COVID 19 GUIDELINES

WFL Teams are required to implement the following guidelines

for all 2020 WFL league games.

 

  • Any player, coach, official, or spectator who demonstrates any of the following symptoms, identified by the CDC as possible Covid-19 symptoms, may not participate WFL activities in any capacity:

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Each team must have hand sanitizer at each event. Teams must also have sanitizing wipes to wipe down dugouts before and after each contest.

  • The following activities are strictly prohibited from all WFL activities:

  • Handshakes, high fives, or post-game hand slap lines

  • Team huddles

  • On-field conferences with more than 1 player

  • Spitting, sunflower seed use, bubble blowing

 

  • Pre-game conferences shall be limited to umpires and 1 coach from each team who shall stay at least 6 feet apart from each other during the conference.

  • In order to minimize the number of participants coming in contact with any one ball, defensive teams will provide all balls for their defensive innings. The pitcher should bring a ball to the circle and the player who records the final putout should bring the ball back to the dugout. Defensive teams should provide an additional ball to their pitcher should a ball go out of play. Balls do not need to be new, but they must be in near-new condition, and they must meet the guidelines set out by USA softball. Umpires may examine any ball brought into a game at their discretion at any time.

  • When possible teams should designate expanded dugout areas and distance players within the dugout. Expanded dugouts should only be established when players in the dugout are still protected from live balls behind fencing or netting.

  • Spectators and coaches should wear masks whenever they are within 6 feet of another person. All participants and spectators should maintain at least 6 feet of distance from all people whenever possible.

  • Umpires may opt to call balls and strikes from either behind the pitcher or behind the catcher. In any case, the umpire will maintain a distance of at least 3 feet from all players.

  • If both teams agree, teams carrying fewer than 8 players may still participate in league games. Flexibility in this regard is encouraged.

  • If both teams agree before play begins, teams may play a single 7 inning game with no new inning after 1 hour and 45 minutes and a drop dead at 2 hours to limit the total length of a WFL event. If either team does not agree, each contest will be a double header with a 75 minute no new inning rule and a 90 minute drop dead rule for each game.

  • Bathrooms should be sanitized before and after each game.