: Safety

THE 10 MOST FREQUENTLY MISSED RULES IN LITTLE LEAGUE
Managers, Coaches, Players and Parents:

Let's all work together to prevent unnecessary injuries by adhering closely to following, frequently overlooked, Little league Baseball rules:

1. Catchers must wear a catcher's helmet while assisting a coach with batting practice.

2. Every catcher's mask must have a dangling throat protector, including "hockey style" helmets.

3. Batting rings (i.e., doughnuts) are never permitted at any level.

4. Only one player may touch a bat at one time! There is NEVER an on deck batter permitted, nor should a player be "holding" a bat in the dugout. (Exception: when a helmeted player goes out to retrieve a dropped bat between batters.)

5. Coaches may NEVER warm up a pitcher at any time, including PRACTICE. Only a properly helmeted catcher may warm up a pitcher.

6. Teams MUST NOT have meetings on the dirt in front of the dugout AT ANY TIME, including PRACTICE.

7. A pitcher may not wear a "long sleeve white undershirt", "multi-colored glove", or "batting glove" while pitching.

8. Player MAY NOT leave the dugout during a game without permission from an umpire.

9. Parents, brothers, sisters, relatives...are NEVER permitted in the dugout at any time.

10. Metal cleats, chains, nose rings, religious medals, watches and other jewelry MUST not be worn during practice or games. (Exception: a properly secured medical alert tag.)

Let's all work together to make TLL a rewarding and SAFE experience for the kids!




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PLAYING IT SAFE ON THE FIELD
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Baseball is one of our country’s most popular recreational sports with more than 40 million Americans participating in softball and baseball leagues.

Where are most of the injuries occurring in baseball? Here are some areas that coaches, parents and kids need to know about.

EXCESSIVE PITCHING:

Many injuries occur from excessive pitching, and can be prevented if players and coaches follow these safety guidelines.

To decrease shoulder and elbow problems from excessive pitching:


Follow the guidelines about the number of innings pitched as specified by the individual’s baseball league (a maximum of four to 10 innings a week) not by the number of teams played on.

While there is no concrete guideline for the number of pitches allowed, a reasonable approach is to count the number of pitches thrown and use 80 to 100 pitches as a maximum in a game, and 30 to 40 pitches in a practice.

Any persistent pain should disqualify a child from playing until pain subsides.

BREAKAWAY BASES:

Many injuries to players occur while sliding into bases, these mishaps and their resulting costs ($2 billion in medical costs) could be significantly lowered by installing breakaway bases on playing fields.

To prevent sliding injuries, the American of Orthopaedic Surgeons urges all communities to install breakaway bases in their playing fields. A breakaway base is snapped onto grommets attached to an anchored rubber mat which hold it in place during normal play. When a runner slides into the base, it can be dislodged to avoid direct contact and injury. (During normal base running, the breakaway base is stable and will not detach.)

A traditional stationary base, bolted to a metal post and sunk into the ground, becomes a rigid obstacle for an athlete to encounter while sliding and often results in injury.


PROTECTIVE GEAR

Protective equipment is one of the most important factors in minimizing the risk of injury in baseball. Here are some safety tips to prevent injuries:


Remember your equipment must fit properly and be worn correctly.

Wear a batting helmet at the plate, when waiting a turn at bat, and when running bases.

Facial protection devices that are attached to batting helmets are available in some youth leagues. These devices can help reduce the risk of a serious facial injury if hit by a ball.

The catcher must always use a catcher's mitt. If you play another position, ask your coach about specific size requirements for your mitt.

Catchers should always wear a helmet, face mask, throat guard, long-model chest protector, protective supporter, and shin guards.

Little League prohibits the use of shoes with steel spikes. Instead, wear molded, cleated baseball shoes.



Inspect the playing field for holes, glass, and other debris.

-Bill Tavares