Illinois Valley Little League: Safety

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Friday, March 4


The number one priority for every Volunteer in the Little League Program should be Safety. Creating a safe environment for the children and all the volunteers should be first and foremost in everything we do. Many rules and regulations that have been established by Little League Baseball Inc. cover safety of the game itself. A good Safety Plan and Common Sense is a must for all Local Leagues, Board's and Volunteers. 

Friday, March 4

LITTLE LEAGUE SAFETY PLAYING RULES & REGULATIONS: The following are Little League Rules and Regulations that are designed with the safety and well being of the players in mind. Local leagues may add additional safety rules and/or guidelines but are not permitted to alter any of the following.

NOTE: Junior, Senior and Big League Rules and Regulations differ in some applications.

1. Regulation VI Pitching Restrictions. •Pitching activity should be monitored on a regular basis by both the Player Agent and Safety Officer.

2. Rule 1.08 (NOTE) The On-deck Position Is Not Permitted. • Players are not allowed to hold a bat in their hands until the umpire calls them to bat. At that point, they are permitted to pick up their bat (from a controlled area, bat rack, and proceed to home plate to take their position in the batters box. They may take a couple of practice swings on their way to home plate. • Players are not permitted to take practice swings in between innings and/or while the pitcher is warming up.

3. Rule 1.10 & NOTE Bat Restrictions and Guidelines. • The traditional batting donut is not permissible. • Watch for metal bats without proper grip material. • Watch for metal bats that have flat spots or cracks. • Non-wood bats may develop dents from time to time. Bats that cannot pass through the approved Little League BatRing must be removed from play..

4. Rule 1.11 (e) through (k) Playing Uniform Restrictions. • Pins are not permitted on hats of players, coaches or umpires.

5. Rule 1.16 Batting Helmet Requirements and Restrictions. • Helmets must remain on until player has returned to the dugout area.

6. Rule 1.17 Athletic Supporter & Catching Gear Requirements. • All male players must wear athletic supporters. • Catchers gear must fit properly to protect the player. • The catcher (males) must wear a athletic supporter, metal, fiber or plastic type cup, long model chest protector, catchers helmet and mask with dangling throat guard, and shin guards . • The flap on long model chest protectors must never be turned up. This includes between innings. • A player warming up a pitcher must be wearing a helmet with mask and dangling throat protector as a minimum. A protective cup is optional. • Catchers or any player shagging balls for the coach during infield or outfield warm ups must have a helmet and mask on at all times.

7. Rule 1.17 (continued) Athletic Supporter & Catching Gear Requirements. • Skull caps and other type hard hats are not permitted. • Throat guards (dangling type) are required on all catcher’s helmets. • Two adults are not allowed during infield or outfield warm-ups at any time.

8. Rule 2.00 (obstruction) A Fake tag is Considered Obstruction

9. Rule 3.01 (a) & (b) Game Preliminary Requirements.

10. Rule 3.09 Player, Manager & Coach’s Conduct During Games. • Adults are not permitted to warm up pitchers or play catch at any time. There must only be one adult for infield and one for outfield warm-ups, the other person, if used, must be a player.

11. Rule 3.14 Keeping Playing Field (fair & foul territory) Clear. • Dead ball areas must be kept clean at all times. Playing equipment must be as far out of the way as possible. • Bats must be kept in a bat rack and never allowed loose in the dugout area.

12. Rule 3.17 Bench & Dugout Conduct and Restrictions. • Players in the dugout area must remain behind the protective fencing at all times, and away from the dugout openings..

13. Rule 4.05 (all) Requirements For Base Coaches. • Player coaches must wear a batting helmet at all times while coaching. • Base coaches may not wear a cast of any type. • The coaches shall not leave their respective dugouts until the pitcher has completed his/her preparatory pitches to the catcher. • Base coaches must pay attention to the ball at all times.

14. Rule 5.10 (a) & (b) Field Conditions.

15. Rule 5.10 © Incapacitated Players.

16. Rule 7.08 (a3 & a4) Sliding. • A runner must slide or attempt to get around a fielder who has the ball and is waiting to make the tag. • A runner is not permitted to head first slide while advancing.

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Friday, March 4
Safety Code For Little League


• Responsibility for safety procedures should be that of an adult member of the local league.

• Arrangements should be made in advance of all games and practices for emergency medical services.

• Managers, coaches and umpires should have some training in first-aid. First-aid kit should be available at the field.

• No games or practice should be held when weather or field conditions are not good, particularly when lighting is inadequate.

• Play area should be inspected frequently for holes, damage, glass and other foreign objects.

• Dugouts and bat racks should be positioned behind screens.

• Only players, managers, coaches, and umpires are permitted on the playing field during play and practice sessions.

• Responsibility for keeping bats and loose equipment off the field of play should be that of a regular player assigned for this purpose.

• Procedure should be established for retrieving foul balls batted out of the playing area.

• During practice and games, all players should be alert and watching the batter on each pitch.

• During warm-up drills players should be spaced so that no one is endangered by wild throws or missed catches.

• Equipment should be inspected regularly. Make sure it fits properly.

• Batters must wear approved protective helmets during practice and during games.

• Catchers must wear catcher’s helmet, mask, throat protector, long model chest protector, shin-guards and male catchers must wear a protective supporter at all times.

• Except when runner is returning to a base, head first slides are not permitted (12 years old and under).

• During sliding practice bases should not be strapped down and should be located away from the base anchoring system.

• At no time should “horse play” be permitted on the playing field.

• Parents of players who wear glasses should be encouraged to provide “safety glasses.” • Players must not wear watches, rings, pins, jewelry or other metallic items.

• Catchers must wear catcher’s helmet and mask with a throat protector in warming up pitchers. This applies between innings and in bull pen practice.

Monday, March 12
Opening Day!!
Opening Day for Little League is on March 31 at Jubilee Park. by this time all of the kids should know who their coaches are and maybe have had a practice or two in already. Bring your gloves and come out for the 2012 Opening Day!! Look for the time to be announced soon!!