)
Hygiene and respiratory etiquette
https://youtu.be/d914EnpU4Fo www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/prevention.html www.cdc.gov/healthywater/hygiene/etiquette/coughing_sneezing.html https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html
Guidance for Social Distancing in Youth and Student Programs (PDF)
Guidance for Social Distancing in Youth Sports (PDF)
COVID-19 Outdoor Recreation, Facilities and Public Guidelines
Cleaning and disinfecting