1. In general, people do not need to wear face coverings when outdoors (see CDC guidance and CDPH FAQs); however, in areas with substantial to high transmission (Santa Clara County is in the high transmission category as of January 13, 2022), people are encouraged to wear a face covering in crowded outdoor settings or during activities that involve sustained close contact (including high-risk contact sports) with others who are not fully vaccinated.

  2. Players should take a break if they experience any difficulty breathing and should change their face covering if it becomes wet and obstructs breathing.

  3. Dugouts - No food, no sunflower seeds, no gum. Water and sports drinks only.

  4. Drinks/water bottles and other personal items/equipment should be labeled with the athlete’s name and must not be shared.

  5. Each player must have their own glove, except for the catcher’s mitt. SCWLL will loan individual batting helmets for the season if needed. Shared bats will be available. Catchers’ gear should be disinfected between players. Each team will have two catchers’ masks so that the first mask can be disinfected and air dry while the second catchers’ mask is used.

  6. Minimize sharing of equipment to the extent feasible.

  7. The plate umpire may choose to stand behind the pitcher.

  8. If a pitcher puts their hand to their mouth and touches the ball, call “TIME.” The pitcher must sanitize their hands and change to a new ball before throwing the next pitch.

  9. Adults only in the scorebooths.

  10. Replace handshakes after the game with a socially distanced acknowledgment.

  11. For interlocking games, if COVID-19 guidance differs, follow the stricter guidance.

  12. Non-compliance with COVID-19 mitigation measures may result in the loss of our City of Santa Clara and/or SCUSD field permit(s) and puts SCWLL at risk for enforcement.