Dear Seattle Central Little League Families,
Currently, King County health officials report that the immediate health risk from COVID-19 for the general public is low, and Seattle Public Schools are still in session. Some local King County area schools have closed for deep cleaning or due to known or potential exposures, but we will closely follow the actions of Seattle Public Schools in the days ahead.
We plan to begin baseball practices on schedule and hold Opening Day on March 28 at 10:00 am. This is an evolving situation and those plans may change depending on events during these upcoming weeks.
In the event we need to cancel practices, we will follow Seattle Public School's approach. If local schools are canceled, we will also cancel practice and any scheduled game. Please assume that if SPS closes, practices and games will also be canceled. The board, and coaches will communicate in the event this is necessary.
If you have any concerns, comments or questions, please reach out to Mike Merwin (SCLL President) and Stephen King (SCLL Safety Officer). Please inform us if you or your child has come into contact with a known or suspected case of COVID-19, or is being tested for COVID-19.
We recommend heightened awareness regarding cold or upper respiratory symptoms. If your child is sick, please do not bring them to practice or games, and if you are sick, please do not attend practices or games.
The situation on the field is made more challenging by the lack of hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes in the Seattle metropolitan area. We are sure that you've already seen the Public Health Department's messages outlining precautions such as coughing into the arms or sleeve and using a tissue to wipe noses.
We discourage post-practice handshakes and fist bumps in the short term, and when possible will make time for players to go to playfield bathrooms (or those close to it) before and after practice to wash hands.
If parents, coaches and players have access to hand sanitizer, please make use of it before and after practice.
Avoid sharing softball facemasks with teammates. Same for helmets and gloves.
If you or a family member has traveled internationally — particularly to China, South Korea, Iran, Italy, and Japan — please review the federal quarantine guidance and travel warnings provided by the CDC before your or your child return to practices or games (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html).
We will update you as soon as possible if there are more school closures or if recommendations regarding public gatherings change.
Board, Seattle Central Little League