Sidewinder Little League: Safety

The Sidewinder Little League organization will provide a safe and positive environment for our young athletes to develop fundamentals in baseball, teamwork and sportsmanship while creating a lifetime of memories.

Mandatory Player Equipment - Games and Practices


Batting Helmets - Must be worn whenever a player is at bat, waiting to bat or running bases


Catchers – Must wear a helmet, facemask, throat guard, full-length chest protector, athletic supporter with a protective cup, shin guards and a catcher's mitt whenever they are catching pitches, whether it is during warm-ups, in the bull pen or in the game.


Keep Pitch CountRemember excessive pitching, particularly for adolescent arms that are still growing, puts an enormous amount of strain on joints and tendons.  Injuries to wrists, elbows, rotator cuffs, ligaments and tendons can result from excessive pitching, but can be largely avoided by following Little League's pitching rules.


Reminder:  Managers or coaches must not warm up a pitcher at home plate or in the bull pen or elsewhere at any time (Little League Rule 3.09).  This includes standing at the backstop during practice as an informal catcher for batting practice.

Accident Procedure

• Administer First Aid to the level of your training. Call 911 if necessary.

• Reassure the injured party and spectators.

• Contact the injured party's parent or guardian. If unavailable, contact the emergency contact listed on the registration form.

• Talk to your team about the situation. Often players are upset and worried when a teammate is injured. They need to feel safe and understand why the injury occurred.


Each manager is provided a First Aid Kit. Any safety concerns or replenishment of supplies should be addressed to Sidewinder Little League's Safety Officer, via email at or

Emergency: 911

Poison Control: 800-222-1222

Peoria Police Department: 623-773-7096


An accident that causes any player, manager, coach, umpire or volunteer to receive medical treatment and/or first aid must be reported to Sidewinder Little League's Safety Officer within 48 hours of the accident. This includes passive treatments such as the evaluation and diagnosis of the extent of the injury or periods of rest.


All such accidents described above must be reported to Sidewinder Little League's Safety Officer within 48 hours of the accident.

***A Little League Baseball and Softball Accident Notification Form must be completed by parents and a league official and forwarded to the Little League Headquarters within 20 days of the accident (instructions on form). See below or the Forms & Documents page.