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Newport Harbor Baseball Association

COVID-19 Return to Play Plan

Spring 2021


Mission Statement and League Philosophy:


Newport Harbor Baseball Association (NHBA) is a non-profit organization benefiting the local youth in our surrounding communities. Our program is made up of volunteers who put in many hours of personal time and strive to create a positive youth baseball experience. Values of teamwork, good sportsmanship and fair play are important character traits we want our kids to learn. We also encourage our kids to be productive members of their communities. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unexpected shift in how we live our everyday lives in all aspects,

including youth sports. The health and safety of every participant has always been the highest

priority for Newport Harbor Baseball Association (NHBA) and will continue to be.


We hereby submit the following plan and guidelines to City of Costa Mesa Parks and Community Services Department & the City of Newport Beach for review and approval with the expected return to scrimmages Saturday, Feb 27th and a return to league games Saturday, March 20th.


Return to Play Risk Assessment:


Newport Harbor Baseball Association (NHBA) understands there are state and local guidelines. We plan to adhere to and monitor all activities accordingly. We also understand that ultimately it is the individual choice of every family to decide to participate. Each parent or guardian will be asked to sign a hold harmless waiver, similar to what is required at registration but updated with COVID-19 related language and include a list of known COVID-19 symptoms (See Attached Sample).


Adherence to Guidelines:


The following guidelines are modeled after “COVID-19” Return to Play Requirements”

by the state of California, and the cities of Newport Beach & Costa Mesa.


 Parents/guardians of minor participants, league administrators, coaches, trainers and

parent volunteers will receive a copy of the approved league Return to Play Plan and sign

a form agreeing to follow all terms and conditions herein.

(See Attached Sample)


 Strict adherence to this plan will be required and any individual(s) not following these

guidelines will be dismissed from participation

 Should there be additional waves, all activities can be easily canceled, modified with less

participants, extend time between starts or permitted facilities can be locked


 Prior to the start of each activity, verbal reminders will be given to all participants regarding

behaviors that reduce the spread of COVID-19 (i.e. maintain 6ft distances, minimize touching surfaces, etc…)


Plan for Healthy Environment:


A copy of This approved Return to Play Plan will also be emailed to every parent or guardian and will include Health Agency Resources Link shown at the end of this document


General Guidance for Youth Baseball Participants, Coaches, and Support Staff for NHBA Return to Competition


·       Face coverings to be worn when not participating in the activity (e.g. on the sidelines)

·       Face coverings to be worn by coaches, support staff and observers at all times, and in compliance with the CDPH Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings

·       Observers maintain at least 6 feet from non-household members

·       No sharing of drink bottles and other personal items & equipment

·       Mixing with other households prior to and post any practice or competition must strictly adhere to current gathering guidance

·       Teams will not participate in out-of-state games & tournaments

·       Will limit observation of baseball games to immediate household members, and for the strict purpose of age appropriate supervision. This includes observation of practice and competition. Will limit observers to ensure physical distance can be maintained, reduce potential crowding, and maintain outdoor capacity limits

·       Inter-Team competitions, are permitted to occur only if (a) both teams are located in the same county or (b) teams are located in immediately bordering counties

·       Teams adhere to current CDPH Travel Advisory recommendations when determining travel for competition in neighboring counties

·       No tournaments or events that involve more than two teams to occur

·       Only one competition, per team, per day max to be played



 Hand sanitizer will be provided at each facility for all participants at each permitted field


 Disinfectant spray will be available at each facility to wipe down any surface observed to

be touched and any equipment should it be deemed necessary


 Teams will enter & exit fields at specific locations at each field to avoid traffic and close contact


 There will be no less than 15min between games & practices to allow time for necessary disinfecting, cleaning and/or set up for next activity


 Staff training will be on going and league will provide any updated resources, guidelines,

etc…as state and local agencies update and/or issue them


Onsite Screening Protocol:


Newport Harbor Baseball Association (NHBA) will require all youth sports organizations to follow state and local guidance of physical distancing and safety protocols for small and stable groups with spectators from the same household for each player only. The following are protocols will be implemented to protect players, families and the community, and slow the spread of COVID-19. A league representative, Coach, Trainer or Volunteer will be assigned a facility and will be responsible to ensure all participants have been approved to enter the permitted facility:


 Use a contactless thermometer to check all participant’s temperature to be less than 100.4. Temp checks will be conducted at entrance of each park. If any coach or participant has one of the following symptoms, they will be asked to go home immediately.

            -Temperature above 100.4

            -Runny Nose


            -Loss of taste or smell


 That all participants, parents, coaches, and observers must be wearing a face covering upon arrival and throughout the activities


 Verify participants have signed required waivers or sign prior


 Ensure no physical touching and 6ft separation at all times by all participants

            Equipment sharing will be avoid to reduce the risk of Covid spread. If any equipment is to be shared, the staff will wipe down said equipment immediately.


Arrival and Departure:


Participants will be screened daily upon arrival (health survey and temperature). Organizations

are required to maintain a record of daily screenings. After a temperature check, youth

participants/coaches are to wash their hands and/or use hand sanitizer.


 Youth participants with a temperature of less than 100.40, and no other COVID-19

symptoms will be given a sticker with the date indicating their clearance to participate.


 Youth participants with a temperature of 100.40 or higher or symptoms of COVID-19 will be

sent home and will not be allowed to participate for 14 days or until clearance from a

medical doctor is received. The youth participant will not be allowed on a permitted facility.


 Only participants, coaches, trainers, volunteers, and family members from the household are allowed on a permitted facility.


 Participants coaches, trainers or volunteers will wear face coverings at all times. Youth

participants will be allowed to remove their masks (maintaining six-foot distancing) during

active play.


Safety Protocols:


 League will ensure that all coaches, trainers and volunteers are educated on appropriate

cleaning and disinfection, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette per CDC guidelines. A link

to the Centers for Disease Control can be found below


 League will require all parents/guardians and youth participants to sign a document

agreeing to abide by the organization’s “return to play” plan and physical distancing

requirements and a waiver acknowledging that understand the symptoms of COVID-19 and

the risks of participation, PRIOR to participation.


 Youth participants should provide and use their own personal hand sanitizer before and

after each session and during water breaks.


 Youth participants will handle and care for their own equipment.


 Players and coaches should bring their own seating and avoid using benches. If benches

are to be used, coaches will clean before and after usage.




Centers for Disease Control


California Department of Public Health


Orange County Healthcare Agency


Communication Plan:


League will provide league administration cell phone numbers and email addresses to all

coaches, trainers and volunteers in order to ensure real time updates are received from each

permitted facility.


 Should a COVID-19 related concern arise, the protocol will be a group SMS (Text

Message) sent to league administrators by the individual assigned to monitor the permitted

facility. A league administrator will document the issue and report to appropriate City staff

via email.


 League President for Newport Harbor Baseball Association (NHBA) will be the responsible for the Return to Play Plan and will coordinate with City staff any modifications and/or enhancements that may be needed.


 Record keeping of each participant, coach, trainer and volunteer will include signed

documents by parents/guardians, coaches, and youth participants agreeing to have read and

to abide by the “return to play” plan and physical distancing requirements.


 Any participant, coach, trainer or volunteer found to be out of compliance with Newport Harbor Baseball Association (NHBA) Return To Play Plan will be given a verbal warning. A second violation will be written up and a third violation will be suspended from the program for the remainder of the season.



Closing Statements:


Newport Harbor Baseball Association (NHBA) is committed to abiding by all state and local guidelines and especially the “COVID-19” Return to Play Requirements” document issued by the state of California. We are pleased to submit this league Return To Play Plan and look forward to its approval and continue serving the youth of our community.



Jared Eisenberg


Newport Harbor Baseball Association


Newport Harbor Baseball Association (NHBA)
PMB 320 1048 Irvine Avenue 
Newport Beach, California 92660

Email: [email protected]

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