FTW Kickball Guidelines from the
Texas Health and Safety Policy set on June 27th, 2020
Kickballers, based on the new FTW Kickball Health and Safety Policy, some new guidelines will be implemented so try and reduce the risk for COVID exposure. This might be a little long, but please read thru the guidelines.
FTW Kickball Guidelines are derived from:
State of Texas: https://dshs.state.tx.us/coronavirus/opentexas.aspx
City of Fort Worth Guidelines: http://fortworthtexas.gov/COVID-19/
General Warning From DSHS:
The virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to others by infected persons who have few or no symptoms. Even if an infected person is only mildly ill, the people they spread it to may become seriously ill or even die, especially if that person is 65 or older with pre-existing health conditions that place them at higher risk. Because of the hidden nature of this threat, everyone should rigorously follow the practices specified in these protocols, all of which facilitate a safe and measured reopening of Texas. The virus that causes COVID-19 is still circulating in our communities. We should continue to observe practices that protect everyone, including those who are most vulnerable.
FIRST and FOREMOST: DO NOT arrive to practices or games if you have shown new or worsening signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing;
- Repeated shaking with chills;
- Muscle pain;
- Sore throat;
- Loss of taste or smell;
- Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit;
- Known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19
Contact your medical professional for guidance on testing or contact Tarrant county hotline at 817-248-6299
Guidelines while on FTW Kickball Business Premises
FTW Kickball Premises is defined as inside the fences of the baseball/softball field.
Guidelines when entering Premises
All persons over the age of ten (10), including employees, customers, visitors, invitees and contractors ("Patrons"), who enter this business MUST wear a face covering over their nose and mouth, such as a homemade mask, scarf, bandana, or handkerchief.
Guidelines during the game
When on the sideline, you MUST use appropriate face coverings AND individuals should maintain six feet of social distancing whenever possible. Face coverings can be removed if: 1) Face covering poses a significant mental or physical health risk to the individual OR when an individual is consuming a food or beverage.
On each sideline there are ORANGE DOTS that are 6 feet apart to help with social distancing. Also, people could bring lawn chairs and place them on the dots to keep social distancing.
When playing in the field or kicking the ball, the use of face coverings is OPTIONAL. If players feel comfortable wearing a face covering in the field, please wear them.
Defensive players (especially Catchers), please try and maintain the 6 feet social distancing from the kicker or runner on a base BEFORE THE PLAY STARTS. While a PLAY IS IN PROCESS, play as normal, but as soon as play stops, please move apart to maintain social distancing.
Guidelines when leaving Premises
Once the game is complete, please wave to the other team and say ‘good game’. Then please put on your face covering and leave the field as soon as possible as other teams are waiting to get on the field to get ready for their game. The number of people on the field need to remain as low as possible. Once players are outside the fences (off the premises), you are welcome to watch other kickball games or socialize with others.
On-Field Additional Resources
Disposable masks are available on each of the kickball fields, if needed.
Hand Sanitizer is available on each of the kickball fields for use at any time.
A ball clean bucket is available on each field for use at any time.
Participants should adhere to:
- Avoid high-fives, handshakes, fist-bumps, and hugging from non-household members
- Avoid sharing personal items
- Adhere to social distancing standards by maintaining a six foot distance between participants
- Practice good personal hygiene including: Washing hands often with soap and water; Covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing
Participants Bring (Recommended):
- sanitizer of your choice for cleaning hands/belongings
- chair for sideline spacing (place on the provided distancing dots)
Guidelines in a Nutshell