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CARROLLTON BOOSTER BASEBALL/SOFTBALL
PARK RULES- COVID-19 ADDENDUM


The Carrollton Boosters Board has implemented the following additional Park Rules to address the situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. These rules supplement the Park Rules found in the Carrollton Boosters Baseball Handbook. These rules supersede any inconsistent rules Park Rules until they are rescinded by the Board.

The Baseball Handbook, including full Park Rules, is available here.

Temporary COVID-19 Park Rules Additions and Adjustments:

1.  To minimize crowding while entering and exiting the Children's Hospital Baseball and Softball Complex (the "Complex"), players and families are asked to use designated entry gates to enter the main portion of the complex, and the designated exit gate to leave the main portion of the complex (i.e., the concession stand/bathroom area).

a. The two designated entry gates are (1) the gate between Fields C (Miracle Field) and Field D, and (2) the gate between Fields A and B.

b. The designated exit gate is the gate between Field B and Field C (Miracle Field).

2. In accordance with the guidelines put in place by city officials, anybody moving within the gates of the Complex or Avenger Fieldis encouraged to wear a mask. We especially request that anybody visiting the concession stands or the bathrooms wear a mask.

3. Players are permitted to wear masks or other PPE, so long as those items do not compromise the safety of the player or otherparticipants in the game.

4. Parents, guardians, siblings and other spectators accompanying a player to a game must wait outside of the gates of the main complex, at a safe social distance from other family groups, until the end of the game preceding the player's game. Players may join their teams to warm up prior to the end of the preceding game. One parent, guardian, or older sibling may accompany the player to join his or her team, but then must return outside the gates until the game preceding the player's game ends.

5. Once use of dugouts and bleachers is permitted by local authorities, dugouts and bleachers will be reserved for teams playing in games. Boxes will be painted down the foul lines and around the outfield of each field for spectators to watch the games. Each family group is asked to occupy one box, and no more than one family group per box. To reduce crowding, family groups are asked to send no more than two representatives for trips to the concession stand. Families are also asked to leave their boxes promptly after the game ends so that spectators can set up for the next game.

6. Once use of dugouts and bleachers is permitted by local authorities, teams arriving for the start of a game must sanitize the hard surfaces (benches, bat racks, green boxes, water fountains, hand rails) in their benches and dugouts using the disinfecting wipes or sprays provided.

7. Before leaving dugouts and bleachers at the end of a game, teams must sanitize the hard surfaces (benches, bat racks, greenboxes, hand rails) in their benches and dugouts using the disinfecting wipes and/or sprays provided.

8. Each coach in 9/10 and above will be issued catchers' gear. Catchers' gear will not be available in the green boxes. Catchers' gear should be sanitized using disinfecting wipes or sprays before every game or practice, any time there is a change of catcher, and after every game or practice.

9. Shared coolers and water bottles are prohibited. Water fountains have been disabled.

10. The team drink program is temporarily suspended in order to help avoid crowding at the concession stand.

11. For the 7/8 leagues and above, the home team must designate one family to operate the scoreboard for each game. The family operating the scoreboard will be allowed to sit in the scorekeeper's box, but must wear masks. The family operating the scoreboard must sanitize all hard surfaces within the scorekeeper's box (including the scoreboard equipment, table, and stools) before and after each game.

12. Players who test positive for COVID-19 or who miss games due to symptoms associated with COVID-19 (which, according to CDC guidelines, include cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain headaches, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell) must be cleared by a physician to return to play, and may not participate in any team activities until being cleared to return to play.

13. High fives, fist bumps, handshakes, and other interactions that involve physical touch among players, coaches, and umpires are prohibited. Instead of the traditional postgame handshake line, each team will line up outside their respective dugouts and tip their caps to the opposing team.

Best practices and reminders:

  • Hand sanitizing stations are being placed throughout the park, courtesy of our partners at Children's Hospital. All encouraged to use them frequently, especially after coming into contact with shared surfaces.
  • Decals will be placed in the concession stand area to demonstrate proper distancing. Other signs will be posted at our facilities to encourage social distancing and other safety practices. Please observe them!
  • Players are strongly encouraged to bring their own bats and helmets, and to use batting gloves. Any shared equipment should be sanitized between uses.
  • Coaches are encouraged to minimize the changing of catchers in order to minimize sharing of catchers' gear. See Rule 8 above with respect to sanitizing of catchers' gear.
  • Players who are demonstrating symptoms of COVID-19, or who have been in contact with others confirmed or suspected to have been infected with COVID-19, are asked not to attend practices or games.

Temporary rule changes in individual leagues:

  • 7/8 Boys and Girls: The catcher position is eliminated. The catcher-coach should return the ball to the pitcher.
  • 9/10 Boys: Holding runners on is prohibited. Pick-off plays are prohibited.
  •  11/12 Boys: There will be one umpire, who will set up behind the pitcher.

LATEST UPDATE

Carrollton continues to monitor the risks posed by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Travel baseball practices have now resumed, and we are continuing to plan for the upcoming recreational baseball and softball seasons.

Registration is still open for recreational baseball and softball. We continue to plan to begin grading (which applies to players in the 7/8 year old leagues and older) on Sunday, May 31, with games beginning on or around June 15.

As a reminder, players must be registered before the start of grading in order to ensure a spot in graded leagues (7/8 and above). Players in all leagues are strongly encouraged to register now, as this will help us plan for the season.

Carrollton Boosters is implementing special procedures to address the situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The current draft of our COVID-19 procedures are attached. The Board is continuing active discussion of this topic, and may update these procedures. We will promptly advise the membership of any changes. We are also working on special procedures for grading, which we will circulate and post to the website at least several days before the start of grading.

Contact

Carrollton Booster Club, Inc.
P.O. Box 850106 
New Orleans, Louisiana 70185

Email: [email protected]

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