These guidelines are intended to ensure the safety and welfare of all Duxbury Youth Softball players, coaches, team volunteers, and spectators or families. These guidelines will remain in effect until the Commonwealth provides amendments to the existing state guidelines, creates new guidelines, or has determined they are no longer necessary. This document was developed using the current Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs WORKPLACE SAFETY and REOPENING STANDARDS FOR BUSINESSES and OTHER ENTITIES PROVIDING YOUTH and ADULT AMATEUR SPORTS ACTIVITIES – Phase III, Step 1 Guidance, Amended on August 13, 2020.
1. Any players, coaches, volunteers, or spectators that are not feeling well or have any CDC identified COVID-19 symptoms (e.g. fever, loss of taste or smell, headache, sore throat, cough) are not allowed to attend practices or games until symptom-free for a minimum of 24 hours or until a negative COVID test result can be provided to the DYS Board.
2. All participants will: (1) wear face coverings, (2) practice proper social distancing (maintain at least 6 feet separation), and (3) maintain proper hand hygiene.
3. Umpires will wear a face covering at all times and will maintain social distancing (6 feet) from all players, coaches, volunteers, and spectators.
4. No more than 25 players can be on any surface or playing area at any one time.
5. No more than 50 people, excluding players, coaches, team volunteers, umpires, and staff can be on any surface or playing area at any one time.
6. All participants should not congregate on or near the field of play or in the parking areas following practices and games.
1. All players must wear a face covering (mask or gaiter) with the only exception being if it hinders the safety of the player.
2. Players should refrain from the following: (1) team huddles, (2) high fives, (3) fist or elbow bumps, or (4) any other type of physical celebration contact. Teams are encouraged to develop other ways of congratulating each other and the opposing team(s).
3. Players should have their own bottle of hand sanitizer at all practices and games and should sanitize hands when returning to the dugout or bench from the field or play.
4. Players are not allowed to share any food or drink during practices or games.
5. Players are not allowed to consume items with seeds or any food that encourages spitting.
6. Players are only allowed in dugouts when they are on deck or double deck, or are the pitcher or catcher at coaches discretion.
7. Players should arrive at field ready to play. This means in uniform with jerseys tucked in, cleats tied, and hair pulled back.
Coaches & Volunteers
1. Coaches and other adult team volunteers must wear face coverings at all times.
2. A maximum of one coach is allowed to visit the pitcher at a time. When that coach visits the pitcher, all other players should stay outside the pitching circle and maintain a six (6) foot distance from each other.
3. Coaches should ensure that players remain at least six (6) feet away from all other players and adults at all times. This includes during practices, pre-game warm-ups, breaks during
practices or games and times following practices or games.
4. Only one coach from each team is allowed at the pre-game plate meeting and social distancing measures should be followed.
5. When a team is on defense, one coach will handle the extra game ball (see equipment section below) and will be responsible for providing it to the pitcher when necessary.
1. Players are required to bring their own equipment (helmet, bat, glove, etc.) to practices and games. At no time will a player be allowed to share their equipment with another player.
2. All equipment bags should be spaced outside the dugout to prevent direct contact.
3. At home games, each team will have two softballs to be used during the game. When each team is on defense, the associated coach or team volunteer should clean and sanitize their two softballs. Offensive teams (coach, team volunteer, or players) are responsible for retrieving any passed or foul balls. Spectators are asked not to retrieve any foul balls.
1. Please limit the spectators per player at games. All parents are asked to drop off or stay in car for practices. If this is not being followed, players will be limited to one adult per game.
2. Spectators must maintain proper social distancing (6 feet separation) and wear face coverings at all times.
3. Spectators are encouraged to bring their own sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer for porta potty or restroom use.
4. Spectators must remain outside of all team areas at all times.
1.Read rules and sign liability release online during registration period.
2.Confirm your child is game ready (see below) before all league activities.
***PARENTAL "Hit-For-The-Cycle Questionnaire"***
Single – I took my child’s temperature less than 2 hours before their practice or game and it was less than 100.4 degrees
Double – My child has not experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days (fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle ache or pain, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell)
Triple – My child has not tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days
Home Run – My child has not knowingly been in contact with anyone that has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days