Fairfield Youth Baseball Association (FYBA)

Fairfield Youth Baseball Association (FYBA) This page is for the enjoyment of Fairfield baseball & softball players and families, to share the fun of the park. Concerns can be emailed to the Board
FYBA is a non-profit volunter run youth baseball organization.
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FYBA offers baseball/softball programs for boys and girls, ranging in ages from 4 – 18 years old. Specific leagues and age group combinations will be determined by the sanctioning organizations associated with FYBA (e.g. Babe Ruth, USSSA, AABC, etc.).

Mission: The objective of the Fairfield Youth Baseball Association, Inc., shall be to implant firmly in the youth of the community the ideals of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage and reverence, so that they may be finer, stronger and happier and will grow to be good, clean, healthy citizens in the community of Fairfield, Ohio. This objective shall be achieved by providing supervised competitive baseball and softball games. The supervisors shall bear in mind that the attainment of exceptional skill for the winning of the game is secondary, and the molding of future citizens is of primary importance.

05/25/2020
05/24/2020

Click on the link below to download as a printable PDF or read it below the link.

http://fairfieldfyba.com/pdf/Butler%20County%20Baseball%20COVID%20Procedures.pdf

Butler County Baseball
(Fairfield, Lindenwald, Millville, Ross, W. Side)
From Responsible Restart Ohio, Governor DeWine & Safety Awareness For Everyone, &
Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken League
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These are the rules, regulations, procedures and recommendations put together from the state of Ohio and our baseball governing body. This document has combined both documents and removed redundancies. The full versions of each document may be found individually on local league web sites, Babe Ruth site and state of Ohio site. Mandatory requirements will be expected to be fully adhered to or individual(s) will be asked to leave the premises. Recommendations should be applied individually to that person/family’s level of comfort.
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Arrival to Venue
• All participants, spectators, and employees must adhere to six-foot physical distancing while at the facility/course. Social Distancing.
• Must conduct daily symptom assessments by coaches and players (self-evaluation). Anyone experiencing symptoms must stay home. *
( * Per the CDC, symptoms include cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headaches, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell.)
• No team water coolers or shared drinking stations.
• Compliant game balls must be designated to each team for use while that team is playing defense.
• These requirements must be shared prior to the event with all players, coaches, spectators, officials, and employees prior to their arrival at the venue.
• Athletes are strongly recommended to travel to the venue alone or with a member of their immediate household.

Practices
• Coaches and players must adhere to physical six-foot distancing except when the ball is in play.
• Coaches recommended but are not required to wear face coverings.
• Athletes recommended but not required to wear face coverings while not actively participating in the field of play.
• Must conduct daily symptom assessments by coaches and players (self-evaluation). Anyone experiencing symptoms must stay home.
• Must adhere to six-foot social distancing practices off the field of play.
•Face coverings are strongly recommended for any spectators.
• For each practice session, it is recommended that coaches divide players into groups and establish rotating shifts when possible.
• Athletes should bring individual water containers.
• Whenever possible, equipment and personal items should have proper separation and should not be shared. If equipment must be shared, proper sanitation should be administered between users.

Athletes
• Recommended but not required to wear face coverings while not actively participating in the field of play. If a player chooses to wear additional PPE, they may do so as long as it does not compromise the safety of other players.
• Must conduct daily symptom assessments by coaches and players (self-evaluation). Anyone experiencing symptoms must stay home.
• Must not share water or equipment. Belongings should be used only by the individual owner or operator including, but not limited to water bottles, gloves, bats, hats, and other on- and off-field gear.
• No touch rule – players should refrain from high fives, handshake lines, and other physical contact with teammates, opposing players, coaches, umpires, and fans. A “tip the cap” can be used following the game in lieu of the handshake line.
• No spitting or eating seeds, gum, other similar products.
•Hand washing or hand sanitizing, in the absence of soap and water, are strongly recommended for athletes during the games.
• Whenever possible, equipment and personal items should have proper separation and should not be shared. If equipment must be shared, proper sanitation should be administered between users.

Spectators
• Must adhere to six foot social distancing practices. This includes in and around bleachers for anyone not in the same family. No viewing games in designated restricted areas. This will vary by park and will be marked accordingly.
• Must conduct daily symptom assessments (self-evaluation). Anyone experiencing symptoms must stay home.*
• Must not enter player areas (on the field of play or bench areas).
• Must keep six-feet or more distance from the backstop.
•Strongly recommended to wear face coverings at all times.
• Hand washing or hand sanitizing, in the absence of soap and water, is recommended strongly during the games

COACHES
• Must adhere to six-foot social distancing practices.
• Recommended but not required to wear face coverings.
• Must conduct daily symptom assessments by coaches and players (self-evaluation). Anyone experiencing symptoms must stay home.
• No spitting or eating seeds, gum, or other similar products.
• No touch rule – coaches should refrain from high fives, handshake lines, and other physical contact with teammates, opposing players, coaches, umpires, and fans. A “tip the cap” can be used following the game in lieu of the handshake line.
• Must ensure that players are following COVID-19 -related prevention measures included herein.
• Coaches should ensure the players are adhering to social distancing in dugouts and other seating areas and wearing face coverings while not actively participating on the field of play.
• Lineups should be entered online or by spoken word and recorded by officials/umpires without exchanging any physical documents with coaches or players.
• Batting lineup changes should be limited to communicating from a distance that maintains the 6’ social distancing guidelines at all times.
• Whenever possible, equipment and personal items should have proper separation and should not be shared. If equipment must be shared, proper sanitation should be administered between users.
•Any team or player awards are presented wrapped up and given to the Team Manager or team point person. There should not be any on field presentations.
•Managers & Coaches should help to educate players on the hygiene/handwashing/touching of the face suggested guidelines.

UMPIRES/OFFICIALS
• Must adhere to six-foot social distancing practices when interacting with players, coaches, and spectators off the field of play.
• Must conduct daily symptom assessments (self-evaluation). Anyone experiencing symptoms must stay home.
• Recommended but not required to wear face coverings
•Pregame conference will be limited to one (1) Coach per team and one (1) Umpire. Social distancing of 6’ is required.
• Must avoid exchanging documents or equipment with players, coaches, or spectators.
•Umpires calling balls and strikes should allow adequate distance behind the catcher while still able to perform their duty.

LEAVING THE VENUE
• Individuals should not congregate in common areas or parking lot following the event or practice
• Umpires should adhere to social distancing practices when interacting with players, coaches, and spectators off the field of play.
• Individuals should not exchange items.
•Athletes are strongly recommended to travel to the venue alone or with a member(s) of their immediate household, if possible. Face coverings are strongly recommended for individuals traveling to and from the venue

ALL LEAGUES
• Follow local & state health guidelines at all times.
• Communicate with your league members on guidelines prior to the start of your season and throughout the 2020 season.
• Make modifications for scheduling of games and practices to meet guidelines.
• Special “COVID-19” release waivers must be completed by all players, coaches, volunteers, umpires and/or regular spectators of program activities.
• Move all league meetings to a virtual online format for the remainder of the 2020 season.
• Always check for updates online from local & state health officials, as well as from Babe Ruth League Headquarters.
•Local league officials must then make sure to review all guidelines provided by the local & state officials and Babe Ruth League throughout 2020 season.
• All restrictions that are imposed by local & state officials must be followed, with no exceptions.
• Notify all participants and volunteers of the changes being implemented in accordance with local & state guidelines.
• Make necessary changes at the park to meet all guideline changes provided by the local & state officials.
• Establish a point of contact for any person wishing to advise a League Official of guidelines not being followed, and steps for the league to notify the person(s) or team that is involved. That contact is:
Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken State Director, Jay Schuster (513)616-1601

•Only two (2) players in (suggested, pitcher and catcher) in the dugout at one time, while also following 6’ social distancing guidelines at all times. Remaining players & coaches will be positioned down the left & right field lines (off playing field & outside of fence – if possible) away from throws that might come to 1st and 3rd base. Players will be seated or stand no less than 6’ apart and must have at least one (1) Coach to watch over players in this area at all times.
•Cleaning supplies, as well as hand sanitizer, should be available in the dugout area. Also, hand sanitizer stations should be set up in locations around the park.
• Parents should have backup supplies in the player’s equipment bag for use when needed and their own marked water bottle or sports drink. No team or dugout coolers are permitted.
• Review cleaning and sanitation of common areas like dugouts, bathrooms, concession stands or similar areas between games or activities. Teams should be advised to clean out and wipe down dugout or other field areas that they were in prior to leaving the playing field.
• Recommended that parents limit number of spectators per player to minimum as possible attending games in the park.
• Provide proper signage throughout the park on guidelines provided by local and state health officials.

Play Ball!! (Safely)

{Face coverings = paper masks, cloth masks, neck wraps, etc…}
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Butler County Baseball :
•We recommend all players have their own bats if possible.
•Tee ball and Instructional leagues will not use catcher’s this season. The position isn’t required for learning the game and makes it easier to deal with catcher’s equipment sanitizing during games for small children. When possible, the remaining leagues will have 2 sets of catcher’s gear so when a change is made, the first set may be sanitized before reuse. If only 1 set of catcher’s equipment is used, it MUST be sanitized between use of different players.
•For any family that cannot attend due to health issues or vulnerabilities and also to help limit large #’s of spectators at games, we suggest use of video feed apps such as Facetime, Facebook live, etc…
• Balls will be sanitized during games. Defensive team will provide a set of balls for use of their half inning of play. Balls will switch out when the teams switch from offense to defense.
• Umpire placement on the field (normal or behind pitcher) still being clarified at this time.
• No team snacks for the younger players. Team vouchers can be purchased from concession stand.

Fairfield Youth Baseball Association is looking for a few more 13/14 Prep league and 15/16 Babe Ruth league players!  Te...
05/24/2020
Fairfield Youth Baseball Association Home Page

Fairfield Youth Baseball Association is looking for a few more 13/14 Prep league and 15/16 Babe Ruth league players!
Teams are in place, but we could use a few additional players on those teams.
If any young man you know had their spring/summer season cancelled, send them over!

www.fairfieldFYBA.com

Fairfield Youth Baseball Association

05/24/2020

SEASON UPDATE MAY 24, 2020

Hello FYBA Families!!

Your Board has been hard at work making sure we can get things opened up next week for you. Before I go into details, I want to thank you all for your patience. There have been a LOT of changes and work that has gone into the past week and a half. We have made an occasional error. You've dealt with some team changes. We also still have a little ways to go.. You've understood what we are working through and been gracious about it. So Thank you.

For those families that chose to sit out this season, we look forward to having each and every one of you back next season. We will miss you but we also understand. Refunds will be processed in approximately 2 weeks. We are trying to work a way to refund cards rather than writing out a bunch of checks.

Waterworks Park will open for ball on May 26th! Practice schedules have been and continue to go out. Games begin on June 6th. You won't have a game schedule for about another week as we are waiting for final team numbers from other leagues. The regular season ends on July 18th. We will have a tournament the following week. We were on a VERY short on time frame for 600 uniforms, but we hope to have them by week one.

The full combined State of Ohio and Babe Ruth Rules/Procedures/Guidelines for the parks opening are attached here, posted on the web site, and Facebook.

You will see a few changes at the park. 6' lines are marked behind the back stops and player areas. Caution tape is marking off some restricted areas. Players will be set up down the fence lines. public hand sanitizer will be at both concessions. There will be a pump sprayer at each dugout for between games. NO Seeds, Gum or Suckers will be available at the park. Please read through the document so you'll see fully everything but here area few key points you will need as parents:

-Per the State of Ohio, Face coverings are recommended for Spectators, players ,coaches, and umpires, but not required.
-Social distancing is in place and you need to be responsible for where you set up. Bleachers are still available but unmarked as needed space will vary. Some games will need to be viewed from outfield/sideline areas.
-Bathrooms will be regularly sanitized
-Players have always been required to have all their own equipment except bats. If possible, please get a bat for your player so as to reduce the need for sanitizing between players use. (Play it Again Sports is running specials on new and used bats, and also Dicks Sporting goods)
-NO gum. NO Seeds. NO Suckers.
- Sorry young ones...NO shared/team snacks. An alternative is to buy a team snack for them at the concession stand.

ALSO! Do this now before you forget. Log into your online registration account and 'accept' by clicking the check box for the updated Ohio Covid statement.
We also are not enrolling in the 'Coach Call' phone blast system for rain outs as we tighten our belt. We will use the registration system text messaging. You should have received and email last week for it but if not do this to get rain out texts.:
{In order to begin receiving SMS messages, you must first text keyword '2020allsports7536' to 334-310-2497 . Message and data rates may apply.}
We will also notify about rain outs by Facebook and web site updates and notifying coaches.

Also, if you are on Facebook we highly recommend you 'like' the FYBA page. We will be posting helpful photos there as well as rain outs, and of course the action posts.
We look forward to seeing you all very soon and stay tuned for additional updates.

Thank you,

John Ervin
FYBA VP

05/23/2020
fairfieldfyba.com

Here is the link to download the Dick's Sporting Goods discount coupons for FYBA.
http://fairfieldfyba.com/pdf/DSG%20coupon%20sheet%202020.pdf

Hey FYBA! This young fella is ready to play!Sorry for the recent radio silence... we have been hard at work after the Go...
05/23/2020

Hey FYBA!
This young fella is ready to play!
Sorry for the recent radio silence... we have been hard at work after the Governor's announcement getting things prepared (late...every night this week!)

Just a quick note... we will begin practices may 26th. We will begin games june 6th. Season will go thru the 2nd week of July with a tournament the following week. We will get a full season of games in if ma nature allows it!
We will have in place all reccomended procedures by the state. Those will be sent out and posted hopefully later today.
Watch for emails from your coaches soon and look for more updates here shortly. Thanks!

05/16/2020
coronavirus.ohio.gov

Good afternoon FYBA families!
Well, I'm sure you heard by now the state of Ohio released the info on youth sports, allowing baseball and softball activities to resume after 5/26. We are working internally and with the other Butler County leagues as to what that will exactly look like and when and should have something to you later this week. Here is the link to what the state of Ohio released on Thursday.
https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/static/responsible/Baseball-Softball.pdf

I'm sure our procedures will look very similar to something like this with some additions and tweaks.
It is now time to make the decision if you are/were on the fence for the season. If you decide to play this year, fantastic, Hold on for future updates. If you decide you would like to cancel your registration for any reason, please do so without apologies. You should do what you feel is correct for your family. You need to email us at

[email protected]
Your name
Your Child's name
your child's age and league if you know it.
This must be received by Tuesday, May 19 at 5:00pm. At that point we will be making our uniform order. Any cancellation requests after that time will have the uniform cost deducted from the refund amount.

For those continuing to play, at this time we have not had to reduce the number of teams from our pre-covid numbers. We also have re-opened registrations until May 23rd to accommodate players who were canceled from the YMCA league(s).

Lastly, due to some of the obvious financial challenges some businesses have faced, we now need some more team sponsors. If you know of an organization or company that would like to sponsor a team, please have them contact us at [email protected] or http://fairfieldfyba.com/sponsor.htm

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Sincerely,
John Ervin
FYBA VP

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5131 Groh Ln
Fairfield, OH
45014

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Great place to play ball
Why are all the makeup games squeezed into the last week and a half of the season? The 9u-10u kids have 6 or 7 games in like 10 days. I don't understand why the season can't be extended by a week or so to make up the games in a reasonable time frame. This happened last year as well.
Lost a black rapid reload pay card at the ball fields today. Please if anyone has found one turn it in to the consession.
So so many great coaches at FYBA! These kids look up to them all!
Can anyone tell me where to find details about bat regulations for softball 10u?
Baseball players are awesome...
This kid is awesome. At first when I saw how tall he was I mistook him for Bill Jarvis. 😁
Great 1st base instruction