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League Policies

SWYB Bylaws

The bylaws that constitute our league's structure and operation were passed on November 7, 2016.

Coaches Code of Conduct

All coaches in SWYB must sign and adhere to the Coaches Code of Conduct to be eligible to coach in our league.

Participant Code Of Conduct

Players and parents are also governed by a Code of Conduct to promote camaraderie, sportsmanship, and fair play. All participants in our league and their families who attend their games are expect to adhere to the following policy.

COVID Guidelines

Universal Guidelines

  • Players and spectators must self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms prior to arriving at the field.

Overview

  • This plan is designed to create a safe environment for players, coaches, umpires, volunteers, spectators, and others participating in and attending Saratoga-Wilton Youth Baseball (SWYB) activities at East Side Recreation and Gavin Park.  The guidelines in this plan will follow the requirements and recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Reopening New York Sports and Recreation Guidelines, which can be found here: (https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/SportsAndRecreationSummaryGuidance.pdf).  These guidelines are subject to change based on current guidelines by the relevant authorities.  Stay Safe!  Stay Positive!  Work Together!  #StrongerTogether #SWYBStrong

  • Players or spectators must stay home if they have tested positive for COVID-19 or are waiting on test results, are showing COVID-19 symptoms, or have had close contact with a person who has tested positive for or who has symptoms of COVID-19. 

  • If any player or member of the player’s household tests positive for COVID-19, the player and any siblings must stay home and immediately notify the player’s team manager.

  • No player may return to practice or games until they have been cleared by the Saratoga County Department of Health.

  • Practice social distancing (minimum 6 feet) at all times when not around immediate family or other household members.

  • Players and spectators must wear a mask when entering and leaving the fields.

  • When unable to socially distance, all spectators must wear a face mask.

  • Frequently wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.

  • No spitting, eating sunflower seeds, or chewing gum on premises.

  • Adhere to hygiene and sanitation requirements from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the NYS Department of Health (DOH). 

  • Food and beverages will be sold at East Side Rec and Gavin Park following all relevant guidelines.

  • In accordance with Babe Ruth, Inc. directives, all SWYB players must sign COVID-19 waivers. 

  • If you have any concerns about these guidelines or whether they are being followed, immediately contact the Board member on Duty, or email the SWYB Board at board@swyb.org.

 

Coach/Volunteer Guidelines

  • Encourage players and spectators to arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before the start of the game.  Additional time will be provided to warm up prior to the game.

  • Encourage players and spectators to leave the fields immediately after the conclusion of the game. 

  • No more than two players and two coaches will be permitted in the dugout at any one time. 

  • Avoid using shared equipment, including bats, gloves, helmets, catcher’s equipment, water bottles, etc.  When that is not possible, such as in the case of catcher’s equipment, equipment should be sanitized.  Sanitizer will be provided by SWYB at each field.  If no sanitizer is present, contact the Board Member on Duty.

  • Coaches will be required to wear a face mask when not able to socially distance.

  • Coaches should encourage players to socially distance when not engaged in the sport of baseball and whenever possible.

 

Player Guidelines

  • Players will not be required to wear a face mask when engaged in the sport of baseball.

  • Players should maintain social distance when possible.

  • Players should tell their coach or staff member if they are not feeling well.

  • Players should be seated along the first and third base fences during games.  Players should bring their own chair to each game.

  • Players are discouraged from practicing any celebratory traditions that involve physical contact.  This includes, but not limited to, handshakes, high-fives, hugs, and chest bumps. 

  • Players should wash hands or use hand sanitizer before and after games and practices. 

 

Parent/Spectator Guidelines

  • No more than two spectators per player will be allowed.  This guideline does not apply to children residing in the same household as a parent or guardian spectator.

  • Spectators should bring their own chairs as bleachers will not be available for spectator use.  Spectators are encouraged to use the area behind the outfield fences for watching games.

  • Spectators should promptly leave the field and surrounding areas following games and practices.

  • Avoid congregating in the parking lot or near the field before and after games. 

 

Game Operations and Umpire Guidance

  • Home plate meetings with coaches and umpires will be socially distanded, and should involve no more than one coach per team, and game umpires.

  • Umpires who are vaccinated will be permitted to call balls and strikes from behind the plate. 

  • Games and practices will be scheduled, as much as possible, to provide additional time in between games and practices to reduce the number of people at each park.

SWYB Player Illness Protocol

Players & Coaches showing symptoms:

Should an individual athlete or coach become ill, they should be immediately removed from the group, masked if not already, and isolated in their individual space. The player's parent or guardian should be immediately notified.

The symptomatic player/coach should ask for a COVID test if he/she wants to continue participating. If no test taken, then CDC recommends 72 hours of being symptom free, or 10 days from initial onset before returning to sports.

Players & Coaches testing positive for COVID-19:

If COVID test came back positive the participant should quarantine for 14 days. While testing of the asymptomatic contact may be available, it does not confirm the infection potential of that individual so cannot be relied on for return to play.

Saratoga Wilton Youth Baseball, Inc
PO Box 2269
Wilton, NY 12831

About SWYB
Saratoga Wilton Youth Baseball is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) based in Saratoga Springs / Town of Wilton, NY operating exclusively as a non-profit educational organization providing a supervised program of recreational and competitive baseball.

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