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Jun, 2020

Practice Guidelines

COVID-19 Baseball/Softball Practice Guidelines 

Our intent: 

  • to provide the information and guidance necessary to assure and protect the health and safety of everyone involved, while also equally maintaining the integrity of practicing the game of baseball/softball as much as reasonably possible. 

  • to comply with local, state, & national guidance. Listed below is a series of guidelines and strong recommendations for teams, coaches, players, and parents when participating in baseball/softball practices at Hile/MSYBS complex and fields. The cooperation of everyone involved will prove critical in helping to ensure compliance. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding. 


 All teams, coaches, players, & parents should: 


  • maintain a minimum of 6 feet social distancing when conducting team and individual activities, using restrooms, and walking through the venue. 

  • bring sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, etc., make it available to all coaches & players, and use it frequently throughout practice to assist in efforts to mitigate the possible spread of the virus. 

  • not attend practices if they are ill, displaying signs of illness, deemed high-risk, or the most vulnerable to contracting the virus (i.e. Senior Citizens and others with known medical conditions.) 

  • wear Personal Protective Equipment (i.e. a face mask) if they choose. 

  • eliminate the sharing of equipment (i.e. helmets, catcher’s gear, etc.) or at minimum, sanitize it thoroughly in between use. 

  • not use, or severely limit the use of the dugouts. Instead we strongly recommend all individual and team equipment be spaced out at least 6 feet apart along the fences. If dugouts are used, they should be sanitized and cleaned by each team in between each use. 

  • sanitize or wipe down all baseballs/softballs before and after common use. 

  • keep close gatherings (huddles, etc.) to a minimum of 6 feet apart. 

  • not attend practices as a spectator. Parents are encouraged to drop their players off with the coach, leave the park, and then come back to pick them up when practice has concluded. 

  • not chew gum or spit sunflower seeds due to the nature of this respiratory virus.

  • not share food and drinks (i.e. team water jugs.) Instead, use individual water bottles or jugs that are clearly marked with their names. 

  • take care of any player injuries as normal. Coaches should keep parent contact information readily available if needed. 


This is not an all-inclusive list, but instead a number of measures that can be taken to minimize the potential spread of the virus. These measures are easily implemented and highly effective and should lead to a healthy and safe environment where athletes can play, have fun, and enjoy the game. 


Thanks again for your cooperation and understanding. MSYBS / Hile Rec