COVID-19 GUIDELINES

DSC/DRBA 2021 COVID-19 BASEBALL & SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT PROCEDURES & GUIDELINES 

These guidelines are subject to change and have loosened the past few weeks – DSC still fully expects spectators to hold themselves accountable and follow these guidelines. Coaches will be accountable for their players

Effective March 12th, 2021 – Masks will be relaxed for all league and tournaments at the Dubuque Sports Complex. Masks will be optional outdoors and REQUIRED INDOORS

The entrance is staggered by 6ft markers, the concession stand also has “x’s” marked for distance as well. Please don’t crowd people.  

The bleachers will be open for use, but we expect people to keep their distance from others. We recommend bringing Lawn Chairs!! 

Players, parents and coaches are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer although some will be provided at the Sports Complex and Dusty Rogers Baseball & Softball Academy

The gate fee should be sat on the table or dropped directly into a bucket on the table.  Please try to bring exact change 

Baseball & Softball Tournaments Gate – Fee is $5 – Children under 13 is FREE 

Anyone with symptoms of illness is not allowed to participate (i.e. fever, tiredness, dry cough, aches & pains, congested/runny nose, sore throat, diarrhea)

Anyone who has been in contact with anyone with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 2 weeks is not allowed to participate.

We ask teams to disinfect dugout surfaces prior to entering and when they leave – We will do our best to disinfect the surfaces.

***************TOURNAMENT RULES OVERRIDE THIS IF SENT SEPARATE***************

Players/Coaches/Umpires

    • All players and coaches should check their temperature prior to attending and if the temperature is above 100.3, they should not play.

    • All players, coaching staff, etc. will be responsible for maintaining six feet of distance from others

    • We suggest free and open substitution to eliminate scorecard exchanges in order to reduce person-to-person contact. If you prefer to switch scorecards, please practice social distancing while doing so. 

    • Use of dugouts is permitted during games only. No parents or players from other teams are allowed in the dugouts or hanging around outside of it.

    • Chewing sunflower seeds and spitting by players and coaches in the dugout or on the field is prohibited 

    • Players & coaches should not high five or hug. Fist bump is your choice. Teams will not shake hands after games but can tip their hats from across the field

    • Players are to limit the sharing of baseball equipment as much as possible. If needed, Coaches are to sanitize shared equipment before and after each game

    • Players must bring their own water/beverage to consume during and after games ▪ No shared drinking fountains, water stations, or coolers may be used

    • Teams must leave the field immediately after their game concludes after sanitizing ALL items from the dugout with cleaning supplies provided by the team. This includes wiping down bat racks and benches and removing trash. Teams will have 10 minutes to vacate the bench area.

    • On-field warm-ups will be limited due to our practice areas behind fences and throughout the complex – Be ready to go in 10 minutes.

    • If using the score clock please wipe it down before using. Wipes only, please don’t spray. One operator per game!! 

    • Awards will be handed to the Coach and how they get them out will be their choice. The coach will oversee handing out the awards as he/she sees best, and team pictures will also be at the discretion of the team.

    • There will be a 2-umpire system and one will be behind the catcher except for 1 umpire for 10u

    • Lead offs and base stealing will be allowed based on your age levels rules

Parents/Fans

    • All spectators should follow best social distancing practices — stay six feet away from individuals outside their household; avoid direct hand or other contact with players/managers/coaches during play

    • The Bleachers will be used yet use them at your best discretion. 

    • Standard 10x10 tents are allowed inside the complex. Tents and awnings will not be permitted outside of the DSC gates. If we notice it, we will ask you to leave the premises. 

    • No RV’s or Campers!!

    • Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes will be available at several locations, but we encourage parents to supply their players with antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizer as well

    • Players/families/spectators are instructed not to show up to fields more than 30 minutes before game time to cut down on crowds.

    • ALL PARENTS/FANS – Protective gear and masks are optional. We may sell masks but are NOT providing them

    • Families and spectators are encouraged to stay in their vehicles or at recommended social distances until the start of their game play to prevent overcrowding of spectator spaces and walkways.

    • Golf carts will be utilized to transport individuals with mobility issues only and will be sanitized by drivers prior to a rider entering the cart

    • Fans should practice social distancing between different household units and accept personal responsibility for public health guidelines

    • All persons in the facilities must adhere to the guidelines from the CDC, state and local authorities regarding travel restrictions and stay-at-home orders.

    • Any person who is experiencing symptoms of sickness will be prohibited from entering the facilities. 

TOURNAMENT & FALL LEAGUE TEAMS

We ask that “ALL TEAMS” bring their own game and practice baseballs throughout the tournaments. Coaches are responsible for keeping them separated and sanitized. You won’t lose many at our park.

Your team name on them will probably help and have your kids track foul balls, homeruns, etc. A NEW BALL will be needed to start ALL games. Please always have replacement balls ready for the umpire, mainly for foul balls to keep games moving. This will help with exercising the sanitization of the baseballs. 

Each coach will be responsible for the amount of people in the dugout and it’s the responsibility of the coaches to enforce distancing their players if they choose.

The Dubuque Sports Complex reserves the right to ask ANY spectator, player, coach or umpire to leave the premises at any time if you refuse to abide by our rules as well as those outlined by the CDC.