In advance of the 2022 Spring season, our interim Big Willow COVID-19 Policy is outlined as follows, based on MDH / CDC guidance. At this point, families should be pretty familiar with the safety protocols already being in place in the schools.
Prior to attending
For indoor events
Per MDH/CDC guidelines for youth sports and baseball, Big WIllow encourages regular testing for youth atheletes. Please find additional information on no-cost testing resources <here>.
Regular season guidelines will be updated prior to opening day, and will follow applicable MDH / CDC guidelines. Please feel free to contact Big Willow (email@example.com) with any questions.
Updates to COVID-19 safety guidelines effective 8/2
Big Willow Families -
In order to ensure these last weeks of summer ball are safe for our youth athletes and families (and in light of recent increased levels of community spread, increased rate of infection with the Delta variant, etc.) the following COVID-19 safety guidelines are now in effect. Board members will be on site to assist with players, teams and families as needed.
Please notify Big Willow if your child (or other family members) become sick with COVID-19 symptoms, test positive for COVID-19, or have been exposed to someone with a confirmed (or suspected) case at any time within 2 weeks of attending a Big Willow event (email firstname.lastname@example.org). Please refrain from having your child or other family members attend Big Willow events until cleared. The COVID-19 safety coordinator will work with you to determine next steps and timelines for "return to play" (e.g. based on the circumstances immediately or over the 14-day quarantine / expedited 10-day or 7-day quarantine, etc.), and will notify your team's coach as appropriate.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out via email email@example.com at any time.
We look forward these last weeks of summer ball, and your continued support in together keeping our kids and community safe!
Updated message to Big Willow families as we continue in to the 2021 summer season
As fellow parents, we at the Big Willow Baseball Association are excited to continue in to our 2021 summer season! While we know this outbreak has been stressful to many, and recognize that exercising and participating in activities like sports can be a healthy way to cope with stress and connect with our community.
The Big Willow Baseball Association has established its guidelines based on recommended best practices and in alignment with applicable guidelines from the MDH and CDC in order to protect players, families, and our community. Please note that all guidelines from local, state and federal officials supersede Big Willow’s recommendations and guidelines. These guidelines do change from time to time, and will be updated as appropriate, along with communication to families, coaches, volunteers and staff.
We at the Big Willow Baseball Association recognize that returning to the field is a risk / reward situation that each family will need to assess for themselves. The benefits in sports and physical activity with friends has both physical and psychological health beneﬁts for children and adolescents. The decision to participate in sports does not mean engaging in sports is without risk. Any time you gather with other people, you are putting yourself and others at risk of exposure to COVID-19, which can lead to serious medical conditions and even death for people of all ages.
The guidance provided here is intended to reduce the risk of transmission but does not eliminate it. With this, we understand that with the right protocols in place, the adapted practice and play with youth baseball is well suited to keep our kids safe. We have sought to weight safety over minor inconveniences. We believe we can continue to develop the skills of the kids in our community while making it fun.
Please notify Big Willow if your child (or other family members) become sick with COVID-19 symptoms, test positive for COVID-19, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 symptoms or a confirmed or suspected case at any time within 2 weeks of attending a Big Willow event (email firstname.lastname@example.org).
Outside of Big Willow events, we still have a responsibility to our Big Willow community. All players, parents, and coaches should understand that social interactions outside of practices are sources of transmission among teams (especially if not vaccinated).
The health and safety of our youth athletes, staff, and volunteers remain our highest priority. In our guidelines, you will find a summary of actions we are taking to help ensure we are lowering COVID-19 risk as much as practicable while also allowing our athletes to play.
In this, we will need your support as parents in helping reinforce the safety protocols in place, and ensuring their attentiveness to direction from coaches. Together we look forward to continuing on field this summer, and keeping our kids and community safe!
// Big Willow Baseball Association Board of Directors
The Big Willow COVID guidelines for summer season practices and games are as follows, and were were last updated 7/9/2021 to include revised guidance from MDH on 6/30/2021. These are provisional guidelines, and are subject to revision as appropriate.
1. Pre-practice email sent to players, parents, and coaches detailing practice and game guidelines.
2. Dugouts will have limited use during games by players.
3. Players will not share gear or equipment.
4. Parents to supply their players with antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizer for use as needed.
5. Players are not required to wear face coverings, and there will be no contact allowed.
6. Players should bring an individual water bottle.
7. Absolutely no food is allowed on the field / dugouts / team areas.
8. Additional guidelines for use of batting cages.
9. Modified inclement weather protocols.
10. Restroom protocols.
11. Modified first aid protocols.
12. Guidelines if someone gets sick.
13. Communication, attendance tracking and confirmed cases.
14. Support and resources from the association, upfront and ongoing.
15. Additional guidelines for umpires.
16. Additional guidelines for field crew.
17. Additional support for volunteer coaches.
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