Georgetown Athletics Association

COVID Rules - Return to Play
Posted Jun 11, 2020

2020 ITBL Covid 19 Safety Rules

Due to Covid-19, the ITBL has voted to adopt these additional safety rules for all game play during the 2020 season.  All coaches, parents, fans, players and officials must abide by these rules.  Failure to abide by these rules could result in forfeits, removal from the league, or an end to the entire ITBL season. 

  1. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, everyone should:
  • Clean your hands often, either with soap and water for 20 seconds or a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people (at least 6 feet).
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily.
  1. Temperature Check: Players and spectators are asked to take their own temperature before leaving the house and they should stay at home with any reading of 100.4 Fahrenheit  or higher according to CDC definitionsof reportable illnesses for contagious disease.
  2. If any coach/player/game official or immediate family member has tested positive, has signs of the virus, or has come in direct contact (without proper PPE) with a Covid positive person they cannot participate in baseball activities for a minimum of 14 days and should follow federal and state guidelines
  3. If any player, coach, parent, spectator or game official in attendance exhibit any signs of sickness (including, but not limited to fever, cough, and difficulty breathing) they will be asked to leave the premises immediately.
  4. No players or coaches may enter the dugouts until all other players equipment etc are out and the benches are sanitized. No players may share equipment.  Benches will be sanitized between each game.  Players/parents/spectators should vacate the field/facility as soon as is reasonably possible after the conclusion of their game to minimize unnecessary contact at the end of their game and/or the start of the next game.
  5. All players and coaches must maintain 6 ft social distancing whenever possible.  Only 3 players in the dug out at a time will be allowed.  All other players will be spread out behind the dug outs and/or down the fence lines/outfield. Players must remain alert to the possibility of foul balls and/or live action.
  6. Each field should have 13 marked spaces behind/near each dugout that are at least six feet apart for each player and his/her equipment. Spaces should be located behind fencing where possible.
  7. There should be no intentional contact between players, coaches, and game staff at all during the 2020 season. There will be no hand-shakes, high fives, back slaps, fist pumps or the like which involves any physical contact before, during, or after the games.  Please tip your hat to the opponents after the game.
  8. No seeds! No gum!  No spitting!  No eating in the dugout area!  No team coolers.  Each player should bring his/her own personal water bottle which should not be shared.
  9. Coaches will carry hand sanitizer with team equipment. Players should carry hand sanitizer in personal equipment bag.
  10. Face Mask Usage
    1. Managers/Coaches/Volunteers shall wear face masks.
    2. Players do not need to wear face masks during game play while on the field. Players should wear face masks when not in the game and 6ft social distancing is not possible.
    3. Any player/volunteer/game official is allowed to wear a face mask at any time if they choose.
    4. If any player, coach, parent, spectator or game official is not adhering to social distancing regulations, they may be instructed to wear a mask by league officials, umpires, or coaches.
  11. Pre-game Coaches Meeting must be executed at six ft social distancing with Face Masks worn. Only one coach per team is allowed for pre-game meeting.
  12. All umpiring will be done behind the pitching mound with 6 ft spacing.
  13. No coaches will be allowed on the field to disagree or argue a call.  Coaches must call the umpire to their coaching location with any rules related questions and remain 6ft away.  For the safety of all we will not allow any arguing with any umpire.
  14. All players must have their own equipment: Hat, Batting Helmet, Glove, and Bat.  Please reach out to your league/coach if you need assistance with acquiring your own equipment.
  15. Catcher’s equipment should not be shared. However, as this is not something all players have access to, catcher’s equipment can be shared but must be sterilized/wiped down before a new player wears the equipment.
  16. DRAFT – May be Updated - Both the home and away team will provide baseballs for their team when on defense. Baseballs will only be handled by one team.  In between innings, the baseballs should be disinfected, changed when appropriate, and returned to the field with your pitcher.  All game baseballs will be DLL-1 (please note that we will allow slightly worn baseballs to be used to reduce the financial burden on our league towns). To minimize touching of the baseball, there will be no throwing the ball around the infield after any outs are recorded.  Furthermore, we request that where possible, players retrieve foul balls to minimize outside fans/spectators touching the baseball.
  17. Injury Response – If a player is injured, while coaches will be first on the scene, they will look to maintain their distance. If a player is severely injured, a coach will administer any first aid needed as usual.  If possible, a coach will call upon the player’s parent/guardian to come onto the field and assist to allow for personal contact and routine first aid.  As always, if needed call 911 for additional emergency support.
  18. Parent/Spectator Set-up – Parents and Spectators will be asked to maintain 6ft distance from other parents/families whom they are not isolating with. Each member town will designate areas where parents/spectators are allowed and areas where they will not be allowed during game play.  Unless there is an injury, no parent is allowed near or in the dugout or near or on the field.  At any point, league officials may ask spectators to relocate due to social distancing concerns.
    1. It is recommended that spectators bring their own chairs as bleacher access may be minimal or non-existent due to some of the reconfiguration to allow for social distancing.
  19. Any instances not listed above will be left up to the discretion of the home team and their associated league or any ITBL official onsite.  All teams and coaches must adhere to these rules for the safety of everyone involved.  All coaches will be held responsible for their players and parents.  Please keep all people who are sick at home.  If a team or parent are found breaking these rules your team may be asked to forfeit the game.
  20. ITBL will require all players’ parents/guardians to sign participation waivers outlining the additional risks with this activity due to COVID-19. Any participant without a signed waiver will be ineligible to play.
 
Baseball Policies
Posted Nov 24, 2015

GEORGETOWN BASEBALL

POLICIES

CODE OF CONDUCT

 

Georgetown Baseball has implemented the following Sport Parent Code of Conduct for the important message it holds about the proper role of parents in supporting their child in sports.

Parents should read, understand and sign this form prior to their children participating in our league. Any parent guilty of improper conduct at any game or practice will be asked to leave the sports facility and may be suspended from the following game. Repeat violations may cause a multiple game suspension, or the season forfeiture of the privilege of attending all games in the discretion of the Georgetown Baseball Board.   By registering your child, you are agreeing that Georgetown Baseball has full authority to implement any discipline it deems necessary to protect its players, parents, coaches, opponents and officials.

By registering your child to participate in an athletics program in Georgetown, you are agreeing to abide by the following Parent Code of Conduct:

1. I will not force my child to participate in sports.

2. I will remember that children participate to have fun and that the game is for youth, not adults.

3. I will inform the coach of any physical disability or ailment that may affect the safety of my child or the safety of others.

4. I will learn the rules of the game and the policies of the league.

5. I (and my guests) will be a positive role model for my child and encourage sportsmanship by showing respect and courtesy, and by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, officials and spectators at every game, practice or other sporting event.

6. I (and my guests) will not engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with any official, coach, player, or parent such as booing and taunting; refusing to shake hands; or using profane language or gestures.

7. I will not encourage any behaviors or practices that would endanger the health and well-being of the players.

8. I will teach my child to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence.

9. I will demand that my child treat other players, coaches, officials and spectators with respect regardless of race, creed, color, sex or ability.

10. I will teach my child that doing one’s best is more important than winning, so that my child will never feel defeated by the outcome of a game or his/her performance.

11. I will praise my child for competing fairly and trying hard, and make my child feel like a winner every time.

12. I will never ridicule or yell at my child or other participants for making a mistake or losing a competition. I will not post any derogatory remarks or commentary about the league, coaches, parents or players on any social media and I will not allow my child to do so.

13. I will emphasize skill development and practices and how they benefit my child over winning. I will also de-emphasize games and competition in the lower age groups.

14. I will promote the emotional and physical wellbeing of the players ahead of any personal desire I may have for my child to win.

15. I will respect the officials and their authority during games and I will not verbally or through gestures question or criticize an official’s call or decision even though I may disagree with it.

16. I will respect and support my child’s coach. If I have a concern I will not discuss it at the game field or in front of players or other parents, but will take the time to discuss it at an agreed upon time and location with a league representative present if necessary.

17. I will demand a sports environment for my child that is free from drugs, tobacco, and alcohol and I will refrain from their use at all sports events.

18. I will refrain from coaching my child or other players during games and practices “from the stands”, unless I am one of the official coaches of the team.

CONSENT TO MEDICAL TREATMENT (MINORS)

As parent or legal guardian of the above named player, I hereby give my consent for emergency medical care prescribed by a duly licensed Doctor of Medicine or Dentistry. This care may be given under whatever conditions are necessary to preserve life, limb, or well-being of my dependent.

CORI

All coaches, volunteers, and board members must submit to a criminal background check (CORI) and be approved by the Georgetown Athletic Association before beginning their volunteer work with Georgetown Baseball.

ELIGIBILITY

Residents of Georgetown and students who attend Georgetown Public Schools are eligible to register for Georgetown Baseball.  Players are only eligible for the following levels based on their school grade level.  Some players may be eligible for "play up opportunities" - see below.

Tee Ball (Pre-k and K)
Players are eligible for Tball if they currently attend kindergarten, or will be attending kindergarten in the fall.

Farm (1st-2nd Grade)

Minors (3rd-4th Grade)

Majors (5th-6th Grade)

Babe Ruth (7th-10th)

PLAY UP OPPORTUNITIES

Call-up Player Pool:  This is a group of players who have been identified as being able to compete at the next level (grade 2-Minors and grade 4-Majors).  The players are identified at the annual Georgetown Baseball Evaluation Day and will be "on call" should a team or teams need an extra player for a particular game  or for a certain portion of the season (due to injury, sickness, absence, etc.).  Call up players are not guaranteed to be called up for games and typically do not practice with the team at the upper level.  A rotation will be used to determine which player is called up for certain games and may take into account player availability/schedule/team need.

Permanent Play Up Players:  Depending on the roster needs at each level, a certain number of players may be drafted by the next level division (grade 2-Minors and grade 4-Majors) as permanent play up players.  This would happen in a situation where the number of players registered necessitates additional players to complete a roster to reach the target of 11 players per team.  Players are identified for this via their evaluation score from the March evaluation day results.


When available, these opportunities for players will offer them a taste of what the next level is like in terms of rules, competition, etc.  In some situations, there may be "permanent play up" players on each team for minors and/or majors and in other situations,  players may be in a call up status (ie. coach would call if they were going to be short players and needed the player to suit up for a game).  Either way, the call up and play up players' primary commitment is to their age-level team (grade 4- minors & grade 2-Farm) if there is a scheduling conflict. 

2020:  Majors - no Permanent Play Up Players needed due to max numbers per team.  Call up player pool will be used in event a team can not field 9 players.  Minors - TBD pending final numbers

REFUND POLICY

All refunds have to be approved by the President or Treasurer of Georgetown Baseball and are subject to an administrative charge of $15.00.

REGISTRATION POLICY

Parents/Guardians must adhere to the following registration policy:

I, the parent/guardian of the registrant, a minor, agree that the registrant and I will abide by the rules of the GAA, its affiliated organizations and sponsors. Recognizing the possibility of physical injury associated with baseball and in consideration for the GAA accepting the registrant for its baseball programs and activities (the “Programs”), I hereby release, discharge and/or otherwise indemnify the GAA, its affiliated organization and sponsors, their employees and associated personnel, including the owners of the fields and facilities utilized for the Programs, against any claim by or on behalf of the registrant as a result of the registrant’s participation in the Programs and/or being transported to or from the same, which transportation I hereby authorize.