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					North Boulder Little League

Safety Plan 2009

Safety Officer: Julene Thom 303-447-3812 julenethom@comcast.net

NBLL Safety Code
2009 Safety is everyone’s responsibility!
The Board of Directors of North Boulder Little League has mandated the following safety code. All Managers and coaches need to read this Safety Code, share it with parents of the parents of their team; as well as abide by it.
   Responsibility for safety procedures belongs to all adults involved with North Boulder Little League and its players. Each player, manager, designated coach, umpire, and team safety officer shall participate in injury prevention and abide by safety measures established by Little League, International. All board members managers, coaches, and other volunteers or hired workers who provide regular service to the league and/or who have repetitive access to or contact with players or teams must annually complete the Little League Volunteer Application. The league conducts a background check on each of these individuals. This form is attached & should be submitted to NBLL President, Chris Westman (see NBLL.com for most recent contact information) before the second contact with children in the league.

FIRST AID AND REPORTING  First-aid kits and ice packs have been placed at each field in the shed or locked box.  An Incident/Injury tracking report will be filled out and submitted to the NBLL Safety Officer immediately following any injuries, incidents, or accidents including near misses. A copy of the Incident/Injury Tracking Report will be kept on file with North Boulder Little League. PLAYER INJURY PREVENTION  No games or practices will be held when weather or field conditions are poor, particularly when lighting is inadequate.  Play area will be inspected before games and practices for holes, damage, stones, glass and other foreign objects.  Team equipment should be stored within the team dugout or behind screens and not within the area defined by the Umpires as “in play.”  Only players, managers, coaches and umpires are permitted on the playing field or in the dugout during games or practice sessions.  During practice and games, all players should be alert and watching the batter on each pitch.

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During warm-up drills, players should be spaced so that no one is endangered by wild throws or missed catches. All pre-game warm-ups should be performed within the confines of the playing field and not within the areas that are frequented by spectators. Equipment must be inspected regularly for the condition of the equipment as well as for proper fit. Batters must wear league approved protective helmets. Head-first slides are not allowed. At no time should “horse-play” be permitted on the playing field. Parents of players who wear glasses should be encouraged to provide “safety glasses” for their children. On-deck batters are not permitted. Managers will only use the official Little League balls supplied by NBLL. Once a ball has become discolored, it will be discarded. All male players will wear athletic supporters or cups during games. Catchers MUST wear a cup. Managers should encourage that cups be worn at practices, too. All catchers must wear chest protectors, shin guards and catcher’s helmet with throat guard, all of which must meet league specifications and standards. Catchers must wear a catcher’s mitt. Catchers must wear full catcher’s gear with cup, whether warming up a pitcher, in practices, or games. Shoes with metal spikes or cleats are not permitted. Shoes with molded cleats are permissible. Players will not wear watches, rings, pins, jewelry or other metallic items during practices or games. (Exception: Jewelry that alerts medical personnel to a specific condition is permissible and must be taped in place.) Never hesitate to report any present or potential safety hazard to the NBLL Safety Officer immediately.

GENERAL SAFETY MEASURES  Managers will never leave an unattended child at a practice or game.  No medication will be given unless administered directly by the child’s parent. This includes aspirin and Tylenol.  No playing in parking lots at any time.  No playing on or around field maintenance equipment at any time.  No smoking within twenty feet of the dugouts and concession stand.  No swinging bats or throwing baseballs at any time within the walkways and common areas of the complex.  No throwing rocks.  No climbing fences, sheds, dugouts, etc.  No Running on bleachers.  Observe all posted signs.  Players and spectators should be alert at all times for foul balls and errant throws. TRAFFIC SAFETY

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North Boulder Park: o Do Not Allow children to retrieve foul balls from alley. o Do Not Park in posted “No Parking” Zones in alley. o Drive slowly and with caution. Iris Fields: o Do Not Allow children to retrieve errant balls from 16th Street. o Avoid dropping players off on east side of 16th Street; instead use “Loading Zone” area on west side for player drop off… this is safer for the players than crossing the street. o Drive slowly and with caution. Use crosswalks when crossing roadways. Always be alert for traffic.

WEATHER/LIGHTNING SAFETY Each year in the United States, more than four hundred people are struck by lightning. On average, about 70 people are killed and many other suffer permanent neurological disabilities. Most of these tragedies can be avoided if proper precautions are taken. When thunderstorms threaten, coaches and sports officials must not let the desire to start or complete an athletic activity hinder their judgment when the safety of participants and spectators is in jeopardy.

It is important for coaches and officials to know some basic facts about lightning and its dangers:
All thunderstorms produce lightning and are dangerous. In an average year, lightning kills more people in the U.S. than either tornadoes or hurricanes. Lightning often strikes outside the area of heavy rain and may strike as far as 10 miles from any rainfall. Many deaths from lightning occur ahead of storms because people wait too long before seeking shelter, or after storms because people return outside too soon. If you hear thunder, you are in danger. Anytime thunder is heard, the thunderstorm is close enough to pose an immediate lightning threat to your location. Lightning leaves many victims with permanent disabilities. While only a small percentage of lightning strike victims die, many survivors must learn to live with very serious, life-long disabilities.

*NEW: NBLL Lightening Policy: Lightning Detectors have been provided for North Boulder Park, Iris, and Centennial baseball fields and are to be used during games when weather is threatening. Games should be delayed when the devices register lightning in the 8-20 mile range. We will have a 20 minute game delay whenever the detector flashes in that range or there is less than 30 seconds between an observed lightning flash and thunder, whichever occurs first. Home team managers will be responsible for appointing a lightning monitor for each

game, and making sure the detector is stored in the nearest storage container/shed after the game.

**IF LIGHTNING DANGER IS DETECTED:
 All players to safety immediately! The dugout is NOT SAFE! Substantial buildings provide the best protection. Once inside, stay off corded phones, and stay away from any wiring or plumbing. Avoid sheds, small or open shelters, dugouts, bleachers, or grandstands. If a sturdy building is not nearby, a hard-topped metal vehicle with the windows closed will offer good protection, but avoid touching any metal. Avoid open areas. Stay away from trees, towers, and utility poles. Lightning tends to strike the taller objects. Stay away from metal bleachers, backstops and fences. Lightning can travel long distances through metal. Do not resume activities until 20 minutes after the last thunder was heard.

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If you feel your hair stand on end (indicating lightning is about to strike):
 Crouch down on the balls of your feet, put your hands over your ears, and bend your head down. Make yourself as small a target as possible and minimize your contact with the ground. Do not lie flat on the ground.

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What to do if someone is struck by lightning:
   Lightning victims do not carry an electrical charge, are safe to handle, and need immediate medical attention. Call for help. Have someone call 9-1-1 or your local ambulance service. Medical attention is needed as quickly as possible. Give first aid. Cardiac arrest is the immediate cause of death in lightning fatalities. However, some deaths can be prevented if the victim receives the proper first aid immediately. Check the victim to see that they are breathing and have a pulse and continue to monitor the victim until help arrives. Begin CPR if necessary. If possible, move the victim to a safer place. An active thunderstorm is still dangerous. Don’t let the rescuers become victims. Lightning CAN strike the same place twice.

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Checklist for Managers, Coaches, and Umpires
A. Safe Playing Areas Regular safety inspections of all fields, (practice and game), structures, and dugouts, is the best way to eliminate conditions that cause accidents. Managers, coaches, and umpires should routinely check playing area for: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Holes, damage, rough or uneven spots, slippery areas, and long grass. Glass, rocks, foreign objects. Damage to screens or fences, including holes, sharp edges, or loose edges. Unsafe conditions around backstop, pitcher’s mound, or warning track. Proper attire by the catcher at all times, including in the bull pens and in between innings.

B. Safe Equipment All equipment shall be inspected before each use. Regular safety inspection of equipment is essential. Managers, coaches, and umpires should: 1. 2. Be sure all equipment is LL approved. Inspect all bats, helmets, and other equipment on a regular basis. Dispose of unsafe equipment properly. Keep lose equipment stored properly. Have all players remove all personal jewelry. Parents should be encouraged to provide safety glasses for players who wear glasses. Repair or replace defective equipment.

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C. Safe Procedures Managers and coaches must: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Have all players’ medical release forms with you at every practice and game. Have a first aid kit with you at all practices and games. Have access to a telephone in case of emergencies. Know where the closest emergency shelter is in case of severe weather. Ensure warm-up procedures have been completed by all players Insist that Catchers must be wearing a cup. Stress the importance of paying attention, no “horse playing allowed.”

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Instruct the players on proper fundamentals of the game to ensure safe participation. Each practice should have at least 2 coaches in case of an emergency.


				
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