TFLL Spring 2021 Plan
In conjunction with the spring 2021 season, Tinton Falls Little League (TFLL) has put together the following guidelines for all participants—players, coaches, umpires, parents and volunteers—that will be required to be followed. Please note, this is not intended to be a substitute for guidelines published by the New Jersey Department of Health, but rather are provided in addition to those guidelines.
The information regarding COVID-19 changes rapidly, and, as such, TFLL makes no representation and assumes no responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of this information. Further, you should seek advice from medical professionals and/or public health officials if you have specific questions about your return to practice and competition.
TFLL Practice and Competition: All players, coaches, staff, spectators and other attendees must adhere to specifically required guidelines from the New Jersey Department of Health (NJ DOH Guidance for Sports Activities). Furthermore, because TFLL uses public fields for practice and competition, additional requirements may be in place based on guidelines set forth by the Borough of Tinton Falls.
TFLL Guidelines Prior to Practice or Competition:
● Screen athletes, coaches, staff and any other participants prior to participation. Anybody showing symptoms of COVID-19 shall not be permitted to participate.
● Do not come to practice or competition if you or any member of your household are not feeling well or are showing symptoms of COVID-19.
● Do not come to practice or competition if you or any member of your household have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 within the past 14 days.
● Do not come to practice or competition if you are not comfortable with the guidelines set forth by the NJ DOH, TFLL or the facility at which you are practicing/competing.
● Adults 65 years and older or people of any age with serious underlying medical conditions are strongly encouraged not to attend practice or competition at this time.
TFLL Guidelines During Practice or Competition:
● Healthy Practices: All players, coaches, umpires and spectators should practice “good hygiene” by regularly washing their hands with soap and water or using hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Players and coaches should avoid all but the essential contact necessary during practice or competition. Post-game handshakes should be replaced by a “tipping caps” as a sign of good sportsmanship.
● Social-distancing: Players, coaches, umpires and spectators must maintain 6-feet of distance whenever possible. During games, all spectators are asked to bring their own chairs and not use the bleachers so the players may sit and social distance.
● Limit Spectators & Wear Face-coverings: Any spectator that may at any point be less than 6 feet away from anyone MUST wear a face-covering.
● SPREAD OUT: Teams must utilize space in AND around the dugout during the game. Many teams are placing each gear bag 6 feet apart along the fence as "their area" during the game. Spectators have ample space down foul lines along the outfield fence watch the game.
● Dugout Rules: If players cannot socially distance by utilizing surrounding areas (ie. behind or next to the dugouts), they must wear masks.
· Players DO NOT have to wear face-coverings while actively playing the game or physically exerting themselves.
· Coaches MUST wear a face-covering mask while in the dugout or any scenario where they are less than 6 feet from anybody.
● Umpires Social Distancing/Masks: Must try to social distance whenever possible. They are required to wear face-coverings when walking up to the field, ground rules and anytime they cannot be in a position to be 6 feet away.
● Drinks & Snacks: All players, coaches, spectators and umpires should bring their own food or beverages that are clearly labeled with their name. There should not be any shared food or beverages.
· Sunflower seeds, gum, chewing tobacco etc., are not be allowed in dugouts or on the field. All players and coaches are to refrain from spitting at all times.
● Player Equipment: Players should use their own equipment whenever possible. If equipment must be shared, it should be cleaned and then disinfected with an EPA-approved disinfectant against COVID-19 and allowed sufficient time to dry before being used by a new player.
Guidelines for Handling a Positive COVID-19 Test:
· If a player or coach tests positive for COVID-19 or comes in direct contact with an outside person who tests positive for COVID-19, the league will take the following steps.
· The activities for that team affected by a positive COVID-19 test may be suspended immediately based on further guidance from health professionals.
· The league will seek further guidance by contacting the Monmouth County Health Department and Tinton Falls Borough Health officials and will follow their recommendations which could impact other teams/individuals.