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COVID-19 Safety Plan

Background

The virus that causes the Coronavirus 2019 Disease (“COVID-19”) is easily transmitted, especially in group settings, and it is essential that the spread of the virus be slowed to safeguard public health and safety.

COVID-19 can be transmitted from infected individuals even if they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are mild, such as a cough. It can also be spread by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes. This Safety Plan document addresses the procedures the 14th Ward Youth Baseball Association and its teams should follow to limit the spread of COVID-19.

** Please note, as of August 6, 2020, The Pennsylvania Department of Health and Department of Education jointly strongly recommend that Pre-K–12 school and recreational youth sports be postponed until at least January 1, 2021, to protect children and teens from COVID-19.

(This guidance is preliminary and will be updated as more public health data and other information is available.)


Safety Plan

Primary Point of Contact:
Berry Wanless
[email protected]

* Please contact immediately with any questions or concerns.  Additionally, any positive COVID-19 test or suspected exposure should be passed along immediately to the Primary Point of Contact, as allowed by privacy laws.


The 14th Ward Youth Baseball Association Safety Plan means players, families, coaches, coaches, volunteers, and administrators (PARTICIPANTS) should follow the laws of the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, and the State of Pennsylvania regarding COVID-19.  Additional personal guidance can be found with the Centers of Disease Control and PreventionLittle League, the State of Pennsylvania, Allegheny County, and the City of Pittsburgh's COVID-19 health and safety guidelines (these are encouraged to be checked by coaches and parents prior to any organized team activity).  To the extent that any laws come into conflict, you are to follow the more conservative one.  If you have any questions or issues concerning the guidance, contact us immediately ([email protected]).

A few specific items that should be noted from the above guidelines that we expect PARTICIPANTS to follow:
- Coaches should wear facemasks, unless doing so jeopardizes their health.  Additionally, face coverings should be worn by youth sports staff, officials, parents, and spectators as much as possible, unless doing so jeopardizes their health.  (This facemask guidance includes both those people who have been vaccinated and those who have not.)
- Players and coaches should bring their own drinks and hand sanitizer.  Please note, it is possible water will NOT be turned on in the City parks, so everyone should stay hydrated and frequently use hand sanitizer.
- Coaches should try to minimize equipment sharing, and try to remember to clean and disinfect shared equipment between use by different people.
- During times when players are not actively participating in practice or competition, attention should be given to maintaining social distancing by increasing space between players on the sideline, dugout, or bench.  Both the home and away benches can be used by the batting team to spread out at Frick Park, Highland Park, and Wightman Field.  Parents should remind their children to spread out.
- Nonessential visitors, spectators, and volunteers should not attend any events.
- Parents should check with their players routinely to determine if players are exhibiting any symptoms, if so, the player must be kept home.  During baseball activities, coaches should try to be on the lookout for fever, cough, shortness of breath, unusual fatigue/muscle aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.
- Players and volunteers who have high risk medical conditions should consult/get clearance from their PCP prior to participation.
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Spitting is not allowed and everyone should cover their coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of their elbow.
Used tissues should be thrown in the trash and hands washed or hand sanitizer used afterwards.
- Sick individuals should practice home isolation.


COVID-19 Symptoms from the CDC

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Diarrhea
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell



* This list does not include all possible symptoms.  The CDC will continue to update this list as more is learned about COVID-19.


Players/coaches exhibiting symptoms should stay home and will not be allowed to participate in league activities until they have written clearance from a doctor and/or a negative COVID-19 test.  Players/coaches who might have been exposed to the child exhibiting symptoms will be notified.

Players/coaches with a member of their household who is showing symptoms or has tested positive should stay home and will not be allowed to participate in league activities until they have written clearance from a doctor and/or a negative COVID-19 test.  Players/coaches who might have been exposed to the child/coach exhibiting symptoms will be notified.

Players/coaches who have a suspected exposure should stay home and will not be allowed to participate in league activities until they have written clearance from a doctor and/or a negative COVID-19 test.  Players/coaches who might have been exposed to the child/coach exhibiting symptoms will be notified.

If a player/coach tests positive for COVID-19 and has engaged in league activities within the last 48 hours (2 days), any of the other players/coaches who interacted with that player will be notified and will not be allowed to participate in league activities until:

      1
. Completion of 7 consecutive days without symptoms AND provide evidence of a negative COVID test that was administered on or after 5 or more days after exposure  -- See the Allegheny County Health Department site for info on COVID-19 testing, including a map of testing locations.

OR     

     2. Completion of 10 consecutive days without symptoms.

OR

     3.  Written clearance from a doctor.




Update 7/1/20 (In accordance with Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health Face Covering Order):

1.  Each player is to have his own mask for games.  They are to be worn at all times when not in the field or at-bat.  
2.  When players exit the dugout to play the field or at-bat, they can remove their mask and put it in their pocket.  
3.  Coaches should have hand sanitizer in the dugout, to be used for the kids as-needed. 
4.  Any kids remaining in the dugout or on the bench, and coaches on the bench, while others are out on the field, need to keep their masks on.  (Not around their necks or under their chins - but worn covering their nose and mouth.)
5.  Face coverings required when consistently unable to maintain a distance of 6 feet

* The only exception to the mask requirement is if wearing a mask will adversely affect someone's health.


Related Information:

ORDER OF THE DIRECTOR OF THE ALLEGHENY COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO HELP PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 (7/2/20)
(Sports Gatherings Maximum of 25 People)

Order of the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health Requiring Universal Face Coverings (7/1/20)
(Face coverings required when outdoors and consistently unable to maintain a distance of 6 feet)

Wolf Administration Provides Recommendation for School and Recreational Youth Sports (8/6/20)
(Strong recommendation, but not mandate or order, is to postpone youth sports until at least January 1, 2021)

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  


Email : [email protected]
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