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Mar, 2021

COVID-19 Protocols

In addition to the annual Safety Plan, for the 2021 season Portland Little League (PLL) has adopted several safety measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic. PLL has adopted the Safety Plan and this COVID-19 Mitigation Protocol while incorporating Little League International’s BEST PRACTICES, and in compliance with Little League International’s 15 REQUIREMENTS FOR AN APPROVED SAFETY PLAN.

Additionally, and following the Governor’s Executive Orders, guidance from the MAINE Center for Disease Control, Maine Principals Association and local health officials, these safety policies will be in effect at all PLL baseball and softball games, practices and any other PLL activities. Some guidelines may vary by specific facility.

Guidance from the above entities may change before or during the season, therefore the protocols listed below are subject to change. If we do makes changes to our COVID-19 protocols, we will update them on our website and communicate them via email and our social media pages.

I. Health/Social Distancing

Do not attend a PLL activity or event if you:

  • are not feeling well
  • are showing symptoms of COVID-19
  • are required to self-isolate/quarantine
  • have been in contact with someone who has recently started showing symptoms of or tested positive for COVID-19

This requirement applies to all players, spectators and volunteers.

b. All persons at a Little League activity must follow social distancing guidelines (at least 6 feet apart from people outside of family unit) unless they are on the field of play.

c. Players, coaches, umpires, spectators and adult volunteers on the premises must wear face coverings at all times, per current Executive Order. “Gaiters” are not approved face coverings.

d. There will be no handshakes, high fives, or other person-to-person contact before, during or after the game. Players can do a tip of the cap or some other gesture to congratulate their teammates and to show respect to the opposing team after the game. Home plate celebrations are prohibited.

e. Portland Little League will have hand sanitizer for players, coaches and umpires at all activities. PLL strongly encourages all people attending an activity to bring hand sanitizer, and to use it frequently.

f. Umpires are encouraged to limit contact with players. The plate umpire may stand behind the pitcher, if preferred.

II. Equipment

a. There will be no sharing of equipment. Players are required to bring their own equipment to each game/practice. PLL strongly urges all equipment and caps to be labeled with the player’s name.

b. PLL will loan equipment to any player that needs it. However, in the event that league-provided (especially helmets and catcher’s gear) equipment is used, it must be sanitized between uses.

c. Scorekeeping should be done by team coaches or team parent/guardian via GameChanger.

d. The defensive team provides the ball, and holds it on its bench when on offense. A ball that leaves the field of play and is handled by a spectator must be disinfected before re-entering the field. A re-entered ball must be transferred to the pitcher or umpire by the defensive team’s manager or coach.

III. Food/Drink, Restrooms

a. Players shall not share food or drink with other players (this includes sunflower seeds, water bottles, Gatorade, gum, etc.). If players bring a drink bottle, it should be clearly marked with that player's name.

b. There will be no team drink dispensers.

c. No spitting is allowed on premises.

d. There will be no sunflower seeds or gum allowed at a PLL activity.

e. Depending on city policy, there might not be trash cans on premises – which would necessitate a "Carry-in, carry out" policy. Please help keep facilities clean by bringing home any trash.

f. Porta-potties will be professionally maintained and cleaned. People attending a PLL activity are strongly urged to bring sanitizer.

g. A departing team shall sanitize the dugout immediately after a game or practice.