This is the safety program for the 2014 spring and summer season. I would like to get as many people involved this year as possible.
Safety should be our number one concern and we need to focus on some key areas including, but not limited to the following.
As we all know the fields are very different depending on the age level in which you use. However the majority of fields are in very good condition. But it is up to the coaches and umpires to check for safety hazards prior to the start of each game. If there are any safety issues with the field the problem should be noted and reported to a league official.
Also no game or practice should start if the field is not safe to play on for the following reasons.
Just after or during heavy rain
Forecast of lightning
Dangerous conditions with field or equipment
Practice routines should be geared towards the level of play best suited to the age of the players. Again the coach should be aware of field conditions prior to practice.
Rules vary from level to level and shall be followed accordingly.
All managers should understand the importance of stopping play during inclement and dangerous weather.
All spectators shall stay clear of playing field, dugouts, back stops and practice areas. They also should be aware of foul balls and errant throws.
The league has a code of conduct which shall be followed by all parents and spectators.
Equipment should be inventoried and inspected prior to opening day. Also it is up to the managers & coaches to check before and after each game for damage that may reduce safety effectiveness. Equipment bags should be kept clean. If any of the equipment is damaged it should be reported to a league official and replaced before the next game or practice. First aid kits are part of our equipment and should be readily available and fully stocked if an item is used during a game it should be reported to a league official so the item can be replaced.
I am also strongly recommending the use of face guards on batting helmets for the Pee-Wee Division
The use of protective cups for all divisions
Concessions: (snack bar)
Proper food handling practices should be exercised by all volunteers working at the snack bar.
Volunteers must wear latex gloves when preparing hotdogs, pretzels and pizza.
Equipment, utensils and food contact surfaces must be washed, rinsed and sanitized using disinfecting wipes or using spray and paper towels.
Refrigerate or freeze perishables, prepared food and leftovers within 2 hours. Do not leave them sitting out at room temperature.
Wash cutting boards or plates with hot soapy water after food preparation, especially after preparing hotdogs.
Never place food on the same plate or cutting board that previously held raw hotdogs unless the cutting board has been thoroughly washed.
Store raw hotdogs tightly wrapped on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator. This prevents the raw juices from dripping on other food.
Use paper towels to dry washed hands after handling raw foods.
All managers and coaches will be required to attend a first aid clinic to insure that the proper methods are followed. First aid kits are to be kept with the team’s equipment and inventoried before & after every game. Any injury requiring more than just first aid at the field should be reported to a League official.
A concussion is a brain injury in which the brain is "concussed" inside of the skull from either a direct impact (i.e., hit by a ball) or a whiplash-type motion in which the brain is concussed through the accelerated motion of the head when the head is snapped forwards and/or backwards.
Historically, concussions have been under-reported because there may not be any outwards signs or symptoms of a concussion. The athlete may continue to compete without anyone realizing that he/she is injured.
What are the classifications of concussions?
Historically, concussions were graded based on the amount of time that an athlete was unconscious. It is now widely recognized that "loss of consciousness" is not a good predictor of the severity of a concussion.
Determining the classification of a concussion has shifted from using loss of consciousness as the primary criterion to the length of time that signs and symptoms of a concussion are experienced by the athlete. The key to classifying concussions is to note the number of symptoms that an athlete experiences along with the length of time that the
athlete experiences the symptoms on a concussion symptom checklist.
Symptoms can be listed on the left side of the page with the dates across the top. All the symptoms that are experienced by an athlete should be checked off on a daily basis. This concussion symptom checklist can be given to the sports medicine professional to track an athlete's recovery and progress.
The signs and symptoms of concussion include somatic (headache), cognitive (fogginess), emotional (moodiness), physical (nausea/vomiting), and behavioral (irritability). The following are a list of possible signs and symptoms that an athlete may experience with a concussion:
Delayed verbal/motor response
Slurred or incoherent speech
Ringing in the ears
Inability to remember recent or past events
Loss of consciousness
* Photophobia (sensitivity to light)
* Sensitivity to loud noises
An athlete experiencing any of the above symptoms needs to be immediately pulled from a game or practice and further evaluated by a sports medicine professional. A player needs to have a letter from their doctor stating that the player has been cleared to play again.
Comments or Concerns:
Please forward any questions regarding this safety program to.
Nancy Kelly Safety Coordinator Milton National Little League Email: