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Nov, 2021

2022 Little League Safety Protocols

Vaccination is strongly recommended for everyone age 5 years and older.

·      Vaccination is the best way to protect against COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective,
and free to everyone, regardless of immigration status.

·      Having all athletes, coaches, support staff, and volunteers in your youth sports league fully vaccinated
will greatly decrease the risk of transmission of the virus among teammates and between teams. It will
also decrease disruption to the team if there is contact with a person with COVID-19 (see quarantine
below).

·      People who are fully vaccinated do not need to participate in routine screening testing.
Vaccines are widely available across LA County without an appointment. Visit VaccinateLACounty.com
and click on “How To Get Vaccinated” to find a location near you or call the Vaccine Call Center at 833-
540-0473, open daily 8:00 am to 8:30 pm.

·      Talk with your child’s doctor about any concerns. Learn more at COVID-19 Vaccine Facts for Parents.
Anyone who is sick or under isolation or quarantine orders must stay home and will be
excluded from practice and games.

·      Athletes, coaches, support staff, volunteers and spectators should check for symptoms before attending
any youth sports activity. Anyone who has a fever or other COVID-19 symptom should stay home. If a
person develops symptoms during practice or a game, they will be isolated from others and may be sent
home. For symptoms of COVID-19 see ph.lacounty.gov/covidcare.

·      If an athlete, coach, support staff, or volunteer is diagnosed with COVID-19, the Exposure Management
Plan will be followed. This includes testing everyone, regardless of vaccination status, for 2 weeks. The
person with COVID-19 must follow the isolation instructions at ph.lacounty.gov/covidisolation.

·      Fully vaccinated athletes who are exposed to someone with COVID-19 do not need to quarantine and
can continue to participate in the youth sport activity as long as they remain asymptomatic and continue
to test negative for COVID-19 diagnosis. 

 Masks are required indoors.

·       Everyone (including athletes, coaches, support staff, volunteers, and spectators) must wear a mask
indoors, regardless of their vaccination status or the COVID-19 risk level of the sport. Indoors includes in
locker rooms, weight rooms, and other indoor spaces.

·       Athletes must wear a mask indoors during practice, games, and competitions, whether they are
actively playing or watching from the sidelines.

·       Coaches must wear masks indoors even when they are engaged in intense physical activity.

·       Masks can be removed when in the water for showers and indoor water sports, like swimming,
water polo or diving. Masks must be worn when not in the water.

·       Masks can be removed temporarily to eat or drink, by a gymnast while performing/practicing on
an apparatus, and by a cheerleader who is actively performing/practicing routines that involve
tumbling, stunting, or flying, but must be put back on immediately afterwards. When people are
actively eating or drinking, they should be encouraged to stay 6 feet away from others.

·       During wrestling contact, a face mask could become a choking hazard and is discouraged unless
an adult coach or official is closely monitoring for safety purposes.

·       Masks are recommended in outdoor crowded spaces and places, including among spectators where
distancing is not practical or possible.

·       It is a good idea to bring more than one mask in case a mask gets wet or dirty. Any face mask that
becomes saturated with sweat should be changed immediately.

 To learn more visit ph.lacounty.gov/masks for details.

·       Routine COVID-19 screening testing requirements and recommendations vary by risk of
COVID-19 transmission.

 Required screening testing: Screening testing requirements for athletes, coaches, support staff, and volunteers vary according to age and vaccination status, the COVID-19 exposure risk level of the sport, and whether the sport takes place indoors or outdoors. See the table below for details. The results of tests performed at school can be used for youth sports.

 

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