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Parkland Youth Softball Association COVID-19 Return to Play Plan

The following plan outlines best practices for the Parkland Youth Softball Association, as developed by our Board of Directors in coordination with USSSA Softball POST COVID-19 Task Force. These best practices are designed to help league representatives, parents, and players with direction for operating events post COVID-19. They do not replace or supersede any protocols or restrictions outlined by The City of Parkland, Broward County, or the State of Florida. All league representatives, parents, and players must continue to follow local or state guidelines, and CDC guidelines as areas begin to open and play resumes.

League Procedures
1.Follow all local and state guidelines for facilities and events.
2. All City, County, State, and Parkland Softball Rules/Orders, as well as CDC guidelines for proper sanitation procedures will be posted at the fields.
3. A team and event e-mail must be sent to all teams, team managers, coaches, players/parents, umpires in the week leading up to an event of play. The e-mail will:
1) Encourage all event attendees to practice social distancing and adhere to all CDC guidelines for sanitation as outlined herein. 
2) Explain that any person who is experiencing symptoms of sickness will be prohibited from attending the event. 
3) All League Representatives, parents, players, and umpires must take their temperature before attending a league event.  If their temperature is greater than or equal to 100.4 degrees, they cannot participate.
3) Make clear that all posted and published local- and state-regulated guidelines shall be followed. 
4. Take proactive steps in creating social distancing environments. 
a. Inspect designated seating and viewing areas for fans, marking off, and or closing seating if social distancing cannot be maintained. 
b. When using a tent for league event, social distancing must be maintained. If a spectator is using a tent, or has brought their own chairs, only their immediate family can be in that area. 
d. Create one-way entry and exit flow to the fields, to direct foot traffic. 
5. Minimize player contact by eliminating team/player handshakes and team/player high fives. No group meetings between teams on the field.  Ensure social distancing between teams in effect beyond the field of play. Suggest other means of game celebrations and team sportsmanship at the end of games (e.g., ask players to tip their caps/visors, or have teams bow to each other from across the field). 
6. League Representatives, parents, players, and umpires must adhere to the guidelines from CDC, state and local authorities regarding potential state travel restrictions and stay-at home orders, including return to state of residence. 
7. In dugouts, discontinue use of any shared items (Shared equipment, food, Etc.). Players should bring their own, equipment and personal water bottle. 

 Field-of-Play Procedures

1. Follow all local and state guidelines for facilities and events. 
2. The managers meeting at home plate should be limited to one coach from each team plus the umpires. No players at plate meeting. Eliminate the meeting if possible. 
3. Where possible, consider options for limiting both the pitching and the scorecard exchanges, in order to reduce person-to-person contact. 
4. Allow teams to spread players out; expand the dugout area when room permits and only if player safety will not be compromised. Expansion of the team dugouts should not be done into foul ball areas. Attempt to limit bench personnel to essential team personnel. 
5. The players and coaches will be supplied with disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer for disinfecting playing equipment and cleaning hands throughout the practice/game. 
6. Allow players to wear PPE items if they choose, as long as the items do not compromise the safety of any and all participants in the game. 
7. Require teams to clean their dugout of all trash and other items after each game, and to wipe down (clean) hard surfaces such as benches, bat racks, etc. with supplied disinfectant wipes.
8. Upon arriving at a dugout for the first time, teams are to disinfect hard surface areas (benches, bat racks, etc.). Procedures #7 and #8 here will comply with the CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting. 
9. Practice and game times will be adjusted on a staggered format, increasing the amount of time between practices/ games, to minimize overlap and traffic flow. 
10. Sunflower seeds, gum, and team snacks will not be allowed until further notice.

Parkland Youth Softball Association Official Return to Play Waiver

In consideration of being allowed to participate in any way in Parkland Youth Softball Association sponsored events, the undersigned acknowledges, appreciates, and agrees that: 
1. The risk of injury and/or illness from the activities involved in the program is significant, including the potential for permanent paralysis and death, and while particular rules, equipment, and personal discipline may reduce the risk, the risk of serious injury does exist. 
2. The risk to have contact with individuals, who have been exposed to and/or have been diagnosed with one or more communicable diseases, including but not limited to COVID-19 or other medical conditions, diseases, or maladies does exist, and it is impossible to eliminate the risk that I could be exposed to and/or become infected through contact with or close proximity with an individual with a communicable disease; 
3. I KNOWINGLY AND FREELY ASSUME ALL SUCH RISKS, both known and unknown, EVEN IF ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES or others, and assume all full responsibility for my participation. 
4. I willingly agree to comply with the stated and customary terms and conditions for participation. If, however, I observe any unusual significant hazard during my presence or participation, I will remove myself from participation and bring such to the attention of the nearest official immediately; and 
5. I, for myself and on behalf of my heirs, assigns, personal representatives and next of kin, HEREBY RELEASE AND HOLD HARMLESS THE PARKLAND YOUTH SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION AND CITY OF PARKLAND, their officers, officials, agents and/or employees, other participants, sponsoring agencies, sponsors, advertisers, and if applicable, owners and lessors of the premises used to conduct the event ("Releasees"), WITH RESPECT TO ANY AND ALL INJURY, ILLNESS, DISABILITY, DEATH, or loss or damage to person or property, WHETHER ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES OR OTHERWISE. 
6. I HAVE READ THIS RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK AGREEMENT, FULLY UNDERSTAND ITS TERMS, UNDERSTAND THAT I HAVE GIVEN UP SUBSTANTIAL RIGHTS BY AGREEING TO IT ON MY OWN BEHALF OR ON BEHALF OF THE YOUTH PARTICIPANT ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GUARDIAN, AND I SIGN IT FREELY AND VOLUNTARILY WITHOUT ANY INDUCEMENT. 




Name: _________________________________


Signature: ______________________________


Parent/Guardian of: _______________________


Field Status

Open Open

Betty Stradling (11:25 AM | 01/25/19)

Open Open

North (11:35 AM | 01/25/19)

Open Open

West (11:35 AM | 01/25/19)

Open Open

South (02:53 PM | 02/12/20)

Open Open

Cypress Park (11:27 AM | 01/25/19)

Open Open

Field 1 (11:27 AM | 01/25/19)

Open Open

Field 2 (11:27 AM | 01/25/19)

Open Open

Field 3 (11:27 AM | 01/25/19)

Open Open

Field 4 (11:27 AM | 01/25/19)

Open Open

Sabal Pines Park (11:28 AM | 01/25/19)

Open Open

Field 2 (11:28 AM | 01/25/19)

Open Open

Field 6 (11:28 AM | 01/25/19)

Open Open

Field 5 (03:03 PM | 02/12/20)

Open Open

Terramar Park (11:33 AM | 01/25/19)

Open Open

Field 3 (11:33 AM | 01/25/19)

Open Open

Field 5 (11:33 AM | 01/25/19)

Open Open

Field 2 (10:08 PM | 02/04/20)

Open Open

Pine Trails Park (10:08 PM | 02/04/20)

Open Open

Field C (10:08 PM | 02/04/20)

Open Open

Hosford Park (02:21 PM | 02/12/20)

Open Open

Field 1 (02:21 PM | 02/12/20)

Open Open

FAU Stadium (08:54 PM | 02/13/20)

Open Open

Field 1 (08:54 PM | 02/13/20)