Maryland District 7: TOURNAMENT AND SAFETY POLICY

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Saturday, June 22
MARYLAND DISTRICT 7 TOURNAMENT AND SAFETY POLICIES



 

 

 

MARYLAND DISTRICT 7's SAFETY MISSION STATEMENT

It is the policy of the Maryland District 7 Little League to actively participate in the ASAP Program in order to safeguard the physical and emotional well being of all children participating in our district chartered Big League Baseball and Softball programs, as well as providing a safe and friendly environment for volunteers, parents and spectators. In order to ensure that all league volunteers and parents of the Maryland District 7 Little League are fully aware of these policies, this plan and all related safety information will be distributed to all managers, coaches and umpires. Parents may obtain a copy by email. For more information on the ASAP Program, please visit the Little League Website.

 

The goal of Maryland District 7 and that of Little League Baseball International is that all participants have an enjoyable tournament experience. We will make every effort to provide a safe, enjoyable environment for all players, volunteers and spectators. We truly hope that everyone enjoys their time with us.

Unfortunately, there will be a few who do not understand that the enjoyment of children is the #1 priority. Game disruptions, abuse of tournament volunteers, unsportsmanlike behavior and “Winning is the Only Thing” attitudes plague our tournaments year after year.

In light of this, Maryland District 7 has instituted a “ZERO TOLERANCE” policy for unruly, unsportsmanlike or inappropriate behavior of ANY spectator, manager, coach, or player at ANY tournament site. Tournament Officials can and will remove any person from the game site for any behavior that causes a disruption to the game, is demeaning to anyone, or is not in the spirit of good sportsmanship. So, please remember to

·         Remember that it's a game- Keep winning in perspective

·         Remember that these are kids and volunteers, not professionals

·          Be a model of good sportsmanship

·         Thank an umpire!

                                                         

We appreciate your cooperation and welcome any suggestions that will make your stay more enjoyable.

 

Managers and Coaches- Please remember that all the rules of Little League Baseball and Softball remain in force during tournaments. Some friendly reminders

Rule 1.17-Catchers Protective Equipment-follow it

Rule 3.09- Managers or coaches must not warm up pitchers 
Only rostered players and coaches are permitted in dugout

Players/Coaches/Managers may not leave the dugout without umpire permission   

Managers are responsible for the conduct of their spectators

 

Weather Policy-During the month of July, you can expect that our tournament games will be interrupted by the weather. To keep all of our guests safe, our safety policy regarding thunderstorms will be strictly enforced. When our Lightning Detectors indicate that storm activity is in the area, or we hear thunder or see a flash of lightning, we will immediately stop all activities and direct everyone to get to SAFE SHELTER. Once you are notified that there is storm activity in the area, you will immediately have your team move to a SAFE SHELTER. You will ensure that all members of your team remain in a SAFE SHELTER until you are notified that the danger has passed. It is your responsibility to make sure that all your players and coaches comply. Tournament Officials and Park staff cannot constantly place themselves in danger by chasing children and adults from the playing fields, parking lots and other unsafe areas during a storm.  FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH OUR SAFETY POLICY WILL RESULT IN REMOVAL FROM THE TOURNAMENT SITE. A manager or coach should report their location during these events so that Tournament Officials so they can be notified when it is safe to resume activity.

·        Safe Buildings- Primary structure with earth grounds ( Plumbing, Electrical Panels) THE PAVILLION/PICNIC AREAS ARE NOT A SAFE SHELTER!

·         Safe Vehicle-A safe vehicle is a hard-topped car, SUV, minivan, bus, etc. If you seek shelter in your vehicle, make sure all doors are closed and windows rolled up. Everyone will remain under shelter for a minimum of 30 minutes after the last storm event.

Health and Safety

There is always First Aid support available from Red Cross trained personell. If anyone is in need of assistance, they should notify the nearest Tournament Official.

We are in the typical high temperature/high humidity weather patterns. Please remember that you and your players are especially prone to heat exhaustion and other heat related illness. Prevention is the key. By taking precautions and knowing the symptoms or early warning signs of heat related stress, you can better protect yourselves and your players.Prevention is the key.

Remember. if you're thirsty, you're already dehydrated. Everyone, especially players and umpires, should drink plenty of water before, during and after a game or practice. Sports drinks should be taken in moderation. Your primary source of fluids should be water.  A good formula to follow is 1 unit sports drink to 2 units of water. Take rest breaks when needed. Popsicles are also an excellent source of liquid for kids.

Recognize the symptoms of heat related illness. Some of the most common signs and symptoms of related illness are nausea, dizziness, weakness, headache, pale/cool/ moist skin, fast /weak pulse, disorientation, muscle cramps.

Heat Index Information 

Danger zone heat indexes will result in schedule changes.

Saturday's predicted index is 113 degrees or higher between

the hours of 1:00 PM  and 8:00 PM.

This is considered dangerous per the chart below.



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