Important Updates on Return to Play Safety Plan

Important Updates on Return to Play Safety Plan

July 10, 2020 Uncategorized 0

Burnaby Baseball Association COVID – 19 Safety Plan

As part of our Return to Play (RTP) and as mandated by the Government of BC, ViaSport BC, BC Minor Baseball Association (BCMBA) and Baseball BC, all persons participating in Baseball RTP will be required to follow various guidelines and completed waivers before any baseball activity. There will be no exceptions. This includes coaches, players, parents (guardians) and volunteers.

Please take the time to familiarize yourself with the many RTP resources and documents listed below by clicking on each hyperlink:

BBA – Member Communication Letter

Baseball BC General Health and Personal Hygiene Guidelines

Baseball BC – Divisional Return to Play Per Division

5U | 7U 9U | 11U | 13U | 15U | 18U

Baseball BC – Return to Play Guidelines (as of June 15, 2020)

viaSport BC – Return to Sport Guidelines

BCMBA – Baseball COVID-19 Resources Page

BCMBA – COVID-19 Illness Policy

BCMBA – COVID-19 Emergency Plan

The choice to Return to Play is up to each individual family based on the various documents listed on previous page.  The next few months are uncertain and for the time being, we are focusing on Practice/Development until it is safe to move into potential game play if/when it may happen. 

Below BBA with help of the COVID-19 Safety Plan tools provided by BC Minor Baseball Association (BCMBA):

Step 1: Assess the Risks at Your Venues

Identify areas where there may be risks, either through close physical proximity or through contaminated surfaces. The closer together individuals are and the longer they are close to each other, the greater the risk.

Note BBA uses the following Diamonds:

(Kensington Park, Harwood Park, Charles Rummel Park, Robert Burnaby Park and Central Park)

  • Baseball Diamonds
  • Dugouts
  • Gate access to diamonds/dugouts (Robert Burnaby and Central Park)
  • Equipment Bunkers/Room
  • Benches/Bleachers
  • Fences (along baseball diamonds and outfield)
  • Equipment Locker (Kensington only)
  • Uniform Locker (Kensington only)
  • Large Storage Bunker (Kensington only)
  • Washrooms – City of Burnaby facilities (Kensington, Harwood, Charles Rummel and Robert Burnaby)
  • Walking path around park (Kensington and Harwood)
  • Playground (Kensington, Harwood, and Charles Rummel)
  • Parking Lots

Identify “High-touch” equipment/surfaces that may be shared by individuals:

Team Equipment

  • Baseballs
  • Bats
  • Catchers Equipment
  • Umpire Equipment
  • L-Screens | Bow-nets
  • Batting Tees
  • Pitching Machines

Field Prep Equipment

  • Bases
  • Liner Machines
  • Field Maintenance equipment
    • Rakes, shovels, brooms, etc.
    • Homeplate template
    • Equipment bunker/locks
  • Tarps, sandbags/bricks (Robert Burnaby only)

Step 2: Implement Protocols to Reduce the Risks

Select and implement protocols to minimize the risks of transmission. Look to the following for information, input, and guidance (using various links above).

First level Protection (Elimination):

  • Dugouts – not allowed
    • Players to enter/exit from 1st or 3rd baseline fences only.
    • Robert Burnaby and Central Park teams will enter/exit through field or dugout gate(s) maintaining physical distancing measures.
  • Restrictions of groups of 10 players (max) and 2 coaches per event.
    • If groups have more than 10 players, they will need to rotate players and participate on alternate dates.
    • Modified practice plans to maintain social distancing.
    • Attendance taken at each event and kept for 30 days
  • Maximum of 1 parent for allowed per event
    • Must maintain social distance outside fence or remain in vehicle or around the park.
    • No siblings (unless in same group).
  • Staggered start/end times with minimum 30 minutes between groups.
    • Limit two teams on opposite diamonds at Kensington Park
      • K#1 and K#3 | K#2 and K#4
      • Groups using K#1 and K#2 will use upper parking lot (Fell/Frances).
      • Groups using K#3 and K# 4 will use Arena parking lot (Curtis Street).
    • Teams to arrive ready and leave immediately once practice/event is finished.
      • Arrive at park no earlier than 10 minutes prior to your scheduled time.
  • No team huddles – social distancing cannot be followed.
  • Bleachers/Benches – avoid using.
  • Equipment Bunkers/Rooms – are combo locks or key access.
    • Locks to be sanitized before and after use.
    • Equipment will be sanitized before and after use.
  • Washrooms – City of Burnaby maintains and monitors.
    • Maximum 1 person at a time (if required to be supervised by parent)
    • After each visit, Player | Coach | Parent | Volunteer must use hand sanitizer before returning to field and play.

Second Level Protection (Engineering)- Barriers and Partitions:

  • Dugouts – will work with City of Burnaby to block dugouts when they cannot be locked.
  • Specified personal space to be measured out along inside of diamond fence, 2m (6ft) apart for players personal items (markings along fence with tape and/or spray paint on grass).
  • Equipment Bunkers – Volunteer(s) to be identified prior to each event responsible (max 2 persons) for opening/closing bunkers and field prep.

Third Level Protection (Administrative):  Rules and Guidelines:

  • Limiting the number of players/coaches in attendance at all baseball activities.
    • Following Baseball BC Guidelines (link above).
  • Limiting the number of Parents/Spectators to 1 or none per event.
    • Parent/spectator must sit outside baseball diamond and bring their own chair, and physically distance 2m (6ft) apart.
    • Avoid using benches/bleachers and touching surfaces (fences/railings) if watching event.
  • Coaches to send daily training reminders – social distancing reminders, no sharing of equipment, as well as a COVID-19 check, following the Illness Policy Guidelines: 

BCMBA – COVID-19 Illness Policy


As adopted by BC Minor Baseball

Please note that all of the below Personal Health and Hygiene Guidelines are intended to be required for anyone involved in youth or amateur baseball which includes, but is not limited to, athletes, coaches, umpires, administrators, volunteers and spectators.

  • Anyone displaying ANY illness symptoms MUST NOT attend.
  • Disinfectant wipe down of all surface’s athletes can be exposed before every event.
  • Reminder to all participants daily to avoid touching of eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • No sharing of water bottles.
  • No sharing of food of any kind.
  • No spitting.
  • No chewing gum or sunflower seeds.
  • No sharing of any personal equipment or items.
  • Ride sharing to be discouraged whenever possible.
  • All participants encouraged to disinfect their equipment after each event.
  • All participants encouraged to wash all clothing and selves after each event.

Phase 2 in the viaSport Guidelines is referred to as “Transition Measures – Approx. May to September.” for all sports. This phase applies to Baseball and informs the baseball specific measures in the “Baseball BC Phase 2 – Return to Play”. Important to note about this viaSport Phase 2 is the following (viaSport Phase 1 was a shutdown of all sports):

  • 2m physical distance required between participants 
  • No non-essential travel
  • No groups of more than 50 people
  • Increased hand hygiene
  • Symptom screening in place
  • Preferred outdoor activity only
  • Train in smaller groups
  • No or limited spectators
  • No contact-type activities
  • In-club play only (no travel and no games between clubs)
  • Minimal shared equipment – if shared need to disinfect before, during, and after

See the viaSport Guidelines for all the requirements of this phase.

Return to Sport Guidelines

Fourth Level Protection- Using Masks (Optional Measures):

  • Masks and gloves mandatory for coaches/volunteers when social distancing cannot be applied:  example first aid treatment.

Face Masks Protocol

  • In the event first aid is required during activity, the following persons to administer as follows:
    • Parent or Guardian
    • Self-treat with direction from someone 2m distance and supplies (provided from team equipment bag)
    • By Coach, Volunteer or Spectator – mandatory PPE (Mask and Gloves) in place first
  • Follow WorkSafe BC – OFAA Protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic

OFAA Protocols

Reduce the risk of surface transmission through effective cleaning and hygiene practices:

  • Players to use their own equipment when possible.
  • Catchers gear must be sanitized between each player use if equipment is shared.
  • Team bats to be wiped down after each player use.
  • Baseballs to be cleaned often:
    • Before and After each practice.
    • Baseball put out of play (foul balls that leave the field) to be cleaned before sanitized before going back into play.
    • Efforts made to limit the number of players using one ball in practice.
  • Limit the amount of equipment brought on the field (players and coaches)
  • Teams will be provided with PPE including Masks, Gloves, First Aid Kits, and hand sanitizer in team bags
    • Volunteers helping with field prep and cleaning of high touch surface areas to be provided with PPE (mask and gloves).
      • Limit to two Volunteers per event
  • Coaches MUST sanitize ALL team equipment after each use.
  • Field Equipment must be sanitized after each use and replaced in equipment bunkers/room. and checked off on cleaning log (provided in Team Binder or inside bunkers) and signed off.
  • Cleaning high touched surfaces.

Cleaning Protocols:

  • Coaches responsible for cleaning/sanitizing team equipment after each use.
  • All players should provide their own hand sanitizer and leave in their bag.
    • Players should use hand sanitizer when they arrive at the field, after washroom use, after each drill and when practice is over.
      • Team bag with hand sanitizer in case a player forgets.

Cleaning Protocols

Step 3: Develop Policies

  • Using various guidelines made available on our website to provide as much information for our participant (players, coaches, parents/guardians, volunteers), and anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 are prohibited from participating in any sports activity:
    • Anyone who has had symptoms of COVID-19, in the last 10 days.
      • Symptoms include fever, chills, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, and new muscle aches or headaches.
    • Anyone who has been directed by Public Health to self-isolate.
    • Anyone who has arrived from outside of Canada or has had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case MUST self-isolate for 14 days and monitor symptoms.
  • Team Attendance and check-in will be taken at start of each activity and recorded by a designated team adult. Attendance forms will be scanned or emailed to the designated Coordinator (and/or Board Member).
  • All participants MUST have completed all documentation on file before first activity:
    • Declaration of Compliance for all players | coaches | volunteers, etc.
    • Waivers signed and on file.
    • Codes of Conducts (Players | Coaches | Parents) on file.

Step 4: Develop Communication Plans and Training

  • Communicated all participants have received policies for staying home when sick.
  • Communicated by coaches, a daily reminder to players (prior to each event) – social distancing, no spitting, no spitz (sunflower seeds), hand sanitizer (hygiene).
  • BBA and/or City of Burnaby has posted signage for Social Distancing.
  • Coaches or Volunteers have been trained on monitoring participants to ensure policies and procedures are being followed.

Step 5: Monitor and Update Plans as Necessary

  • Create a Health and Safety Committee to be formed to collect data, reviewing policies, and procedures, and adjust as new information arises.
  • Will create/assign a Health and Safety Director to oversee our policies, protocols, and guidelines.  If further direction is needed, we will seek direction/involvement from our governing bodies.

Step 6: Access and Address Risks from Resuming Operations

  • A coach’s binder will be provided outlining the policies and procedures.
  • Coach training session will be provided via video and/or observation before RTP starts.

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