Effective January 4, 2022, the CDC recommends applying updated isolation and quarantine guidelines to K-12 settings. In alignment with Public Health - Seattle and King County, Seattle Fastpitch Club has adopted the CDC Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines for K-12 Schools.
Softball is designated as a moderate risk sport. We know our athletes benefit from in-person workouts. Safely continuing in-person instruction and competition is our priority.
All people who have tested positive for COVID-19 need to isolate for at least 5 days, with or without COVID symptoms.
Athletes, coaches, and spectators who test positive for COVID-19 and never develop symptoms:
- Isolate for at least 5 days. Day 0 is the day of the positive COVID-19 test and day 1 is the first full day after the specimen was collected for the positive test.
- If they continue to have no symptoms, they can end isolation after at least 5 days, but must continue to wear a mask for an additional 5 days. This applies to anyone with COVID-19, regardless of their vaccination status.
- If they develop symptoms after testing positive, the 5-day isolation period should start over. Day 0 is the first day of symptoms.
Athletes, coaches, and spectators who test positive for COVID-19 and develop symptoms:
- They can end isolation after 5 days if they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and other symptoms have improved.
- If the person meets these criteria, they can return to practice after 5 days of isolation, but must continue to wear a mask for an additional 5 days. This applies to anyone with COVID-19, regardless of their vaccination status.
- If they continue to have a fever or other symptoms have not improved after 5 days of isolation, they should wait to end isolation until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and other symptoms have improved.
Athletes, coaches, and spectators who come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 do not need to quarantine if they are in any one of the following groups:
- Ages 18 or older and have received all recommended vaccine doses, including boosters and additional primary shots for some immunocompromised people.
- Ages 5-17 years and completed the primary series of COVID-19 vaccines.
Athletes, coaches, and spectators who come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 need to quarantine for at least 5 days after their last close contact if they are in any one of the following groups:
- Ages 18 or older and completed the primary series of recommended vaccine, but have not received a recommended booster shot when eligible.
- They received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine (completing the primary series) over 2 months ago and have not received a recommended booster shot.
- They are not vaccinated or have not completed a primary vaccine series.
Effective July 20, 2021, Seattle Fastpitch Club will abide by the exception to mask wearing for outdoor sports as defined by the Washington State Department of Health.
Relevant to upcoming SFC events, people are required to wear face coverings in the following situations:
- While engaged in indoor training or competition in any type of sport
People who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are required to wear face coverings in crowded outdoor settings, such as at sporting events, fairs, parades, concerts, and similar settings where there is decreased ability to consistently maintain physical distance between non-household members
SFC Requirements to Play
Prior to Practice / Games / Event Arrival
- Take player and any parent or guest's temperatures. If your temperature is above 100.3, do not attend
- If your player, parent or volunteer is sick or showing signs of illness, do not attend
- Confirm that player, parent, or volunteer attending have no known exposure to someone with COVID-19. Players, coaches, parents and volunteers should stay home if they feel unwell, show any signs of COVID-19, or have been exposed to, or in close contact with, a confirmed case of COVID-19
- Players, coaches, or volunteers not participating due to COVID-19 symptoms or because they have been exposed to COVID-19 must follow Department of Health and local public health isolation and quarantine guidance before returning to practices, games or events
- Wash and sanitize hands and player equipment before arriving to the field
Practice / Games / Event Requirements
- Before participation, all athletes, coaches, parents, and volunteers be screened by the head coach or parent volunteer for signs/symptoms of COVID-19 prior to a workout. Per CDC guidelines, screening questions include confirming participants have not experienced the following:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
- Refrain from hugs, high fives, handshakes or any other physical contact with those outside of your immediate household
- Participants will wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after practice, games, or events. This is especially important after touching shared objects or blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains 60-95% alcohol content
- Cover your cough or sneeze. Use your elbow and not your hands. No spitting. Refrain from touching your face and mouth
- Parents and other spectators should remain away from dugouts, player practice and staging areas. Depending on the venue and local ordinances, this may include bleachers and/or sidelines.
- Players and spectators should provide their own hand sanitizer/wipes/spray for their own equipment
- Do not share equipment including face masks, bats, batting gloves, helmets, catching gear, etc.
During the Practice / Game / Event
- Social Distancing Monitor: Each team will designate a parent to be social distancing setup and monitor for the entire time they are in the complex. This person will help players position themselves with their setup areas and spectator social distancing
- Sanitizing Monitor: Each team will have a sanitizing person and a sanitizing station. Responsibilities will include sanitizing your team’s softballs while on defense and between innings for use in the next inning. Collecting equipment (bats, helmets, etc.) that is not able to be retrieved by the batter themselves. If a batter makes an out they should retrieve their own equipment before going back to their dugout. SFC will provide handwashing or hand sanitizing stations at training and contest locations
- Foul Balls will be retrieved by the defensive team and returned to the sanitizing person before being put back in play
- Bring a chair as bleachers may not always be available or there may not be enough room to keep a social distance.
- Bring food and water for your player, food sharing between players is not allowed and many venues may not open concessions
- Bring your own hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes
- Scrimmages, intra-team competitions, and league games allowed for both low and moderate risk sports
- Spectators must maintain physical distance of at least 6’ between each person.
- The team parent or head coach will maintain a record of each spectator per event for 28 days following the event.
- Coaches will communicate spectator requirements to parents. SFC will also publish safety requirements in the newsfeed at seattlefastpitch.com.
- Coaches will maintain player and volunteer attendance rosters with group contact information. Player and volunteer attendance rosters must be kept on file for 28 days after the practice, contest, or trip
- Entering and leaving the playfield: Players and coaches may not enter the playfield until the start of the reservation, and no equipment can be brought to the field until the start of the reservation. Waiting on the sidelines prior to the start of the reservation is not allowed.
- All players and coaches must vacate the field within 15 minutes of the end of the reservation. All equipment and garbage must be removed from the field within 15 minutes of the end of the reservation.
- Limit exposure to those outside the household unit during travel. Encourage only those in the same household to travel together, and if not in the same household, travel in separate vehicles if possible.
- For travel groups, all members of the travel group, including the driver, must wear a face covering and spread out as much as possible within the vehicle. Limit travel groups to those who have been in regular contact (e.g. team members). Encourage family members to sit together. Maximize ventilation in the vehicle by opening windows.