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D-backs Girls Play Ball Program

presented by Insight

Overview

Clinics

In 2021, 100 girls participated in one of the big league baseball clinics at Chase Field on Saturday, June 26. A second event will take place on Saturday, October 9, 2021 hosted by D-backs Academy coaches and volunteers. Each participant in the free program receives a baseball glove, cap, t-shirt, drawstring bag and D-backs Science of Baseball At Home Workbook.

D-backs Girls Play Ball COVID-19 Protocols

For Summer 2021, D-backs Girls Play Ball plans to adapt to the public health risk that COVID-19 presents to our participants, their families, and our staff. Our policies may change to align with current recommendations from the CDC and WHO.

Please see below for our Summer 2021 COVID-19 protocols.

Pre-Arrival

We ask that you stay vigilant in monitoring participant(s) for any signs of illness including, but not limited to:

  • Fever of 100.4 or higher
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Cold-like symptoms (cough, runny nose, etc.)
  • Sore Throat
  • Chills
  • Muscle Pains
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Any other symptom that is listed by the CDC as a potential sign of COVID-19

If participant is exhibiting any of the above symptoms, or is showing other signs of illness, we require that you keep your participant home until the following conditions have been met:

  • She/they has had a negative COVID-19 test; OR
  • Has been free of fever and/or any fever-reducing medication for seventy-two (72) hours, other symptoms have improved, and at least ten (10) days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

In addition, we require that you to keep your participant(s) home if they have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus or if someone in the household has any of the signs of illness listed above.

We also ask that if your participant tests positive for COVID-19 during the duration of clinic, you alert us as soon as possible.

Participant(s) and participant(s) families who have recently traveled outside their local community are required to follow applicable state and local guidelines regarding post-travel quarantine and testing. To find the most accurate guidelines for your state and locality, please refer to the CDC website.

Arrival/Drop-off

Upon drop-off, it is required for all individuals to wear a mask, unless fully vaccinated.

Participant(s) will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival. Part of this screening will include a temperature check using a non-contact forehead thermometer. If participant(s) temperature is 100.4 degree or higher, she/they will not able to join us at the clinic.

We will maintain social distancing measures to ensure a contact-free check-in process.

We will provide participant(s) with hand sanitizer upon arrival. If there are any allergies that we need to be aware of, please let us know.

Girls Play Ball Procedures

We will have proper PPE available for all staff and campers on site, unless fully vaccinated.

In addition to our hydration and sunscreen breaks, we will take breaks to either wash hands or administer hand sanitizer to participant(s).

Participant(s) will not be allowed to share water bottles, and we encourage you to pack enough water for the day if you are uncomfortable.

  • Please note these hydration stations will be cleaned and sanitized daily for the safety of participant(s) and our staff.

Social Distancing

Staff and participant(s) will maintain a social distance of 6 feet. If social distancing cannot be achieved in small areas due to restricted occupancy, staff will regulate occupancy and require participant(s) to wear masks, unless fully vaccinated.

Face Masks

D-backs Baseball Academy and staff will wear face masks at all times regardless of distance, unless fully vaccinated.

Participant(s) will be required to bring a mask to the clinic (if not fully vaccinated). Participant(s) will be required to wear masks during check-in (if not fully vaccinated) and when social distancing of 6 feet between individuals and/or assigned groups cannot be maintained.

Participant(s) will not be required to wear face masks during gameplay or if there is extreme heat.

If a participant forgets her/their mask, one will be provided on-site.

D-backs Girls Play Ball will follow all facility-specific guidelines on face masks.

During sessions, gameplay

We will sanitize/wipe down equipment.

Participants are required to use their own gloves (or those in which are provided during the clinic). Please do not share gloves with others.

If physical contact occurs during a game or drill, we will provide participants with hand sanitizer as soon as the play is over.

Sanitizing

We will routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces throughout the day.

We will use daily checklists to ensure that all equipment, surfaces, and restrooms are sanitized before the start of the clinic.

We will use products that are EPA-approved for use against COVID-19 and we will follow manufacturer's instructions related to safe storage, concentration, contact time, and protective equipment for all cleaning and disinfection.

Participant Illness

If a participant begins to manifest symptoms of a potential COVID-19 infection while at the clinic, we will contact her/their parent/guardian immediately in accordance with clinic communication protocol. If, in the judgment of our leadership staff, the participant is exhibiting serious symptoms necessitating further emergency action, we will proactively seek additional medical assistance in addition to contacting the designated parent/guardian.

We will keep any camper suspected of COVID-19 infection isolated in a designated area and attended to by a limited number of trained staff while the participant awaits pick up.

We will activate substantial additional sanitization protocol to clean and disinfect any surfaces and objects prior to allowing campers back in any area inhabited by any participant suspected of coronavirus infection.

Notification

If we receive notice from a parent/guardian of a confirmed or presumptive case of COVID-19 amongst participants, we will follow these procedures:

Directly contact families of participants who were in immediate contact with the participant in question.

Cancellation Policy

If your enrolled session is canceled or rescheduled due to COVID-19, we will communicate all updates based on local health guidelines.

Testimonials

I would like to thank you again for including us in your baseball event on Saturday. Lauren had an amazing time and can’t stop talking about it. She went to practice yesterday and shared with all her teammates how much fun she had.

We feel so fortunate to have been able to be a part of this. You should be so proud of this incredible event. From start to finish it blew us away. Every detail, lunch, professional photographer, hats, shirts, gloves and custom sleeves for the cute Polaroid shots. Simply amazing!

We can’t wait to see the pictures so we can relive it all again. I am team mom and secretary for Lauren's baseball team, The Peaches. We are an all-girls baseball team in Chandler, we are traveling this summer to the Baseball for all Tournament in Rockford, Illinois. We are so excited!”

-- Nicole, Parent from Queen Creek

“Thank you so much for providing this opportunity to all of the girls. Sydney had a smile from ear to ear all day and then her team went on to win their playoff game to advance in the tournament. They play the championship game Saturday! D-backs Girls Play Ball was a huge confidence builder for her. She can’t wait for the Stem camp.”

-- Jennifer, Parent from Phoenix

“Just wanted to thank you and the Arizona Diamondbacks organization for this great event that was put on today you and everyone else did an absolutely amazing job thank you for all that was supplied, and the knowledge and fun times given by the coaches and volunteers. Oh and Baxter! As an ex five-year Stadium operations employee for the Los Angeles Angels organization it really makes me proud and miss my old stomping grounds it was nice to be on the receiving end of these events and how great they are for the kids and our communities.”

-- Todd, Parent from Laveen

“Thank you for organizing such a fantastic program! Sophia learned so much and made new friends. Prior to this program she was unsure if she wanted to play softball. This has confirmed that next year she will be signing up for softball.”

-- Natasha, Parent from Chandler

“Thank you so much for allowing Aubry to participate in this clinic! Means so much to both of us. She has been through some serious depression/anxiety in the last two months in which she has had suicidal intentions. She is now working with behavioral health and so far is doing great. Also, working with a school counselor so she may gain confidence in herself. She was super excited when I mentioned this all girl clinic to her and I’m sure she will be ecstatic when she finds out that she will be attending! She played softball in the past and quit this season due to her emotions but I’m hoping this will get her playing again with confidence. Again, thank you for the opportunity and giving back to the community.”

-- Joann, Parent from Glendale

“Pristina was my student at Villago Middle School and was a star on my boys’ baseball team. She is so thankful that she got accepted to the GPB program! Because her parents couldn’t make it, I represented her that day. I can’t thank the Arizona Diamondbacks enough for the incredible experience! Tina had so much fun with the program and when Casey Wilcox let us on to the field for batting practice it was truly a dream come true for both of us. However, if we weren’t there for GPB earlier in the day that never would’ve happened so I just wanted to let you know that we appreciate the opportunity! With the free tickets we got after the program, we were able to stay at the ballpark all day and had a once in a lifetime type of experience. Thank you so much, you and the rest of the GPB and D-backs staff were incredible. Tina has been a fan her whole life, but for me I think you turned a Chicago kid into a Diamondbacks fan!”

-- Mack, Middle School Teacher who brought a student from Casa Grande