homepage logo

Little League outlines ?best practices? for return

By Staff | Jun 3, 2020

Little League players and coaches should take measures to prevent all but the essential contact necessary to play the game.

This should include refraining from handshakes, high-fives, fist/elbow bumps, chest bumps, group celebrations, etc.

All managers, coaches, volunteers, umpires, etc., should wear PPE whenever applicable and possible, such as

cloth face coverings and protective medical gloves. Players should wear cloth face coverings when in close contact

areas and in places where recommended social distancing is challenging or not feasible, such as in dugouts.

Managers/coaches and players should be assigned spots in the dugout or on the bleachers so that they are

at least six feet apart and must be placed behind a fence. Players are to stay at their assigned spots when on

the bench or while waiting their turn to bat.

No personal player bat bags/equipment bags should be allowed in the dugout. Player equipment should be spaced

accordingly outside of the dugout to prevent direct contact. Players should have their own individual batter?s helmet, glove, bat and catcher?s equipment.

Baseballs and softballs should be rotated through on a regular basis, at least every two innings, to limit individual contact. Balls used in infield/outfield

warm-up should be isolated from a shared ball container

Sunflower seeds, gum, etc., should not be allowed in the dugouts or on the playing field. All players and coaches are to refrain from spitting at all times,

including in the dugout areas and on the playing field.

Umpires are permitted to be placed behind the pitcher?s mound/circle to call balls and strikes. Umpires are encouraged to keep a safe distance from players as

much as possible and wear protective gloves and, if physically able, are encouraged to wear cloth face coverings while umpiring.

No concession sales should be allowed at facilities.

For more information, please visit www.littleleague.org