COVID-19 Rules and Regulations for the 2022 Season

COVID Rules for ESAA

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

Senior Baseball Information

This year the ESAA Senior League will be participating as a member in the North Suburban Youth Baseball Association. More information can be found here

13 & 14yr olds play in the seniors, where 80 ft bases and a 54ft pitching mound are employed. Games are played at Wildwood. Birthdate range for the senior baseball league is 5/1/99 thru 4/30/02.

There will be two sets of playoffs for Seniors.  The NSYBA playoffs and the house playoffs, which are separate and distinct.  The House playoff format will be double elimination. Seedings are determined based on the teams' year end standings in the NSYBA.  However, the championship game winner shall be declared the final champion. If the team from the winner's bracket does not win the championship game, there are no further games to determine a champion.

Bat restrictions are maximum 2 5/8" in diameter and 36" maximum length and not weigh more than three ounces less than the length of the bat (e.g. a 33" bat must weigh at least 30oz). All non-wood bats must meet the BBCOR performance standard and will carry a BBCOR label, or see this link for a listing of older baseball bats that currently qualify.

For a bat to be legal it must be permanently marked.

1.15 BPF”  “BBCOR”  "USA" or be a wood bat. There are NO barrel restrictions for USA STAMPED BATS OR WOOD BATS.



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