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Updated LACDPH Protocols for Youth Sports

LA County Department of Public Health guidelines and protocols issued by the Health Officer related to COVID-19 are still in place and must be followed by the league. These changes are fluid and are updated periodically. We thank you in advance for reading this in its entirety. The safety of the players and their families is our highest priority. Failure to adhere to these protocols may put our players at risk and lead to the closure of the program.

Recent updates 1/3/22:
• Updated to reflect a minimum 7-day suspension of all team activities for any youth sports team in which there has been an outbreak of four or more epidemiologically linked cases over a 14-day period.
• Masking restrictions have been extended. In addition to masking required for all indoor sports when practicable, masking is now also required for moderate and high-risk outdoor sports where distancing is not possible, when practicable.
• Recommendation and hyperlink added regarding new DPH guidance for improving ventilation in gymnasiums.
• Updated to reflect that the threshold for Mega Events has been lowered from 10,000 to 5,000 attendees for outdoor Mega Events and from 1,000 to 500 attendees for indoor Mega Events.

LACDPH Protocol for Organized Youth Sports: Appendix S (1/3/2022)

Summary of  order dated 8/30/2021
Outdoor Moderate or High Risk Sports (baseball/softball) for youth 12 and older, staff, coaches and volunteers.

-  Fully vaccinated* players 12 and older, staff, coaches and volunteers are not required to test weekly. They must show proof of full vaccination
-   A weekly negative COVID-19 test result is required for all participants 12 and older who are not fully vaccinated, including children who are playing, staff, coaches, and volunteers; weekly school testing fulfills this obligation.

Who is affected?
-  Players 12 years of age and older in the Major and Junior divisions
-  All coaches, assistant coaches, umpires and other league volunteers

Who is not affected?
-  Players under 12 years (Tee Ball thru Major divisions) old are NOT required to be tested weekly for the COVID-19.

How does Ladera Little League Comply with the updated Health Officer Order?
The League’s protocols are as follows:

1) Players 12 year and older, coaches, umpires, board members and other volunteers who are fully vaccinated MUST complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Verification Form

2) Unvaccinated players 12 year and older, coaches, umpires, board members and other volunteers will complete the Weekly COVID-19 Test Result Submission Form to show proof of negative COVID-19 virus test results on a weekly basis before they can participate in any league activity.

Note: If a player is tested at school weekly (e.g., LAUSD schools), school test results can be uploaded as proof.

The above is required for all players 12 and older, coaches, umpires, before they can participate in a practice/workout or game.


3) The League will be utilizing the Game Changer Team Manager App for attendance and health screening purposes. Please download the Game Changer Team Manager App from the App Store or Google Play Store to check-in with your players attendance and complete the health screen before arriving at the field for practices, workouts or games.

4) Mask wearing is strongly recommended for all league participants, particularly when players and volunteers and families are in the stands or congregating with others outside of their household, regardless of vaccination status.

Required Forms:
Families must complete and return the Forms linked below and on the league website to complete Fall Ball registration:

-   Medical Release Form

-   Ladera Little League Informed Consent Waiver 2021

Reporting for Players under 12 (Tee Ball thru Majors)

- Players and Volunteers with Positive Covid-19 testing and/or symptoms must make a report using our online reporting form.

Upon receipt of a report of a positive COVID-19 test, Ladera Little League will:
-  Keep any information reported confidential
-  Follow the County's required reporting protocols for positive cases
-  Notify exposed participants as required per County protocol.

We thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Ladera Little League Board of Directors

COVID-19 Protocols

Hello Ladera Little League Families,

We had to do a lot of preparation to be allowed to start and we have guidelines and protocols in place we MUST follow. Failure to adhere to these guidelines and protocols may put our players at risk and cause the program to be shut down. We would like to highlight the following key protocols. We know that this is a lot of information, but please read all the way through. The safety of your family is our highest priority.

FOR EVERYONE

·       While at the field, everyone is required to wear face masks at all times

·       Please maintain physical distancing of 6 feet at a minimum and 20 feet from any group at the field, unless you have been designated to assist the Coach

·       Minimize the number of people coming to the field. No friends and should only be immediate family members living in the same dwelling (one parent/guardian per player is preferred)

·       If your child has any of the following symptoms, please keep them at home and do not bring them to the field:

o   Fever or chills

o   Cough

o   Congestion or runny nose

o   Shortness of breath

o   Fatigue

o   Muscle or body aches

o   Sore throat

o   Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea

o   Headache

·       New loss of taste or smell

·       If you have come into contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID 19 in the last two weeks, do not come to the field

·       The bleachers will be used for players only, and closed to spectators. If you plan on staying, please bring your own seating

PLAYER HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOL

·       Players sit 6 feet apart anywhere on the field or at the batting cages.

·       Safety protocols will include:

o   Using hand sanitizer or washing with soap upon entering the field.

o   Wearing a face masks at all times.

o   Not sharing any equipment and touching/handling only your own equipment.

§ At minimum players should come to the field with their own glove, bat and batting helmet

§  It is preferred that all players planning to play or learn the position of catcher bring his/her own catchers                      gear 

o   No eating, chewing gum or spitting in the dugout or cages.

o   No handshakes, high fives, fist bumps or any other personal contact will be allowed between players/coaches. 

MANAGER/COACH HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOL

·       Coaches will wear face masks at all times.

·       Coaches will stay at least six feet away from players and any assistants.

·       Assistant coaches will have to follow same protocols. 

VOLUNTEER/SPECTATOR SAFETY PROTOCOL

·       Everyone over the age of 2 will need to wear a face covering while at the Ladera Little League fields.

·       Spectators should practice physical distancing of at least 6 feet from anyone not in their immediate f  family/household while watching the games.

·       It is preferred that only one parent/guardian attend the session with their child, but at maximum, only immediate family members who live in the same household/dwelling of players will be allowed to attend.

·       Spectators should maintain a distance of at least 20 feet from the area with activity (i.e., field, cages and bleachers).

·       Spectators should bring their own seating for watching from the outfield.

GENERAL FACILITY CLEANING AND SAFETY GUIDELINES

·       Snack stand sales will not be allowed (players, coaches, and spectators will need to bring their own snacks and drinks).

·       A parent or guardian should escort their player to the restroom and should either go in with them or remain right outside the door.

Please send an email to [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

Thank you,
Courtney Taylor
Ladera Little League President
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