Game Protocol

Letter from Fort Collins Baseball Club

6/6/20

High School Baseball parents, players, and coaches:

We are excited to watch high school baseball at City Park South — and we are glad your (not so) young’ns can get back on the ballfield.  If you haven’t completed the Two-Step Sign-Off, you must do that to be eligible to participate in games or in practices.

If we fail to honor the protocols, we run the very real risk of being “shut down” by the City or the County.  Our games will be highly visible and will be monitored / scrutinized.  Therefore, please be responsible, be a role model, and lead by example.  This is not an opportunity to look for loopholes or to make a statement — this is an opportunity to ensure that the players can do what they and we have been trying to do … play ball.  This is, indeed, an opportunity.

There are many ways you can help make this look good to the agencies and decision-makers.  Do allof the things that are required, but especially do these things:

Spectators

  • Do not attend if you are sick or have COVID-19 symptoms or if anyone in your household has symptoms.
  • Limit attendance to family members.  I would love to “promote” these games to the public, but that is one way we are likely to get shut-down.  Don’t blast out a massive invitation.  If you already did that, retract it.  Tell them to follow on GameChanger.
  • Coaches were given approval to allow attendance by players in the program who are not playing in the game.  Those players need to honor all of these Spectators guidelines.
  • Sit with members of your household only.  6-feet of separation from anyone outside of your household.
  • Spacing in the bleachers.  Bring chairs, spread out around the field — there is great viewing in the outfield and down the lines.
  • Wear a mask.  We will look very good to the City and County if our crowd has masks.
  • Bring hand sanitizer and use it.
  • No shared drinks or food.  Bring your own food … and pick up your trash!  Let’s leave it better than we found it.
  • Pick-Up / Drop-Off (if applicable):  be very aware of your surroundings — spacing, distance, etc.
  • Talk to your son (player) about the importance of following the protocols — even if he or you or members of your family think the protocols are lame.  This is about the greater good and maintaining an opportunity for a large group.
  • Stress Management.  We have all been facing new variables, challenges, and unknowns.  Please don’t bring your stresses or irritation with your kid or your spouse or your boss to the park.  Bring a smile, enjoy the game.  Positive tone, positive words.

Players/Coaches

  • Do not attend if you are sick or have COVID-19 symptoms or if anyone in your household has symptoms.
  • Wear masks when not in the game.  In the dugout, walking to the bathroom, etc.  We are being watched!
  • Bring hand sanitizer and use it.
  • Avoid personal contact — no hugs, fist bumps, high fives … do that stuff from 6′ or more!
  • In the dugout or bullpen, separate your gear and your stuff by 6′.  Don’t pile your stuff on or next to someone else’s stuff.
  • Post-Game Sportsmanship:  6′ spacing, no contact.  Two lines across middle of infield with 6′ spacing from your own teammatesand the other team.
  • 25 total players per game — 13 for Home team, 12 for Visiting team.  This is required by FCBC and State of Colorado — this is notyour Coach’s decision or preference, but it is the rule for now.  Don’t mess with this rule — breaching this one would derail us quickly.  Coaches will submit rosters to FCBC pre-game and those are the only players/coaches allowed inside the field fences.

We are one of the first groups to “test” the new opportunity provided on Thursday (June 4) by the State of Colorado.  Let’s help ourselves and your players have the opportunity to continue … and let’s help others have opportunities by proving that we can do this.

The City of Fort Collins did a great job supporting us to get to this opportunity.  If you see a City employee, field staffer, etc., please thank them.  Bathroom buildings will be open.  There will not be any food or drink sold/available, so bring your own … and clean up after yourself!  We are toning down the public address announcing — no music (not trying to throw a party and attract attention).

When in doubt, err toward safety and toward doing what looks best / what looks right.

Thank you for your patience, kindness, and support as we have worked through the last few months.  We are sorry that you lost your spring season — but we are very excited to help the players get back a little bit of what they lost.

Play Ball … safely.

Thad Anderson

Executive Director

Fort Collins Baseball Club

P.O. Box 1031 80522 * 211 S. Bryan

Work: 970-484-3368 * Fax: 970-484-6231
http://fortcollinsbaseballclub.org

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