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Game on? Little League offers 'best practices' for return

All players should wear masks while in the dugout and coaches and volunteers should wear masks and protective medical gloves at all times.
Credit: AP
An empty Little League baseball field is shown in Washingtonville, N.Y., Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Mike DeLuca envisioned his youngest son, John, capping his baseball career the same way most 12-year-old All-Star squads from Monroeville, Pennsylvania, had for the last two decades: with a week spent playing teams from all over the country at Cooperstown Dreams Park in early August. Then the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in the United States and the shutdowns began. (AP Photo/Paul Kazdan)

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Little League is offering youth baseball organizations a pathway forward as they eye a restart amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The organization released a set of “best practice” guidelines it believes would allow baseball and softball to be played safely after local authorities give the groups the all-clear to return to play. 

The recommendations include eliminating all non-essential contact and banning the postgame handshake line in favor of lining up along the respective baselines and tipping your cap to the opponent.

All players should wear masks while in the dugout and coaches and volunteers should wear masks and protective medical gloves at all times. 

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