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Jun, 2020

COVID-19 & LBL Baseball -UPDATE 5-29-20

5-29 3:09pm

Parents & Families,

Our local Sporting Good’s Store Play It Again Sports is offering 20%off to all baseball & softball players. This sale will take place on June 4th, 5th & 6th – You will receive 20% off on all new and used baseball & softball equipment. Just mention the LBL when you check out - 

We will also be announcing our Dick’s sporting goods shop day soon 

We are expecting an announcement from Boulder County Public Health (BCPH) today, Monday or next week.  This could very well affect our projected start date of June 1st.  As a result we will extend our registration in case the season is pushed back.  Sorry to not have solid answers for anyone but information is a changing daily and we are trying to keep your posted.  As of right now 2:48pm 5/29/2020 the State of Colorado has only given permission to licensed camps to use facilities.  The City of Longmont informed us on Wednesday May 27th that we could use the fields starting Monday June 1st but have backpedaled in anticipation of the Counties upcoming announcement.  We are still hopeful we will be able to practice and get outside soon but right now things change daily.  Unlike other clubs we will not go against the State of Colorado, Boulder County or the City of Longmont’s Covid-19 guidelines, we want to be supportive partners of all Government entities.  We will let you know as soon as we know – Thank you -

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5-27 - The Longmont Baseball League will
continue to have open registrations until May 29th after May 29th late registrations will only be placed if there is room and if the registration fee is paid in full.  At this point we will start practices for competitive teams on June 1st and recreational practices will quickly follow.  Recreational players are currently being placed on teams and coaches will be notified with rosters next week.  Competitive & Recreational team equipment will look different this year, ALL PLAYERS MUST HAVE THEIR OWN GLOVE, HELMET & BAT.  THIS IS REQUIRED AND NON NEGOTIABLE .  IF A PLAYER SHOWS UP TO PRACTICES AND GAMES WITHOUT THEIR OWN EQUIPMENT THEY WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PLAY.  SHARED CATCHERS EQUIPMENT WILL BE DISINFECTED BEFORE A NEW PLAYER ASSUMES THE POSITION.  GAMES HAVE NOT BEEN APPROVED AS OF TODAY, but practices have, we will continue to be hopeful that we will play games this Summer.  In order to use the fields we have to submit our practice protocol. After our protocol has been approved it will be posted on the LBL website.  Unlike other clubs we will follow all State & County guidelines to keep our players and our community safe.   ALL REGISTRATION FEES ARE DUE AT THIS TIME, IF THE REGISTRATION FEE IS NOT PAID YOUR CHILD WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PLAY.  Many people chose to pay by check when they registered, at this point you can mail a check to the LBL minus the credit card fee only or pay the fee on-line with a credit card  Please make sure all information is updated in your profile, if we have a positive case of Covid-19 we have to contact all players who had contact with the player.  If we have to reduce the amount of games refunds or future credits will be issued to each player.  Please do not rush out to buy gear for your child, I will try and get a Dicks Shop day organized very soon or have coupons available to you to help offset costs.
Our pandemic response is new territory for the League and for you, please be patient we are trying to work through protocol and at the same time give kids a chance get outside this Summer. 

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5-1 The Longmont Baseball League has been a part of the Longmont Community and the St. Vrain Valley for over 50 years and we plan on serving the youth and families of the community for a long time to come.  We are trying to prepare for the upcoming baseball season but with the continuing changes in public policy in reaction to Covid-19 we cannot make any definitive plans much like many people and business in our community.   At this point we want to give you an update on what we hope the baseball season will look like this Summer.

All registrations will continue as usual Until May 23rd ~

LBL families

We hope everyone is doing fine and are keeping safe during these trying times. At the LBL our highest priority is keeping our programming safe and our players safe.  Over the past few weeks we have been working on safety guidelines for playing baseball when the conditions are right to bring the game back.  As of now the City of Longmont has closed all facilities until June 1st.  No practices or games will he be considered until June 1st.  When the opening day does arrive we want to be able to resume programming if we feel we can do it in a safe manner.  The LBL will be accepting registrations until Mid May for Summer baseball.  This will give us two weeks to prepare for the season which will be a tremendous undertaking, the way you can help is to register now so we do not have a sudden rush in registrations.  We are offing that you can register but not pay at this time.  This gives us a general idea of what our numbers will look like when June 1st arrives.  All you have to do is choose to PAY BY CHECK when you check out.  If you have already registered and paid and the season does not play you will have the option of a refund or to keep the money in your account until next season.  We believe any semblance of normal activities is good for the overall mental health of families and given the right circumstances we want to become part of those activities.  This email is lengthy but we want to ensure you that the LBL is making the safety of your players our number one priority.

Baseball / Softball games cannot be played like last season until “Safer at Home” guidelines change including, team sports (allow), increased group sizes (30 for teams only, 90 for teams & spectators) and distance between participants (under 6’).  But with the following guidelines being followed the game may be played following the 6’ physical distancing requirements.

 Colorado “Safer at Home” Guidelines

https://covid19.colorado.gov/safer-at-home/safer-at-home-local-and-personal-recreation

 Team - Hygiene Protocols

  • Hand sanitizer available for each team. Teams / players encouraged to bring their own sanitizer (it is proving to be hard to order enough hand sanitizer for all of our facilities)
  • No sharing equipment: Each player must have their own equipment (bats, gloves, batting helmets, etc.)
  • No sharing of drinks or food
  • No sunflower seeds, peanuts or pistachio nuts
  • Wearing cloth masks is encouraged or mandatory dependent on city guidelines

Team - Pre-game Protocols

  • Teams warm-up in designated areas.
  • Players / coaches can enter field 10 minutes prior to game as long as all prior participants have completely left the field area (field, dugouts, spectator area) and after dugout and spectator areas have been sanitized.
  • Teams use dugouts and spectator areas near dugout spacing personal equipment at least 10’ apart.
  • Team line-ups
    • Teams exchange line-ups with designated opposing team scorekeeper orally using acceptable distancing.
    • Do not exchange paper line-ups. Each team is required to have a designated official scorekeeper.
    • It’s recommended teams use electronic scorekeeping (Game Changer App) so family and friends can track games on-line.
    • No players at home plate meeting.
  • Spectator seating:
    • If portable outfield fence is used, spectators will sit or stand using physical distancing behind the fence.
    • If no portable outfield fence, spectators will sit or stand on the outfield side of the dugouts using physical distancing.

Team - During game Protocols

  • Keep non-play physical distancing (no handshakes or high fives)
  • No team huddles or close-range coaching
  • Mound visits are limited to pitcher, catcher and coach using physical distancing
  • Frequently rotate baseballs. Assign coach or parent to disinfect with Lysol or similar disinfectant.
  • Use new or clean ball between each inning.

 Team - Post-game Protocols

  • Spectators
    • Following game, wait in the outfield or designated space
    • Exit complex immediately following physical distancing
  • Teams (Players & Coaches)
    • Place all debris in trash cans.
    • Remove all equipment from dugout and spectator area

 Umpire Protocols

  • Home plate umpire will call balls and strikes from behind the pitcher using physical distancing
  • If two umpires are used, field umpire will use physical distancing
  • Wearing cloth masks is encouraged or mandatory dependent on city guidelines

 Scheduling Protocols

  • Format changes to limit time in complex (double headers with same team, so “no gap”.
  • If unable to schedule double header, schedule half hour gap between games.
  • Games end either by number of innings or time limit. No play after time limit has been reached.

 Facility Protocols

  • Heightened communication protocols (pre-event, on-site signage, etc.)
  • Designate team warmup areas
  • Have hand sanitizer stations available
  • Continuous cleaning / sanitizing of restrooms throughout each day
  • Have multiple washing stations throughout facility – if Possible
  • Clean / sanitize all player and spectator areas after each game
  • Event staff is encouraged to wear masks and gloves or mandated by city guidelines
  • Event staff practices physical distancing
  • Provide or designate site staff to ensure protocols are being followed

 We realize this is a lot of information but we want to ensure you we are taking back to play precautions seriously.  This still does not address competitive teams traveling to different cities to play games, I do not have an answer to that at this point, several of us in the field have reached out to Governor Polis for guidance but have not heard back at the time this email was written.  In addition to these changes we may have to take a look at a change of game uniforms for rec teams.  The LBL spends around $20,000 per season on uniforms and at this time that expense is not practical and team sponsorship are very low.  When and if the season comes closer we will visit uniforms or provide an alternative for players. 

Please remember the LBL is an independent non-profit baseball league, we receive no funding from the City of Longmont and solely run on player registrations, tournament income and sponsorship.  The volunteer Board of Directors has done a tremendous job managing our money and we plan to endure this storm and emerge stronger than before.

 If you have any questions please email at [email protected]

 There will be more details to come in the coming weeks about baseball, we are like everyone else on hold.  Stay safe and have a catch with your kids!!

 

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Longmont, Colorado 80502
Phone : 720-684-6286
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