Five Town Little League
COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidelines
(updated March 5, 2021)
Five Town Little League is committed to providing the best possible baseball, softball, and tee ball programs while continuing the great progress our community has made in managing the public health risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
To honor that commitment, Five Town Little League requires all program participants and other individuals wishing to observe league activities to adhere to the following guidelines.
Community sports activities for both youth and adults require careful consideration during the COVID-19 pandemic. Health experts recognize the role of outdoor recreation and exercise in promoting mental health, physical fitness, and cognitive development. Reducing exposure to respiratory droplets through physical distancing and face coverings, as well as increased hand hygiene and avoidance of shared and common touch items, remain the primary tools to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Because of the increased possibility of infection through droplets, vigorous exercise in closely confined spaces should be avoided.
If and when the state relaxes its requirements for Community Sports, Five Town Little League will loosen its requirements in a manner that continues to respect the health and safety of all members of our community. Decisions by the Five Town Little League Board of Directors are final on this topic.
Our present focus (but not the limits of our attention) are on two essential requirements:
Our activities – whether indoor or outdoor – must adhere to the gathering limits in effect at that time. As of March 5, 2021, all gatherings are subject to the following limits:
1. All indoor gatherings:
Effective March 26, 2021 through May 23, 2021: 50% of permitted occupancy or 50 persons, whichever is greater.
Effective May 24, 2021 and thereafter: 75% of permitted occupancy or 50 persons, whichever is greater.
2. All outdoor gatherings:
Effective May 24, 2021 and thereafter: 100% of permitted occupancy.
Effective March 26, 2021 through May 23, 2021: 75% of permitted occupancy.
Face Coverings, Physical Distancing, and Sanitizing
As of March 5, 2021, all participants, coaches, officials, and other adult volunteers must wear face masks during practices, games, and other league events. All spectators must wear facemasks (or face shields) in all public zones of field areas in which FTLL activities take place.
To the greatest extent possible, coaches and other adult volunteers will endeavor to maintain spacing between players of at least six feet apart. (e.g., during warmup, skill building activities, simulation drills, when explaining drills or the rules of the game). Spectators must maintain 6 feet of physical distance between themselves and other spectators as well as players. All individuals are asked to refrain from and actively discourage unnecessary physical contact, such as high fives, handshakes, fist bumps, or hugs.
To the greatest extent possible, coaches and other adult volunteers will endeavor to assure that players regularly clean and/or sanitize themselves during league activities. This includes the cleaning/disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces at league facilities between uses as much as possible, and the cleaning of shared objects and equipment (e.g., balls, bats, helmets) between uses if possible. To the greatest extent possible, participants are encouraged to use their own bats and helmets and discouraged to share use of their personal bats and helmets.
Failure to follow any safety rules are grounds for expulsion from FTLL events. The FTLL Board reserves the right to expel participants and/or spectators from subsequent program activities in the event of repeated failures to follow safety rules. Any such expulsion is final and not subject to appeal