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UCU Universal COVID-19 Protocols & Recommendations

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General Guidelines and Information

Collected from UCU Sunday Night COVID Review Virtual Meetings

Use links in respective boxes for more information specific to conferences and schools, medical groups conducting the testing, and other information specific to umpires.
SPECIAL UPDATE: MARCH 24
  • Effective immediately, in NJCAA Region 3, teams will have the option regarding the administration of game baseballs. While not at all locations, umpires may no longer have any interaction with the baseballs. Please confirm with the head coaches at the plate conference on how game baseballs are to be handled and administer accordingly.
UPDATED: SUNDAY, MARCH 7
  • Keep Track of Kits – do not run out with Access Medical Labs or MAKO kits
  • If you are an umpire who is added to a conference and do not have a kit, you must notify Alex Skandalis
  • KNOW YOUR TEST-COMPLIANCE SEASON-LONG RESPONSIBILITIES
  • TESTS SHOULD BE SHIPPED FROM SPECIAL MEDICAL FEDEX AND UPS LOCATIONS BEFORE NOON ET
  • When a school is antigen testing on-site, be aware, they may be testing ONLY the plate umpire(s). So, decide who is working the plate/rotation in advance of arriving – Antigen Testing – 90 minutes before
  • Communication with partners is key, need to touch base the day before and set rotation if that is your option (all but Division I Conferences)
  • If you are a veteran and are working with a new umpire, be a leader and make sure they know where they are going, etc. No ego here, all on the same team
UPDATED: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28
  • Masks are mandatory from arrival on-site, through the game, and upon exit from the site
  • Mask must be on the face, the ump-attire product that attaches to the mask only can be an “additional” mask, but not the only mask you wear as a plate umpire
  • Off-field close contact with another umpire is strongly discouraged – to include the use of locker rooms, sharing hotel rooms, dining, and driving together
  • Officials shall not engage in pregame/postgame or in-game handshakes/fist bumps/contact with partners, players, coaches, or administrators
  • Pregame plate meeting: Led by crew chief conducted 10-feet apart, no handshakes, masks must be worn
  • Officials will maintain physical distancing. In those cases, the officials should avoid speaking face-to-face and maintain some distance
  • Coaches should never enter the dirt circle or field of play
  • Umpire/coach interactions should occur at edge of dirt circle or 45’ line with physical distance
  • Officials may wear gloves – including medical latex gloves, work gloves or gloves designed specifically for officiating
  • Officials may wear plastic face shields which connect to a hat, wrap around the forehead or hang around the neck
  • Bring your own small bottle of sanitizer
  • Conferences will dictate handling of baseball policies
  • If an umpire is not feeling well or has a low-grade fever, call Chris Marshall/Alex Skandalis immediately – do not work a game when not feeling well
  • Should there be any issues with a host university in terms of COVID-related working conditions, bring them to the attention of UCU administrators – do NOT initiate confrontation with host university personnel
  • If you test positive for Covid-19, Chris Marshall and Alex Skandalis must be notified immediately and you cannot return until all quarantine guidelines have been met and a subsequent negative test can be documented