West Norriton Little League: Safety
The 2013 season marks the 15th year of West Norriton Little League's formal safety program. This program was primarily guided by safety awareness information developed by Little League, Inc.
The purpose of the Safety Manual is to inform managers, coaches and volunteers about league safety procedures and safety training. With proper training, WNLL hopes to prevent injuries from occurring in the first place. With all of us working together, our players will be safer. Please e-mail any questions to WNLL's Safety Officer, Rick McAuliffe. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.
2) Incident Report Form
In the unfortunate event that there is an accident, please use the Incident Report Form to document it and e-mail the completed form along with any questions or suggestions for preventing future accidents to WNLL's Safety Officer, Rick McAuliffe.
3) ASAP (A Safety Awareness Program) Newsletter
Long the pacesetter in youth sports safety, Little League has again taken the lead with the development of ASAP (A Safety Awareness Program). With the help of corporate sponsors Musco Lighting and AIG Insurance Companies, ASAP has created a network of more than 5600 safety officers working together for safety.
ASAP is a grass roots program based on communication of ideas. Leagues across the country contribute their safety ideas to ASAP News, a colorful, monthly newsletter (To see the latest issue and also go back to all previous issues: Download it here.). Safety officers can then find out what their peers are doing to make things "safer for the kids".
Introduced in 1994, ASAP has already increased Little League's overall safety awareness and reduced insurance costs for participating leagues. This summer, the annual ASAP Awards will recognize the leagues with the best safety programs.
For more ASAP information, call the ASAP Hotline at 800-811-7443 or E-Mail your request. Be sure to include your name and postal address in addition to your e-mail address. You can also access the League Safety Officer Program Kit right on the Little League Web Site!
4) Little League issues “White Paper” on injuries
For more than a half-century, Little League International has maintained extensive records on injuries in Little League games and practices. These records have been used over the years to monitor trends and, when necessary, to effect positive changes in the Rules and Regulations.
In many cases, these changes have eventually been adopted in other youth baseball and softball programs, as well as professional baseball. It is just one of the many aspects of Little League that sets us apart from all other youth baseball and softball programs.
For the first time, Little League International has produced a comprehensive report on the history of Little League's efforts and accomplishments regarding the wellbeing of its participants and volunteers. This white paper entitled "Hits and Runs, Bumps and Bruises: Health, Safety and Injury Prevention are the Keystone of Little League" provides an extensive review of advancements in these areas.
Please review this important document, produced by the Little League International Communications Division. The white paper can be found at the Little League International web site by clicking on the link to the PDF above.
5) Little League International and Lightning
You may have heard about the tragic accident during a weather-related delay in a Spotsylvania County (Va.) Little League game. One child died as a result of a lightning strike, and another was injured.
We at Little League International extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Little Leaguer Chelal Matos. Our thoughts and prayers also are with the child who was injured, and with his family.
As you know, Little League International has provided extensive information to its member leagues on lightning safety, in conjunction with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. We are taking this opportunity to remind all parents and volunteers to review the information linked below.
ASAP Newsletter - "Weather: It's An Emergency!"
ASAP Sign - "If You See It, Flee It"
6) Facts About Non-Wood Bats
The following information is provided by Little League International regarding the use of non-wood bats in Little League Baseball.
In short, these documents show that non-wood bats are as safe as wood bats, and that Little League International continues to place safety ahead of all other concerns. We invite anyone to review these documented facts in order to reach an informed conclusion.
Here are synopses of the documents that were attached:
Summary of Facts on Non-Wood Bats
This states Little League’s position on non-wood bats and cites the reasons for it.
New Jersey Survey Overview
This contains detailed results of an on-line survey provided to Little League constituents in New Jersey, alerting them to the non-wood bat issue, and asking them to complete an on-line survey. This e-mail was sent to more than 21,000 people. By clicking on the link in the message, the user was taken to a web page that contained the survey.
USA Baseball Youth Committee Statement
This is a message to all Little League constituents worldwide, regarding a statement from USA Baseball regarding non-wood bats. USA Baseball is the governing body for amateur baseball in the U.S. (Note: A minor error was included in the original message, based on information provided by USA Baseball. It is corrected in the document attached.)
This chart shows reported injuries in recent years to Little League pitchers struck by batted balls.