Health and Safety

Please scroll down to see info on:

  • MTBA COVID-19 GUIDELINES/PROTOCOLS
  • COVID-19 ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE GUIDELINES
  • Volunteer Requirements (training and background checks)
  • Concussion Recognition Pocket Guide
  • Bat Rules
  • Youth Pitching Guidelines and Recommendations
  • Injury Protocol and Accident Reports

MTBA COVID-19 GUIDELINES/PROTOCOLS

April 2021

[Please click on "Read more" to view the full article and/or click here to view/download a PDF document that contains all of the same info]

These best practices have been compiled from resources and direct guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), The Aspen Institute, among others.  Note that these guidelines were created based upon collected data as of April 7, 2021; as these guidelines changes our protocols will adjust accordingly.  The MTBA is focused on, first and foremost, following all directives and guidance from our...

COVID-19 ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE GUIDELINES

April 2021

The rules for isolation/quarantining are below as well as included in the PDF document available for download above; full adherence is expected.

COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines

If....

Stay home until…

You are Confirmed Case with or without Symptoms:

  • Individuals who tested positive for COVID-19


 

  • At least 10 days have passed since their symptoms first appeared AND no fever for at least 24 hours (without the use of medicine that reduces fever) AND other symptoms have improved
  • Medical clearance is required to participate in baseball practice or games. That is, a note from your healthcare provider is required prior to return.  

You are Close Contact: 

  • Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more  in a 24 hour period to a person with COVID-19)
  • Close contacts of COVID-19 cases should be excluded through 10 days from the date of last contact to someone who has COVID-19 regardless of your negative COVID-19 test.

Exclusions for Close Contact Quarantine:

If you meet either of the following criteria you DO NOT need to quarantine for close contact unless you develop COVID-like symptoms:

§ Fully vaccinated: ≥2 weeks after receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or ≥2 weeks after receipt of a single-dose vaccine.

OR

§ Clinically recovered from COVID-19 in the past 3 months.

*Documentation is required for Exclusion for Close Contact Quarantine. That is, documentation of vaccination or positive covid results will be required.

If You Have Traveled to an area outside of NJ, NY, DE, CT or PA in the past 14 days.

  • 10 days after return from travel if you are not getting tested

OR

  • 7 days after return from if you receive a negative PCR test taken on day 3-5 of your return AND are not experiencing any COVID-like symptoms.

Exclusions for Travel Quarantine:

If you meet either of the following criteria you DO NOT need to quarantine following travel unless you develop COVID-like symptoms:

§ Fully vaccinated: ≥2 weeks after receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or ≥2 weeks after receipt of a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson [J&J]/Janssen).

OR

§ Clinically recovered from COVID-19 in the past 3 months.

*Documentation is required for Exclusions for Travel Quarantine. That is, documentation of vaccination or positive covid results will be required.

 

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Volunteer Requirements

2021

These are the requirements that each manager, coach, or other volunteer must have met if they plan to be on the field or in the dugout with the players:

 

Training

Training
Format

Cost

Location

Valid For

Volunteer Validation

Rutgers SAFETY Course

Online

$35

https://youthsports.rutgers.edu/courses/list/

Lifetime

Send copy of certification card to:
mtbasafety@gmail.com

Background Check &
Abuse Prevention Training

Online

$25.50

https://www.baberuthleague.org/background-checks.aspx

2 years

N/A - Results get automatically sent to MTBA

Concussion Education

Online

Free

https://nfhslearn.com/courses/concussion-in-sports-2

1 year

Send copy of course completion certificate to:
mtbasafety@gmail.com

 

Rutgers SAFETY Training

  • Use the link above to view the course offerings and register
  • This is a 3-hour course only given on certain dates at certain times (i.e. not on-demand like the abuse prevention training and concussion education), so if you need this training then please check the schedule and register ASAP as seats are limited (we have heard that as of today there are many openings still available for the March 18th offering)  [the price noted above reflects what it was last year for the in-person class, it may be slightly different this year]
  • With the in-person classes in the past (online is new this year due to COVID-19) each attendee would receive a certification card; it is not clear how that confirmation of course completion will be handled with the online training, but whatever the confirmation is (email, virtual certification card, physical card they mail or you can print, etc.) that is what will need to be sent to the mtbasafety@gmail.com for the MTBA to record as meeting this requirement; please put “Rutgers SAFETY certification for <your name>” in the subject line of that email
  • NOTE: If you have previously completed this course then you do not to send us a copy of the certification again

 

Background Check & Abuse Prevention Training

  • If you completed this in the previous year you do not need to go through it again this year as it is valid for two years
  • Use the link above to access the site; on that page, click the "Please click here to begin your Babe Ruth League required background screening and abuse prevention training" link near the top to start the process
  • Create a new account or sign in if you already have an account using the links at the bottom of that page
  • Follow the prompts to submit your info for the background check (approx. 5 minutes); when needed, select "Mid Atlantic Region" and "Monroe Township Babe Ruth" for our organization
  • Proceed to the abuse prevention course (approx. 75 minutes, with a test at the end requiring a minimum score of 70% correct to pass and be approved)

 

Concussion Education

  • This course highlights the impact of sports-related concussion on athletes, teaches how to recognize a suspected concussion, and provides protocols to manage a suspected concussion with steps to help players return to play safely after a concussion.
  • Use the link above to access the site
  • Click the "Sign In" link in the upper right; sign in or create an account if you don't have one
  • After signing in, select your state and click the 'Order Course' button
  • Follow the prompts to complete the transaction
  • Once checkout is complete, click the 'Go To My Courses' button that will appear on the receipt page
  • Complete the course; once completed, download a copy of your certificate and send to mtbasafety@gmail.com with subject line "Concussion course cert for <your name>"

 

 

 

Concussion Recognition

At the clinic given by Seaview Orthopedics on March 21, 2015 the doctors spoke extensively about concussions in sports, and they handed out pocket guides for recognizing and responding to concussions.  They were kind enough to send us an electronic copy of that guide which you can view or download by clicking here.

 

BAT RULES

2018 BAT RULES
As a reminder, most youth baseball organizations, including ours, have adopted new bat rules for 2018; basically you can no longer use any bats from last year (2017) or earlier in Cal Ripken League Baseball (12-years-old and under).  Only bats that bear the new USABat licensing mark will be permissible for play in our rec league and our travel program beginning in 2018.  The MTBA will provide a few of these new compliant bat models in all of our rec team equipment bags for use by any players on a rec team.

Here is a summary of the changes as documented by Babe Ruth League Baseball:

2018 Bat Rule Changes

  • Cal Ripken Baseball Division - All non-wood bats must have USABat Marking. Barrel Maximum 2 5/8". No BBCOR Bats are permitted in the Cal Ripken Division. For T-Ball, bats must be marked with USABat T-Ball Stamp.
  • Babe Ruth 13-15 Division - All non-wood bats must have the USABat Marking or marked BBCOR .50. Bat Barrel - 2 5/8".
  • Babe Ruth 16-18 Division - All non-wood bats must be BBCOR .50 and no greater than -3. Bat Barrel - 2 5/8".

Note: Solid one piece wood bats are permitted for use in all divisions and must conform to Rule 1.10. No laminated or experimental bats shall be used in a game.  Tampering or altering bats may violate certain federal and state laws and voids the USA Baseball certification, as well as all manufacturer warranties. Rolling is considered tampering and would void the bat’s certification and make it illegal for play.

For more details and information please see:

http://www.baberuthleague.org/bat-rules.aspx
https://www.baberuthleague.org/batter-up/articles/usabat-standard.aspx

 

Youth Pitching Guidelines and Recommendations

At the clinic given by Seaview Orthopedics on March 21, 2015 the doctors reviewed concerns and potential issues with youth pitchers and overuse or unwanted strain on the arm while still growing and not fully developed structurally.  They primarily reviewed the guidelines and recommendations that have been published by Pitch Smart USA in coordination with MLB and USA Baseball; many high-level medical professionals, including Dr. James Andrews, were on the advisory committee that helped formulate these guidelines.  It is highly recommended that managers, coaches, and parents of pitchers click the link below and review the wealth of information that is available there.

 

 

Injury Protocol - Accident Reports

All injuries at practice or games (that are serious enough for medical attention either at the field or later at a doctor's office or hospital) should be reported to the manager ASAP and that manager in turn needs to send email to the MTBA Executive Board right away explaining what happened and detailing the injury as best as possible.

Primary Insurance – Family’s own health insurance
Secondary Insurance – Monroe Rec Dept. (they’ll pay $1000 max)
   To use this the Accident Report Form (see links below) needs to be filled out by the manager and brought to the Rec Center ASAP – deliver to Jeanne Crawley/Ass’t Superintendent.  The injured player's parent/guardian should also fill out the form and give a copy to Jeanne.  Good detail should be included in the “What Occurred” section.
Tertiary Insurance – Insurance (K&K and Nationwide) the MTBA provides families through Cal Ripken / Babe Ruth

*In addition, USABL provides insurance to our travel teams if injuries occur during USABL games*

Accident Report Form (MS Word version)
Accident Report Form (PDF version)