Return to Play Guidelines
This document provides protocols for participating in Spring 2021 and guidance for a safe return to play. It is the responsibility of all participants, coaches, staff, umpires and fans to follow these rules and protocols. It is ultimately the coach’s responsibility to manage their teams and oversee the health and safety of their players.
Per to Dallas County’s executive order, face coverings or masks are required by all age 10 or older unless they meet certain conditions. While youth sports facilities with attendance less than 100 are excluded from this mandate, we will require and ask your participation that all those 10 and under wear face coverings when at games.
Players, coaches, and umpires are not required to wear face coverings once they enter the field of play. Your cooperation in social distancing and wearing face coverings will permit us to continue to host games and practices.
The health and safety of all participants and those involved is our upmost priority. Here are guidelines we encourage teams to follow to minimize the health risks.
Coaches and Players Guidelines:
- Face coverings are optional on the field and in the dugout but should be worn upon arrival.
- Limit of 3 coaches in the dugout at any time.
- Athletes will be required to bring their own personal water jugs. No shared jugs or water bottles.
- No food should be in the dugout.
- Teams should not enter the field until both teams from prior game have left the field.
- Players and coaches should take steps to minimize all physical contact. This includes no handshakes, high fives, fist or chest bumps, etc.
- Coaches must socially distance from baserunners and defenders by remaining in the coach’s box.
- Practice and warm up balls should be provided by team. Team is responsible to ensure safe handling and cleaning.
- Players should bring their own individual batters’ helmet, glove, bat and catchers’ equipment. Please avoid or minimize the sharing of any equipment.
- Fans should monitor their health. If they have a fever or symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, fever equal or greater than 100 degrees or having close contact with someone who is lab confirmed with having COVID19 . Anyone experiencing these symptoms should not attend games.
- Individuals should avoid being in a group larger than 10 individuals.
- Fans, coaches, players, and family members that are considered at high risk or vulnerable are encouraged to stay home.
- Social distancing should be used when teams and/or fans are waiting for games to begin or in between games.
- Both the City of Farmers Branch & Carrollton have asked that spectators do NOT use the bleachers at the parks. Please bring camping chairs and practice social distancing.