In Memory of David Hull, Umpire In Chief

It is with great sorrow that Mukilteo Little League shares some very sad news.  David Hull, MLL's Umpire in Chief, passed away on May 23rd due to complications from a bacterial infection.  David was a long-time Mukilteo Little League volunteer with 20 years of service to the league. Umpiring is a thankless job much of the time but essential in providing the Little League experience for the youth of our community. David's commitment and passion for Little League, the kids, umpiring, and the game of baseball will be missed for a long time.  Our condolences to David's family.

If you would like to donate to Mukilteo Little League in David's memory, go to our Donations page and you can contribute by clicking on the yellow "Donate" button.  If you leave a message in PayPal with the donation, we will pass it along to David's family.

David's obituary can be found here: legacy.com


 
MLL's Return to Play Plan
MLL Return to Play Guidelines

In order to adhere to Washington State’s Phase 3 guidelines of groups of 50 or less people, MLL will institute a one spectator per player policy. 24 players (avg), 6 coaches, 2 umpires, 18 spectators max for games.

All Attendees:
• Must remain home if ill or anyone in household is ill
• Strongly encouraged to take temperature prior to arriving at field
• Must arrive at field with a member of your household (Carpooling strongly discouraged)
• Strongly encouraged to wear a face covering
• Must go directly to your designated field (No viewing other games at complex)
• Must maintain 6 ft social distancing at all times with anyone not in your household
• Must not enter player areas (dugouts/field)
• Must maintain 6 ft distance from backstop and dugouts
• Hand washing or sanitizing at regular intervals is strongly recommended
• Must use bathroom provided at your designated field (please do not que/maintain 6 ft buffer around door)
• No snack shack services will be provided
• Please follow pack in/pack out philosophy (take all garbage with you upon leaving)
• Upon conclusion of game, please leave your designated field promptly.

Players:
• Must maintain 6 ft social distancing while off the field of play
• Players are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings when arriving and departing
• Players are required to use hand sanitizer upon arriving to field and prior to leaving
• Players should adhere to proper hygiene requirement of not touching face
• Must not share water, food, clothing, or equipment
• All equipment to be clearly marked so player can readily identify (no permanent markings on bats, use color sticker on knob or install distinctive grip)
• Must adhere to a No Touch Rule (no high fives, handshakes, etc)
• Must follow the No Garbage Left Behind Rule

Coaches:
• Must maintain 6 ft social distancing when at all possible
• Must wear face coverings at all times
• Must adhere to a No Touch Rule (no high fives, hugs, etc.)
• Must clean dugout of any trash after practice/game
• Must ensure athletes adhere to all athlete requirements
• No snack exchange after practice/games

Umpires:
• Must maintain 6 ft social distancing when at all possible
• Must wear face coverings at all times
• Must adhere to a No Touch Rule (player’s equipment, etc.)
• Equipment safety check should be completed visually
• Balls and strikes should be called from an adequate distance behind the pitcher
• Base umpires must always maintain 6 ft social distancing

Confirmed cases procedure:
• Immediately isolate
• Contact Snohomish County Health District
• Contact Mukilteo Little League
• MLL will contact trace by team, family, and game schedule to notify all individuals of potential exposure
• All individuals should be tested negative prior to returning to participation in league activities

Game Procedures – Phase 3:
• Staggered start times to limit numbers at entry/exit points
• Players/families are to remain away from fields until 30 minutes prior to their game times
• Warm-ups to begin 30 minutes prior to game time
• Equipment bags to be spaced 6ft apart in dugouts or surrounding fence lines
• All bats to be kept in dugout when not at plate for safety reasons
• No lineups exchanged or plate meetings (any field issues or irregular ground rules should be shared via email prior to game)
• No scorebox use for fields which have them
• All coaches and umpires are required to wear a face covering
• Limit of 3 players in dugout at a time, with remainder in designated spots on bleachers. Players will rotate into dugouts as necessary
• One coach is required to remain in dugout at all times (encouraged to use players as 1st base coaches)
• A coach will be required to retrieve the player’s bat after an at bats if necessary
• Each team will be required to provide their own game balls for use when in field including extras for foul balls (coach required to provide players with a game ball after an out of play foul)
• Players are to maintain 6ft social distance when possible on field, including while returning to dugout
• On field meetings should include no more than 2 players/coaches while maintaining 6ft social distancing
• Players to use hand sanitizer after coming off field after every inning
• Players to use hand sanitizer if coming into contact with another player’s equipment
• Any shared catching equipment (strictly limited) must be sanitized between uses (all other equipment sharing is prohibited)
• Players and families to leave immediately after game concludes
• Coaches to sanitized field maintenance equipment handles after use

Practice Procedures – Phase 2:
• Above attendee, player, and coach guidelines should be adhered to unless addressed below
• Arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to scheduled start time
• Teams may use one field while maintaining groups of a maximum of 5 athletes separated distinctly around the field
• Social distancing of 6ft to be maintain when possible
• Equipment bags to be spaced 6ft apart in dugouts or surrounding fence lines
• All coaches or parent volunteers are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings
• Players are required to use hand sanitizer prior to and after practice
• Coaches are required to wipe down field maintenance equipment before leaving

Practice Procedures – Phase 3:
• Above attendee, player, and coach guidelines should be adhered to unless addressed below
• Arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to scheduled start time
• Full team practices allowed while maintaining 6ft social distancing when at all possible
• Equipment bags to be spaced 6ft apart in dugouts or surrounding fence lines
• All coaches or parent volunteers are encouraged to wear face coverings
• Players are required to use hand sanitizer prior to and after practice
 
UPDATE - MLL Season Suspension
MLL Families -

We hope this update finds everyone healthy and well. Since receiving the tentative timeline from the State of Washington, the MLL Board of Directors has been working on a plan to resume the MLL "regular" season under Phase 3 of that timeline. There are many factors and concerns that go into this planning, with the primary being the safety of our kids and families. Second, but just as important in order to play, is field, coaches, and player availability . Each one of these items must come together to be able to play and have a successful season.

Since the beginning of this shutdown, we have followed the guidance of the State of Washington, Snohomish County Health District, and LL International and will continue to do so moving forward with this timeline. Safety and the well being of our kids, families, coaches, umpires, and volunteers is paramount. Even though the games of baseball and softball can not be played within the strict guidelines of social distancing, MLL is actively looking into ways to mitigate the risk with being able to provide hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes to all teams as well as adding additional hand washing stations.

Field availability is also a concern as we continue to work with Snohomish County on our complex and the Mukilteo School Board on school ballfields becoming open to use. The hope is that the state timeline will allow this to happen according to our proposed schedule. Since the announcement of the state's timeline last Friday, we have been in communication with our coaches at all levels to determine their availability and willingness to continue on with the season according to our new proposed timeline. The vast majority have indicated that they are indeed still on-board with this plan.

Lastly, we need to make sure our players and their families are still intending to participate. Up to this point, MLL has received a very limited number of refund requests. Based upon this, it is our assumption that most of our players and families still want to play a "regular" season if it can begin following the state's timelines and done as safely as possible. With following the State of Washington's Timeline, sports activities are allowed to start during Phase 3 (June 22nd) of this timeline. Therefore MLL's current plan is as follows:

Week of June 22nd - Begin practices for all divisions
July 2nd - Begin games for all divisions
Week of August 17th - Final regular season games (Tee-Ball and Rookie Divisions to end sooner due to number of games normally played)
Week of August 24th - Reserved for possible end of season tournaments
We understand that this plan does not allow for much practice time before games start, but it allows us to follow our normal schedule of 2 games and 1 practice per week while being able to play a regular season number of games. At some of the beginner levels the early "games" may be treated as scrimmages or practice games to allow coaches to teach the game as need be. There will need to be some flexibility and understanding in how we approach this season from all involved. We all need to remember that our primary goal is for the kids to have fun and be able to enjoy playing the games of baseball and softball, especially after this quarantine period.

Obviously, this plan is subject to the state's timelines and could change moving forward. We will keep you updated as information changes or as we get closer to "PLAY BALL".

Please continue to support MLL's sponsors and all the small businesses in our community that have been effected by this shutdown. We know it is greatly appreciated. Also, please continue to practice social distancing and washing your hands so we can get back out on the ballfields ASAP.

Any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Ed Hansen at ed.hansen@mukilteolittleleague.com

MLL
 
Update - Temporary suspension of MLL activities
Parents -

The Mukilteo Little League Board of Directors hopes all of our families are doing well and staying healthy through these trying times. Even though not much has changed since our previous communication, we wanted to keep you updated with any new information.

MLL will continue to follow the State of Washington, Snohomish County Health District, and LL International's guidelines as to when we can safely proceed with our "spring" season. Our goal remains the same. MLL is fully committed to providing a full season of LL baseball and softball to our community. We are currently preparing plans for a number of different start dates so that we are ready to get back on the fields ASAP when given the green light to do so. We all hope that is as soon as possible.

Mukilteo School District has asked us to remind our families that all school fields are closed until further notice. We understand that this might make it harder for families to practice amongst themselves, but the quicker we stop the spread of COVID-19, the sooner we can get back to the game we love.

Please remember to continue to support our sponsors (listed on our website), and local businesses during these unprecedented times. Many are a part of our MLL family. Also, remember to still get out for exercise and try to practice at home as much as possible.

Stay healthy. We all miss the action on the field and hope to "Play Ball" soon.

MLL
 
Mukilteo Little League COVID-19 Response Plan
Posted Mar 6, 2020

The Mukilteo Little League Board of Directors is monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely, with the health and safety of our children being the first priority.  The Board is aligned with the direction set by the Mukilteo School District. If schools are open and facilities are available practices will proceed as normal.

Please keep in mind:

  • All Families are empowered to do what’s best for their families without fear of penalty or consequence.
  • All teams should follow safe hygiene practices to help reduce the risk for getting and spreading viral respiratory infections, including COVID-19, by taking these steps:
    • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
    • Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
    • Avoid contact with people who are sick
    • Stay home while sick and avoid close contact with others
    • Stay home 72 hours after fever ends or 7 days after symptoms began
    • Cover mouth and nose with a tissue or elbow when coughing or sneezing rather than hands, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash hands
  • Any shared gear (ex: catchers gear) should be disinfected between users. Disinfecting wipes will be available in the Snack Shack.

Thank you for your patience and understanding, we’ll keep you informed of any updates. What we learn about the virus is evolving almost daily and we will continue to work with local and regional health authorities to stay informed. In the meantime, please remember those simple preventative measures to help stop the spread of germs, including COVID-19:

The following League events are being postponed and/or rescheduled.  More information to follow as rescheduling plans are finalized

  • Friday March 6th Skills Camps @ Discovery ES
  • Saturday March 7th Pitching/Catching Clinics @ Explorer MS
  • Saturday March 7th District 1 Coaches Training @ Base by Pro’s
  • Monday March 9th & 15th Coaches Boot Camps
  • Wednesday March 11th New Family Orientation @ Fairmont ES
  • Wednesday March 11th Umpire Clinic @ Colombia ES

Stay informed:
If you’re interested in learning more about COVID-19 or getting updates, both the Snohomish Health District website and Washington State Department of Health website are full of information and offer subscription-based newsletters and alerts.

Mukilteo School District’s past messages and Coronavirus information is available on the district website.

Regards,
Mukilteo Little League Board of Directors

 

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