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Return To Play Guide For OASA

Provincial | by Bayshore News Staff  

Protocols For Softball/Fastball 2020

OASA Return to Play Guidelines

The purpose of this document is to outline plans, guidelines and procedures in contemplation of a
Return to Play, addressing FIVE (5) major areas of concern with respect to physical distancing and to
provide a certain level of comfort to participants by outlining steps to be taken to help maximize their
safety and well-being and allows for any enhanced OASA / Event protocols that we might develop or
that the province or municipalities may require us to do to rent the space.

The items listed in this document are suggestions of recommended safeguards for restarting
softball activity in Ontario. Provincial / Territorial Associations, Leagues, Tournament Hosts, Staff,
Players, Coaches, Parents, and Spectators must continue to follow Federal, Provincial and Local
Governmental guidelines. Feel free to make your guidelines more stringent if you deem necessary.
Remember that information and recommendations during the pandemic are very fluid and are
subject to change.

These protocols will be the responsibility of the Association, Home team, Coach, Tournament
Hosts, City / Municipality in which the event is held.

1. ENTRY

All persons entering the park must agree to be screened, if not no admission (this
screening may require a certified individual with private assurance protection).
Declaration waiver from all participants re COVID-19 exposure must be validated with each team
roster.

Signage must be well displayed in the entry area with regards to the spreading of the virus,
proper hygiene, information on physical distancing and what to do if you have any symptoms.
Wellness testing inclusive of the Declaration and Temperature taking (within range, above range, retesting/
re admittance [heat factor/weather or other], monitoring) each time the athletes, coach, parent etc.
attends a game, practice, tournament. If a person is denied entry, then a procedure / handout should be in
place to encourage that person to visit a testing facility immediately and ensure that you collect that
individuals complete contact information.

During this process individuals may also be asked if they are experiencing any other symptoms (new or
existing cough, fever, sore throat, respiratory illness, difficulty breathing and have they travelled outside the
country in the past 14 days) to make a determination to help ensure the safety of all individuals involved.
o Questions that frontline workers ask before entering/taking care of patients to identify potential
COVID-19

o Have app available to teams/coaches for participants to take before they leave their residence
o Have coaches re-assess at the field before each game
o Limit entrances to 1 or 2. Extra staff would be required (City ¡V extra cost, Host) to ensure security
o Any player, parent, coach, umpire, etc. showing symptoms should not show up at the park but if
they fail the screening then they would not be permitted for the weekend and the team / coach
would be responsible to ensure the person showing symptoms is isolated from all others and
also isolate those who were in contact before discovery.
Individuals that show signs of a fever based on their temperature reading will be turned away before they
enter the park or facility. There is also an expectation that any individual experiencing symptoms
should take the initiative and stay home.


Entry ways to field/diamond area(s):

- Considerations in this area will be dependent on the type/location of the complex or playing fields
- Emphasis should be placed on providing safe travel areas to reduce contact between individuals
entering and exiting the park / complex.
- Must monitor for mass gathering numbers in park for all teams, leagues, for tournament play this
would be the responsibility of the Tournament Director(s) or the Host Association whose facilities
are in use.
- Should not use indoor facilities and plan for safe use of pathways / trails. Controlling crowds by
having the pathway split into 2 specific directions, as in grocery stores.
- The use of caution tape may be recommended to safely mark off areas that should not be
accessed, as well as helping to provide marked areas for travel to and from diamonds, etc.
- Volunteers will all need PPE and may need multiple tables in order to meet the distancing rules, all
work areas to be taped off
- PPE defined as mask / face coverings, gloves


Team and Player-Sign In
- Should be avoided as much as possible. Strongly recommend use of electronic registration.
- Team registration ¡V validation of the team roster could be completed by team ahead of
tournament, and submitted electronically prior to tournament
- Registration, announcer, scorekeeping tables, equipment must be disinfected after each use
and personnel change
- Scorekeeping, announcing, spotters all need 6-foot distancing may need separate tables
- Medical team will need to be fully equipped with PPE to be able to be in close contact with the
athletes, this includes team trainers etc.


Entry to concessions, washrooms, food areas
- Entry ways should be properly marked to ensure the 6-foot physical distancing rule can be
followed, or temporary closure of concession/washroom facilities may be required.
- Washrooms, maintain no lineups, clean every 2 hours, must have hand sanitizer in each,
possibly have more porta potties, to prevent line ups
Hand Sanitization
- The establishment of hand sanitization stations may be applicable for some complexes /
facilities, but at minimum must be on the bench and equipment area of every team for all
training, practices, games and tournament play. Hosts would be responsible for hand sanitizer
in each washroom, at concessions stands, at souvenir stands and at each entrance / exit at
least. Ideally hosts would also provide sanitizer on each bench as well.
- Hand sanitizer may be distributed to teams/players upon entry if the host can provide it. Teams
are required to bring their own supply of hand sanitizer to be able to participate.
-  Frequent hand sanitization will be stressed for players in all league/tournament play and may be
enforced as mandatory.


2. OFF-FIELD

Concession areas / Washroom facilities

- Concessions: may only be allowed to open if they can provide pre-packaged options, as well as
the ability to provide consistent sanitization and abide by social distancing guidelines.
- Concessions ¡V would be difficult but workers with appropriate PPE, and line ups must adhere to
the 6-foot physical distancing intervals as in grocery stores. All payments by must be made by
debit/credit/e transfer ¡V no cash transactions.
- Food areas: Dining room/ seating areas are recommended to remain closed to prevent
gathering of individuals. If open, eating surfaces will require consistent sanitization.
- Washrooms: Will require consistent attention and sanitization. Leagues may opt to keep
washroom facilities closed during play to reduce possible contamination. Must be cleaned / fully
sanitized at least once per every 2 hours by the host.
- Team snacks, picnics, shared lunches, BBQ's are not allowed

- All garbage cans must have closed lids for the disposal of sanitizing materials, tissues, and other
refuse
Medical Personnel
- If medical personnel are present they will need to have had their own training, and may be able
to provide suggestions on further safety considerations and must have their own PPE.
- A separate area / tent for treating athletes or anyone that is injured must be available that
ensures the 6 foot physical distancing requirement is maintained.
Playground areas
- Guidelines for these areas should be consistent with local guidelines/regulations. Suggestion for
tournaments is to leave them closed, but if they are open as part of the city property, then the
numbers in the playground will be included in the mass gathering numbers for your facility.

Vendors

- All vendors will be asked to follow outlined guidelines and regulations set out by the event
organizer(s) and the Province of Ontario.
- Souvenirs ¡V all payments by debit/credit card/e-transfer, no cash accepted, clothing cannot be
tried on prior to purchase, limit the amount of people in the sales area to adhere to the 6 foot
physical distancing requirements, lineup grocery store style

Hotels

- Hotels will have their own procedures and guidelines in place to ensure the safety of their
guests.
- Hotels may not allow previously accepted practices (such as sharing of rooms for X# of
individuals).
- Hotel rooms, each room should be for a family unit only, no player only / team rooms. Will they
be open, and if so what are regulations that they will put in place.
- Alterations to the length or structure of events may be required if hotel accommodations remain
unavailable.


Vehicles

- For shared vehicles (i.e. golf carts), frequent sanitization will be required. Provision of
disinfectant wipes for each vehicle would be required by the host.
- Carpooling, should be avoided. Only family members should travel together to and from games/ tournaments

Headquarters / Registration

- These locations should remain restricted to use by Host / OASA Tournament personnel only,
and roped off or restricted. Guidelines should be considered to keep players / coaches away
from these locations as much as possible. Score reporting / complaints may need to be done
electronically.
- Teams are to provide all necessary information required to participate electronically at least one
week prior to the tournament. This includes the following:

o Team roster including players and coaches and caring person (plus a name and # for
immediate contact if necessary)
o Valid identification showing the players date of birth
o COVID-19 Declaration by everyone on the roster
o Waiver of Liability from everyone on the roster (includes a parent / guardian for minors)
o Rowan's Law Concussion Code of Conduct from everyone
 
Approximately 7 to 10 days prior to the tournament the OASA will coordinate a conference call
or video meeting with all teams scheduled to participate in the upcoming tournament to review
expectations and responsibilities of everyone. This meeting will also include an umpire
representative to address any rule questions.

- Draw board will be viewed only at a distance of 12 feet and only updated by 1 or 2 designated
OASA or Host staff to restrict the number of people in contact with it
Banquets / Ceremonies
- Banquets, fireworks and opening ceremonies are not allowed
- Closing ceremonies are allowed as long as 6 foot physical distancing is maintained
- Championship plaques, medals, banners, MVP awards are to be announced only

All awards will be kept in their original packaging and given to the coach to distribute to each
athlete appropriately


3. ON-FIELD

COVID-19 signage should be in explicitly presented in the park on fencing (verify with the city when they
will install)
There will possibly be a limit on the number of diamonds in use, depending on the size of the complex /park, the proximity to each other and the mass gathering numbers. Hosts and OASA tournament
convenors will need to check with local officials prior to the event to ensure that maximum numbers of
people allowed to gather are understood and maintained throughout the tournament.

Hand Sanitization

- Should be done consistently throughout the game.
- Teams are responsible for individual and team hand sanitizer for each player, coach and caring
parent


Coin Toss / Rules and Exchange of Line-up Cards

- Ground rules procedure, one representative from each team should be allowed at home plate
for the plate conference with the 6-foot physical distancing always maintained by all parties.
- Coin flips done either virtually or with social distancing
- Line ups are ideally to be filled out and electronically shared with the other team, the umpire and
the scorekeeper. If line up cards are used they must be disinfected and placed on the backstop
for all to view (i.e. clothespin or clear holder) and not be exchanged.

Bats

- There will be no sharing of bats.
- Each player must have their own, bat, helmet and or facemask which should be cleaned after
each use
- Only the offensive team will remove a bat from the field, i.e. the batter if unsuccessful in
reaching base in the at bat or a designated team person with appropriate PPE if they do reach base.
- No bat boys / girls allowed
- Picking up the hitters bat will be the responsibility of the bench coach, and must be
cleaned after each use
- In the event there is a bat near home plate that poses a danger for the players during
game play the umpire will kick it out of the way

Player Equipment

- No gloves on fence, no bringing out gloves, batting gloves, distancing of players bags of 6 feet
- Players should be reminded to not share equipment and keep each individuals equipment
isolated ¡V 6 foot distance and reduce coming into contact with the equipment of other players.
- No batting gloves. Hand washing / sanitizing is more efficient
- Catchers equipment, each catcher must have their own and should be disinfected after each
game.
- Sharing of water bottles not allowed
- Label all water bottles and personal equipment so there is no confusion
- Make it a priority to provide your team with essentials to stay healthy ¡V Hand sanitizer,
disinfecting wipes, disinfecting spray, etc. Also, make it mandatory for players to disinfect
everything that was used during participation
- AT ALL TIMES disinfect and sterilize your own personal equipment


Protective Face Masks / Helmets

- There should be no sharing of protective face masks or helmets at any time.
Masks (non-protective)
- Face masks for the purpose of reducing potential virus transmission will be a required
stipulation for entering the park/complex/facility. Catcher, umpire, batter and any offensive
player who reaches base safely must wear a face mask, bandana, or buff will suffice.
- In lieu of medical masks, (if recommended at that time) team coloured balaclavas / bandanas
for players, coaches and umpires will be permitted. PWSA have sourced someone who can do
custom print for 1.50/piece or for 60 cents if not customized.

Balls

- The defensive team will manage (OASA to supply 1 new ball per team per game) their own balls
while in the field to reduce contact with individuals on the opposing team. No one on the
offensive team is to retrieve or touch the ball. Additional official game balls are to be supplied
by each team for each game.
- If at all possible the defensive team should retrieve all balls including homeruns and foul balls.
- Balls may require consistent sanitization (by each team every half inning) consider how often for
practices.
- Put more balls into play and have a designated person on each bench ¡§sanitize¡¨ the ball. This
would require clean water. And soap.
- Each team will have a bucket, soap and water, cloth and towel, and be responsible for cleaning
their balls between innings.
- Umpires will not handle the balls at all.
- Clean water/water source must be provided by the Association, Home Team, Tournament host
or city/municipality in which the event is held.

Catcher and Batter

- Will need to maintain 6-foot distance, when possible.
- The catcher¡¦s box ideally will be clearly marked out on the diamond.
- Both must wear a face mask while on the field of play


Catcher and Umpire

- Will need to maintain 6-foot physical distance between them, whenever possible.
- May need different positioning of the umpires dependant on the size of the field/backstop. This
may involve the umpire being positioned behind the backstop in cases where the distance
between home plate and the backstop is very short. Alternatively the umpire could potentially
be positioned behind the pitcher for younger age groups.


Batter

- On the bench ¡V 1 bench adult / assistant coach / manager only ¡V batter, then on deck batter,
then batter in the hole outside dugout, then the batting order would have to be spread out at 6-
foot intervals behind the dugout (will vary depending on park). Bench adult / assistant coach /
manager to disinfect the dugout after each player
- Sanitizer on benches to allow for frequent handwashing ¡K in between innings / after at bats.
Actually cordon off the dugouts. Have the ¡§bench¡¨ along the baseline / outfield fence, perhaps
mark off ¡§boxes¡¨ painted on the grass in 6¡¦ squares to ensure proper social distancing.
- No contact with coaches at 1st, 3rd, after home run etc. Should attempt to reduce any unnecessary contact with other players. Should also avoid using their hands to contact the ball at any time.

On-Deck Batter

- Consideration should be made as to whether having an on-deck batter reduces the ability of the
batter / umpire / catcher to remain at least 6-feet apart. If so, the on-deck batter may need to be
positioned outside of the field of play.

General Protocols

- No handshakes, team huddles, high fives, etc. allowed. Suggest a new show of respect for the
opposition at safe distance.
- Protest to be held at a safe distance, any player / coach / umpire getting heated and yelling will
be removed from the venue
- Defensive conferences at the pitcher's circle is limited to one person who must remain outside
the circle
- Mound visits with catcher / coach both must remain outside circle, catcher must raise their glove
up in front of their face
- No sunflower seeds, gum chewing or spitting
- General spitting will be discouraged for all participants, both on and off the field. Difficult to
enforce.
- Sunflower seeds / chewing tobacco or gum will be handled with a zero tolerance policy, that will
become enforceable through ejection from the game and / or removal from events.

Final Game Sheet / Lineup cards

- If lineup cards are required to be submitted following the completion of the game, these cards
should be submitted electronically by sending a picture of the card to the appropriate party, or
dropped into a designated container.

Pre-Game / Post-Game Huddles / Handshakes

- Should not be conducted at any time.
- Will not be allowed or required before or following games at any level.
- Give yourself space from your fellow teammates and coaches (No tight team huddles /
touching)
- Allow larger circled team huddles and beginning of game cheers, allow distance when giving
advice one on one, prioritize being engaged during conversations while giving yourself space
- Do not share skin on skin contact (No high fives, handshakes, elbows, etc.)
- Air fives, cheers for certain situations and accomplishments, hand gestures and a group cheer
thanking your opponent for participating
- Create a method to show support without having to high five ¡V a practiced in sync clap /
collectively as a team ( touch the dirt / do a cheer / synchronically a hand gesture)

Capacity of Players on bench / dugout

- Will need to be consistent with government guidelines relating to the maximum number of
individuals allowed to gather in a given area. Recommend 1 coach / adult at each end with a
bench adult / manager / coach = total of 3 max.
- Players may be required to sit behind the bench / dugout to help maintain safe distances
between them.

- AT ALL TIMES disinfect and sterilize any shared equipment after practice / games
- Make it a priority to provide your team with the essentials to stay healthy ¡V Hand sanitizer,
disinfecting wipes, disinfecting spray, etc. Also, make it mandatory for players to disinfect
everything that was used during participation
- AT ALL TIMES disinfect and sterilize your own personal equipment
-  Keep a hand sanitizing station in your personal team dug out. This will allow players and
coaches to have the option to feel like they have the resources they need quickly and safely
without having to leave the diamond
-  Prioritize on not putting your hands or equipment accessible to everyone near your face.
Please stress to your players that this is a MUST (exception: your own safety helmet and mask)
- Do not eat in the dugout (seeds, spitz, snacks, etc.)
 Respect other's space

Exit from playing field during game

- During the game, players entering and exiting the playing field should do so in an orderly
fashion that allows a 6-foot physical distance to be maintained between players as much as
possible.
- Any player not required to be on the field should not enter the playing surface (e.g. homerun
celebrations).

First and Third Base Coaches distance, hand taps

- If the coaches are on the playing field they should remain a minimum of 6-feet away from the
base they are coaching to prevent contact with the defensive player. Also, coaches should not
engage an offensive player with high-fives or any other physical contact.
- Field dependent: Coaches may be asked to coach from outside of the playing field if a safe
distance is unable to be maintained.

Injured Player
- If medical personnel are on hand, injured players should be dealt with primarily by these
individuals, unless further assistance is requested.
- The number of individuals attending to an injured player should be limited to the number
necessary based on the severity of the injury. Sufficient first-aid kits should be provided that
include latex gloves and facemasks to help increase the safety of their interaction with the
injured player.
- Players injured during the game must be positioned in a safe area or at the other end of the
dugout. For younger ages the parent will need to remove the child from the field and place
them in a safe place respecting all social distancing rules. (Recommend the bleachers since
they will be off limits to any spectators)

Pitching Conferences / On-Field Conferences

- Will need to be reduced to coach / pitcher conferences only, if not entirely removed.
Scorekeepers
- Scores should be reported electronically to reduce congestion at headquarter locations and
score sheets dropped in designated container

Call Challenges / Protests

- Challenges / Protests may be made as long as the challenge is made by a recognized coach in
a controlled and orderly fashion, and the coach / umpire are able to remain at a safe distance in
which neither is put at risk.

Bat Testing / Checks

- Bat testing prior to the start of games / tournaments (when applicable) will be done using a
visual check done by the umpire crew to ensure all bats have the appropriate thumbprint,
certification stamp and do not show any visible signs of damage.
- Bat testing / stickering done by leagues / tournament organizers may be postponed for the
season to prevent unnecessary contact with equipment.

Potential Rule Modifications (could be varied by age group)

- Consider using a second orange safety bag (or throw down base possibly) at first base that the
batter would use to avoid potential collisions or coming into close (less than 6 foot physical
distancing) proximity to the first baseman.
- Consider having no stealing of any bases as the catcher is positioned much deeper than normal
making it much more difficult to potentially throw out the base runner.
- Consider eliminating all tag plays, making every play at a base and home plate a force play.
This would require commit lines to be drawn on the baselines. After passing the commit line the
base runner must proceed to the next furthest base.
- Consider starting with a 1-1 count on each batter to speed up games, especially where time
limits are set for each game (i.e. tournaments with no new inning after 90 minutes)
- Consider reducing the maximum number of innings to be played by age group (i.e. U8 3 innings;
U10 + U12 4 innings; U14 + U16 5 innings; U19+ 6 innings).
- Consider capping the numbers of runs per inning by age group for the younger age groups
especially (i.e. U10 + U12 5 runs; U14 + U16 6 runs; U19+ 7 runs)
- Consider alternative versions of softball that require fewer pieces of equipment or smaller
spaces in order to play a ¡¥game¡¦ (i.e. https://baseball5.wbsc.org/) especially for younger age
groups.
- Consider increased restrictions on the number of offensive / defensive conference allowed per
game to reduce the length of time needed to play each game.
- Do not hold OASA tournaments for U10 or U12 age groups. Only have individual games
between teams or skills clinics.
- Only hold tournaments or play downs for U14 and up, depending on host availability and the
number of teams that affiliate in each age group.

Post-Game Bench / Dugout Cleaning

- Emphasis will be placed on mandatory cleaning and sanitization of the bench area following the
completion of the game. Access to extra garbage bags / recycling containers may be a request
made to specific parks / municipalities. Cleaning of the bench / dugout will be the responsibility
of the host or home team if it is just a practice or an exhibition or non-tournament game.

4. IF APPLICABLE: SPECTATORS

*PLEASE NOTE: The allowance of spectators will be dependent on the guidelines set out by the
Ontario government and local health officials. For U12 and below we will only permit competition /practice if we can adhere to the mass gathering allowances.
Screening

- All spectators should self assess prior leaving home / hotel to attend any games. If they have
any symptoms they should stay home.
- All spectators entering the park must answer the COVID-19 screening questions. If any ofthe
questions are failed entry into the park will be denied.

Seating

- Spectators will not be allowed to watch the game from inside the infield baselines. It will be
required that any spectators (if allowed) will need to bring their own chairs or blankets and sit
down the foul line or outside of the outfield fence. Seating areas including bleachers and picnic
areas will be considered off limits to prevent congregation of groups of spectators. Players who
are not required to be present for a game should be considered spectators and will be required
to follow spectator guidelines. (i.e. injured players attending to support their team).
- All spectators must adhere to the 6 foot physical distancing requirement for anyone outside of
their immediate family that they are residing with.

Hand Sanitization

- Established hand sanitization guidelines will need to be followed by all spectators. Personal
supply of hand sanitizer is required.
No sunflower seeds, gum chewing or spitting
 As is consistent with guidelines for participants, spectators will not be allowed any seeds, gum,
or chewing tobacco and will be asked to remove it from the area.

Restaurant / Bar / Concession / Playground Area

- Spectator use of these areas will be dependent on the operational guidelines of these areas /
facilities as outlined by facility management / municipal governments.

Pets / Minor Children

- Spectators / participants will be asked to leave small children / pets at home if possible to
reduce the number of individuals present at a game or event. If they are present they must be
supervised at all times by a parent / guardian.

Crowds

- Crowding will not be tolerated. Individuals will be asked to respect the 6-foot physical distancing
rules at all times. When physical distancing is not being observed and gatherings of individuals
become too large they will be asked to separate.

5. UMPIRES

Catcher and Home Plate Umpire

- Umpires equipment / clothing changes may require multiple tents or a limit to the number inside
a tent at any given time. Umpire clothing is not to be hung in the park or public areas, etc. but
must go into their own vehicle.
- To ensure maintenance of a safe distance, umpires will be required to utilize an exaggerated
inside / outside slot position as long as the umpire has the ability to perform their duties as the
home plate umpire from these positions.
- The home plate umpire will be required to wear a non medical mask at all times while on the
diamond.

Player Equipment (removal of bat, handing to on-deck batter)

- Will not be considered the responsibility of the umpire. Specifically, the removal of bats from the
field will be the responsibility of the offensive team based on guidelines outlined previously in
the On-Field section.

2nd Base Umpire / Other Field Umpires
- Must be able to position themselves in a position at least 6-feet away from any defensive player.

Umpire Conferences

- Umpire conferences may be allowed to take place, as long as they are conducted in a safe
manner such that the umpires can be away from any players, and can maintain a 6-foot physical
distance between one another.

Call Challenges / Protests
- As mentioned, challenges / protests can be made by a coach in a safe and controlled manner.
The umpire will have the authority to eject said coach if they feel their safe distance is being
encroached upon and the coach has not respected any request to remain at a safe distance.
Water Bottles
- No sharing of water bottles between umpires, and refillable water bottles will be strongly
recommended.
Hand Sanitization
- Umpires will be subject to any hand sanitization guidelines provided by the league / tournament
organizer.
- Umpires will be asked to supply their own personal hand sanitizer.

Responsibility
- Umpires are responsible for enforcing guidelines on-field / inside the dugout during the game.
Lightning / Inclement Weather
-  All persons must return to the vehicle in which they arrived at the park, no congregating under
tents, shelters etc.

 

Other Considerations

 Restaurants – are there enough open locally, or with enough seating given social distancing to
feed teams etc.
 Sunscreen – there is conflicting recommendations and will be used only at the discretion of the
player/parent and not shared with any other person/persons
 Tournament scheduling needs to have at least an hour (30 – 45 minutes?) between game end /
game start times to minimize / maintain maximum participant numbers in the space. This allows
one set of teams / participants to leave the premises, before the next set of team needs to come
in and warm-up appropriately.
 Bring your own personal snacks and or food and be sure to consume away from other’s or
during participation of your practice / games
 Depending on the number of teams / associations able to host a tournament and the number of
teams that affiliate in an age group we will consider creating ideally maximum 8 team A, B, C
groups based on seeding from team results in 2019 primarily (plus other information if available)
to crown provincial champions.
 If we are limited by teams that affiliate in any age group or a lack of hosts able to run
tournaments, we will consider running regional play downs to crown regional / provincial
champions, using a double knockout, round robin or two out of three format (tbd). Depending
on the number of teams involved and the timing of the play downs we will look at potentially
having smaller (4 teams?) tournaments to determine provincial champions.
 If the season is really short, or tournaments or regional play downs are not able to be run OASA
will consider running regional Skills Camps or a series of festivals regionally to allow athletes
and coaches to participate in at least some softball activities in 2020.

5 or less Gathering limit
 no teams or games – skill development / practices only
 1 coach – max 4 athletes
 consider grouping by positions to work on skills (pitchers and catchers; infielders; outfielders)

10 or less Gathering limit
 no full teams or regular games – skill development / practices only
 1 – 2 coaches – 8 – 9 athletes
 consider grouping by positions to work on skills or small team challenges (3 – 4 per team)
OASA Return to Play Guidelines
OASA Return to Play Guidelines draft 20200524 18
Less than 30 Participants Mass Gathering limitation
 2 teams – no spectators
 1 - 2 umpires
 1 - 2 OASA representatives
 Volunteers – depends on park, entrances, numbers, etc but estimated to be 4 – 10+

30 - 50 Participants
 2 teams @ Maximum roster sizes with coaches would have to 14 to 20 (assuming no spectators) I
think the number of coaches present is going to have to be limited so that there is only the permitted
number of participants at the venue.
 1-2 umpires / game
 1-2 OASA representatives
 Volunteers – depends on park, entrances, numbers, etc. but estimated to be 4 – 10+

50-75 Participants
 Maximum roster size 20, puts 2 to 3 teams with some spectators at the higher end of the threshold
 Maximum 2 umpires / game
 Maximum 2 OASA representatives
 Volunteers - depends on park, entrances, numbers etc. but estimated to be 4 – 10+

75-100 Participants
 Maximum roster size 20 … puts 3 to 5 teams depending on spectator numbers to be considered
 Maximum 2 umpires / game
 Maximum 2 OASA representatives
 Volunteers - depends on park, entrances, numbers etc. but est. 4 – 10+

 

 

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