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Salem Little League Softball and Baseball

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Apr, 2021

League wide Covid communication

Friday, April 23, 2021

Dear Salem Little League families,

April showers are upon us, and first games for all teams are in the next week or 10 days.  Sadly, we will not have our opening day parade and ceremonies due to Covid protocols.

With the warmer weather, this also means more people are gathering, more businesses and schools are reopening, and state COVID restrictions are easing. 

The good news is that more and more people are being vaccinated.

The not so good news is that in the past few weeks we have been informed of cases within our Little League family, cases that were not contracted at a little league event.  We have had reports of exposures within families, usually by an adult who is exposed somewhere and brings it home, or exposures in the classroom. The number of reported exposures, although small, is significantly more than the exposures we had last summer and fall seasons (that number was one close contact, who did not contract the virus).  Luckily, most of the cases we have been informed about in our league community have only had mild symptoms, or are asymptomatic, but did test positive.

Please know that if your child had an exposure or close contact at a Little League event, you will be contacted by phone.   If you have not been called, your child has not been deemed a close contact.  Please do not succumb to rumors and hearsay.  If you have a question, I, or your league director, are happy to answer an email. 

Some experts are calling this the fourth wave, being limited by increased vaccinations.  Although I have learned a ton this past couple of weeks about isolation/quarantine protocols, we are not experts.  Whether you have an opinion on Covid regulations or not, please know that we are following all guidelines and working extremely hard to keep everyone safe. With this uptick, everyone that has been a positive test, due to our safety protocols, resulted in no close contacts at a league event.  We did not have any in league transmission in 2020, and none so far in 2021; and we intend to keep it that way. 

Baseball, Softball and Tee Ball are inherently distanced sports, played outdoors, and with our masking and other safety protocols, we should only experience incoming cases, contracted elsewhere, and not spread within the league.

Thank you to all the parents who have kept us informed of their or their child’s exposures, as this helps us to contain any further spread.

Now- what we need from you are four simple steps- communicate with us, read our communications, follow guidelines, and do not let your guard down.

  1. We need a commitment from all that if you are exposed somewhere, or if you have a positive test, or if you have symptoms of Covid that you communicate that to your team manager/head coach. He/she will contact their league director who will work with me regarding protocols. The list of league directors can be found here: at our website, www.salemll.info, then going to “Contact Us” and “Our Staff”.

     

  2. With school vacation ending this week, we know many of you went away. We hope you had a fun and relaxing time. We also remind you that the state of MA does still have a travel advisory in place- all visitors entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, are advised to quarantine for 10 days upon their arrival, or test negative with a test either within 72 hours of their travel back to Massachusetts, or testing negative upon returning home to shorten the quarantine period. Players should be following these guidelines before returning to the field. The full travel advisory from the state can be found here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-travel-advisory

     

  3. While people are being vaccinated rapidly, not everyone is. As of yesterday, only 2.2 million of MA residents are fully vaccinated (31%) and another 1 million have had one of their two shots, meaning only 46% of the MA residents have some protection from the virus. None of them are the kids in our program. Our point- We are not immune to this virus- and this pandemic is not over. Please do not let your guard down and risk the season for the kids who want to play, and so desperately want to return to some semblance of normalcy.

     

  4. There will be another league wide email, early next week, discussing game protocols and reminders before our first games in Salem.  We ask that you review that in its entirety.

When we finished our fall season last year, I waited two weeks, and then relaxed and smiled- proud that our team of tremendous volunteers offered a safe summer and fall season in the middle of a global pandemic.  I am confident that our team we will do the same this year as well, but things are different this year.  Schools are open and some restrictions are lifted, so we need your help as stated above.

Please enjoy the rest of your school vacation week, or if you are like me, you are getting excited that it is almost over, and kids will be back in school soon!  😊 We will see you soon at our first games shortly!


Stay safe.


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