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Yankees Baseball Summer Camps COVID-19 Protocols

Below are the 2020 Yankees Baseball Summer Camps COVID-19 protocols and procedures for reference. We will continue to monitor and update the COVID-19 protocols and procedures to align with the most up to date guidelines from the CDC and State and Local governments.

Pre-Arrival

Guardians must monitor his/her camper(s) for any signs of illness including, but not limited to:

  • Fever of 99.9° F or higher
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Cold-like symptoms (cough, runny nose, etc.)
  • Sore Throat
  • Chills
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle or body aches
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Any other symptom listed on the CDC website

If your camper is exhibiting any of the above symptoms or other signs of illness, your camper will not be permitted to return to camp until the following conditions have been met:

  1. He/she has been free of fever (without the use of fever-reducing medication) for seventy-two (72) hours, AND
  2. Other symptoms have improved and at least 14 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, AND
  3. He/she has had a negative COVID-19 test

If your camper has been in contact with someone who is confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 or if someone in the household has any of the symptoms of COVID-19 listed above, we require you keep your camper(s) home.

If your camper tests positive for COVID-19 during the week of camp, you will be required to alert us immediately by contacting [email protected] or by calling (212) 381-7786.

If your camper or anyone he/she has been in close contact with has been to a state designated as “high risk” by the states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut and for which New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have issued a “self-quarantine order,” your camper must self-quarantine for 14 days before the start of his/her camp session.

Arrival / Drop-off / Check-in

Upon drop-off, it is required for all individuals in the vehicle to wear a mask.

Guardians must stay in vehicles at all times. Do not walk your camper to the check-in area.

A staff member will approach the driver’s side window and ask if the following have occurred:

  1. Does your camper currently have a fever of 99.9° F or greater
  2. Has your camper been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 14 days
  3. Has you camper exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., fever, cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, new loss of taste or smell)
  4. In the past 14 days, has your camper been in close contact (within 6 feet for at least 10 minutes) with anyone who either tested positive for COVID-19 or developed symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., fever, cough or shortness of breath)
  5. In the past 14 days, has your camper or anyone your camper has been in close contact (within 6 feet for at least 10 minutes) with been in a state designated as “high risk” by the states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut and for which New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have issued a “self-quarantine order”

If a guardian’s answer to any one (or more) of the above questions is “yes,” the camper will not be permitted to attend camp. If your camper is experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, you should contact your health care provider.

Your camper will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival to camp by a designated staff member. Campers should remain in the vehicle for a temperature check using a contactless forehead thermometer; if a camper’s temperature is 99.9° F or higher, he/she will not be able to join us at camp. Campers permitted to enter camp, will be responsible for exiting the vehicle by themselves and for holding their own bags.

Once the questionnaire and the screening has been completed, staff will walk your camper through the contact-free check-in process.

To maintain social distancing measures, we will stay 6 feet apart to ensure a contact-free check-in process. Markings on the ground and signage will be used to direct your camper on where to stand and go throughout the process.

Campers will be provided hand sanitizer by a designated staff member at check-in. Any known allergies should be communicated to staff on-site.

Camp Teams

Yankees Baseball Summer Camps will maintain a ballplayer to coach ratio of 7:1 on an individual team for campers 6 and younger. For older ballplayers (7 and up), the ratio will be 10:1.

Campers will be unable to switch teams this year to limit cross-interactions between campers. We will do our best to honor any friend requests made during registration.

Each camp team will operate independently from other camp teams for all facets of camp including drill work, water breaks, sunscreen application, handwashing, bathroom breaks, lunch, and modified afternoon competition.

Social Distancing:

Staff and campers 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 or require campers to wear masks. For example, during bathroom breaks we will implement a "one in, one out" policy.

Face Masks:

Camp staff will wear face masks at all times when interacting with children/campers regardless of distance.

Campers will be required to bring a mask to camp each day. Campers will be required to wear masks during check-in and when social distancing of 6 feet between individuals and/or assigned groups cannot be maintained.

Campers will not be required to wear face masks during outdoor programming where social distancing measures can be maintained or there is extreme heat.

If a camper forgets his/her mask, one will be provided on-site.

Sanitizing / Hygiene / Cleaning

Frequently touched objects and surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected throughout the camp day (e.g., doorknobs, light switches, sink handles, counter tops, cooler buttons, etc.). Restrooms and lunch areas will be sanitized before the start of the next camp day.

EPA-registered disinfectants will be used and staff will follow manufacturer's instructions related to safe storage, concentration, contact time, and protective equipment for all cleaning and disinfection.

Signs will be posted throughout camp to remind campers of proper hygiene procedures. Campers should wash their hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol will be administered. Instances include but are not limited to:

  1. Upon arrival to check-in
  2. Between program activities
  3. After using the restroom
  4. Before eating
  5. After eating
  6. Before departing the last program activity

There will be no spitting, sunflower seeds, or gum allowed at camp.

Equipment

Campers are required to bring their own equipment such as bats, gloves and helmets labeled with the camper’s name. In the event a camper needs to borrow equipment, coaches will assign and label official camp equipment with the camper’s name at check-in for use throughout the day. At the end of the day, the equipment will be return to the coach. Borrowed equipment will be sanitized with EPA-registered disinfectants before the start of the next camp day.

Lunch / Hydration Stations

Please pack your camper's lunch in a sealed lunch bag marked with your camper's name. Campers’ lunches will remain in his/her bat bag until lunch. Camp staff will wear gloves at all times when handling campers’ lunches.

Campers will eat lunch with their team while following social distancing procedures.

Campers will not be allowed to share water bottles. It is encouraged you to pack enough water for the day if you are uncomfortable with your camper using camp/facility provided hydration stations. Hydration stations will be cleaned and sanitized after every use for the safety of campers and staff.

Activity & Game Play

Teams will not mix on-site. Each team will have a designated area "dugout" to keep his/her gear bags.

To maintain social distancing, we will not be permitting baseball game play in the traditional sense with opposing teams. Instead, campers on each individual team will play modified live games in the afternoon after drill work.

  • Ghost runners will be utilized to keep the games competitive and keep track of runs earned
  • Catchers will not be utilized in modified live games
  • The ball will be sanitized following every two plays

For Rookies, A and AA divisions (5-9), coach pitch will remain active to ensure the coach can sanitize the ball after every two plays. Fielders will throw to the pitcher instead of first base to eliminate the possibility of fielder and baserunner contact. The coach will also serve as the umpire.

For AAA and Majors (10-13), kid pitch will be put into action from Day 3 onward. Coaches will enforce the sanitization rule with the pitchers ball being sanitized following every two plays. The coach will serve as the umpire.

High-fives, handshakes and other forms of celebration involving contact will not be allowed. Instead hat tips/waves will be used to show sportsmanship and celebration.

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

Pick-up

Remain in your vehicle upon arrival. All individuals inside the vehicle must have a mask on.

A camp staff member will come to your driver’s side window to check your I.D. before your camper is brought to you.

Camper Illness

If a camper begins to manifest symptoms of a potential COVID-19 infection while at camp, we will contact his/her guardian immediately. Any camper suspected of a COVID-19 infection will be isolated in a designated area with a staff member while the camper awaits pick up.

Sanitization protocols to clean and disinfect all surfaces or objects that a camper suspected of COVID-19 has come in contact with will be conducted. Campers will not be permitted back into these locations until sanitization efforts are complete.

Notification

If we receive notice from a guardian of a confirmed case or possible exposure to COVID-19, guardians of campers enrolled in that week of camp will be contacted by Yankees Baseball Summer Camps Customer Service team via email and phone to be notified of possible exposure to COVID-19.