East Bridgewater Little League: Safety Code

Dedicated to injury prevention
·        The Safety Officer is responsible for safety procedures.
·        The responsibility for following these safety procedures is that of all adult members and volunteers of East Bridgewater Little League.
·        All teams are strongly urged to buy a first aid kit. First aid kits are located at snack bars.
·        No games or practices should be held when weather or field conditions are not safe.
·        Play area should be inspected frequently for holes, damage, rocks, glass and other foreign objects. The Safety Officer shall be responsible for walking the fields and declaring them safe from hazard before play may begin at the start of the season. Managers of the home and away team are responsible for walking the fields and clearing them of any potential hazards prior to the start of any scheduled game or practice.
·        Only players, coaches, managers, and umpires are permitted on the fields or dugouts during games and practices.
·        Assign a player/coach to keep bats and other equipment off the field.
·        Establish a procedure for retrieving foul balls.
·        Remind all players/coaches to be alert during practices/games.
·        Space players properly during warm-up drills to avoid injuries from wild or missed throws.
·        All pre-game warm-up drills should take place on the playing field and not in parking areas or spectator areas.
·        Inspect equipment regularly and ensure proper fit. The Equipment Manager is responsible for inspecting all equipment and replacing any unsafe or defective equipment.
·        Batters must wear Little League approved helmets during games and practices. Protective cage masks recommended for all teams.
·        Catchers must wear the following Little League approved equipment during games/practices: helmet, mask, throat protector, chest protector, and cup. Helmet/mask is to be worn when warming up pitchers.
·        Mangers should encourage all male players to wear protective cups.
·        Except when a runner is returning to a base, headfirst slides are not permitted.
·        During sliding practices, bases should not be anchored.
·        Horseplay is not permitted on the field or in dugouts.
·        Safety glasses are recommended for players who wear corrective lenses.
·        No watches, pins, bracelets, chains should be worn during games/practices.
Regulations prohibit “on-deck” batters. This means no player should be swinging a bat, even while in an enclosure, until it is his/her time at bat.