Return to Play Fall 2021 08/31/2021
Scottsdale Cal Ripken Fall 2021 Season Return to Play Plan
Follow local & state health guidelines at all times.
Communicate with your league members on guidelines prior to the start of your season and throughout the Fall 2021 season.
Make modifications for scheduling of games and practices to meet guidelines.
COVID-19 waivers signed prior to the start of any league activities.
Ensure that your charter & insurance are current for 2021 prior to the start of any activities.
Always check for updates online from local & state health officials, as well as from Babe Ruth League Headquarters.
Play a FULL Fall local league season to allow as many players as possible to participate playing baseball within the community.
All restrictions that are imposed by local & state officials must be followed, within reason.
Notify all participants and volunteers of the changes being implemented in accordance with local & state guidelines.
No handshaking/celebrations: Players and coaches should refrain from handshakes, high fives, fist/elbowbumps, chest bumps, group celebrations, etc.
Minimize the amount of players in the dugout at one time. Allow/encourage players to freely exit their dugoutand physically distance when their team is at bat.
Players should limit any sharing of playing equipment, bats, gloves, helmets, water bottles etc.
Coaches are allowed to remain outside dugout near fence during play to allow for social distancing.
No more than 3 coaches per team allowed on the field/in dugout at a time.
Parents should be advised to have backup supplies in the player’s equipment bag for use when needed and their own marked water bottle or sports drink. No team or dugout coolers are permitted.
Allow for gaps in between games to help limit the number of people at the park at one time. For complexeswith more than one field, we will try to reduce the amount of games or activities to half of the normal scheduling toallow for greater space in the park.
Fans attending games should follow 6’ social distancing guidelines at all times.
Suggest that any player, or person not feeling well, should not attend games or practices.
Review new procedures with all Team Managers prior to the first activity or game at the park.
Pregame conference will be limited to one (1) Coach per team and one (1) Umpire. Social distancing of 6’ is required.
Players should stay home if they feel ill or are exhibiting COVID-19-like symptoms.
Parents and guardians should assess their child’s health daily prior to heading to practice or game.
Please remind your player of the following:
Players will be reminded of proper respiratory hygiene, including:
Avoiding touching the eyes, nose, and mouth.
Covering the mouth when coughing.
Covering the nose when sneezing and safely discarding tissues.
We all must work together to make our baseball fields are as safe as possible for players, coaches, and family.
We need our families to do their part as well:
Conduct a daily screening of your child for COVID-like symptoms prior to your child arriving atpractice/game.
Keep your child home from baseball if they have any of the following symptoms that are not related to analready diagnosed condition or illness:
Fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
New loss of taste or smell
Muscle or body aches
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Please make sure you have read the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) Guidance if your childis sick - www.Maricopa.gov/Coronavirus.
As a parent, please report to your head coach immediately if your child has been has tested positive for Covid-19. Coaches will contact their division commissioner to inform them of any possible exposure to team or families.SCR board members and commissioners will communicate with anyone that has possibly been exposed.
In the event that a player tests positive, SCR will refer to the Maricopa County guidance for return to play guidelines.
SCR's weather policy can be viewed online or by clicking here. As it relates to lightning, we suggest using the WeatherBug App as they have a feature called Spark which shows the current lightning activity in the area. As a rule of thumb, if lighting is within a 10-mile radius you should suspend play/practice and take shelter. Typically, you should wait at least 30 minutes after the last lightning flash or sound of thunder -- or wait until the nearest lightning strike is 10-miles or more away -- prior to resuming activity.
Parents, please be in touch with your coaches. Coaches, please be in touch with your division's commissioner and the league will notify the coaches of any delays or closures but sometimes you will have to make a judgement call on when to play and when to seek shelter. Thanks!
Bats must have the appropriate USA Baseball stamp to be used in Scottsdale Cal Ripken. These bats can have up to a 2 5/8 barrel but must include the USA Baseball logo. BBCOR is not allowed. Wood bats that adhere to the national Cal Ripken rules are also allowed. Only Tball and AA divisions are allowed to use Tball bats.
Click here to read more about this new bat national standard for Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken baseball.
*Please refer to your division's rules for further clarification or contact your commissioner.