CORNING - After months of planning for a potential season, Corning-Painted Post Little League has a plan in place to currently begin a season July 6 with safety guidelines.
"After months of uncertainty, missing our normal baseball season and being quarantined, we felt it was important to offer our CPPLL players and families a little normalcy," C-PPLL President Jeff Saurbaugh said. "Our plan allows the kids to get out and play baseball in a slightly modified format for those that have decided to participate."
Safety is a main concern for Saurbaugh and the league.
"Safety is our primary concern for everyone involved," said Saurbaugh. "All state and local regulations will be followed. Our safety plan allows players to take the field with a limited number of socially distancing spectators. We want to be safe and we want the kids to have fun."
Given the uncertain nature of the pandemic, these plans are not static, and are likely to change in the future. CPPLL hopes to be able to relax on certain rules; but it is equally possible that more stringent actions may become necessary.
Following is the guidelines outlined by CPPLL for a safe resume to play.
1.) For the sake of everyone, if you are ill or have been around someone who is ill, please let us know and stay home. Coaches will be checking in with players at each practice and game. We don’t want to have to send a player home, so be smart.
2.) There can be no sharing of food or drink. No team coolers; no team snacks. Please bring individual drinks marked with the player’s name.
3.) No sunflower seeds will be permitted. No spitting of anything for that matter: water, gum, saliva. Just don’t. There will be zero tolerance.
4.) CPPLL encourage players to bring their own equipment to each practice and game in order to minimize sharing of equipment. Bats, helmets, and catcher’s gear will be provided if you don’t own your own and will be wiped down between uses. Although players often like to try out someone else’s bat, we need to keep this to an absolute minimum.
5.) Hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes will be provided to each team, to the extent these supplies are available.
6.) Sportsmanship is a big part of Little League baseball and shaking hands after the game has been an important component for as long as anyone can remember. This year, there will be no handshakes, fist bumps, high fives after the game. Instead, each team will line up on their respective base line and tip their hats to the players on the other team in an acknowledgment of a game well-played.
7.) The number of players in the dugout at any one time will be limited to 4, based on upcoming batting order. The rest of the team will be directed to a designated team area outside of the dugout during their offensive half-inning and will be expected to maintain distance from other players and be engaged in the game just as with any other year. Players will rotate in/out as the batting order progresses.
8.) During game play, each team will have their own game balls to be used during their defensive half-inning.
9.) Umpires will call the game from 6 ft behind the pitcher.
10.) Coaches, Umpires, and officials will wear face coverings at all times. Players will wear face coverings when not actively participating in the field of play. If a player chooses to wear a mask during game play, no objection will be made. Spectators are encouraged to wear face coverings at all times but will be required when social distancing cannot be maintained.
11.) There will be designated spectator areas and player areas. Family and friends are expected to respect and remain outside of the designated player area, just as you would normally remain outside of the dugout during a typical year.
12.) Spectators must remain 6 ft apart, other than same-household groups.