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West Seattle Little League

West Seattle Little League

COVID-19

West Seattle Little League's goal is to provide our players the opportunity to practice and play baseball and for our league’s families to return to our Little League community. WSLL’s primary concerns are the health and safety of all participants. WSLL will follow guidelines from Public Health and the Governor’s Office when we return to play. All league participants - players, managers, assistant coaches, team volunteers, and family members will assume some risk in all baseball activities. 

Key information for WSLL participants per the most recent guidelines:

- Baseball and softball are considered moderate risk sports.
- Low and moderate risk sports are now allowed intra-team competitions and are not restricted to groups of six. No practice, training or competitions with other teams allowed.
- Facial coverings required for all coaches, volunteers and athletes at all times.
- Sporting activities are only allowed outdoors.
- Six feet of distance must be maintained among athletes when not engaged in sporting activities, huddles and team meetings must be physically distanced.
- No spectators allowed except for one parent/guardian/caregiver for each minor-aged participant allowed. Spectators must maintain physical distance of at least six (6) feet between each person and wear facial coverings at all times.
- Stay home when sick or if a close contact of someone with COVID-19
- All coaches and students should be screened for signs/symptoms of COVID-19 prior to a workout. Screening should consider symptoms listed by the CDC.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after practice, especially after touching shared objects or blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Keep a roster of every athlete, staff and volunteer present at each practice, training session, and contest to assist with contact tracing in the event of a possible exposure. Similarly keep a roster and seating chart for each travel group.
- Attendance rosters and seating charts must be kept on file for 28 days after the practice, contest, or trip.

WSLL recommends that players should not share equipment such as bats, gloves, helmets, and catching gear. Coaches are to ensure that only one athlete use a set of catching gear per practice/game and wipe down the gear with disinfectant between practices/games.


Little League International COVID-19 guidelines:
General guidance
On-Field guidance
Game operations & umpire guidance
Facility, fan and administrative guidance
 
Washington state COVID-19 requirements:
Washington State Professional Sports & Other Sporting Activities COVID-19 Requirements

Additional CDC resources:
How to Protect Yourself & Others (PDF Download)
Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19 (PDF Download)

Concussions

A concussion is a brain injury and all brain injuries are serious. They are caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or by a blow to another part of the body with the force transmitted to the head. They can range from mild to severe and can disrupt the way the brain normally works. Even though most concussions are mild, all concussions are  potentially  serious and may result in complications including prolonged brain damage and death if not recognized and managed properly. In other words, even a 'ding' or a bump on the head can be serious. You can’t see a concussion and most sports concussions occur without loss of consciousness.

Signs and symptoms of concussion may show up right after the injury or can take hours or days to fully appear. If your child reports any symptoms of concussion, or if you notice the symptoms or signs of concussion yourself, seek medical attention right away. 

Additional resources:
Washington Interscholastic Activities Association: Concussion Management Guidelines
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: Concussion Information
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: Concussion Training

Background Checks

All volunteers having regular contact with players (such as board members, managers, coaches, team parents, umpires, etc.) must submit to a background check per Little League International. Little League International will pay for the background check, resulting in no additional cost to volunteers. To become a WSLL volunteer, update your WSLL profile during the season registration to specify the volunteer position you're interested in. Volunteers will receive an automated email invitation to initiate the background check process.

Our players are our most cherished gifts. Let's all do our part to keep them safe.

Contact

West Seattle Little League Baseball
4742 42nd Ave SW, PMB 252
Seattle, Washington 98116

Email: [email protected]

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