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Kickball Health & Safety Guidelines

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For Stonewall Alliance and Stonewall Sports Pittsburgh, hosting a league is more than just gathering a group of people for a recreational activity. The league also wants to ensure thoughtful and responsible health and safety standards are in place. This guide provides detailed actions taken by Stonewall Sports Pittsburgh to create a safe environment for league play.

Rule Adjustments

The following rule adjustments have been made in the interest of health and safety.

    1. Rosters
      • Teams will be considered “full” at 14 players.
      • Teams can choose to close their roster at 12 players and take no additional free agents, if so desired.
    2. Free Agents
      • Free agents looking to join a team shall communicate with prospective captains using the league’s Facebook page. Captains must approve of each acquisition.
      • Free agents will not be placed on teams by SKP Leadership .
    3. Game Times
      • Games will adhere to a strict start & end time to help ensure there are no game overlaps and limit the amount of players on the field.
    4. Arrival & Departure from the Field
      • Players should self-assess themselves before arrival to the field. If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or have a temperature higher than 100.1°F, stay home! If you experience symptoms while at the field, SKP Leadership retains the right to ask players to leave the field immediately and if possible, seek medical care.
      • Players for upcoming games will be asked to remain outside the fenced-in area and away from the entrances and exits of the fields until the current games have ended, and both teams have vacated the field. We strongly encourage players to remain in their cars until fifteen (15) minutes prior to their starting time for temperature screening.
      • Players/ Teams will enter and exit the field from the same side in which they walked in. To limit congestion of entry ways, players who are waiting to enter must stand 6ft from the entry ways.
      • Once players have completed their games, all players must leave the field. Sanitizing before exiting the field is highly recommended. Players who are next to play must wait until BOTH teams have cleared the field and surrounding area (bleachers, etc).
    5. Game Play
      • The Player at bat must run to and use the safety base at all times to limit contact with the first base player.
      • Allotted start and end times of each game will be strictly enforced. If a team cannot produce the minimum number of players (8), the team will be subject to forfeit. A game may be ended at the end of the full inning if the time allotted for the game has been reached. The score at that time will be recorded as final.
      • Catchers must distance themselves from the batter.
      • Every game will have two game day kickballs for each team to use separately. Each game ball will be sanitized frequently.
    6.  Attendance
      • Team Players will need to RSVP in order to play by 10am Sunday morning, players that haven’t RSVP to participate in their game may not be able to attend or participate. RSVP will be conducted via LeagueApps. More information on how to RSVP will be shared with Captains and Team Players before the start of the season.
      • Team captains will be required to complete a Weekly Captain’s Report – a simplistic symptom inventory for their players – to confirm that none of their team members are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 prior to the start of each game.
      • Players in- and out-of-play must adhere to the six-foot physical distancing.
      • Only 8 people would need to be in attendance to avoid forfeiture.
        No substitutions from other teams to avoid contact exposure.
      • Arrive 15 minutes prior to game time for the check-in/screening process.
    7. Between Innings
      • Players that are on the field will exit at the end of the inning directly to their designated sideline.
      • Players entering the field will wait until all players of the opposing team are completely off the field and in their section of the field for lining up to kick.
      • Teams must stay 6 feet apart or more at all times.
      • Masks are strongly encouraged to be worn in between innings and fielding switches!
    8.  Attire
      • Latex/Non-Latex gloves will be permitted for this season. Any performance-improvement or athletic gloves will not be permitted, as these do not prevent the spread of germs.
      • We strongly encourage/recommend mask usage for all on and off field interactions with others at all times, as well as staying within the CDC recommended 6-foot distance.
      • We strongly encourage/recommend mask usage while players are playing any portion of the game whether it be infield, outfield, batting, running, catching, pitching, etc.
      • Players should arrive at the field dressed for play! Any clothing changes must be done away from the field!
    9. Playoffs/Championship Tournament
      • Due to the nature of this season, it is entirely possible that teams may not be able to complete or participate in all games that are scheduled. If a game is forced to be postponed and ultimately canceled due to any reason, the rankings for the season will be posted and followed using actual games played.
      • Playoffs schedule will be determined by standings after the final week.
      • Once your team is eliminated, you must exit the field!
      • Winning teams will be asked to move to the opposite side of the field until their next game.
      • Last two teams will play till the end of 5 innings.
    10.  Miscellaneous
      • Umpires and Base Ref’s will stand 6 feet away from their designated assigned plates or bases.
      • A board member will be at the gate to help to maintain that these guidelines and adjustments to stop the spread are adhered to this season.
      • Players for games that have just ended are asked to leave the field immediately after their game ends.
      • Individuals who are not members/players of Stonewall Kickball PGH are strongly discouraged from spectating this season.
      • Players are encouraged to bring their own water/water bottles, as water dispensers will not be present to avoid the spread of germs. Sharing outside of the household should not be done unless in an extreme emergency.
      • There will be a strict adherence to no alcoholic beverages or smoking of any kind permitted this season before, during, or after games. Players will be given one warning per season and asked to leave immediately after any additional violations.
      • All personal sporting equipment (non-league balls, personal air pumps, etc) must be kept away from the game. Personal belongings should not be shared with anyone on the field.
      • If exiting the field to use the bathroom, please maintain a physical distance from any other player or person, limiting exposures to others. It is also recommended to wear a mask upon entering and exiting the field!

Health & Safety Accommodations

    1. Masks are strongly recommended for players at all times. Limited masks will be available for players who do not bring their own!
    2. SKP Leadership will be following CDC guidelines regarding exposure, testing and travel.
      • If in the last 14 days you have come into contact with anyone exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or having a confirmed or pending diagnosis OR you yourself are exhibiting symptoms/pending a diagnosis, you will be ruled ineligible to play.
      • If you have traveled out of state in the last 14 days, the CDC recommends a stay at home period of 10 days without COVID testing. If tested within 3-4 days of your return, the stay home period is 7 days. Players who have been vaccinated are excluded from the above criteria.
      • Players who have a close contact with a confirmed or suspected COVID+ contact need to isolate for 14 days. (cdc.gov) This EXCLUDES individuals who have had COVID-19 in the last 3 months or those who are fully vaccinated and showing no symptoms. Players can present proof of their vaccinations confidentially to an SKP board member in order to determine appropriate actions and eligibility of the individual player.
      • These guidelines are subject to change as the CDC updates their recommendations. Each player will have their eligibility reviewed on a case by case basis.
    3. Sanitizing stations will be present at the fields. Players will be asked to sanitize before and after each game.
    4. Game balls will be wiped down/sanitized before each game by the umpire. Any ball substitutions must be approved by the head umpire(s) and will enter play only after being thoroughly sanitized.
    5. High fives and handshakes between teammates and opposing teams are prohibited. Players should show an alternative display of comradery or celebration while maintaining all recommended social distancing.
    6. No spitting on or off the fields. Players will be given one warning and asked to leave immediately after any additional violations.
    7. All players who are sick or not feeling well are required to stay home. If symptoms appear while at the field, the leadership board retains the right to ask the player to leave and seek medical care.
    8. Weekly temperature screenings will be done upon arrival to the field. You cannot participate in the games until you have been screened by SKP leadership! If a temperature reads above 100.1°F, SKP leadership retains the right to not allow that participant to play that entire day. Weekly Captain’s Report shall be completed prior to 12:01am Sunday for contact tracing purposes