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COVID-19 Safety Plan


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.

(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 should follow the guidance of 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 will need to be checked by coaches and parents prior to any organized team activity).  To the extent that any of these guidelines come into conflict, you are to follow the more conservative guideline.  If you have any questions or issues concerning the guidance, contact me immediately ([email protected]).

A few specific items that should be noted from the above guidelines:
- Coaches should wear facemarks, 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.
- 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 minimize equipment sharing, and 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. 
- Nonessential visitors, spectators, and volunteers should not attend any events.
Coaches should check with players routinely to determine if players are exhibiting any symptoms, if so, the player must be sent home.  No touch thermometers will be used prior to activities.  Coaches should look 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.
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.

Update 7/1 (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:

(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)

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14th Ward Youth Baseball Association East End Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  

Email : [email protected]
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