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COVID-19 Safety Measures

Below is the current proposed list of COVID-19 Mitigation Policies for South Bay PONY Baseball to resume activities. This list is a DRAFT, still being reviewed and revised by our Safe Restart Committee. These policies may be updated at any time based upon new information or guidance from official sources. We are following guidance from Manhattan Beach Parks & Rec, Manhattan Beach City Council, LA County Health Department, and the Center for Disease Control. Any changes will be communicated to Coaches and/or parents via email.

In the COVID-19 Environment, practices and games will NOT be exactly like normal PONY practices and games. There will be some rule differences and process differences. The purpose of practices and games in a COVID-19 Environment is to give our children an outlet for healthy physical activity, safe social interaction, and the continued development of their baseball skills. Our community’s physical health and mental health are of paramount importance.

South Bay PONY Baseball Safe Restart Plan

League Policies

·         All Parents MUST sign COVID-19 Release for their child to participate in South Bay PONY activities.

·         Players and Family Members MAY NOT come to the field if they have any symptoms during, or within the 24 hours prior to, the practice, game, or activity.

·         COVID-19 Symptoms include:

o   Fever or chills

o   Cough

o   Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

o   Fatigue

o   Muscle or body aches

o   Headache

o   New loss of taste or smell

o   Sore throat

o   Congestion or runny nose

o   Nausea or vomiting

o   Diarrhea


Practice & Game Policies

·         No sharing Helmets, Gloves, Bats, or other Equipment.

·         No sharing Water Bottles, no Team Snacks, no Snack Stand.

·         No Sunflower Seeds, Gum, or Candy at the fields. 

·         No spitting.

·         Each Team provides their own Game Balls, marked with team name/initials.  Teams cannot share baseballs.

·         All Parents, Spectators, Coaches, Umpires, or other adults MUST wear Face Masks.

·         Players do not wear facemasks during play because of safety concerns.

·         1 Parent/Family Member per Player

o    If a Parent is the Coach, that counts as the 1 Family Member in attendance

o    No Siblings (excluding those who play on the same team)

o    No Spectators beyond the 1 Family Member per player

·         Bleachers will be closed.  Parents should bring their own chairs and space 6+ feet apart

·         A Coach or Parent will serve as the Umpire for all games (no paid umpires at this time)

o    Umpire Briefing before game includes Acting Umpire and ONLY 1 Coach per team. 

o    Umpire stands 6 ft behind pitcher, not behind catcher

·         Coaches will be provided with Hand Sanitizer by the League

o    Players will sanitize hands before and after the game

o    Coaches will confirm that Players do not have any symptoms before playing (verbal confirmation)

o    Coaches will sanitize gate handles, pitching machines, and other common areas between games


Game Play

·         There will be some variance by Age Group 

o    Shetland American (T-Ball & Coach Pitch)

§  Each Team brings their own Tee

§  One Coach per Game who sets the Tee for each Team

o    Shetland National (Blue Flame Pitching Machine)

§  Wipe down machine touch points between innings

§  One Coach per Team per Game who works the Machine

§  No Catchers in Machine Pitch Levels.

o    Pinto American (Jugs Pitching Machine)

§  Wipe down machine touch points between innings

§  One Coach per Team per Game who works the Machine

§  No Catchers in Machine Pitch Levels.

·         No High Fives, Handshakes, or other Unnecessary Contact

·         No Leading Off Base or Holding Runners On Base

·         Dugouts Closed to Players, Coaches Use for Storage Only

·         Special Catchers Rules

o    No Sharing of Catchers Gear

o    No Catcher’s in Machine Pitch Levels

o    Encourage minimal switching of Catchers at Kid Pitch Levels (2 innings per catcher)


South Bay PONY Baseball
P.O. Box 216 
Manhattan Beach, California 90266

Email: [email protected]

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