With current concerns regarding the coronavirus, here are some suggestions for the ball park on tournament weekends. Please talk to your players and fans about this, as we would like to do all we can to keep everyone well.
No Handshakes or High Fives Teams, coaches, umpires and staff should not shake hands or high five before or after games. If you must touch, use a fist bump rather than a handshake. Research has shown that shaking hands transmits 10 times more bacteria than a fist bump. So, let’s all agree to not take it personal.
Wash Your Hands Often When you do, wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. We will make sure that we are communicating with the park staff about checking the restrooms often to keep them well stocked with soap.
Not Feeling Well? If any coaches, players or fans are not feeling well, they should stay home.
Cover Up Sneezes and Coughs Sneeze or cough into your bent elbow, not your hands. It’s known as the “Dracula sneeze,” as in a vampire shielding his face with his arm.
Don’t forget the basics, courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Thanks in advance for your cooperation!