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BLL COVID-19 FAQ

How Benicia Little League is Responding to the Pandemic
 

Updated 1/1/2022

The Benicia Little League Board is actively monitoring guidance around the coronavirus from the state, Solano County, City of Benicia, Little League International, and the CDC. The following frequently asked questions details our current response to the COVID-19 situation and will be updated with new information as it becomes available.

City of Benicia-Approved Health & Safety Plan


WHAT IS THE CURRENT STATE OF THE 2022 SPRING SEASON?
Based on the current health guidance from the State of California, the 2022 spring season is being planned for a regular schedule. 

WHAT STEPS IS THE LEAGUE TAKING TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF ITS PLAYERS AND VOLUNTEERS?
Benicia Little League has developed a COVID-19 Return to Play Protocol available on our website which has been reviewed and approved by the Board, County and City. It includes guidance around the use of shared equipment, sanitization, face coverings and modified practices to adhere to social distancing requirements. All participants must review and be familiar with and adhere to the protocols. In addition, training sessions will be held for all volunteers and participants. This protocol will outline policies for practices and games.

MASKS MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES
     - BY ALL PLAYERS WHEN APPROACHING/EXITING THE FIELD, WAITING FOR INSTRUCTION OR IN SOCIALLY-DISTANCED DUGOUT AREAS.
     - VOLUNTEERS (MANAGERS, COACHES, SCOREKEEPERS, FIELD MAINTENANCE, UMPIRES, ETC.)
     - PARENTS/GUARDIANS WHEN DROPPING OFF/PICKING UP THEIR PLAYER

Mask-wearing is optional ONLY when the player is on the field and distanced from other players and coaches.


WHEN WILL GAMES BE ALLOWED?
The State considers baseball to be an outdoor moderate contact sport and has assigned it the second lowest risk level for youth recreational activities. As a result, recently released guidance indicates baseball games can be played in Solano County. It is possible the county alter its position based on current COVID-19 protocols outlined by the CDC, State, County and City rules before the end of the 2021 spring season. The link to the current state guidance can be found here.

WHAT ABOUT THE CHALLENGER DIVISION?
Our Challenger division will proceed along with the other divisions as scheduled.

WILL THERE BE EVALUATIONS AND A DRAFT?
Yes. We are planning as if games will be played, so our competitive divisions need to have balanced teams through a draft process.The draft for 2022 Minors, Majors, Intermediate and Juniors Divisions will take place in early February.

WHEN WILL THE SEASON START?
The 2022 season is scheduled to begin March 1, 2022. Exact dates for practices and games will be communicated in February 2022.

IF I WANT TO VOLUNTEER, DO I NEED TO FILL OUT A VOLUNTEER FORM?
Yes. The entire volunteer application and background check process is 100% online. Make sure anyone who is volunteering has an up-to-date profile within your account AND you have selected the volunteer role during the registration process. Our Safety Officer will process your application and you will be emailed a link from J.D. Palatine (JDP). You will have a short period of time to fill out the background check info and submit for clearance.


WILL GAMES OR PRACTICES BE PLAYED OVER SPRING BREAK AND MEMORIAL DAY?
Yes. Please anticipate games and/or practices during BUSD spring break and the weekend of Memorial Day.

WHEN WILL THE SEASON END?
For the 2022 season, the last day of the regular season will take place May 14 with Minor and Major Division playoffs taking place May 16-28, 2022. The week of June 7 will be the playoff tournament for the Minors, Majors, Intermediate, Juniors and Seniors Divisions.

WILL WE GET A REFUND IF GAMES ARE NOT PLAYED OR SEASON IS CANCELED?
Please view our 2022 Cancellation Policy

HOW DO YOU DETERMINE THE REGISTRATION FEES?
Spring is baseball’s primary season, and thus the fees need to cover both the league’s seasonal costs as well as the ongoing costs of running the league. Your registration fees can be broken down as:

Seasonal Expenses
• Uniform (jersey or t-shirt, socks, hat, pants, coach hats)
• All Star Uniforms (jersey or t-shirt, socks, hat, pants, coach shirt and hats)
• Pictures
• Trophies/medals
• Equipment and balls
• Little League International fees
• District 53 fees
• Insurance
• Cost of background checks
• Field access from the City of Benicia and BUSD
• Umpire service
• Opening and Closing ceremonies

Ongoing Expenses
• Website maintenance
• Email list maintenance
• Accounting costs
• Tax filing costs

WHAT IS THE REFUND POLICY?
A formal request must be sent to [email protected] AND [email protected] in the event a player cancellation is required.

Please view our 2022 Cancellation Policy

WILL THERE BE PICTURE DAY?
Yes. We are planning to have picture day on Opening Day.

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