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Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! Psalm 133:1 (KJV)

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CFSL 1981-2021 - Our 41st Season!



CFSL - COVID19 Return to Play

Thursday, 7/2/2020 @ 4:48 AM

Introduction

In these unprecedented times, the member churches of the Christian Fellowship Softball League (CFSL), USA Softball, and USA Softball of Pennsylvania strives to protect the integrity of the game while also providing a safe environment for all involved.  We will continue our mission to develop, administer and promote the sport of softball to provide opportunities for participation and the best possible experience for those involved.

 

The current coronavirus (also known as “COVID-19”) pandemic has changed how industries across the United States and the world are conducting business. It has cast uncertainty and apprehension into even the most routine commercial interactions. Despite these circumstances, many industries continue to provide their customers with services necessary for continued economic stability and public safety. On one hand, continuing operations means businesses are supplying integral services and helping prop up the American economy during a time of economic downturn. On the other hand, these businesses are operating in uncharted territory, which carries costs and risks of its own.

 

In the ever-changing landscape of this pandemic, businesses continuing operations should be proactive in trying to limit these risks. They should monitor and comply with government rules and guidelines. Also, participants must recognize and acknowledge that, while participating in a sport, there are inherent risks to certain activities and, in many situations, social distancing of 6 feet per person among fellow participants or others is not always possible. As a sound recognition of these facts, businesses — particularly those in the services industries whose very nature requires physical interaction among persons — should also consider taking steps to protect against possible future liability for coronavirus exposure claims (i.e., claims that a person contracted coronavirus while on their premises or while participating in a particular activity). Even in uncertain times like these, sound risk management principles can provide guidance to businesses and industries committed to continuing operations.

 

In addition to taking reasonable protective measures to limit risks, a liability waiver is another simple, familiar, and cost-effective step that businesses can take to protect against potential liability for exposure claims. Most individuals are familiar with liability waivers, and you probably signed one prior to opening a gym membership or going skiing, sending your kids on a school fieldtrip, or after calling the plumber to fix a broken pipe at home. A waiver is simply a voluntary relinquishment or abandonment of a legal right. Waiver, Black’s Law Dictionary (11th ed. 2019). A liability waiver — sometimes also called an exculpatory agreement — is a written contract between two or more parties in which one party (generally the customer) acknowledges the risks of participating in an activity or of accepting the services of another party (generally the provider). Most importantly, the customer also agrees to prospectively waive the right to sue the provider for injuries or damages arising out of the activity or services. The waiver may be as simple as a clause in a services contract or a separate form of its own, and the parties will typically execute it prior to or immediately following performance of the subject services.

 

Even though liability waivers are routine and well-known, it is unclear whether a COVID19 waiver relieving a service provider of liability for exposure claims would be enforceable. This is due, in part, to the practical reality that no court in the country has yet analyzed such waiver in this context. But basic legal principles should guide any such analysis, and those seeking to execute liability waivers should consider the following general principles. The items listed in this document are suggestions of recommended practices for restarting CFSL and USA Softball events.

 

DISCLAIMER: Participants, parents, family, and spectators engaging in softball and activities related to softball do so with knowledge of the risk and potential exposure involved and agree to accept any and all inherent risks to their personal health.

·      The players, coaches, spectators, and umpires understand and agree that the CFSL, churches, property owners or their agents are not required to provide insurance to cover the players, coaches, spectators, and umpires in the event they suffer illness, injury, death, property loss, theft or damage of any sort upon, or about the premises or any facilities or equipment therein or while participating in any games affiliated with the Christian Fellowship Softball League.

 

 

The CFSL will follow the lead of our local USA Softball Association, USA Softball of Pennsylvania, and guidelines set in place by the CDC, Federal, State and local government. In the event that new guidelines are required, the all participants in CFSL games will adapt accordingly or will be ineligible for play or participation.  

 

 

Team Recommendations

 

As to all applicable persons, people should be instructed that if they are exhibiting symptoms of possible exposure to COVID-19, such as fever, that they should not come to CFSL games until such time as the participant has been tested and/or cleared.

 

Teams

1.     Recommended to provide their own water or sport drinks.  No sharing of water bottles or sport drinks. No sharing of coolers between players or spectators outside of their own immediate family unit that share their living quarters together. Players are to take empty water or sport drink bottles with them to dispose in their appropriate trash containers. DO NOT LEAVE TRASH AT OUR FIELDS OF PLAY!

2.     Recommended players bring hand sanitizer to games.

3.     Bats must be outside dugout prior to the game for inspection and remain there for the duration of the game. Umpires are not to enter the dugout areas.

4.     It is recommended that a designated player be assigned by the team, to be responsible for picking up the bat after it is used. This person should wear disposable gloves and wipe down the bats after each use.

5.     Participants are prohibited from pre-game & post-game handshakes/high fives.

6.     Teams may line up on their respective foul lines for prayer and wave to greet and show sportsmanship to the other team while maintaining social distancing of 6 feet from each other.

7.     Teams should bring disinfectant wipes or sanitizer to clean softballs that are out of play before they re-enter the field of play.  Each team will provide a new ball and suitable back-up balls for the game.  The Team in the field will provide the ball for play for that half inning.  The ball is to be sanitized before entering play.  After the ball has been put in play and play has stopped, the ball will be returned to the sideline to be sanitized.  A back-up ball that has been sanitized may enter the game.  This is to happen after every batter or when a ball is hit out of play and a new ball is required to resume play.

8.     There will be no infield warm-ups between innings.

9.     Pitchers may take three warm-up pitches to start the inning.

10.  After and out is recorded, there is to be no relaying the ball around the infield. The ball is to be returned to the pitcher to be ready for the next batter in the line-up.

11.  After the third out in the inning, the ball is to be returned to the umpire and a freshly sanitized ball is to be introduced for play. The ball from the prior half inning will be sanitized by the umpire before returning it to the field of play.

12.  Multiple softballs will be in use during games and should be switched out every inning for sanitizing.

13.  Two new balls should be supplied still in wrappers or box at the start of each game.

14.  If used balls are to be used as a backup, they must be wiped down and sanitized before entering the game.

15.  If teams or if any of their players, coaches, or spectators cannot or will not adhere to national, state, local or league guidelines for safe play, then may not attend or participate in official league games. Failure to do so will cause the player, coach, spectator or team’s immediate ejection from league during the current season without refund of participation fees.

16.  If a player, coach, manager, or umpire participating in league games contracts the novel corona virus that causes COVD-19 during the season, all teams and umpires will be contacted and notified for possible exposure and the league will suspend play for two weeks and then re-evaluate ending the season.

 

 

Athletes

1.     Players must agree and sign the return to play waiver before they are allowed to participate in league scheduled games. Failure to do so will disqualify the player for the remainder of the current season.

2.     Allowed to wear masks during game, but not required at all times in the field of play.

3.     Recommended to wear masks in between innings during games.

4.     No team huddles.

5.     Player that gather at the on-deck circle should stay greater than 6 feet from the batter catcher and umpire.

6.     No sharing of equipment (helmet, face mask, gloves). If a bat is to be used by multiple players, it shall be wiped down with disinfectant wipe or spray before the next player uses it.

7.     Number in the dugout dependent on the size of dugout, maintain 6 feet social distance. Players should use the out of play area to maintain social distancing.

8.     Players not allowed to leave dugout area to congratulate players when scoring or after home runs.

9.     In order to provide “Social Distancing” on the bases, runners occupying first and third base will utilize the “Re-establish Rule”. Runners on first and third will position themselves in foul territory at least 6 feet from the fielders at first and third base. Runners must remain in this established position until the ball enters the strike zone or the ball is hit. This rule was provided to protect runners from being hit by batted balls but will no be used in all cases while occupying first and third base.

10.  No “High-5s”.

11.  No licking of fingers and wiping them off.

12.  No spitting on batting gloves or in fielding gloves.

13.  No chewing and spitting of sunflower seeds or chewing of gum.

14.  No Spitting!

 

 

Base Coaches, Coaches, and Field Managers

1.     Always recommended to wear masks and maintain social distancing.

2.     Coaches should stay outside the width of the batter’s box at the Homeplate conference.

3.     Only one coach allowed during the conference.

4.     If coaches visit the pitcher, all other players should stay outside the pitching circle. Base coaches must stay 6 feet from a runner they wish to talk to during or after suspension of play.

5.     Coaches holding defensive conference must stay on the home plate side of the pitcher’s circle and the player or players must be on the opposite of the pitcher’s circle maintaining the 6 feet distance. No more than 2 players along with the pitcher allowed.

 

 

Coaches meeting

1.     One coach from each team and must stay 6 feet apart and verbally exchange line-ups.

2.     No athletes allowed.

3.     Recommended for lineups exchanged from team to team and teams to scorekeeper to be shared via photo or text.

 

Dugout Recommendations

1.     The number of participants in the dugout is dependent on the size of dugout but must maintain 6 feet social distance.

2.     Allow for players to be out of the dugout along the baselines off the field of play.

3.     Adult Slow Pitch: Along fence line with front of dugout. Establish an out of play boundary.

 

Off-Field Recommendations

1.     Fans are recommended to screen themselves at home prior to coming to the ballpark. If they have a temperature exceeding 100.4, they should be asked to stay home. They should also not come to the ballpark if they are known to have been recently exposed to someone with COVID-19.

2.     Recommend that “greetings” do not include hugs or handshakes.

3.     Players are recommended to leave the facility and not dwell after the game ends. If a team has a team meeting or team prayer after the game, it is recommended that the players wear their face coverings and maintain social distancing while keeping the meeting as short as possible.

 

 

Spectators

1.     As much as fans are appreciated at all CFSL games, the number of spectators should be kept at a minimum. Technology such as livestreaming the game to the CFSL Facebook page or to the participating churches social media pages are recommended to allow fans to view safely from their homes.

2.     Any spectators present are recommended to wear masks or face covering.

3.     Encouraged to follow 6 feet social distancing guidelines.

4.     Recommended to use hand sanitizer upon entering the facility.

5.     Encouraged to bring their own sanitizing wipes for restroom/personal cleanliness.

 

Athletes/Coaches

1.     Always recommended to wear masks or face coverings before and after games.

2.     Encouraged to follow 6 feet social distancing guidelines.

 

DISCLAIMER: Participants, parents, family, and spectators engaging in softball and activities related to softball do so with knowledge of the risk and potential exposure involved and agree to accept any and all inherent risks to their personal health.

 

Umpires

1.     Should be allowed to wear gloves if they wish.

2.     Should be allowed to wear a mask if they wish.

3.     Recommended to provide their own hand sanitizer.

4.     Umpires should position themselves 6 feet from the batter and catcher.

5.     Umpires will still check equipment before a game. Bats must be left outside dugout for inspection and for the entirety of the game. Any live ball going into the bats on the field of play will be declared a dead-ball and out of play.

6.     Umpires are recommended to bring hand sanitizer to the game and clean their hands in between innings.

7.     Umpires shall inspect the game and back-up balls being used before the start of the game.

8.     Umpires and managers will determine and agree upon out of play boundaries before start of the game.

9.     2 umpire system, Base Umpire will start on the line at 1B. Base Umpires must position themselves at a minimum of 6 feet from any fielders in their location.

10.  Homeplate Umpires can be in front, behind or to the side of the catcher keeping the 6 ft distance from catcher and batter.

11.  Use of verbal exchange from safe distance when making lineup changes from the Coach to scorer and opposing team.

12.  Umpire will maintain 6 feet from any player as a starting position when rotated and/or counter rotated.

13.  Umpires do not handle equipment on the field during play.

14.  Umpire to umpire and coach to umpire interaction must be 6 feet apart.

15.  Umpire is to notify catcher and make sure catcher is 6 feet from the plate when needing to dust of the plate.

16.  Huddles or discussions off the field with Coaches and players need to maintain 6 feet social distancing.

League Messages
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Greg Kloiber

07-02-2019 08:53 PM

Firefighters fields are good to go!

Cris Karl

05-25-2013 08:37 PM

Welcome to the new CFSL website. Please continue to call Tom Jeske with the scores of your games as the website is not the official determination of standings but is being used to get information out to managers and players.

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League Information
League ID:971
City:Bucks County
State:PA
District:15
Type of Play:Slow Pitch
Type of Team:Men
Classification:E