As we continue to keep the safety of our players the number one priority, I want to remind everyone of the regional travel advisory that has recently been issued by the governor of CT. "Anyone traveling into Connecticut, New York or New Jersey from a state that has a daily positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10% higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average are directed to self-quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state. Quarantine is the best option to prevent spread of disease. However, if a 14-day self-quarantine is not possible, travelers from the impacted states may enter Connecticut if they have had a negative viral test (not an antibody test) for COVID-19 in the 72 hours prior to travel." Thank you all for doing your part to keep us safe!
First and foremost I would like to extend a HUGE thank you to all of the coaches, players and families that have been practicing over these past few weeks. Everyone has been wonderful about adhering to our guidelines and following the protocols out in place. I am extremely grateful for the trust and cooperation of all of you!
As the state of CT moves into PHASE 2 of it's opening plan, this e-mail is meant to reiterate the guidelines currently in place, and to introduce some new ones that have recently been established. Beginning Wednesday, June 17th, we ask that you all adhere to the following:
Garick Fields Practices:
NOTE: It is the parents' responsibility to monitor the health of their player(s). If a player (or coach) is exhibiting symptoms of possible exposure to COVID-19, such as a fever, they should not come to any NMYBBSB activity until such time as the participant has been tested and/or cleared.
* Full team practices on the same field are now permitted.
*Staggered practice times will continue to be implemented in order to reduce the number of potential personal interactions.
* Parents must still drop off and remain on the outside of the Field Complex. (The exception is T-BALL: One parent is to be in attendance at the designated physical distancing area.)
* All teams must continue to practice physical distancing the best they can. Try to avoid having groups congregating for an extended period of time. This is where small group instruction would be useful so the whole team isn't standing in one line.
*All dugouts remain closed - remind the players that they can hang their bags on the first base and third base fences.
* Coaches must ensure they are practicing physical distancing when speaking to their respective teams.
*Please adhere to scheduled practice times - do not arrive excessively early, and don't stay past your end time.
Garick Fields In-House Games:
* One parent per player is permitted within the field complex, and must watch the game from the outfield. We ask that spectators please practice physical distancing while in the outfield and maintain the suggested 6 feet apart. Masks are recommended if physical distancing is not possible.
* Coaches must wear a mask only when they are not able to maintain the physical distancing of 6 feet.
* ONLY the head coach is permitted to speak to an umpire, and this must be done from 6 feet away or further.
* There is NO sharing of equipment (helmet, glove, bat, etc.)
* Gum, seeds or anything that encourages excessive spitting is STRICTLY PROHIBITED.
* There will be a one hour buffer built in between games. When your game is finished you must pack up and leave the field complex immediately - this includes spectators. There can be no "good game" high fives given to the opposing team, nor can there be an team meetings. The players and coaches for the next game MUST NOT enter the playing field until both of the previous teams have completely cleared the area. There are NO Exceptions to this rule! (Unless your team is playing a double header - in which case you do not have to exit the field.)
* Empty fields are to remain empty - they are not an invitation for pick-up games. Wandering the complex is prohibited. These regulations are to keep us in compliance with the physical distancing recommendations.
* Each player will receive a Home Depot 5 gallon bucket with a lid. Since the dugouts are closed for the season and there is no bench for the players to sit on, this bucket will serve as their "seat" when they are not in the field. The players can hang up their bag on the fence and place their bucket behind it. Our hope is that these buckets will assist the coaches with physical distancing (and maybe even help the players keep track of the batting order). Your son or daughter will be able to keep any personal belongings (equipment, hand sanitizer, drink, towel, mask etc.) in the bucket as well. Please consider this bucket as part of your player's uniform and be sure they bring it with them to every game.
*While the dugouts are CLOSED for teams, the on-deck cage will be accessible and available for the on-deck batters.
Common sense and kindness will go a long way as we all navigate through this unique season. Please remember that people may forget or unintentionally do something that may make you uncomfortable. Kindly handle the situation with politeness and mutual respect. We are all in this together! We are striving to provide some sense of normalcy for our NMYBBSB families this summer. The league is not about wins and losses but rather to offer instruction, friendly competition and an overall fun environment for all.
I appreciate your continued cooperation and understanding, and I am looking forward to a great summer season!
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.