CEDAR PARK YOUTH LEAGUE (“CPYL”) COVID-19 PROTOCOLS AND GUIDELINES (PDF)
Minimizing the risk of any CPYL volunteer, coach, player, family member and visitor contracting COVID-19 at any CPYL sanctioned sporting event is of upmost importance to CPYL. To that end, the below protocols and guidelines are intended to help facilitate that purpose - keeping in mind that such protocols and guidelines are not meant to eliminate all risks of COVID-19 exposure, as that is literally impossible.
Per the Office of the Texas Governor, every CPYL adult volunteer, coach, and parent of players is responsible for being aware of the risk factors and symptoms associated with COVID-19, as well as the inherent risks of attending and participating in youth sports during this COVID-19 pandemic.
Every CPYL adult volunteer, coach, and parent of players is responsible for being aware of all CPYL protocols and guidelines and must be willing to comply with these infection control measures that will be in place in order to enter any CPYL facility and/or have their child participate in any CPYL sanctioned sporting event. (An acknowledgment form that these protocols and guidelines have been read and understood will be provided and accessible on the CPYL website and must be signed before any person is allowed to participate in any CPYL sanctioned activity – Form No. COVID-19-1). Failure to comply with these guidelines could potentially jeopardize the viability of CPYL completing the current season.
EVERYONE MUST PLEASE DO THEIR PART AND RESPECT THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF ALL WHO WILL COME TO CPYL TO HAVE THE MOST PLEASANT EXPERIENCE POSSIBLE CONSIDERING THE CIRCUMSTANCES IMPOSED BY THE CURRENT COVID-19 PANDEMIC!!!
CPYL will continue to work with and monitor updates and recommendations from Federal, State and Local Officials, and will update protocols and guidelines as deemed necessary.
CPYL encourages reporting of any valid concerns and/or violations of the below protocols and guidelines to CPYL Administration via the associated CPYL Administration emails provided on the CPYL Website.
Social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” means keeping a safe space between yourself and other people who are not from your household.
To practice social or physical distancing, stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people who are not from your household in both indoor and outdoor spaces.
Social distancing should be practiced in combination with other everyday preventive actions to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including wearing masks, avoiding touching your face with unwashed hands, and frequently washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
GENERAL AND FACILITY PROTOCOLS AND GUIDELINES
- Everyone attending CPYL facilities and any CPYL sanctioned events MUST practice social distancing.
- Physical closeness and the length of time coaches, players, umpires, players, family members and visitors maintain between each other at CPYL sanctioned events is encouraged to be minimized as reasonably and feasibly possible.
- All posted rules regarding social distancing policies on CPYL property must be followed.
- Use of masks will not be mandatory, but highly recommended, except as indicated otherwise.
- All concession volunteers MUST wear a mask while in the concession stands engaging with other volunteers and transacting with concession customers.
- No eating of sunflower seeds or chewing of gum is allowed in parks. (COVID issue if not disposed of properly).
- No spitting is allowed in the parks.
- Family members and/or visitors are responsible for properly disposing of all trash from sitting and viewing areas in designated garbage cans – especially trash that is a COVID issue if not disposed of properly, such as water bottles, Gatorade bottles, uneaten food, etc. PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO COMPLY WITH THIS REQUIREMENT.
- Hand sanitizers will be strategically placed and accessible in all CPYL bathrooms and concession stands.
- BMOD members are encouraged to be equipped with facial coverings and gloves when collecting trash as part of their BMOD duties.
- All CPYL board members, coaches, umpires, family members and/or players must self-screen themselves (players by parents) before attending CPYL sanctioned BMOD shifts, practices and/or games for any new or worsening signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, feeling feverish or measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit, and known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed COVID-19.
- Any board member, coach, umpire, family member or player who has been in direct contact with a person who has COVID-19 (“close contact”), will not be allowed to return to CPYL activities, CPYL facilities and/or CPYL practices until 14 days have passed since their last exposure to that person, or that person tests negative after 10 days since their last exposure to that person. However, anyone who has had close contact with someone with COVID-19 and who:
- developed COVID-19 illness within the previous 3 months and
- has recovered and
- remains without COVID-19 symptoms (for example, cough, shortness of breath) is excepted from these requirements.
- If a board member, coach, umpire, family member or player tests positive for COVID19 with symptoms, they are encouraged to self-report the results to the CPYL the Director of Park Safety, Health and Security as immediate as possible. CPYL will notify applicable county and/or city health officials for further guidance on how to proceed, including at minimum (unless otherwise directed by county and/or city health officials):
- Notify CPYL members and families of the positive case while maintaining confidentiality win accordance with applicable laws and regulations; and
- Require the person to stay away from all CPYL activities, CPYL facilities, other CPYL team members, and/or off-site CPYL practices until 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, and goes 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, and other symptoms are improving – with the exception of loss of taste or smell which may persist for weeks or months after recovery; or if your healthcare provider recommends additional testing, CPYL will need a negative COVID 19 test result for that person to resume CPYL activities and be allowed back on CPYL facilities.
- Notwithstanding the above, if a player is not able to attend public school because the player tests positive for COVID-19, the player will not be allowed to attend CPYL activities until he is cleared to go back to school. If a player is considered a “close contact” by the player’s school, the player must follow the “close contact” COVID-19 Guidelines as described above.
- CPYL encourages all volunteers, coaches, umpires, players, family members, and visitors to stay home when appropriate without fear of reprisal.
- CPYL reserves the right to add protocols and guidelines as needed and/or required by local and state officials.
- All the above protocols and guidelines apply at all CPYL on-site and off-site sanctioned practices.
- CPYL encourages minimizing the amount of necessary touching of shared equipment and gear between coaches and players. (Coaches are responsible for assuring that his/her players understand this rule).
- Sharing of items – especially water coolers/bottles, and equipment that is difficult to clean, sanitize and disinfect is not allowed. (Coaches are responsible for assuring that his/her players understand this rule). If any equipment needs to be shared, such as catcher’s equipment, it must be sanitized before it is shared.
- No sunflower seeds or gum allowed on the field or in the dugouts. (Coaches are responsible for assuring that his/her players understand this rule).
- No spitting on the field or in the dugouts is allowed. (Coaches are responsible for assuring that his/her players understand this rule).
- No High Fives or Hand Shakes between teams, coaches, players or umpires is allowed at anytime before, during or after the game.
- Teams shall line up along the first and third base lines and tip their caps towards the other team as a sign of sportsmanship after each game is concluded.
THESE CPYL COVID-19 PROTOCOLS AND RULES SHALL REMAIN IN FORCE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE BY CPYL BOARD OF DIRECTORS.