COVID-19 Return to play plan

Posted July 3, 2020

COVID-19 Return to play plan

Kamloops Sr. Men’s Baseball League
2020 COVID-19 Return to Play Plan

Dear Coaches and Players,
ViaSport has informed organizations on how to develop return to play guidelines within the Province of British Columbia. Baseball BC has published their sport specific ‘Return to play guidelines’. As we move through phase two of the COVID-19 recovery we are required to make every effort to promote the health and safety of our players, on field officials and off field officials. We have consulted with similar leagues and city officials to ensure a comprehensive plan is in place to limit risk as much as possible and allow a return to play in a responsible manner. Your Kamloops Sr. Men’s Baseball League organizers have been working with viaSport, the Province of British Columbia, Baseball BC and the City of Kamloops to understand and implement the recommendations our Chief Provincial Health Officer and how they best apply within sport.

The attached Return to Sport Plan has been developed for our sport in order to ensure:
• The health and safety of all individuals is our top priority
• All activities associated with the KSMBL are in alignment with Provincial health recommendations
• Modifications to rules and regulations are in place to reduce risks to all individuals present
• Baseball BC’s Return to Play Guidelines are being utilized as well as viaSport’s requirements going forward. The date of when we are able to safely return to our ‘new normal’ is unknown. Until that time the KSMBL will ensure that we are meeting and exceeding the requirements provided by viaSport and the Province of British Columbia
Any players and officials must ensure the following before any in person participation with the KSMBL:
• If you are not feeling well you must stay home
• If you have traveled outside of Canada you are not permitted to be on site until you have self isolated for a minimum of 14 days
• If you live in a household with someone who has COVID-19 or is displaying symptoms you must stay home
• Wash and sanitize your hands before participation
• Provide your own equipment, water bottle, and hand sanitizer
• Comply with physical distancing measures at all time
• Avoid physical contact with others, including shaking hands and celebratory contact
• Leave the field of play as quickly as possible when you are done

Our Return to Play Plan is rooted in the guidelines provided by viaSport, the Province of British Columbia and Baseball BC. While we are doing our best to mitigate risks of exposure to COVID-19 it is impossible to completely eliminate risk while playing. Each participant must make their own informed decision on their interest in participation. If you decide to join us for the COVID-19 adjusted 2020 season we without exception require your full cooperation and support of all risk mitigation measures placed within this Return to Play Plan.

See you on the diamond,
On behalf of the KSMBL Executive,
Tyler Carpentier & Daryn Sayers

Kamloops Sr. Men’s Baseball League
2020 COVID-19 Return to Play Plan

Application - all athletes, coaches, members, volunteers, participants and family members of participants while in attendance at club activities (“Participants”)

All Participants of Kamloops Sr. Men’s Baseball League agree to abide by the following points when entering league facilities and/or participating in league activities under the COVID-19 Response plan and RTP Protocol:
• I agree to symptom screening checks and will let officials know if I have experienced any symptoms within the last 14 days
• I agree to stay home if not feeling well, and remain home for 14 days if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
• I agree to sanitize my hands upon entering and exiting the field with soap or sanitizer
• I agree to sanitize the equipment I use with approved cleaning products throughout my involvement
• I agree to continue to follow social distancing protocols of staying at least 2m (6 feet) away from others
• I agree to not share any equipment during practice
• I agree to abide by all league COVID-19 policies and guidelines
• I understand that if I do not abide by the aforementioned policies and guidelines that I may be asked to leave and not return after 14 days in order to better protect myself and others around me
• I acknowledge that continued abuse of the policies and/or guidelines may result in suspension from league games and practices
• I acknowledge that there are risks associated with entering league facilities and/or participating in league activities. Measures taken by the league or it’s officials, including measures specifically within the COVID-19 Return to Play plan will not eliminate these risks
*Signing sheet at end of document.


 Kamloops Sr. Men’s Baseball League
Illness policy

In this policy, “Team Member” includes an employee, volunteer, participant or parent/spectator.
• Inform your coach and/or league officials immediately if you feel any symptoms of COVID-19 such as; fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, painful swallowing, stuffy or runny nose, lose of sense of smell or taste, fatigue, loss of appetite, muscle aches, headaches.
• Assessment
o Team members must review the self-assessment documents provided by coaches before any practice or game
o Coaches will be responsible for monitoring their team to assess any early warning signs of possible illness
o If team members are unsure, coaches will have them use the self assessment tool at or through the COVID-19 BC support app.
• If an individual is feeling sick with COVID-19 symptoms:
o They should remain at home and contact Health Link BC at 8-1-1
o If they feel sick and/or are showing symptoms while participating in league activity they should be sent home immediately and have them contact 8-1-1 or their doctor for futher guidance
o Nobody may participate in any league activity on site if they are symptomatic
• If an individual tests positive for COVID-19
o The individual will not be permitted to attend any league event until they are cleared to do so by their doctor and are free of COVID-19
o Any individual who was in close contact with the affected individual will also be removed from events for 14 days to ensure the infection does not spread further
o The infected individual must alert a league executive member so they may make the facility owners and team captains aware of what surfaces or equipment may have become contaminated
• If an individual has been tested and is waiting for results of their COVID-19 test
o The individual must be removed from all league activity until they have received their test results
o Other individuals who may have been exposed should be removed from all activity
o League Executive members will be made aware and will inform the facility owners and team captains of what surfaces or equipment may have become contaminated
• If an individual has come into contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19
o The individual must advise their coach and league executive if they reasonably believe they have been exposed to COVID-19
o Once contact is confirmed, the individual will remove themselves from all activity for at least 14 days or as otherwise directed by public health authorities
o Individuals who have come into contact with the exposed individual must also be removed from activity for 14 days
• Please quarantine or self isolate for 14 days if:
o You have travelled outside of Canada recently
o You have displayed symptoms of COVID-19
o Anyone in your household is showing symptoms of COVID-19
Signing Sheet at end of Document
Coaches/Team Captain Responsibilities
• Coaches/Team Captains will be responsible for ensuring that gatherings at each field do not exceed the 50-person maximum set by the Provincial Health Authority
• Coaches/Team Captains are responsible for screening their teams for Covid19 symptoms
• Coaches/Team Captains are responsible for reporting any illness or symptoms that arise within their team to League Executive
• Coaches/Team Captains are responsible for ensuring any team members do not partake in any team activities should symptoms occur. They are also responsible for ensuring that affected players complete a minimum 14-day isolation period following the onset of symptoms.
• Coaches/Team Captains will be responsible for ensuring teams arrive and depart the field in the allotted time frame.

Kamloops Sr. Men’s Baseball League
First Aid Policy

If a player requires immediate first aid following an injury it will be the coach’s responsibility to ensure that whoever may be attending to the injured person is using proper protective equipment. A cloth mask and gloves are the minimum required protective equipment in this instance.

Kamloops Sr. Men’s Baseball League
2020 COVID-19 League Game - Return to play guidelines

Baseball BC has developed these rules/guidelines for playing the sport we love based on the various Provincial guidelines and restrictions in place. It is still up to each individual team to insure they follow the restrictions put forth to them by the various levels of government and the league. These guidelines are based on allowable gatherings of 50 people.

Please note these are guidelines and do not guarantee or claim to guarantee they will stop the spread of COVID-19 during a Baseball game. All of the below Personal Health and Hygiene Guidelines are intended to be required for anyone involved in youth or amateur baseball which includes, but is not limited to; athletes, coaches, umpires, administrators, volunteers and spectators.

Participant Responsibilities
• Anyone displaying ANY illness symptoms MUST NOT attend
• Disinfecting of any surface athletes can be exposed to before any event
• Reminder to all participants daily to avoid touching of eyes, nose or mouth
• No sharing of water bottles
• No sharing of food of any kind
• No spitting
• No chewing gum or sunflower seeds
• No sharing of any personal equipment or items
• Ride sharing to be discouraged whenever possible
• All participants encouraged to disinfect their equipment after each event
• All participants encouraged to wash all clothing and selves after each event
• Help ensure fellow participants follow COVID-19 safety protocols
• Ensure personal equipment is separated from any other participant’s equipment
Phase 3 Return to Play Guidelines – viaSport & Baseball BC
• Game play permitted
• Maximum of 1 parent per athlete at event
• Verbal symptom screening must be performed at every session to ensure all participants are symptom free
• All government expectations and requirements to be met as outlined above
• All baseball BC Personal health and Hygiene Recommended Guidelines to be reviewed and enforced as outlined above
• Every event to include reminders to participants regarding physical distancing requirements and to include no spitting, no face touching, no contact between athletes
• Attendance must be taken and kept at every event for all people in attendance including parents or drivers. These records must be kept for 30 days before being destroyed
• No team huddles before, during or after the game for coaching or teaching purposes unless physical distancing requirements are adhered to
• Maximum 5 players in either dugout, keeping 6' distance at all times. Athletes must be set up outside of the dugout with physical distancing requirements adhered to
• No mound visits by catcher or coach unless physical distancing requirements are adhered to
• No post game handshakes
• A new or disinfected baseball should be entered into the game for every ball put in play
• Any team issue bats should be sanitized prior to every event and between every use by different athletes
• All players to sanitize their hands when returning to the dugout from the field, after each at bat and as required
• All scorekeeping, announcing and scoreboard operation to be performed outside and not in buildings or booths with social distancing requirements in mind
• Umpires to work from behind the mound at an appropriate distance from others
• Regional or Community based programming only. Limited travel. No overnight trips
• No tournaments permitted
• All field prep equipment to be disinfected and cleaned after every use
• Individual use of masks and/or gloves is allowed
• No unnecessary use of game balls during or after play (including but not limited to ‘around the horn’ celebrations resulting in the ball being thrown between defensive players in the infield)
• Bats will be removed from the field by holding on to the barrel of the bat
• When possible, batter will remove their own bat unless they are on base
*These recommendations and guidelines are subject to change.
These recommendations and guidelines are in addition to the viaSport guidelines for facility access and use
• Signage advising and educating on COVID-19 wellness, hygiene, and social distancing measures will be in place
• Field Markings will be utilized to ensure appropriate spacing is in place to support 2m distance between athletes
• All fan seating will be configured with social distancing requirements
• Directional traffic flow plan and markers will be utilized for high pedestrian traffic areas
• No gathering will be allowed around the park until the scheduled start time of any event
• Athletes will leave the park immediately after the practice or game
• Washrooms will be cleaned as required by municipal and provincial health authorities
• Water fountains will be used only for the filling of water bottles

Disclaimer from Baseball BC:
While we aim to provide relevant and timely information, because information known about the COVID-19 coronavirus and recommended health and safety measures can rapidly change no guarantee can be given as to the accuracy or completeness of any information provided.

It is important to note that the Guidelines are not a legal document and is to be used as a guide only. It is not a substitute for actual legislation or orders of the PHO. In the event of an ambiguity or conflict between the Guidelines and the Public Health Act, regulations or orders thereunder, the Act, regulations and orders prevail. Each organization should comply with the requirements of the provincial and local government and health official sin terms of public gatherings and sporting events when determining when it is safe to return to activities.

Nothing in this document is intended to provide legal advice. Do not rely on this document or treat it as legal advice.

Anyone using the Guidelines does so at their own risk. Baseball BC shall not be responsible for any loss or damage of any kind arising directly or indirectly from the use of the Guidelines including, without limitation, reliance on the completeness or accuracy of the information provided.


Kamloops Sr. Men’s Baseball League
Agreement to COVID-19 Guidelines

*All players and coaches must sign this document agreeing to all rules and guidelines outlined in this Document. Failure to provide comply will disqualify players from participating in any and all KSMBL activities. This includes practices and gameplay.
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Kamloops Sr. Men’s Baseball League


BC COVID-19 Go-Forward Management Strategy: GOV_BCGOV_EN_BC__NOTIFICATION

B.C. Go Forward Strategy Checklist:

PHO Orders:

Baseball BC:

Fraser Health:
Interior Health:
Island Health:
Northern Health:
Vancouver Coastal Health:

COVID-19 (B.C.) Provincial Support:

BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool:

Health Canada Handwashing Guidelines:

Health Canada Personal Protective Equipment against COVID-19:

Health Canada List of Disinfectants for use against COVID-19:

BCCDC Cleaning and Disinfecting:

COVID-19 Protection:

Physical Distancing:


Do not enter if you are sick:

Vulnerable Populations:

Occupancy Limit:


Returning To Safe Operations:

COVID-19 Safety Plan Template:

Return to High Performance Sport Framework:

BCCDC guidance for recreation facilities:

BCRPA Sector Guidelines for Restarting Operations:

Kamloops Sr. Men’s Baseball League and Baseball BC make no claim that any of these guidelines will prevent the spread of Covid-19. Coaches and players are to understand that the choice to play is assuming some of the risk associated with playing.

It is our wish at KSMBL to ensure the safety and well being of all of our coaches, players and spectators while facilitating a smooth return to baseball.

We hope that these guidelines will provide a stable platform from which to do so.



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