The Board of South Maryland Little League would like to outline a series of protocol measures that we intend to follow during the season. First and foremost, we intend to adhere to the guidelines set forth by the Governor, Anne Arundel Parks & Recreation, and local health officials when it comes to public gatherings, organized youth sports, and sporting events. Your child’s health and safety are always our number one priority, even under normal circumstances.
We are currently adapting to the present landscape, and have agreed as a board to implement the following protocols for the baseball season:
- Players are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer for personal use.
- During games, no more than two (2) coaches will be present in a dugout. This will allow enough coaches to supervise kids, while also limiting the number of bodies.
- All individuals should measure their body temperature to ensure that no fever is present prior to participating or attending each activity.
- No handshakes/personal contact celebrations.
- Players and families should vacate the field as soon as reasonably possible after the conclusion of their game to minimize unnecessary contact.
- There will be no “team snacks” provided post-game, as can be traditional amongst the younger age groups.
- All players should bring their own personal drinks. Please ensure all drinks are clearly labeled, and adequate liquids are provided so that your player is not searching for drinks from others.
- No spitting. Because of this, sunflower seeds are not allowed.
- We would ask that spectators are limited, and that there is no regular movement of players from the dugout to visit with family during the game.
To the extent there is potential exposure to COVID, you are asked to immediately notify our league president, Chris Oland (
As a league, we will adhere to Anne Arundel County health department guidelines, and the following protocol will be followed:
The health department criteria to self-quarantine is based on one of the following occurring within 48 hours of last contact with a COVID individual - 1) onset of symptoms or 2) a positive COVID test. Once one of those two things happen, we work back 48 hours to see if the player had any contact with the team during that time.
If the player did not have contact with the team in the prior 48 hours or has not met either of the above two criteria, team activities will be fully permitted. The only exception would be the player, who would be required to follow self-quarantine rules.
If the player does have an onset of symptoms or tests positive for COVID, the team will pause activities for 10 days.
The county is currently following the below guidelines for self-quarantine which are:
- 10 days and the last 24 hours symptom free, or
- 7 days with a negative test after day 5 and the last 24 hours symptom free.
We thank you for your understanding and know that your help in enforcing these rules with your players will help ensure a safe and fun season. We are excited to bring baseball back, as we know it will be wonderful for the physical and mental health of all our children.