The Great Falls Little League is gearing up to start its fall season later this month, with games beginning in early September. The league’s plans for reopening are laid out in its recently released COVID-19 Return To Play guidelines that are modeled after guidance from public health experts and other youth leagues across the country which have already returned to play. The resumption of youth sports that involve only incidental contact between players has been permitted since Fairfax County entered Phase 2 of the “Forward Virginia” plan on June 12.
According to www.connectionnewspapers.com, “The new guidelines require players, coaches, and their family members to take their temperatures and otherwise screen themselves for symptoms for COVID-19 prior to attending any league event. Additionally, rather than using dugouts as in normal seasons, the guidelines mandate that a field’s bleachers be used as an extended “player area,” where each player will be designated their individual zone. Spectators must bring their own seats and are not permitted on the bleachers.”
As per www.connectionnewspapers.com, “The home plate umpire will call balls and strikes from behind the pitcher’s mound, rather than behind the catcher per usual, to reduce crowdedness behind home plate during at-bats. There are currently no guidelines pertaining to the closeness of the batter and catcher. Each team will also have a designated “COVID coach” responsible for ensuring that protocols are followed. Kristin Lochhead, who is planning to coach her son’s t-ball team this season along with her husband, said that she plans to recruit other team parents to enforce COVID safety precautions.”