2020 UMBA Covid-19 Waiver and Safety Guidelines
As the UMBA Board discussed, every family must agree to the waiver and safety guidelines below before their child(ren) are permitted to participate in practice or a game.
Please review the waiver and safety guidelines below, review it with your child(ren) and any adult that may be responsible for driving your child(ren) to practice or games.
Provide your agreement and consent by completing the form on the next page. Failure to comply will result in you and your child(ren) being asked to leave the complex and being removed from his/her team.
AMATEUR ATHLETIC WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY
READ BEFORE SIGNING
In consideration of being allowed to participate in any way in the Upper Merion Baseball Association, related events and activities, the undersigned acknowledges, appreciates, and agrees that:
1. The risks of injury and illness (ex: communicable diseases such as MRSA, influenza, and COVID-19) from the activities involved in this program are significant, potentially life-threatening, and while particular rules, equipment, and personal discipline may reduce these risks, the risks of serious injury and illness do exist; and,
2. I KNOWINGLY AND FREELY ASSUME ALL SUCH RISKS, both known and unknown, EVEN IF ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES or others, and assume full responsibility for my participation; and,
3. I willingly agree to comply with the stated and customary terms and conditions for participation. If, however, I observe any unusual significant hazard during my presence or participation, I will remove myself from participation and bring such to the attention of the nearest official immediately; and,
4. I acknowledge that I am aware that there are risks to me of exposure to directly or indirectly arising out of, contributed to, by, or resulting from:
• An outbreak of any and all communicable disease, including but not limited to, the virus “severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)”, which is responsible for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and/or any mutation or variation thereof;
5. I agree to check my temperature prior to every UMBA activity. If I have a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, I understand that I am not able to attend UMBA activities. If I feel any symptoms of illness, I agree to seek out the assistance of medical professionals and not attend UMBA activities.
6. In consideration of having the opportunity to participate as either a team member or competitor at location, and in acknowledging that I am aware of and willing to assume the risks associated with this activity, I hereby voluntarily agree to waive, hold harmless and indemnify Upper Merion Baseball Association, Babe Ruth League, Inc. and its trustees, agents, board of directors, volunteers and employees from any and all claims, demands, damages and causes of action of any nature whatsoever arising out of ordinary negligence which I, my heirs, my assigns or successors may have against them for, on account of, or by reason of my participation in the above activities. I indicate my agreement to this hold harmless elective noted below.
I HAVE READ THIS RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK AGREEMENT, FULLY UNDERSTAND ITS TERMS, UNDERSTAND THAT I HAVE GIVEN UP SUBSTANTIAL RIGHTS BY SIGNING IT, AND SIGN IT FREELY AND VOLUNTARILY WITHOUT ANY INDUCEMENT.
UMBA Safety Guidelines
YELLOW PHASE RULES FOR PRACTICE – NO COMPETITION OR GAMES, MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING WITH NO PHYSICAL CONTACT
Outdoor youth team practices can occur starting on June 8, but only if critical safety guidelines and protocols are followed. Players can work on individual skills, rather than competition.
GUIDELINES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE BASED ON LOCAL, STATE & CDC RECOMMENDATIONS
Rules (for UMBA Rec and Travel) to minimize risk for PLAYERS AND COACHES
UMBA guidelines for “Phase Yellow”
• Parents will receive UMBA’s waiver, a survey, and the Phase Yellow plan for practice. The waiver and survey will be completed in order for a player to participate in UMBA practices.
• Clean Hands - We recommend our players, volunteers, and guests wash their hands often and use hand sanitizer frequently. When soap and water is not available, we have hand sanitizer placed for frequent use.
• Face Coverings - Players inside the field of play are not required to wear a face covering, but it may be worn as desired. Coaches are required to wear masks. We recommend all guests to wear masks or face coverings while outside the field of play.
• No more than 25 participants per practice to ensure social distancing. Many teams have less than a combination of 15 players/coaches, so this will be easily attainable.
• Social Distancing - Please maintain at least 6 feet between you and others, following all posted signage.
• Cleaning & Disinfecting – Please be patient as our team performs more frequent cleaning. Help do your part by keeping your area clean and disposing of trash.
• Health Monitoring – Daily self-evaluated wellness screenings need to be completed by all guests and families prior to entering the facility. Parents/guardians will check their child(ren) for Covid-19 symptoms before leaving for practice, and must accompany the player to the field to confirm that their child appears healthy. Individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should contact a local health care facility immediately.
• If you are sick, stay home.
• Administering First Aid – Volunteers must wear a mask, sanitize hands before and after administering first aid to a player, fan, or another volunteer.
• Guests are recommended to bring their own seating, stay in cars, or drop-off. Guests are not permitted on the playing field or in the dugout area during practice. An exception is at the youngest age level (Quickball) where parents are asked to assist on the field with their children during practice to provide much needed one-on-one instruction for these young players.
• Participants and guests should bring their own personally labeled water containers.
• Baseballs will be designated to each team. These balls will be disinfected after each session.
• Equipment will not be shared. Players should bring their own bats, helmets, batting gloves, and fielding gloves. Primary catchers may want to purchase their own gear or can use UMBA gear for the season which will be returned and disinfected at season’s end.
• There will be an UMBA Board presence at the park to assist and monitor.
• Hand sanitizer will be available
• No spitting; No shared sunflower seeds, gum, or food at the field by the players or coaches
• Teams will practice practical social distancing.
• High-fiving, handshaking, and other physical contact is not allowed.
• Playgrounds will be closed. This is NOT AN UMBA DECISION
• No catchers for baseball and softball at the rookies and junior rookie levels
• Bathroom will be locked at all times. Coach or board member will have a key and unlock on an as needed basis.
• 1 child or one child and their parent at a time in the restrooms.
Procedures To Follow If Infection Is Present
1. It is the role of the Montgomery County Office of Public Health to support UMBA in communication to parents/players and provide guidance on contact tracing, quarantine and isolation based on a case by case basis. If player tests positive, OPH will provide a sample letter to be sent to your community. At this time the OPH will conduct in-depth interviews to identify exposures and level of exposure.
2. If a parent or another source informs UMBA of a presumed positive or a positive infection they are to contact the Office of Public Health immediately.
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