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The Los Angeles Baseball League is now a member of the National Adult Baseball Association!
FYI: The NABA has just established a new partnership with a company called "Athalonz". Athalonz is a cleat and turf shoe company that has developed a new technology that reduces stress on your joints, hips, and back! Athalonz is now the official shoe company of the NABA, and, as an NABA member, you will receive a 10% discount on your entire purchase. Just use the discount code "NABA". Here is the website for Athalonz if you're interested.
LEAGUE UPDATE (7/1):
Guys – As always, the hope is for all to be safe and healthy through this pandemic. These are crazy times for sure. Not much has changed in the past few weeks, as we as a league are under the orders issued to us by the field administrators, schools and cities, which receive their orders from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (the governing agency concerning COVID-19 for our area), and unfortunately sports and athletic fields are not included in the opening of facilities at this time.
Our plan was to get back onto the field the weekend of July 11 and 12, however, this looks remote at this point in time, although anything is possible in these times. A poll of all of the team managers show that most teams will be ready to play whenever we get the OK to play, or will at least want to see how things look in 10 days or so and then make a more informed decision.
We do know that if and when we get back on the field, things will be a little bit different. Our league will have some safety protocols in place once we resume and these safety guidelines will be based on the suggestions by the experts … sanitation protocols, possible mask wearing in dugouts, no equipment sharing, social distancing in dugouts, etc.
Below are some of the most likely guidelines, which may or may not change once we actually get back. Again, let me stress to all of you ... if you don’t want to play under the guidelines (and they may change by the time we play) given for whatever reason, please do not feel obligated to continue with the season should it actually happen. It is truly an individual choice and there is no right or wrong in this situation. If we can continue (given the OK by the field administrators or cities), we will have a league for the players that want to continue if at all possible.
Safety …. once we resume, you will be playing at your own risk (AS ALWAYS). We will have some safety guidelines based on the suggestions by the experts … sanitation protocols, possible mask wearing in dugouts, social distancing in dugouts, etc. But those will be expressed once we resume.
Before we come back, the Los Angeles Baseball League will need every player to sign the new Player Liability Waiver & Indemnification Form. If you have already signed and sent this form back … thank you. If you have not signed and sent this form back … please get it done. You cannot participate in any league event until this waiver is on file.
We realize this is a major pain, but we need to take every precaution possible to ensure this league can continue in the future. After reading this waiver form, every player must print their name, sign their name, date it, and then scan the form and email to the league (email@example.com OR firstname.lastname@example.org). PLEASE DO THIS AS SOON POSSIBLE … NO MATTER WHEN WE START BACK, ONLY PLAYERS THAT HAVE SENT THIS FORM BACK TO THE LEAGUE WILL BE ALLOWED TO PLAY (NO/ZERO EXCEPTIONS).
Here are some of the guidelines that we are considering and will probably be using once we get back on the field:
• There will be a mandatory self-evaluation assessment of the daily symptoms by players, umpires and field workers. If any of the following symptoms are present, that person must stay home. If any person has symptoms related to Covid-19 they are NOT to go to any field and go to the doctor and get tested. If anyone has an immediate family member who has tested positive for Covid-19, they are not to go to any field of play for two complete consecutive weeks. PLAYER TESTING WILL NOT BE MANDATORY.
Fever, Cough, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, Chills, Repeated shaking with chills, Muscle pain, Headaches, Sore throat, New loss of taste or smell.
Conditions Upon Return (Subject to change)
• Each player/umpire must bring their own drinks and must not share with others. There must not be any communal drinking containers.
• Players and/or umpires should not congregate in the parking lot prior to the games, and should come to the field practicing social distancing.
• Line-up cards can still be exchanged at the plate meeting, as long as there is social distancing and gloves are being worn during the process.
• Each team MUST have disinfectant available, and be utilized by all in the dugout after each inning of play.
• Coaches, players and umpires must adhere to the physical six-foot distancing whenever possible.
• Coaches and players must wear face coverings at all times while not actively participating in the field of play.
• Coaches should ensure the players are adhering to social distancing in the dugouts and other seating areas and wearing face coverings while not actively participating on the field of play.
• Players and umpires must not share equipment of any kind with others. This includes bats, helmets, catcher’s equipment, sunglasses, gloves, batting gloves, belts, shoes, etc.
• No spitting or eating of seeds, or other similar products.
• When players and umpires go home they should immediately wash their hands or take a shower, and should sterilize all equipment, including washing your uniform and pants.
• Until social distancing guidelines are relaxed, umpires behind the plate must wear masks.
• Umpires should be wearing gloves when exchanging line up cards or documents.
• Umpires should have disinfectant available at any game, and must utilize it in between innings.
• When the game is over, umpires do not congregate in the parking lot and must leave the premises immediately.
• When umpires go home from the game they should immediately wash hands or take a shower, and sterilize all of your equipment, including washing your umpire shirt and pants.
• No fans allowed for any games. Players, managers, coaches and umpires only.
Please stay safe, sane and healthy. Should you have any questions, comments, suggestions or concerns, please email me.
Dave Becker / Los Angeles Baseball League
A few rules that all (including umpires) need to know ..
No sunflower seeds at any fields, even in the dugouts!
No dogs by players or their fans at any fields. No smoking of any substances at any fields. No alcohol or drugs ... ever! Clean the dugout before and after your game. Park at your own risk at fields and be aware of foul balls.
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