Mel Ott Little league is a Volunteer Baseball / Softball League open to boys and girls ages 4 thru 18, the organization is charted by Little League International, Williamsport . Our program was established in 1958 in District #1 in the State of New York.

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Mel Ott Little League - Rounding Home Reopening Plan

Covid-19 Control Plan 2020

2021 Plan to be Released Soon

Mel Ott Little League, Inc. is committed to the health, safety, and excellence of its staff, volunteers, coaches, and most of all, its players, and their families. On June 14th, Governor Cuomo indicated low-risk sports may commence in Phase 3 on July 6th.

Considering the recent global pandemic events concerning the COVID-19 virus, Mel Ott will strive to provide a safe, clean, and fun family environment. To facilitate the health, safety, and goodwill of everyone involved with our organization a Covid-19 Reopening Health and Safety Plan has been established. This plan is aimed at providing information,  guidance, and best practices for our staff, volunteers, coaches, players, player families, and guests based on recommendations and resources from the U.S. Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), The World Health Organization (WHO), state & local entities, as well as Little League governing organizations.

The following plan has been compiled to cover all aspects of Mel Ott’s operations and conduct including and not limited to:

  • Facility Safety & Grounds Keeping.
  • Player Conduct for safety and health.
  • Coaches/Managers/ Umpires/ Volunteers conduct for health & safety.
  • Spectators/ Fans/ Visitors/ Guests conduct for health and safety.
  • Emergency Response Conduct for health and safety.
  • Exposure Control and Contact tracing ability.


Part I - General Guidance

  • General guidance and hygiene/ sanitary measures will be posted in all common areas & restrooms.
  • Handwashing with soap and water is recommended often.
  • Hand sanitizer that contains 60 % alcohol will be available wherever soap and water are not readily available.
  • Cloth face coverings are recommended whenever social distancing is not possible.
  • All staff and guests of Mel Ott are asked to self-monitor their body temperature and wellbeing.  Specifically, being mindful of the signs and symptoms of illness.
  • If illness is possible or possible contact/exposure to any known person(s) with COVID-19, individuals are asked to refrain from attending or participating in any league activities until cleared by a medical professional.
  • If any person, staff, or guest of Mel Ott Little League believes or is confirmed to be positive or been exposed to someone positive for COVID-19. They are asked to make a notification to the League Safety Officer, ROGER BRENNAN, at 716-525-6617 as soon as possible.
  • League safety officer will initiate a COVID-19 case/contact report form for contact tracing purposes.
  • League safety officer will provide resources for Health department services pertaining to COVID-19.
  • Players and spectators are asked to arrive at the facility no more than 40 minutes prior to their scheduled times and remain in their vehicles until any prior games are completed and the staff has had time to properly sanitize any areas that may need disinfecting.


Part II - Facility Safety

Cleaning and disinfecting shared equipment and surfaces.

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily and in between all facility use, including practices and games. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, facility equipment, dugouts, toilets, faucets, and sinks. Proper drying times between uses should be allowed.
  • If surfaces are visibly soiled or dirty, they should be cleaned with a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
  • Tightly confined spaces will be occupied by only one individual at a time (i.e. bathroom), unless all occupants are wearing face coverings. If occupied by more than one person, will keep occupancy under 50% of maximum capacity.
  • Post social distancing markers using tape or signs that denote 6 ft. of spacing in commonly used and other applicable areas on the site.

Facility Maintenance

  • Facilities and grounds maintenance should be performed prior to arrival or after departure of players /spectators. 
  • Maintenance should be limited to Admin on duty and /or coaches/ managers.
  • Any shared equipment should be cleaned/disinfected before and after use or anytime it changes hands.

Concession stand safety

  • Concessions are limited to pre-packaged products and bottled/canned beverages.
  • Volunteers will be required to wear cloth face coverings and gloves when handling products.
  • Any soiled surfaces or surfaces with high traffic volumes will be cleaned and disinfected as often as necessary.
  • Guidance posters and signs will be posted throughout the concession area.

Part III – Individual Safety

To allow for a safe environment for everyone, the following guidelines have been established. 

Spectator/fan/visitors and guests conduct for health and safety

  • Spectators limited to two (2) per player.
  • Child spectators should remain with parents/guardians in with which they reside
  • Child spectators should be accompanied by a parent or guardians when using restroom facilities or concession stand area.
  • Child spectators should not enter the dugout area or playing field.  They should not handle any player equipment.
  • Child spectators will not be permitted on the playground area at the facility.


  • All spectators should follow best social distancing practices – 6ft physical separation unless in residence.
  • Recommended face coverings for anyone 12 and over.
  • No direct contact with players/coaches/managers during play unless warranted by emergency situations.
  • Recommended that spectators should bring their own seating to avoid close contact in bleacher seats.
  • Live streaming to fans via the internet, with availability.

Player/coaches/manager conduct for health and safety

  • As always, players/coaches/managers will continue to practice good general hygiene and healthy habits.  Adequate hydration both on and off the field, good sleep, and an adequate carried diet will be promoted.
  • Event scheduling with be staggered with enough time to allow previous teams to egress before new players arrive.
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) should be worn whenever applicable and possible.  Cloth face coverings or surgical masks, and medical gloves will be worn in every emergency situation.
  • PPE is not recommended while on the playing field.
  • Players will utilize the “distancing dugout” during practice and games.  This is an area along the backstop, backside dugout, and baseline fences for players to place their equipment.  Spaces will be 6ft apart from other players and any spectators or fans.
  • Players/coaches/volunteers and umpires will take measures to prevent all but essential contact to play the game.  Refrain from handshakes, high fives, and fist/chest/elbow bumps.
  • Any pregame meeting between coaches and umpires should maintain a 6ft separation
  • No sharing of a player’s personal equipment will be allowed
  • Recommended rotation of baseballs and softballs every 2 innings
  • Limited contact of the game balls by the umpires
  • Any balls out of play should be retrieved by players or coach – not spectators
  • Any balls used for warm-ups or game should not be placed in shared containers until sanitized
  • Any team snacks should be prepackaged.  No food or drinks should be shared. Each team member and coach should have their own water bottle with their name on it, players bottle should remain with their own equipment in their own designated space
  • No gum, spitting, or seeds are permitted in the dugout area or on the field.

Part IV – Emergency Response/Contact Tracing

Emergency response

  • In the event of any emergency response to any individual at our facility, the proper PPE will be worn.  Face masks and gloves are available in the first aid box and should be worn.
  • It is vitally important to document all persons having close or direct contact while aid is given.

Contact tracing

  • To assist with the overall health and safety of everyone at our facility and to facilitate positive results in controlling the spread of COVID-19 in our community.  Training will be offered to any volunteer, staff member, administrator, or coach in our organization.
  • Current Mel Ott safety coordinator is certified as a contact tracer and shall oversee the reporting and follow up of anyone who reports either having contact with persons who test positive or if themselves become ill and displays known COVID-19 symptoms.
  • The safety officer will be responsible for ascertaining documentation of medical clearance prior to any persons who were ill before being allowed to return to or participate in league activities.
  • The safety officer will keep certified records of any staff, administrators, or volunteer who completes the training.

       The safety and health of our members and visitors remains Mel Ott Little League’s top priority. As we do our part, we ask that our visitors do their part, use common sense, and make the right decision so as to not endanger the health of others. AS this is a fluid situation these guidelines may be amended as the situation dictates. 

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Mel Ott Board of Directors

                                                Chad Israel - President