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American League UPDATE AS OF July 15th, 2020:

There has been changes as of July 1st, 2020, by the Jackson County Health Department.   Please make sure you read the this document before contacting the league.  The rules are stated in the Phase 2.5 update and explain very well how things are to be run at the park.  Enforcement of the rules is on the entire community.  We can not do it alone.  Make sure you and your family are distanced, make sure your coach is doing his part, and if you see a problem contact one of the people at the park and we will help out where necessary.  It takes everyone to make this work



Lee’s Summit Baseball Association
Addendum to Rules-Joint Pandemic Plan

The following guidelines will be followed when re-opening Ballfields, Sports Complexes and Multipurpose fields.

Ball Complexes / Multipurpose Fields

·       Masks- below from Jackson County Health Department

Phase 2.5 & Mask Order FAQs

Q: Where do I have to wear a mask? Spectators will be required to wear a mask if they are unable to socially distance from those outside their household.

Masks are also required in outdoor settings where social distancing is not possible, such as a parade, festival, or farmers’ market. Masks do not have to be worn outside if you are alone or with people from your immediate household. They also do not have to be worn outside if social distancing can absolutely be maintained. As soon as social distancing becomes an issue, masks must be worn (such as at the concession stand window).

Q: Should masks be worn while playing a sport?-  Game Participants are not required to wear a face covering. This includes players, coaches, and umpires while they are on the field with the exception of a coach/player meeting if unable to maintain 6 ft distancing

A: Individuals who are engaged in high-intensity activities, like running, may not be able to wear a cloth face covering if it causes difficulty breathing. Youth are not required to wear masks while actively engaged in sports, but should wear a mask at all other times, such as while on the sidelines.
If unable to wear a cloth face covering then maintain at least a 6 ft distance.

Q: Do I qualify as medically exempt?

 The following individuals are exempt from the requirement to wear a face covering:

·       Those who are deaf or hard of hearing

·       Children younger than five years old; and

o   Children who are younger than two years old should never wear face coverings due to the risk of suffocation.

o   Children who are two, three, or four years old, with the assistance and close supervision of an adult, are strongly recommended to wear a face covering at all times in settings, like grocery stores or pharmacies, where it is likely that a distance of at least six feet cannot be maintained from non-household members and vulnerable people must go.

·       Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering. This includes, but is not limited to, persons with a medical condition for whom wearing a face covering could obstruct breathing or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a face covering without assistance. 

Q: How do I submit a complaint if a business is not complying with the order?

You can submit a complaint through our form here:

Q: What do I do if someone refuses to wear a mask without a medical exemption?

Businesses and employers can refuse entry to someone who refuses to wear a mask without a medical exemption.

  • Parents
    • Monitor any symptoms or potential exposures for anyone within your household before each practice or game (subject to change based on guidelines from Jackson County Health Department).
      • Exposure to COVID-19 positive person within the previous 14 days
      • You or anyone in your household has been to, or had contact with someone that has visited any of the restricted travel advisory locations listed on the CDC site within 14 days
      • The player or any member of the family with the following symptoms
        • Fever or chills (has a measured temperature of 100.4 °F [38 °C] or greater, or feels warm to the touch, or gives a history of feeling feverish)
        • Cough
        • Sudden loss of taste and/or smell
        • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
        • Fatigue
        • Muscle or body aches
        • Headache
        • Sore throat
        • Congestion or runny nose
        • Nausea or vomiting
        • Diarrhea

*This list does not include all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you

o   The recommendation for fan attendance is 2 per player. Spectators cannot exceed 100 per field. No use of bleachers for fans. Fans must bring their own chairs or stand. Fans should keep six feet of social distancing between different household units.

o   CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and gas stations.

o   Please use caution for any family member or friend who is in the high-risk categories.

*See CDC website for further information:

  • Teams
    • Practices
      • Players should use their own gloves, helmets, and bats, however if they must share the coach is responsible for disinfecting between players. If sharing catcher’s equipment, coaches should limit number of players rotated as a catcher and disinfect all catcher’s equipment in between use by different players.
      • Coaches are responsible for ensuring social distancing is maintained between players as much as possible. This means additional spacing between players while playing catch, changing drills so that players remain spaced out, no congregating of players while waiting to bat.
      • Players must bring their own water/beverage to consume during and after practice. No shared water bottles or coolers.
      • Players may bring their own snacks to consume during and after practice. No shared/communal snacks.
      • Bathrooms will not be open unless games are being played.
      • Coaches must disinfect shared equipment before and after each practice.


    • Equipment
      • Players should use their own gloves, helmets, and bats, however if they must share the coach is responsible for disinfecting between players.
    • Games
      • Fan attendance. No use of bleachers for fans. Fans must bring their own chairs or stand. Fans should keep A MINIMUM OF six feet of social distancing between different household units.
        • Golf cart may be used for those in need of transportation ONLY if all parties are masked. Must disinfect cart seat and high touch areas after completion of transport.
      • Pregame and During Game. No team or player handshakes, team, or player high fives.                                                                                                     
      • Plate Meeting. The pre-game meeting at home plate should be represented by one coach from each team and the umpires all distanced 6 feet apart. A good rule of thumb for coaches would be for each coach to stand outside each side’s respective batter’s box. No players are allowed at plate meetings.
      • The Ball. The defensive team is responsible to provide all balls used in their half inning. Umpires will not handle balls. They will only be responsible to ensure the balls being used are legal/league standard. Teams need to be prepared to put multiple balls in play (to account for foul balls sailing out of play) to keep the game pacing forward. If a foul ball is retrieved by anyone other than the fielding team, the ball must be disinfected by the coach before returning it to play.
      • Umpires. Umpires will utilize PPE when unable to maintain 6 ft distancing and/or will be located behind the pitcher's mound to call balls/strikes. Umpires will rotate to standard positions to make play calls when the ball is put in play. In some instances, the league may have one umpire on the field.
      • PPEs (Not supplied by the Association). Anyone who chooses to wear personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks, glasses, or gloves can do so any time and for players, at any position (including pitcher so long as glasses are not mirrored).
      • Catcher’s Gear. If sharing catcher’s gear, it must be disinfected by the coach between players. It is recommended that the coach limits the number of players sharing catcher’s gear in a game.
      • Sanitary Necessities. Wipes will be supplied in each dugout for games.
      • Schedules. Games will be double headers or spaced apart as to minimize cross contamination. If new teams are coming in for the next game, those teams to play next must be provided designated areas for player warm-ups that provide for necessary social distancing.
      • Postgame. We recommend teams to tip their cap/helmet to honor the competition with their opponent after a game from across the field. No handshake lines will be allowed. Please do not stand on the foul line to make this sportsmanlike gesture to preserve the foul line for the next game.
        • All teams must pick up the trash in their dugout area. No post-game talks at the field are permitted. Fans and players must leave the playing area and return to their cars immediately after the game. (NO TEAM MEETINGS)
      • Dugouts and common areas
        • Signage will be displayed at each bench to encourage social distancing.
        • Coaches are responsible for ensuring appropriate social distancing of all participants on their team including their spectators.
        • 6 ft marks will be placed on bench. If unable to maintain distancing, players must wear masks in the dugout.
        • Coaches will be required to provide hand sanitizer for players and team staff.
        • Team water coolers are not permitted. Players use their own water coolers.
        • Players may bring their own snacks to consume during and after games. No shared/communal snacks.
        • No gum, shelled peanuts, or sunflower seeds in the dugout.
        • Dugouts and common areas will be disinfected by the LSBA per Jackson County Health Department phase guidelines.
  • Bleachers
    • Bleachers and tables will be removed from all fields to prevent public usage.
    • Spectators sitting on the sidelines must socially distance from other spectators outside their household.
  • Restrooms
    • Close Urinals or Toilets to create spacing to accommodate social distancing between the stalls.
    • Display Signage inside restroom and on entry doors to remind persons to social distance and wash hands.
    • Restrooms will be disinfected once per day based upon minimum CDC Standards 
      • Entry and Exit door handles
      • Toilet seats
      • Toilet / Urinal handles
      • Faucets, sinks, hand dryers
      • Partition locks and handles
      • Toilet Paper dispensers
      • Floors
  • Concession Stand

In addition to the regular daily requirements, LSBA staff and/or vendor will complete the following tasks to ensure food safety:

    • Follow all directives provided by the Jackson County Environmental Health Department.
    • Associations / Staff will be tasked with keeping specific COVID 19 disinfected records.
    • Associates must always wear gloves and face masks.
    • Floor markings will be placed on the ground outside of the service window for people to stand in line and properly social distance.

   Board Members

o   Must always wear the required PPE (i.e. face masks) if unable to maintain 6 ft distance.

·       Signage

o   Temporary signage will be posted throughout the complexes and multipurpose fields stating the need for social distancing and the washing of hands.  Use bilingual signs where needed.


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