Changes to our Return to Play guidelines

Hello again everyone,

It’s been a damp week, but we hope everyone has enjoyed a return to action!

With the Government of Ontario moving into Stage 2 of its reopening plan and the expectation of further easing of pandemic-related restrictions in the near future, Oakville Little League has made a number of revisions to its Return to Play guidelines.

Please note that certain updates will take effect on different dates (as noted), and all other Return to Play rules remain in place.

For a comprehensive look at our guidelines, please click here.

Here are some important changes:

General player guidelines

  • Updated: Requirement for mask wearing to include notification process for those players who are exempt from wearing a face covering. (Effective immediately)
  • Removed: Use of temporary dugouts for gameplay only (effective July 24 for T-Ball, July 19 for Minor through Senior divisions). Use of temporary dugouts for training sessions will continue.

General coach guidelines

  • Updated: Coaches are now permitted to be involved with multiple teams at different levels. Teams can have all OLL designated coaches involved in practices and games as required effective immediately at the convenor’s discretion.
  • Updated: Coaches who are exempt from wearing face covering should notify the Safety Officer (effective immediately)

General parent/guardian guidelines

  • Removed: Limit of 1 parent/guardian to attend. Town and Provincial guidelines allow for spectators to attend games, practices and events, up to 25% capacity of the park. Spectators are reminded to adhere to public health guidelines in respect to physical distancing from other households and wearing a face covering when distancing is not feasible. It is suggested that spectators bring their own chairs to help limit crowding in the bleachers. (Effective immediately)
  • Added: Spectators are not permitted to enter the playing field area, including dugouts. Parents are asked to refrain from coaching and interacting with their players during practices and games. (Effective immediately)

Practice-specific guidelines

  • Removed: No joint practices. Joint practices will be allowed when necessary. Throughout the summer, there may be a time when attendance dictates a joint practice. This will be a decision made by the head coaches of the teams involved. (Effective immediately)

Game-specific guidelines

(Effective when game play begins in each division)

  • Removed: Cohort reference when callups are required. Cohorting is no longer required. Callups are permitted from a lower level within the same division or a lower age division and must be arranged by the Convenor only.
  • Removed: Temporary Dugout use as previously noted.
  • Updated: Umpire control of game balls to include sanitization requirements between innings.
  • Updated: Requirement for coaches and umpires to always wear face covering to include exemption.
  • Added: Umpires are permitted to officiate multiple teams and divisions.
  • Added: Baseball sanitization recommendations
  • Added:
    • All games Major T-Ball to Senior will be 5 innings in length. There will be a drop-dead time of 2 hours from scheduled start time.
    • A mercy limit of 3 runs per inning for innings 1-4. The 5th inning is open.
    • Pitchers will be limited to 2 innings per game or 3 innings per week. The week is considered Monday to Sunday,
    • Weekday games will start at 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., allowing for 30-minute sanitization period. Weekend games will follow a similar format, however start times will vary throughout the day.

T-Ball:

  • Updated: Tagging is allowed in any manner. Ball in glove is recommended, however ball in barehand allowed. Players are encouraged to make the tag and move away from the offensive player promptly.
  • Removed: Catcher positioning change for T-Ball Major. The catcher will be positioned behind home plate, against the fence, wearing their batting helmet and regular player’s glove.

Minor/Major:

  • Updated: Base stealing is allowed. Runners may disengage from the base after the ball crosses the plate. There will be no back picks by the catcher if the runner strays off the base too far. There is NO advancing home on a wild pitch/passed ball. This will reduce the chance of contact at home plate.
  • Updated: Tagging is allowed in any manner. Ball in glove is recommended, however ball in barehand allowed. Players are encouraged to make the tag and move away from the offensive player promptly.
  • Updated: Mound visit ball process.

Junior/Senior

  • Updated: Tagging is allowed in any manner. Ball in glove is recommended, however ball in barehand allowed. Players are encouraged to make the tag and move away from the offensive player promptly.
  • Updated: Mound visit ball process.

If you have further questions on the protocols, please contact Scott Vail, our Safety Officer, at safety@oakvillelittleleague.com