Good afternoon NMYBBSB parents, families, friends and fans. I have recently had discussions with health director Mike Crespan. He has received multiple phone calls from members of the public expressing their concerns over the lack of execution of some our league’s COVID-19 guidelines, specifically during games. The league is being asked to enforce the protocols - so here is a friendly reminder of what is expected. Please have a conversation with your player(s) and explain what these guidelines are, and why they are necessary.
1 - Dugouts are to REMAIN CLOSED to both players and coaches for the entire summer season (unless it is the only way to enter/exit the field). Teams are permitted to use the on-deck cage, specifically for warming up the on-deck batter.
2 - Bleachers are not to be sat on/leaned on, walked over/etc. for ANY REASON. This includes young children playing on them. The next time you arrive at the field you will see the bleachers tipped over. Please leave them that way. ALL SPECTATORS MUST BRING THEIR OWN SEATING.
3 - Player buckets MUST be 6 feet apart from each other. This may mean using more of the sidelines, which is totally acceptable.
4 - The ONLY people permitted near the team buckets are the PLAYERS and COACHES! No friends, siblings, parents, etc. should be visiting with the players/coaches at any time during warm-ups, practice or during games. Fans MUST stay in the spectator zone, which are the left field and right field lines (beyond the bleachers) and the outfield.
5 - PARENTS: please tend to your players BEFORE game (or practice) time. Spray them with bug spray, apply sunscreen, tie their shoes and do their hair BEFORE arriving at the field. It is imperative that you do not visit them at their bucket once they are at the field. It is just as important that they do not visit you during the game/practice!!! PLEASE explain to them why they need to stay with their team, and can’t be interacting with anyone outside of their team.
6 - FAN ZONE - to reiterate, this is BEYOND the bleachers! Left field line, right field line and the outfield. Nobody is permitted behind the first base or third base lines, behind the teams, or behind home plate - even if you are on the other side of the complex fence! This is particularly notable on A Field and C Field, and on the 1st base side of E Field. Please do not sit behind the back stop. It is distracting and too tempting for players to want to engage and interact.
7 - any and all fans are required to wear face masks while spectating. This includes people inside the complex or along the road. Please note anyone with a “Health Condition” or “Mental Health Condition” is exempt as long as 6 feet of social distancing can be made. There is no guarantee that people will remain 6 feet apart . . . Therefore a mask provides an extra level of protection for all of our fans.
The scrutiny of current active youth organizations will continue to increase as we get closer to the start of school. The NMYBBSB League is kindly asking all of our families and friends to comply with the established COVID-19 guidelines to ensure the safety of everyone participating. We prefer to be proactive in an attempt to prevent any issues from occurring.
Thank you for your continued support during these unprecedented times. We will get through this together!
Thank you for volunteering. All coaches and board members are required by Babe Ruth to undergo a background check. If you are new to coaching, or if you haven't completed this check within the last 3 years, please click the picture below to find the application and fill it out as soon as possible. The cost to complete the background check is $10. The league does not receive any information from your background check other than pass or fail and that information will be kept strictly confidential.
One of our goals is to provide a safe and pleasant experience for all our players and guests. Below is an outline of our premise policies. We appreciate your help and compliance with these rules.
Dogs—There are no dogs permitted on the property at any time. Anyone with a dog inside the property will be asked to leave immediately.
Bicycles—There are no bicycles permitted on the property.
Smoking—The fields are designated as non-smoking. There is no smoking permitted on the property.
Alcohol—Alcoholic beverages of any kind are not permitted on the property.
Trash—Please remember to pick up all your trash and throw it out in the garbage pails located around the fields. Also, remind your kids/players that they are responsible for leaving the dugout areas clean for the next teams.
Parking—All parking is at your own risk. Also, please DO NOT park in front of any gated areas. Emergency vehicles need to have immediate access to the space at all time. Keep in mind that cars parked on the street may be ticketed or towed by the Police.
New Milford Farms Field Parking—There is no parking between Fields B and C. There are a lot of families and children that take advantage of the Snack Bar and our tented eating area. For their safety, this area is now closed. Please do not open the gate to park here. Parking should be in the parking lot across the street from the fields.
New Milford Volunteer Field Parking—Parking for Volunteer Field is at the Bulls Field football parking lot. Please do not park on Boardman Road. The parking lot behind home plate is designated for the New Milford head coach, his named assistant and two umpires. Please refrain from pulling into the coach’s lot to drop off players for practice.
All coaches must be certified by Babe Ruth. If you have already taken the course, you do not have to take it again. The certification program is available online at www.baberuthcoaching.org.
Due to league guidelines, anyone that has not completed the course will not be allowed on the field.
Babe Ruth League, Inc. programs, nationwide, are required to annually conduct a background check on all managers, coaches, board of directors' members, as well as any other persons and volunteers, who provide regular service to the league and/or have repetitive access to, or contact with, players or teams. The purpose of these background checks is, first and foremost, to protect the players.