COVID-19 Protocols for Umpires
League commissioners and team managers are ultimately responsible for enforcing PHBA COVID-19 Safety Guidelines & Protocols for Practice & Game Activities. However as umpires, we have an inherent duty to ensure the safety of the players. This includes calling attention to any egregious actions that may pose a health risk. This is in the best interest to the league and ultimately the kids and our community.
All umpires, new and returning, should read and become familiar with the Covid-19 Safety Guidelines & Protocols for Practice and Game Activities set forth by PHBA. The following are the key game protocols all umpires must adhere to while officiating any scrimmages or games.
We realize that many of our most seasoned umpires are hesitant to officiate this year due to safety concerns. Unfortunately, umpires and coaches are not yet covered by current priority lists for sports staffing outside those employed by school districts. However, we do hope that the county’s recent announcement that qualifies anyone over the age of 50 will encourage those that qualify to get vaccinated to ease concerns in conjunction with our comprehensive safety protocols already in place. Please note that the League and ULT are doing everything possible to promote a safe environment for the kids and everyone involved to play ball.
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