Safety Recommendations

Fishers Parks will follow recommended guidelines to keep players, umpires, patrons, and employees safe during the 2020 Fall Adult Coed Softball League. 

Fishers Parks will also follow the most up-to-date recommendations provided by local governmental agencies. Due to the ever changing status of the current COVID-19 pandemic, rules are subject to change. 

DISCLAIMER: Participants, parents, family, and spectators engaging in softball and activities related to softball do so with knowledge of the risk and potential exposure involved and agree to accept any and all inherent risks to their personal health.

Team Recommendations 

Field Recommendations 

As to all applicable persons, people should be instructed that if they are exhibiting symptoms of possible exposure to COVID-19, such as fever, that they should not come to events or work until such time as the participant has been tested and/or cleared. 

  • Teams
    • Should not enter dugout until the other team exits and complex staff has sanitized.
    • Recommended to provide their own water. (None will be provided)
    • Recommended to provide hand sanitizer to their athletes. (None will be provided)
    • Bats must be outside dugout prior to the game for inspection.
    • It is recommended that a designated adult be assigned by the offensive team, to be responsible for picking up the bat after it is used. This person should wear disposable gloves and wipe down the bats after each use.
    • Prohibited from pre-game & post-game handshakes/high fives.
    • Teams may line up on their respective foul lines and wave.
  • Athletes
    • Allowed to wear masks during game, but not required.
    • Masks must be of one color and not distracting (refer to USAS Uniform Rule).
    • Masks should be neutral in color.
    • Masks should have no designs on them.
  • Coaches
    • Always recommended to wear masks, but not required.
    • Masks must be of one color and not distracting (refer to USAS Uniform Rule).
    • Masks should be neutral in color.
    • Masks should have no designs on them.
    • Coaches should stay outside the width of the batter’s box at the Home plate conference.
    • Only one coach allowed during the conference.
    • If coaches visit the pitcher, all other players should stay outside the pitching circle.
  • Coaches meeting
    • One coach from each team and must stay 6 feet apart. Suggested to be the top outside corner of each batter’s box when available.
    • Hand lineups to the umpire, and umpire verbally approve or asks any questions about the lineup.
    • No athletes allowed.
    • Recommended for lineup cards exchanged team to team and teams to scorekeeper to be shared via photo or text
    • Multiple softballs will be in use during games and should be switched out every inning for sanitizing.
    • Balls should be supplied still in wrappers or box and use new balls each game.
    • If used balls to be used as a backup, a wipe down before going into game play would be appropriate.
    • Schedule format should change to not keep teams at the ballpark all day. (If possible)

Warm-Up Recommendations

  • Warm-ups should only take place beyond the fence while the field crew is preparing the field for play.
  • Teams waiting for games in the stands or bleachers are encouraged to follow 6-feet social distancing guidelines.
  • Teams should not enter the dugout until the other team exits and complex staff has sanitized.

Dugout Recommendations

  • Teams should not enter dugout until the other team exits and complex staff has sanitized.
  • The number of participants in the dugout is dependent on the size of dugout but must maintain 6 feet social distance.
  • Allow for players to be out of the dugout.
    • Fast Pitch &JO Slow Pitch: Those out of the dugout should be behind the out of play fence.
    • Adult Slow Pitch: Along fence line with front of dugout. Draw a line to establish out of play.

Off-Field Recommendations

  • Employees, vendors, fans and vendors are recommended to screen themselves at home prior to coming to the ballpark. If they have a temperature exceeding 100.4, they should be asked to stay home. They should also not come to the ballpark if they are known to have been recently exposed to someone with COVID-19.
  • Spectators
    • Always recommended to wear masks.
    • Encouraged to follow 6 feet social distancing guidelines.
    • Recommended to use hand sanitizer upon entering the facility (provided by host).
    • Encouraged to bring their own sanitizing wipes for restroom/personal cleanliness.
  • Parents
    • Proactively monitor their own and anyone in their household’s health status. If anyone is not feeling well in family or has a temperature exceeding 100.4, they should reconsider attending the event.
    • Parents should consider limiting the number of family members who attend an event.
    • Responsible for water/sports drinks for their athletes in bottled format and making sure they are clearly marked/identified.
    • Maintain 6 feet social distancing measures when entering, during games and leaving the venue.
    • Recommend that all parents bring sanitizing wipes, sanitizer, and face masks.
  • Athletes/Coaches
    • Always recommended to wear masks in between games.
    • Encouraged to follow 6 feet social distancing guidelines.

DISCLAIMER: Participants, parents, family, and spectators engaging in softball and activities related to softball do so with knowledge of the risk and potential exposure involved and agree to accept any and all inherent risks to their personal health. 

Umpires/Rules/Mechanic Recommendations

Field Recommendations

  • Umpires
    • Should be allowed to wear gloves if they wish.
    • Should be allowed to wear a mask if they wish.
    • Masks, if worn, should be neutral in color.
    • Masks, if worn, should not have designs on them.
    • Recommended to provide their own hand sanitizer.
    • Will still check equipment before a game.
    • Bats must be outside dugout.
    • Umpire may wear disposable gloves if they wish.
  • Rules
    • Rule 4, Section C: Base coaches must stay 6 feet from a runner they wish to talk to during or after suspension of play.
    • Rule 5 Section 7: Coaches holding defensive conference must stay on the home plate side of the pitcher’s circle and the player or players must be on the opposite of the pitcher’s circle maintaining the 6 feet distance. No more than 2 players along with the pitcher allowed.
    • Rule S, Section 12A Dugout Conduct: Allow for players to be out of the dugout. Fast Pitch and JO Slow Pitch, those out of the dugout behind the out of play fence. Adult Slow Pitch: Along fence line in front of the dugout. Draw a line to establish out of play. Number in the dugout dependent on the size of dugout, maintain 6 feet social distance.
    • Rule S, Section 12A: Players not allowed to leave dugout area to congratulate players when scoring or after home runs.
    • Rule 6A, Section 6: No licking of fingers and wiping them off. Rule 8, Section 6G: Slow Pitch: No stealing.
  • Mechanics
    • Slow Pitch
      • 2 umpire system, BU will start on the line at lB.
      • Remove being in the slot. They can be in front, behind or to the side of the catcher keeping the 6 ft distance from catcher.
    • Fast Pitch
      • Plate umpire deeper than normal to call balls and strikes.
  • All Games
    • Prior to start of game:
      • Umpires allowed to wear gloves and mask if they desire.
      • Umpires will still check equipment before a game.
      • Bats must be outside dugout.
      • Umpire may wear disposable gloves if they wish.
      • Coaches meeting: 1 coach allowed for each team and must stay 6 feet apart. Suggested to be the top outside corner of each batter’s box when available. Hand lineups to umpire, and umpire verbally approves or asks any questions about the lineup.
  • During the Game
    • Use of verbal exchange from safe distance when making lineup changes from the Coach to scorer and opposing team.
      • Umpire will maintain 6 feet from any player as a starting position when rotated and/or counter rotated.
      • Umpires do not handle equipment on the field during play.
      • Umpire to umpire and coach to umpire interaction must be 6 feet apart.
      • Make sure catcher is 6 feet from the plate when needing to dust of the plate.
      • Huddles off the field with Coaches and players need to maintain 6 feet social distancing.

Off-Field Recommendations

  • Umpires
    • Always recommended to wear masks in between games.
    • While off the field should follow the guidelines of the tournament and wear a mask if required.
    • Encouraged to follow 6 feet social distancing guidelines.
    • Umpire Room: Should be set up for umpires to be at least 10 feet apart.
      • Only umpires changing for the next game should be in the room and be done dressing and exit prior to the umpires on the field coming in to change out of their gear.
      • Umpires should bring a disinfecting spray to spray their uniform and or gear after each game.
    • Evaluation Area
      • No more than 10 people.
      • Social distancing should be maintained.
      • Area should be inside a room or outside away from others.

Umpire Meeting/Clinic Recommendations (Pre-Tournament)

Attendees should be instructed that if they are exhibiting symptoms of possible exposure to COVID-19, such as fever, that they should not come to events or work until such time as the participant has been tested and/or cleared. 

  • Prior
    • Check with Tournament Director/Coordinator to make sure Clinic Room is large enough to set up chairs etc. under 6 feet social distancing guidelines.
  • During
    • Set up to make sure chairs are separated appropriately.
    • If you have hand outs:
    • Place on table for pick-up OR use gloves to individually hand out.
    • Recommend that "greetings" do not include hugs or handshakes.
    • If handshakes or hugs are preferred, respect those umpires who wish not to participate or use other means (elbow or fist touch).
    • To Umpire-in-Chief’s (U I Cs)-Recommend ’wiping down’ items that you may touch such as PowerPoint projector, slide clicker, etc.
    • Recommend to all to wash hands after leaving clinic.
  •  Important Note to UIC’s
    • Anything that is recommended as an adjustment to the ’norm’, must be contained in the letter/e-mail to all Umpires etc. that is sent prior to the tournament.