Steelyard Sports Fall High School Baseball Camp - 2020
COVID-19 Program Plan (Health and Safety Plan)
The Steelyard Sports High School Fall Baseball camp will strive to follow the PA Department of Health - Summer Recreation, Camps and Pools guidelines and FAQs as well as the CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Considerations for Youth and Summer Camps.
The safety and well being of everyone involved is of the highest priority. We will require coaches and campers who are sick or have recently (10 days) had close contact with a person with COVID-19 to stay at home. Coaches and Campers that are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19 will not be allowed to attend.
In order to keep our numbers small, the High School baseball camp will be limited to a maximum group size of 25 participants. The camp will generally be held twice a week in September and October. It will also generally be held outside for two hours per camp session but may move inside into our indoor facility if the weather does not cooperate (rain, excessive heat, excessive wind), or the outdoor batting cages are not available. We will strive to manage the movement between spaces in order to avoid close contact with other people.
The camp activities will be conducted in ways designed to account for a minimum space of six feet between participants the vast majority of the time. Campers will spend most of each session in small groups. Equipment will not be shared, except the baseball. Participants will have access to and be actively instructed to sanitize or wash their hands at scheduled times during the camp activities. The participants will each have designated areas to store their personal items with a minimum of six feet between areas.
A few examples of how we will maintain the recommended six feet of space between individuals are:
Each participant will have a designated area for their belongings where they can clean their hands, hydrate from their own personal container and access their equipment
During warm up activities and drills, participants will have a designated area where they are to perform the exercise or activity.
When moving throughout the field from one drill or station to another, participants will not cross in front of each other. There will be a suggested path in order to proceed from one activity to the next in a circular fashion.
High fives, spitting, touching/rough housing with other participants and picking up another participant’s equipment will not be permitted.
The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. In an effort to comply with this recommendation based on the findings that asymptomatic individuals, and even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”), can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms, the baseball camp coaches will, at a minimum, wear masks around their necks and therefore will have them accessible to cover their faces as deemed appropriate. Participants will be reminded not to touch their masks once they are on, and will be asked to clean their hands if seen doing so.
Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs in most situations. If soap and water are not readily available, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol is recommended. Participants will have regular and scheduled access to hand sanitizer during the camps. Participants will be asked to sanitize upon their arrival, halfway through the camp, and prior to their departure. Participants will also be encouraged to sanitize each time they visit their designated personal belongings and between activities. Anytime someone is seen or heard coughing or sneezing they will be asked to visit the sanitation station immediately.
While every effort will be made to ensure that equipment is not shared, in baseball, the ball will be touched by different people when thrown or batted and fielded. We will not clean the baseballs between touches, but we do believe that we can mitigate the risk of transmission by requiring hourly hand sanitizer breaks.
No parents or spectators will be permitted which will assist in keeping numbers down.