COVID-19 Rules and Regulations for the 2021 Season

COVID Rules for ESAA 2021

The following are guidelines for all ESAA programs and represent the minimum requirements for all participants. When ESAA team is visiting team: team and all of their supporters will voluntarily comply with all park specific requirements in addition to those set forth here.

  1. Only players and coaches in and near the dugout.
    - If kids need room to social distance they can use the bleachers.
  2. No parents/spectators allowed on the bleachers.
  3. Masks must be worn at all times by coaches.
  4. Players wear masks to and from the field.
  5. Masks are NOT optional in games, they are mandatory
  6. Umpires are allowed behind the plate and must wear a mask.
  7. If a player, coach or fan feels ill they should not attend a game or practice.
  8. Shared equipment - all HELMETS must be cleaned and disinfected.
  9. Tip/waiver your hat at the end of the game - no high fives, etc.
  10. Teams must clear their dugout/spectator areas of all garbage prior to vacating the field and should leave the park within 15 minutes of last out.
  11. Self-report to all close contacts after a laboratory-confirmed or probable COVID- 19 infection.
    (Close contact is defined as someone who was within 6 feet or over 15 minutes, masked or unmasked)
  12. All CDC and IDPH rules and guidelines are to be followed by all.
  13. NO SPITTING by players or coaches - no gum or sunflower seeds allowed.

Park districts require social distancing to be observed at all times.
Rules are subject to change as situations and regulations require.
Read the Chicago Park district Covid-19 response statement

Sponsor Information

Little League Baseball

ESAA is one of the most highly regarded youth organizations in our community. Last season we had 900 boys and girls from ages 5-15 playing t-ball, baseball or softball on 75 different teams with over 150 volunteer coaches. This year we expect to exceed last year's numbers.

We are organized as a not for profit 501c3 organization, see our Federal exemption letter here:  Federal 501c3 Exemption   and our IL letter here  IL Tax Exempt Letter

Our expenses, which include equipment, umpires, uniforms, trophies, end-of-year picnic, and field maintenance, total about $160,000 per year.  Not one of our coaches, commissioners, or board members is paid for their work.  More than half of our annual budget comes from registration fees.  The remainder is received from sponsors like you.  What better way to show your support for the youth of our community than by sponsoring a team?  

Here's how it works:

1.     Full sponsorships are $500.  This makes you the exclusive sponsor of that team, and only your logo and information appears on that team's uniform and webpage.  You also receive a nice plaque with the team's picture at the end of the season.  Half sponsors pay $250 and share a team with another sponsor.  They also receive a plaque.  Plaques displayed at your business are a great way to show your support of the community. 

2.     Parents are assigned as sponsors of their child’s team.  If you don’t have a player in ESAA, just let us know what age group or coach you would like to support and we will try to accommodate you. If there are any conflicts we will make arrangements so that sponsors receive adequate exposure.

3.     Please click here to download, printout and send in our Sponsor form with your check payable to ESAA, 6107 N. KNOX, CHICAGO, IL 60646. Your donation is fully tax deductible.  You do not need to fill out this form if you sponsor a team via the registration process.

4.     If you have a player in ESAA, your cost of sponsorship is the difference between the sponsor fee and your registration fees.  For example, if you have one player and their registration fee is $150, it is only $350 to become a full sponsor.  Families that have over $500/$250 in registration fees do not become automatic full/half sponsors. 

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