West Coast League Creates Health & Safety Group

Today the West Coast League, one of North America’s premier summer collegiate baseball leagues, announced the formation of a COVID-19 Health & Safety Group, effective immediately.

Meeting weekly from this week through the end of the postseason in August, the Health & Safety Group consists of representatives from five teams based in both Washington and Oregon, plus Commissioner Rob Neyer.

The West Coast League’s Health & Safety Group will communicate weekly with all the league’s teams, reviewing their policies and sharing best practices from the league perspective.

Further, the Healthy & Safety Group will serve as a clearinghouse, not only for best practices, but also for tracking local health regulations and recording personnel vaccination rates. In the event of positive COVID-19 tests, the Health & Safety Group will help coordinate the immediate response, including contact tracing and rescheduling postponed games.

“All of our member teams,” said Commissioner Neyer, “are deeply committed to creating and maintaining safe environments for their fans and their personnel, both on the field and off. I’m honored to serve on the Health & Safety Group, and I look forward to our work this spring and summer.”

Upon the conclusion of the 2021 West Coast League playoffs in August, the Health & Safety Group’s status and mission will be reevaluated.

About the West Coast League: The West Coast League is the West’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Encompassing Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and now Alberta, the WCL showcases pro prospects from major collegiate conferences around the nation. Every summer, the league features unparalleled fan and player experiences, with North America’s best baseball weather. The 2019 MLB amateur draft began with former Corvallis Knight Adley Rutschman selected with the overall No. 1 pick by the Baltimore Orioles. Also in 2019, 317 WCL alums were active in affiliated professional baseball, including 45 in the major leagues, while overall attendance in the West Coast League increased to nearly half a million fans.