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Covid-19 Protocols

Hall County Parks Safe Play Protocols

Youth Basketball

General:

  • No one with symptoms of fever, cough, or worsening respiratory symptoms, or any known exposure to a person with COVID-19, should attend any HCPL activity until cleared by a medical professional.
  • Any individual, including players, at risk for severe illness or with serious underlying medical or respiratory condition should only attend HCPL activities with permission from a medical professional.
  • All parents must sign a hold harmless waiver in order participation.
  • No food or concession sales will be available.
  • All practices and games will follow all local and state directives regarding the number of people allowed to gather in one place.
  • Time between practices and games will be added for cleaning and disinfecting.

Gyms:

  • Coaches and Volunteers must wear a mask when in the facility.
  • Players, Coaches, and Fans should practice social distancing from anyone that is not a member of their household.
  • Players must socially distance when possible. Utilize areas along the benches areas as needed.
  • Players and coaches should take measures to prevent all but the essential contact necessary to play the game. This should include refraining from handshakes, high fives, fist/elbow bumps, chest bumps, and group celebrations.

Equipment and Personal Items:

  • No player’s personal equipment should be brought.  Basketballs will be provided for pregame warmups and the games.  These will be disinfected periodically throughout the game and in between games.
  • Athletes, managers/coaches, and officials should bring their own personal water bottles to all team activities. Drinks should be labeled with the person’s name. Teams should have no use of shared or team beverages or food.

Spectators:

  • Masks must be worn in the facilities at all times.
  • Bleachers will be marked for same areas for members of a family/house hold.
  • It is highly recommended that spectators be limited to two per player. (Exceptions will be made for siblings)
  • Players and families should vacate the facility as soon as is reasonably possible after the conclusion of their game to minimize unnecessary contact with players, coaches, and spectators from the next game.
  • Practices should be limited to the managers/coaches and players. Parents may socially distance outside of the gym or sit in their cars.
  • If there is a game or practice prior to your event, families and spectators are encouraged to stay in their vehicles or at recommended social distances until the start of their game play to prevent overcrowding of spectator spaces and lobbies.

 

Per CDC Guidelines:

     For those at higher risk, we recommend limiting contacts with others as much as possible or restricting contact to a small number of people who are willing to take measures to reduce the risk of becoming infected.  In other words, when you must go out into the community, being in contact with few people is better than many, shorter periods are better than longer, and contact at greater distance, ideally, at least six feet, are better than closer.  Everyone can take these steps to protect themselves, their family, and their communities, but they are particularly important for people who are at higher risk and for people who live with and care for individuals at higher risk. 

In summary, the keys to COVID prevention remain — number one, social distancing.  Number two, frequent hand washing and hand hygiene.  Number three, staying away from others if you are ill. And number four, properly wearing a face covering when you are unable to social distance.

Elite League:

- Registration will begin on 10/12/20 and will end on 10/30/20.

- Practice will begin the week of 11/30 / Games will begin the week of January 4th.

- Only Hall County teams will be allowed to participate to limit out of county exposure.

- Practice spaces may be limited.

- If there are not enough teams for a division to be created (minimum 4 teams), players will have    

  the ability to register within the recreational league before 10/30.  These players will be

  included in the recreational group and will be subject to the draft process.

 

  Recreational League:

 

- Registration will begin on 10/12/20 and will end on 10/30/20.

- Practice will begin the week of 11/30 / Games will begin the week of January 4th.

 -Teams will be able to practice at community centers until games begin.  Once games begin,    

   practice space may be limited. (Unless Hall County Schools allows for use of their gyms for

   practice.)

 

Games are subject to be scheduled and played during the week or on weekends.

 

 - Registration fee will be $100 per player.  There will be no admission fee for the season.


Hall County Parks Safe Play Protocols

Youth Baseball and Softball

General:

  • Anyone with symptoms of fever, cough, or worsening respiratory symptoms, or any known exposure to a person with COVID-19, should not attend any HCPL activity until cleared by a medical professional.
  • Any individual, including players, at risk for severe illness or with serious underlying medical or respiratory condition should only attend HCPL activities with permission from a medical professional.
  • Any coach or player that returns a positive test must quarantine for 14 days.
  • Any coach or player that has had a direct exposure (within 6ft for more than 15 minutes) must quarantine for 14 days.
  • All parents must sign a hold harmless waiver for player(s) in order to participate.
  • All practices and games will follow all local and state directives regarding the number of people allowed to gather in one place.
  • Time between practices and games will be added for cleaning and disinfecting.
  • HCPLS will suspend all activities if at any point GHSA cancels fall sports.

On-Field:

  • Coaches and Volunteers must wear a mask when on the playing field and in dugouts during the duration of the game, including warm-up.
  • We will play at two facilities for games in order to properly manage protocols.
  • Players, Coaches, and Fans should practice social distancing from anyone that is not a member of their household.
  • Players must socially distance while in the dugout when on offense. Utilize areas behind the dugout or outside of the fence down the foul line.
  • Players and coaches should take measures to prevent all but the essential contact necessary to play the game. This should include refraining from handshakes, high fives, fist/elbow bumps, chest bumps, and group celebrations. Post-game players and coaches should line up on the first and third baselines and tip their cap in respect to the opposing team.
  • Sunflower seeds, gum, etc., shall not be allowed in dugouts or on the playing field.
  • All players and coaches are to refrain from spitting at all times, including in dugout areas and on the playing field.
  • One umpire shall be assigned to each game and will call balls and strikes from behind the pitcher’s mound in order to maintain a proper social distance.

 

Equipment and Personal Items:

  • All personal player bat bags/equipment bags should be spaced accordingly to prevent direct contact inside or outside the dugout.
  • Players should have their own individual batter’s helmet, glove, and bat.  These should not be shared with any other players.
  • Athletes, managers/coaches, and umpires should bring their own personal drinks and snacks to all team activities. Drinks should be labeled with the person’s name. Teams should have no use of shared or team beverages or food.

Spectators:

  • Spectators will need to bring their own chairs in order to properly social distance.
  • Players and families should vacate the field/facility as soon as is reasonably possible after the conclusion of their game to minimize unnecessary contact with players, coaches, and spectators from the next game
  • Practices should be limited to the managers/coaches and players. Parents may socially distance outside of the field of play or sit in their cars.
  • If there is a game or practice prior to your event, families and spectators are encouraged to stay in their vehicles or at recommended social distances until the start of their game play to prevent overcrowding of spectator spaces and walkways.

 

Facilities:

  • Bleachers will not be available due to social distancing practices.
  • Pop-up tents are not permitted.
  • No public water will be provided.
  • Dugouts and restrooms will be disinfected following each game.
  • Game balls will be disinfected between innings.  
  • No food or concession sales will be available.
  • No post game picnics.
  • Staff will retrieve all foul balls outside the playing areas.
  • HCPLS will suspend all activities if at any point GHSA cancels fall sports.

 

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