Guidelines set for upcoming SAYB season

Friday, May 22, 2020

SIKESTON — Guidelines are in force for the upcoming Sikeston Area Youth Baseball League (SAYB) season.

A statement was sent out by the SAYB board last week with 14 areas for fans, coaches, players, and staff. The season will begin on June 1.

The statement said that team schedules would more than likely not be available before Tuesday, and that the Missouri Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth organizations told the board to plan for all-star tournaments after the season.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the statements outlined the following guidelines:

• Parents should check their child’s temperature before bringing them to a practice or game. If the temperature is above 100 degrees, they should stay home until they are fever-free (without a reducer) for 72 hours.

• If a child has ANY upper respiratory symptoms, do not send them to practice or games until they are symptom-free for 72 hours.

• No sharing of batting helmets or gloves.

• No sharing of bats, if possible, and sanitize bat handles, between using, if the bat is shared.

• Do not share catcher’s equipment and masks without wiping them down with a disinfectant before someone else using the equipment.

• No high-fives or fist bumps among players or coaches. Elbow bumps are acceptable.

• Label water bottles and Gatorade clearly with your child’s name.

• Limit the trips to the concession stand.

• Do not bring team snacks or drinks to games, and there will be no food sharing allowed.

• No hand-shakes after the game. A tip-of-the-hat across the field will replace the end-of-game handshake.

• Maintain social distancing among players, coaches, and parents to the best of your ability. Coaches will need to remind kids of this continually.

• Parents should stay away from the dugout area and maintain proper social distancing before, during, and after practices and games.

• Parents and grandparents should refrain from gathering in groups at the Complex and maintain proper social distancing from anyone not in your immediate family.

• If a child has been around someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms, and is awaiting test results, please DO NOT ALLOW THEM TO GO TO PRACTICES OR GAMES. Notify your coach or a league officer IMMEDIATELY. We will help you work through a timetable to return to activities that are safe for everyone involved.

As for other summer baseball programs, the Portageville summer baseball league has canceled for the season, and the East Prairie city baseball leagues will begin practice on June 1.

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