Bryan Harvey Little League: Safety

Introduction & Policy Statement
Beginning in the spring of 1999, the Bryan Harvey Little League adopted the Little League Inc. Safety Awareness Program. In 1995, ASAP (A Safety Awareness Program) was introduced with the goal of re-emphasizing the position of A Safety Officer “to create awareness, through education and information, of the opportunities to provide a safer environment for the kids and all participants of Little League Baseball”. This manual is offered as a tool to place some of the more important information at easy access.

Harvey Little League Code of Conduct
  • Speed limit 10 mph in roadways and parking lots. Watch for small children around parked vehicles.
  • No alcohol allowed in any parking lot, field, or common areas within the Harvey Little League Complex.
  • No playing in parking lots at any time.
  • No profanity, please.
  • No swinging bats or throwing balls (baseballs or softballs) at anytime within the walkways and common areas of the complex.
  • No throwing rocks.
  • No climbing fences.
  • All pets at the Harvey Little League games or practices must be on a leash.
  • Observe all posted signs. Players and spectators should be alert at all times for foulballs and errant throws.
  • After each game, each team must clean up trash in the dugout.
  • All gates must remain closed after the start of a game.
  • No children under the age of 16 are permitted in the Concession Stand.

Failure to Comply with the Code Of Conduct may result in the expulsion from the Bryan Harvey Little League fields or complex.


Safety Code
  • Responsibility for safety procedures shall be that of the Safety Officer or any other adult appointed by the league president.
  • Managers, Coaches and Umpires will have first-aid training.
  • Each team Manager should have a first-aid kit and phone at each practice/game. (A first aid kit will be located in the Concession Stand).
  • No game or practices should be held when weather or field conditions are not favorable, particularly when lighting is inadequate.
  • Practices and game fields should be inspected frequently for holes, damage, stones, glass or any other foreign objects. (Problems with game field should be reported to the league office.)
  • All team equipment shall be stored within the team dugout.
  • Equipment should be inspected regularly for proper condition and proper fit.
  • Catcher, must wear catcher’s helmet, mask, throat guard, long model chest protection, shin guards and protective cup with athletic supporter at all times (males) for all practices and games. No Exceptions; Managers should encourage all male players to wear protective cups and supporters for all practices and games.
  • Catchers must wear catcher’s helmet and mask with a throat guard in warming up pitchers. This applies between innings and in the bullpen during a game and also during practices.
  • Managers and Coaches may not warm up a pitcher before or during a game.
  • Only players, managers, coaches, and umpires are permitted on the playing field or in the dugout during games and warm-up sessions.
  • 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 a wild throw or missed catch.
  • All pre-game warm-ups shall be preformed in the confines of the playing field.
  • Batters shall wear approved protective helmets during batting practices and in games.
  • On deck batters are not permitted (except in Junior Division).
  • During sliding practice, bases should not be strapped down or anchored.
  • Except when a runner is returning to a base, headfirst slides are not permitted.
  • At no time shall “horse-play” be permitted on the playing field.
  • Parents of players who wear glasses should be encouraged to provide safety glasses.
  • Players shall not wear watches, rings, pins or metallic items during games and practices.
  • If possible players should not be left in the company of just one adult, there shall always be at least 2 players or adults.
  • Managers and Coaches shall trained in proper mechanics and Little League philosophy. (hitting, sliding, and fielding)
  • Concession Manager shall be trained in proper food handling.
  • All volunteers, managers, and coaches will be required to complete a criminal history record information sheet.


Important Do's & Don'ts to Remember

Do…
  • Reassure and aid children, who are injured, frightened, or lost.
  • Know your limitations.
  • Carry your first-aid kit to all games and practices.
  • Provide, or assist those who require medical attention - and remember when administering aid.

    1. Look for signs of injury (Blood, Redness, Deformity of joints, etc.)
    2. Listen to the injured describe what happened and what hurts, if conscious. Before questioning, you might have to calm down an excited child.
    3. Feel gently and carefully around the injured area for signs of swelling.

  • Have your players Medical Clearance Forms with you at all games and practices.
  • Make arrangements to have a phone available at all games and practices.
  • Wear gloves when handling any bodily fluids.
  • Complete accident report.

Don’t….

  • Administer any medication.
  • Provide any food or beverages (other then water).
  • Hesitate in giving aid when needed.
  • Be afraid to ask for help if you’re not sure of the proper procedures.
  • Leave an unattended child at a practice or game.
  • Hesitate to report any present or potential safety hazard to the Safety Officer.


Equipment Shed Safety
  • The equipment shed should be kept closed at all times.
  • Only adults should enter the shed to remove equipment.
  • All equipment should be stored in its proper place.
  • Broken equipment should be marked as such and reported to the league office.




Accident Reporting
  • Report all accidents to the Safety Officer.
  • Complete accident form.
  • If an accident form is not available then; write down the Where, When, What, Why, and How.
  • If hospitalization is required call a Safety Officer within 24 hours, so the proper insurance forms can be completed.
    Safety Coordinators: Grady Slaydon (979) 776-8821 and Allen Ray (979) 774-0557



Please Note
It is important that we all remember our purpose and goals for participating in Little League. Each child playing will make mistakes as well as each coach. It’s our duty to help teach each child that mistakes happen and we learn from those mistakes. This in turn helps us to become better players and better people in the future.

Expectations

Of Players…
  • To be on time to all games and practices.
  • To always do their best.
  • Be supportive of all members of the team.
  • To pay attention during practice and games.
  • Have fun.

Of Parents…
  • To come out enjoy games and practice.
  • Support all the players on the team, they will all make mistakes.
  • Not to holler at the coaches, players, or umpires. We teach by example.
  • To treat everyone as you would like him or her to treat you.
  • Allow the coaches and managers to handle the business of the game.

Of Coaches…
  • To be early to all games and practices.
  • To coach and encourage to the best of your ability.
  • To be as fair as possible to all the players.
  • To be open to suggestions, ideas and help.
  • To teach the importance of teamwork.
  • To not holler at the players or umpires, but to talk to them in a respectful manner.

This safety manual was developed to help you, the coaches, and managers. If you feel at any time that a rule or code needs to be changed for the improvement of the league, please notify the Safety Officer in writing so the change can be considered. This league is for the kids to enjoy and share. If we all work together we can make Harvey Little League an enjoyable place for years to come.


Inclement Weather
  • No Games or Practices shall be held in inclement weather.
  • A lightning detector will be used to monitor lightening.
  • A Board Member will monitor the lightning detector when lightening is in an 8-20 mile range.
  • All games will be suspended if lightning is detected within a 3-8 mile range.
  • Coaches, Managers and Umpires shall move the players and spectators to shelter in an orderly fashion.
  • Games and Practices shall not continue until 20 min after the last sign of lightning.
  • The Board Member(s) on duty will determine if games are cancelled. All reasonable efforts will be made to continue play.