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Dear Little League Community –
San Francisco Little League wanted to update our community on its response to COVID-19. On Wednesday, we suspended all official San Francisco Little League activities through at least March 22. Yesterday, our district, which includes Marin County, and then the national little league organization suspended play until at least April 6.
Given the speed with which things are progressing, the League cannot predict if the suspension will end on April 6 or even the precise criteria that will be applied to the decision. Know, however, that we are anxious to see boys and girls on ball fields again soon as long as it is safe for our community. Like all of you, we are monitoring news from the CDC and other federal, state and local sources of information, and we are in contact with the San Francisco Department of Public Health, San Francisco Rec & Park, our district and the national little league organization. Any decision to resume play will depend on the information and guidance that the League will get from those and other sources.
Assuming we do resume play, it may be that we attempt to extend the season or broaden our approach to post-season. All of that is under discussion and obviously depends on issues well outside of our control, but none of those possibilities are as important as taking appropriate steps to protect our players, volunteers, and their families.
During the duration of San Francisco Little League’s suspension, all League activities, including practices, should be discontinued. We ask that players, coaches and their families refrain from using either League facilities, such as Tepper and Ketcham, and League equipment in any manner that might convey a League-sanctioned activity. To be clear, there should be no practices, whether optional or mandatory, or any games until further notice.
We will pass on updates when we have them, but in the interim If you should have any questions or concerns regarding this suspension of the season through April 6, please do not hesitate to reach out to the League’s president, Howard Holderness. A link to his email is available at https://www.sfll.org/page/show/228990-board-of-directors
Be safe. Be smart. We hope to see you all on a baseball diamond soon.
Information for Families of San Francisco Little League
Coronavirus, COVID 19, has spread from its initial outbreak in China and has spread throughout the world. Some countries, Italy and Iran for example, have had especially larger outbreaks. In the United States we are seeing COVID 19 in instances where there is no direct link between individuals who had been diagnosed with COVID 19 or who had traveled to China where the outbreak originated.
The body of knowledge on COVID 19 is incomplete. People exposed to COVID 19 may be able to spread the virus anytime between 2 and 14 days after exposure.
While a state of emergency has been declared in San Francisco, this was a proactive measure by the City and County of San Francisco to access money and resources in preparation of the ever-changing nature of this virus. The Department of Public Health and the San Francisco Unified School District have not shut down the schools or issued restrictions or bans on public gatherings.
If the State of California, the San Francisco Department of Public Health, the CDC, or the San Francisco Unified School District issues an order to shut down schools or ban public gatherings (sports events, concerts, fairs, etc.) San Francisco Little League will cancel the season. San Francisco Little League will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves and will take action if required in the best interest of the health and safety of our players and their families.
What do I need to do to be safe:
If you have traveled or plan to travel to an area in spite of CDC recommendations that have been identified to have Level 2 or Level 3 Travel Health recommendations, if you have not been screened/identified as requiring isolation/self-quarantine upon arrival back in the United States, please follow the CDC recommendations for self-observation, self-monitoring and if required self-quarantine. If you are sick after arriving home contact the San Francisco Department of Public Health and your physician as soon as possible. Call before going to your physician’s office or the hospital. Make sure you advise them of your travel itinerary.
If you are sick with shortness of breath, sneezing, cough, or fever, don't come to practice or games
If your siblings or parents are sick with shortness of breath, sneezing, cough, or fever, don't come to practice or games
Frequent hand-washing is key to prevent the spread of any virus. As soon as you arrive home or your office at work, after touching door knobs or door handles, elevator buttons, hand rails, etc., any time you may come into contact with something that has been touched or handled by the general public, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or an alcohol-based cleaner.
Wash your hands using soap and water or an alcohol-based cleaner for at least 20 seconds before and after using the restroom; before and after any snacks or food during games; before and after using public transportation
Fist bumps and elbow bumps are the best ways to show support. Hugs/high fives/chest bumps between players should be avoided
Cover your cough and sneeze when out in public by using the crook of your arm or shoulder. Avoid using your hand to cover your sneeze so you do not contaminate anything you touch
For those players in San Francisco Little League, Challenger, and Softball Divisions who have a medical condition that places them at increased risk for infection, pneumonia, upper respiratory infection, or who have a medical history of lung/pulmonary disease, please contact your child's physician for recommendations and guidance
Utilize reliable resources. This is a new disease and the body of knowledge is evolving. There is a huge degree of misinformation, please refrain from utilizing social media unless the source is the CDC, the San Francisco Department of Public Health, or the World Health Organization.
Your best sources for information are:
San Francisco Department of Public Health - https://www.sfcdcp.org/infectious-diseases-a-to-z/coronavirus-2019-novel-coronavirus/
The Centers for Disease Control – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
The World Health Organization (WHO) - https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happen
If you are traveling please find out about the travel advisory for your country of travel from the US State Department at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/
We encourage all families who choose to travel during the season to follow the State Department and Centers for Disease Control recommendations on self-observation, self-monitoring and if required self-quarantine. Don’t come to games or practice if you are sick with shortness of breath, cough, sneezing, or fever. Hand washing is key to preventing infection. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds before and after using the restroom, eating, or using public transportation, essentially anytime you may touch something that the general public has come into contact with.
If you have additional concerns you can reach Dan Gerard, MS, RN, NRP who is the San Francisco Little Leagues Safety Officer. His contact information is 415-317-0615 or via email at email@example.com
Coaches will communicate if a game or practice status is changed.
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