Minnetonka Baseball Association is a program of service to the youth of our community. It is geared to provide an outlet of healthful activity and training under good leadership in an atmosphere of wholesome community participation.
Change Team: 
Important Game Info, Etc
by posted 07/06/2020

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Hello!  This is a lengthy email...but very imprtant reminders for practices and now for the upcoming games.  

I hope everyone enjoyed a safe and HOT 4th of July…and are back and ready for our first week of games!

Important Updates:

Spectator Guidelines -

            MBA Spectator Expectations:

As we start playing our season Game schedule, parents and spectators will have separate seating away from the players and extended dugout areas. The spectator area will generally be down the 1st/3rd base lines beyond the dugouts and in the outfield areas on most fields. On some fields (Bennett 1 – Revolution DB/Bennett 2 – Bingham//Bennett 5 – TCO/MHS Lower/Veterans Field) where there is not foul line or outfield seating available, the spectator area may instead be located behind the backstop.  Spectators will not be allowed around the area of the extended dugouts.

Attendees will need to sit with their family unit.  This means that all family members will need to socially distance (6 feet) from all other family units. .

We understand this may be inconvenient for watching the game, but please adhere to these guidelines.  We are all excited to being able to play and we want to make sure we follow the guidelines so we can CONTINUE to play.

Food at Practices/Games

As outlined in the communication, Food of any kind is not permitted (including gum and seeds). Water and Sports drinks are permitted and must be labeled.

However, if a player requires food to be kept on hand or consumed during practices and games due to medical reasons (i.e. diabetes, etc), this is absolutely permitted. Parents should notify coaches if this applies to them. 

 

Please be reminded that at practices, parents should remain in the parking lot and not approach the practice or players. It is also being asked that parents practice social distancing in the parking lots, and do not congregate – which also provides the appropriate example for our players.

 

I am happy to answer any questions that you may have!

 

Safety Checklist (to be done prior to and during each practice):

 Pre-practice health chat (please ensure no family member or player is feeling ill or showing any signs of illness)

 Pre-practice temperature check – please take your child’s temperature pre-practice

 If any family member is feeling ill or has an elevated temperature, the player will not be allowed to attend practice

 ·Please bring your own mandatory equipment and mark each item with tape and your player’s name so he can easily identify his own equipment. We will not share ANY equipment at this time. This includes no sharing of bats, helmets, or any equipment at all.

 We will observe social distancing at practice – players and coaches will work to remain 6’ apart.

 No food is allowed at practice. This includes no sunflower seeds or gum. No food or gum will be allowed at any time.

 Please provide your player with their own PPE if your family chooses to wear them. We will not mandate masks at this time. This is subject to change.  Parents are not allowed in the practice areas. Per MDH guidance, you can remain in your car or in park common areas while observing social distancing guidelines.  No carpooling to or from practices.

 Coaches will wear a mask and use hand sanitizer when assisting an athlete with an injury unless it is an emergency that requires quicker action. The rules listed above are subject to change as MBA and our governing bodies see fit. These guidelines are designed to lessen risk but do not ensure a guarantee. Our suggestions are listed as a helpful aid in planning for practices so that these unusual circumstances might be a little easier and of course, fun.

MBA suggests that players pack their baseball bag with the following items to help promote social distancing: Must bring your own:  Glove

 Batting Gloves

 Batting Helmet

 Bat

 Cleats

 Hat

 Uniform (for games including pants, socks, belt, jersey, hat)

 Protective cup

 Hand Sanitizer

 Water bottle (More than one is suggested as water fountains are not allowed at this time)

 Any other equipment necessary for played positions (i.e. First baseman’s glove, catcher’s gear).

 Any required or prescribed medications.

Suggested items for the athlete’s bag or for a parent to have available (click here for examples):

 Sunscreen

 Bug Spray

 Band-Aids

 First aid cream

 Extra Water or Larger Water Bottle or jug

 Sunglasses

 Eye Black

 Wipes

 Face Mask

 Braces or Wraps needed for the Athlete

 Ibuprofen or Tylenol

 Chair

Please discuss these new guidelines and plans with your player—no matter their age—before practice begins and remind them before each practice. These guidelines have been created to protect your player as well as their teammates and coaches.

 

Please be reminded that at practices, parents should remain in the parking lot and not approach the practice or players. It is also being asked that parents practice social distancing in the parking lots, and do not congregate – which also provides the appropriate example for our players.


 
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