2020-21 Baseball Considerations for COVID – updated

2020-21 Baseball Considerations

In support of the Guidance for Opening Up High School Athletics and Activities, the NFHS Baseball Rules Committee offers this document for state associations to consider whether any possible rules could be altered for the 2020-21 season. The considerations outlined in this document are meant to decrease potential exposure to respiratory droplets by encouraging social distancing, limiting participation in administrative tasks to essential personnel and allowing for appropriate protective equipment.


Note: This is not an exhaustive list and there might be additional steps in each school, city, and state to help prevent the spread of virus. Even when taking all precautions, there will still be risk of transmitting illnesses. Everyone should stay vigilant about the health of members of their teams. Lastly, the situation with Covid-19 is rapidly changing. These considerations may quickly become outdated. Please keep up with the latest from the CDC and other health officials in your state.


Return to Competition

General Considerations:

  • Have hand sanitizer and wipes available at the field.
  • Wash stations or sanitizer at each dugout.
  • No one touches the score sheet except the scorer.
  • Disinfect the bench/dugout prior to competition.
  • No mask no entry.
  • Stagger seating of fans.
  • Minimize the number of spectators.
  • Sanitize bases after each contest.


Considerations for Coaches:

  • Wear masks on and off the field.
  • Eliminate handshakes post-game.
  • Maintain 6’ distance between players and umpires.
  • No seeds, gum or spitting.
  • Evaluate pre-existing health conditions.


Considerations for Players:

  • No seeds, gum or spitting.
  • Players must clean and sanitize equipment after each game
  • Social distancing on the bench and/or dugout.
  • No sharing of water bottles.
  • No sharing of batting helmets.
  • No sharing of catcher’s equipment.
  • Sanitize all equipment after each game.
  • No physical contact.
  • Eliminate handshakes post game.
  • Eliminate handshakes with coaches/umpires pre-game.
  • Evaluate pre-existing health conditions.


Considerations for Umpires:

  • Bring personal hand sanitizer. Wash hands frequently
  • Don’t share equipment.
  • The umpire-in-chief should wear a face mask behind the plate.
  • Clean equipment after each game.
  • Follow social distancing guidelines. Consider six feet minimum distance when talking to others (players, coaches, other umpires) at plate meeting.
  • Do not shake hands and follow pre and post-game ceremony guidelines established by state associations.
  • Evaluate pre-existing health conditions.


Considerations for Parents

(A family’s role in maintaining safety guidelines for themselves and others):

  • Make sure your child and immediate household members are free from illness before participating in practice and competition (if there is doubt stay home),
  • Provide personal items for your child and clearly label them.
  • Disinfect your students’ personal equipment after each game or practice.


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