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OFBA BACK-TO-PLAY GUIDELINES

 

Everyone (fans, coaches, parents, players, umpires):

1)      If there is any indication of illness (per current CDC guidelines) you shall not attend games or practices.  CDC has indicated that 72 hours of symptom free with out medications is the timeline to use for your return.

2)      Healthy and continued hygiene (OFBA will be looking to provide sanitation / washing stations at each field)

3)      People with a high risk for infection should NOT gather at OFBA events (per CDC guidelines)

4)      We ask that you maintain social distance of at least 6 feet and use face coverings.

5)      Please follow all local and state guidelines for facility and events.

Practices:

1)      Participants must wash hands or use sanitizer before participating.

2)      No more than 10 people in a gathering at a time and multiple groups are permitted provided that there is 30 feet of distancing between groups. Please use the entire areas around our fields.

3)      Everyone should provide their own masks, hand sanitizer or needed cleaning supplies that they feel is needed.

4)       All teams need to pick up all garbage in the dugouts and other items before and after the practice. OFBA will do their best to keep dugouts sanitized. We ask that teams assist with this if possible.

5)      Teams scheduled for practice should wait for their coach outside the field maintaining 6ft social distancing. Facial covering should be worn until coach is ready to practice and will lead the team onto the field.

6)      If there is another team on the field finishing practice, that team will exit on one side of the field while the team beginning practice will enter through the other side of the field. No crossing of teams shall occur.

7)      Coaches should split the team into two or more groups, one in the infield and the others in the outfield. Players should be spaced out as much as possible and groups should be rotated during practice. Facial coverings are recommended for all coaches.

8)      Parents especially with younger aged children that need to be near the field, 6 feet social distancing MUST be adhered to and facial coverings are strongly recommended.

9)      No sharing of equipment, water bottles, or coolers for the team are allowed. Players must bring their own equipment to the practice.

10)  No more than 4 kids in the dugout at 1 time (should allow 6ft between players). The rest of the players will be spaced out 6 feet behind the backstop and extending down the foul line. Players will keep their bats and gear in their own respective bags.

11)  Minimal equipment in dugout – NO FOOD OR DRINK IN THE DUGOUTS

12)  Players equipment should either be behind the dugout or with the parents.  Any equipment outside of the field of play should be 6 feet apart.

13)  Parents should keep all food and drinks.  No sharing of food or drinks.

14)  No sunflower seeds, gum or spitting

15)  No High fives, fist bumps, or other contact during practice or games.

16)  Coaches will make sure the dugouts are cleaned after each practice.

17)  Players and families should vacate the field/facility as soon as is reasonably possible after the conclusion of their practice to minimize unnecessary contact with players, coaches, and spectators from the next practice, ideally within 15 minutes.

Games:

1)      Everyone should provide their own masks, hand sanitizer or needed cleaning supplies that they feel is needed.

2)      All teams need to pick up all garbage in the dugouts and other items before and after the game. OFBA will do their best to keep dugouts sanitized. We ask that teams assist with this if possible.

3)      Teams scheduled for games should wait for their coach outside the field maintaining 6ft social distancing. Facial covering should be worn until coach is ready to practice and will lead the team onto the field.

4)      Once on the field the coach should split the team up into groups of two or more for warmups, maintain social distancing of players and coaches.

5)      No sharing of equipment, water bottles, or coolers for the team are allowed. Players must bring their own equipment to the game.

6)      No more than 4 players in the dugout at 1 time (should allow 6ft between players). The rest of the players will be spaced out 6 feet behind the backstop and extending down the foul line. Players will keep their bats and gear in their own respective bags. Younger players should sit with their parents provided all parents maintain social distancing guidelines. Facial coverings are recommended. NO parents will be allowed behind the backstop.

7)      Minimal equipment in dugout – NO FOOD OR DRINK IN THE DUGOUTS

8)      Parents should keep all food and drinks.  No sharing of food or drinks.

9)      No sunflower seeds, gum or spitting

10)  All players and coaches should avoid physical contact with others as much as possible.

11)  No High fives, fist bumps, or other contact during practice or games.

12)  No post game hand shakes after the game. In a game of sportsmanship, please tip your cap to the opposing team after the game.

13)  Umpires must adhere to 6 ft social distancing guidelines when game is not in secession.

14)  Parents must not enter the field of play or the dugouts unless absolutely necessary.

15)  Parents/spectators must maintain 6 ft social distancing and facial coverings are recommended.

16)  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, ideally within 15 minutes.

17)   OFBA reserves the right to modify and / or change these rules. OFBA reserves the right to cancel any or all leagues and / or teams at any point in time.

 

Should your child present with COVID-19 associated symptoms, please keep them home (away from play and practice) for 10 days and obtain a doctors note clearing them to return to the field. 

 

Thank you for your continued support!


Oak Forest Baseball Spring/Summer Season Update

 

Hello Oak Forest Baseball Families:

 

The OFBA Board continues to meet regularly to discuss the Spring/Summer 2020 season. Our number one goal is to provide a safe and fun environment for boys and girls to learn and play baseball.

With this in mind, we continue to examine and discuss new information and mandates from the Governor’s office as they become available. Most recently, Restore Illinois, a phased approach to reopen the state of Illinois, was unveiled on May 5, 2020.  As a board, it is our responsibility to determine where our league fits in this approach. Collectively, we feel that OFBA will be able to safely begin baseball practices and games at our OFBA fields when the Northeast Region enters Phase 4 - Revitalization. While a date for this has yet to be determined, OFBA is hopeful to move into this phase in June or early July 2020.

 

At this time, OFBA has every intention to provide our players a full season of ball, albeit delayed, while staying within the framework of the Governor’s Restore Illinois plan. The health and safety of our players, coaches, fans and everyone involved is our number one priority. We will continue to keep you updated with our plans as they become clearer in the future.

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out via phone or email.

 

Stay Safe



 

 

We could also use help on the auxiliary board.  If you are always at the fields, like to help and could benefit from your in-house registration fees being waived, join the auxiliary board.   

Contact Vicki Hausherr at 708-738-4964 or vichausherr@gmail.com for more details.

 

 

 

 


Thank you for sponsoring OFBA CNB Bank! 

 

 Please return the favor and visit CNB Bank for all your banking needs!

To see all our sponsors, please visit or sponsor page at http://www.leaguelineup.com/sponsors.asp?url=oakforestbaseball

 


 2018 OFBA bat rule. 

By now everyone has heard about there being a new bat rule where all bats will need to have a USA stamp on it for 2018. OFBA will not enforce this as a rule the upcoming season and WILL consider going to it next season. 
What this means to you is if you have bought a bat with the new logo it is perfectly acceptable to use this year and you can also use last year's USSSA  stamped bats. 
 
Note: anyone playing in part time travel baseball for OFBA this season will need to have the new stamp as the league that our part time teams are in will be enforcing the new USA stamped bats only. 
 
Note:  Wide Barrel bats cannot be used in the TBall and Pinto Divisions

No yelling

 
OFBA has instituted a "ZERO TOLERANCE" rule for all managers and coaches regarding the umps.
Any yelling, unacceptable behavior, and trying to embarrass the umps about their calls will not be tolerated anymore.
If any manager or coach is kicked out of a game, they will be suspended until they meet with the board.
If any parent is yelling and trying to embarrass the umps the manager will be kicked out of the game and
suspended until they meet with the board.
 

 


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