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Mandatory Rules for H-n-P Softball 2020. 5/15/2020
Arrival to Venue
*All participants, spectators, and employees must adhere to six-foot physical distancing while at the facility/course. 
• Must conduct daily symptom assessments by coaches and players (self-evaluation). Anyone experiencing symptoms must stay home.
• No team water coolers or shared drinking stations.
 • Compliant game balls must be designated to each team for use while that team is playing defense. 
• Prior to competitive tournaments, event owners must alert the local health department of the event. 
• These requirements must be shared prior to the event with all players, coaches, spectators, officials, and employees prior to their arrival at the venue. 

Practice
• Coaches and players must adhere to physical six-foot distancing except when the ball is in play. 
• Coaches must wear face coverings at all times.

Athletes
• Athletes must wear face coverings at all times while not actively participating in the field of play.
• Must conduct daily symptom assessments by coaches and players (self-evaluation). Anyone experiencing symptoms must stay home.
• Must not share water or equipment. Belongings should be used only by the individual owner or operator including, but not limited to water bottles, gloves, bats, hats, and other on- and off-field gear. 
• No touch rule – players should refrain from high fives, handshake lines, and other physical contact with teammates, opposing players, coaches, umpires, and fans. A “tip the cap” can be used following the game in lieu of the handshake line. 
• No spitting or eating seeds, gum, other similar products. 

Spectators
*Must adhere to six foot social distancing practices. This includes in and around bleachers for anyone not in the same family. 
• Must conduct daily symptom assessments (self-evaluation). Anyone experiencing symptoms must stay home. 
• Must not enter player areas (on the field of play or bench areas). 
• Must keep six-feet or more distance from the backstop.

Coaches
• Must adhere to six-foot social distancing practices. 
• Must wear face coverings at all times.
• Must conduct daily symptom assessments by coaches and players (self-evaluation). Anyone experiencing symptoms must stay home.
• No spitting or eating seeds, gum, or other similar products.
• No touch rule – coaches should refrain from high fives, handshake lines, and other physical contact with teammates, opposing players, coaches, umpires, and fans. A “tip the cap” can be used following the game in lieu of the handshake line. 
• Must ensure that players are following COVID-19-related prevention measures included herein. 

Umpires/Officials
*Must adhere to six-foot social distancing practices when interacting with players, coaches, and spectators off the field of play. 
• Must conduct daily symptom assessments (self-evaluation). Anyone experiencing symptoms must stay home. 
• Must wear face coverings at all times.
• Must avoid exchanging documents or equipment with players, coaches, or spectators. 

Leaving the Venue
• Individuals should not congregate in common areas or parking lot following the event or practice 
• Umpires should adhere to social distancing practices when interacting with players, coaches, and spectators off the field of play. 
• Individuals should not exchange items. 

Confirmed Cases
• Immediately isolate and seek medical care for any individual who develops symptoms. 
• Contact the local health district about suspected cases or exposure. 
• Organizer must maintain a complete list of coaches, players, and employees present at each event to include the date, beginning and ending time of the event, plus name, address, and phone contact to be made available upon request from local health district. 

Recommended Best Practices

Arrival to Venue
• Digital check-in and registration for all events.
• Lineups should be entered online or by spoken word and recorded by officials/umpires without exchanging any physical documents with coaches or players.
• Athletes are strongly recommended to travel to the venue alone or with a member of their immediate household.

Practice
Face coverings are strongly recommended for any spectators. 
For each practice session, it is recommended that coaches divide players into groups and establish rotating shifts when possible. 
Athletes should bring individual water containers. 
Virtual meetings should be considered when possible. 
Athletes are strongly recommended to travel to the venue alone or with a member(s) of their immediate household, if possible. Face coverings are strongly recommended for individuals traveling to and from the venue. 
Whenever possible, equipment and personal items should have proper separation and should not be shared. If equipment must be shared, proper sanitation should be administered between users. 

Athletes
• Hand washing or hand sanitizing, in the absence of soap and water, are strongly recommended for athletes during the games. 
• Whenever possible, equipment and personal items should have proper separation and should not be shared. If equipment must be shared, proper sanitation should be administered between users.

Spectators
Strongly recommended to ware face coverings at all times. 
Hand washing or hand sanitizing, in the absence of soap and water, is recommended strongly during the games. 

Coaches
Coaches should ensure the players are adhering to social distancing in dugouts and other seating areas and wearing face coverings while not actively participating on the field of play. 
Whenever possible, equipment and personal items should have proper separation and should not be shared. If equipment must be shared, proper sanitation should be administered between users. 

Umpires/Officials
• Digital check-in and registration for all events. • Umpires calling balls and strikes should allow 
adequate distance behind the catcher while still able to perform their duty. 

Leaving the Venue
Team meetings should occur virtually or over the phone rather than in a team huddle. 
Athletes are strongly recommended to travel to the venue alone or with a member(s) of their immediate household, if possible. Face coverings are strongly recommended for individuals traveling to and from the venue. 
Team meals should only occur in compliance with the guidelines issued for restaurants in the state of Ohio.

Confirmed Cases
Work with local health department to identify potentially infected or exposed individuals to help facilitate effective contact tracing/ notifications. 
Once testing is readily available, test all suspected infections or exposures. 
Following testing, contact local health department to initiate appropriate care and tracing. 







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