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									NORTHWOOD LITTLE LEAGUE SAFETY MANUAL
                                                                 2010 Season




                    League #405-55-08
                        Irvine, CA
        Website: www.nwllbaseball.com




                               Mission
Our goal is to provide a safe environment, both on and off the field,
  for the players and participants of Northwood Little League
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                                                                                                 TABLE OF CONTENTS


Introduction to 2010 Season......................................................................................... 3

Northwood Little League Code of Conduct ................................................................. 4

Safety Code for Little League ....................................................................................... 5

Contact Information
     Local Emergency Services ................................................................................ 7
     Little League Board of Directors ....................................................................... 8
     District 55 Staff ................................................................................................... 8

Field/Equipment Safety
       Field Locations ................................................................................................... 9
       Field Conditions .................................................................................................. 9
       Equipment ........................................................................................................... 9

Safety/Accident Reporting
      Safety Officer’s Responsibilities ..................................................................... 10
      Accident Reporting ........................................................................................... 10
      Little League Insurance .................................................................................... 10
      Safety Officer Reporting Duties ....................................................................... 11
      Volunteer Selection .......................................................................................... 11
      Safety and other Training................................................................................. 11
      Team Safety Representative ............................................................................ 12
      Lightning Safety ................................................................................................ 12
      Safety to and from the field .............................................................................. 12
      Bicycle Safety ................................................................................................... 12
      Child Protection ................................................................................................ 13
      Reporting Child Abuse ..................................................................................... 13

Concession Safety Training ....................................................................................... 14

APPENDIX – Forms ..................................................................................................... 15




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                                                  INTRODUCTION TO 2010 SEASON

Dear Volunteers of Northwood Little League,

Northwood Little League’s Board of Directors work closely with National Little League to
create a safe environment for its volunteers and participants. The following are reminders of
some of the important safety precautions that we have implemented.

   All volunteers must complete and submit a Volunteer application along with a
    copy of their driver’s license. Background checks will be conducted on all
    Managers, Coaches and Volunteers

   Volunteer Code of Conduct Forms to be signed by all Managers and coaches

   Sport Parent Code of Conduct to be signed by ALL parents, both parents must
    sign if possible.

   Safety Meeting acknowledgement form to be signed by all parents

   No managers or coaches are allowed to catch for pitchers during practice or
    games.

   No on-deck warm-up swings allowed in Little League

   All Little Leaguers must wear a protective supporter and catchers must wear full
    gear at all times

   Emergency numbers should be kept readily available (know health conditions of
    your players) Please call the 1-949-724-MUDD for Field Conditions. If fields are
    closed do not use the field.

   Keep the first aid kit fully supplied. For more ice packs or other first aid items
    please contact me at nwllsafety@gmail.com.

   Last names only on back of Jerseys and First names only on Banners (no #’s)

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers who contribute their time,
skills and resources to create a safe and healthy environment for the children of Northwood
Little League.

Think Safety,
Hogan Song
Safety Officer, Northwood Little League

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                                                                          SAFETY CODES

                   Northwood Little League Code of Conduct
Managers/Coaches cannot leave the field until every boy and girl is picked up.

Managers/Coaches cannot drive players to and from practices or games.

Managers/Coaches, volunteers, players, and parents will interact with umpires in
an appropriate manner and may be suspended for arguing with umpires by the field
umpire or the division commissioner.

Managers/Coaches who are suspended as a result of inappropriate behavior will not
be asked to manage or coach the following season or year.

The NWLL Board may in its sole discretion suspend or remove a
manager/coach/volunteer for any conduct it deems detrimental to the safety or health of
the players or for any other conduct that it deems inappropriate for a NWLL volunteer.

No alcohol allowed at or near a Northwood Little League field or event.

No tobacco use at practice or games, by managers and participants. The use of tobacco
products, including smokeless tobacco, on Irvine School District property is prohibited.

Players must clean up the Dugout area after every practice and game.

Do not let players go to the restroom alone. Buddy system to be used at all times.

Speed limit 5 mph in roadways and parking lots while attending any Northwood Little
League function. Watch for small children around parked cars. All fields will be free of
pesticide sprays.

There is only one official website for Northwood Little League and it shall not contain
any personal information on players or members.


All Managers and Coaches must sign a Volunteer Code of Conduct form prior to the
season. All parents/guardians must sign a Sport Parent Code of Conduct prior to the
season (Both parents must sign if possible).

Coaches and Managers should follow the Sports League Ethics Code that relates to the rules
of conduct and standards of leadership for coaches. The 6 principles of the program are:

          Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, Citizenship

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                                                                      SAFETY CODES

                              Safety Code for Little League

   Responsibility for procedures should be that of an adult member of the local league.
   Arrangements should be made in advance of all games and practices for emergency
    medical services.
   Managers, coaches and umpires should have some training in first aid. First Aid Kits
    should be available at the field.
   No games or practices should take place when weather or field conditions are not
    good, particularly when lighting is inadequate.
   Play area should be inspected frequently for holes,
    damage, stones, glass and other foreign objects.
   Dugouts and bat racks should be positioned behind
    screens.
   Only players, managers, coaches and umpires are
    permitted on the playing field during play and practice
    sessions.
   Responsibility for keeping bats and loose equipment off
    the field of play should be that of a player assigned for
    this purpose.
   Procedure should be established for retrieving foul balls
    batted out of the playing area.
   During practice and games, all players should be alert
    and watching the batter on each pitch.
   During warm-up drills, players should be spaced so that
    no one is endangered by wild throws or missed catches.
   Equipment should be inspected regularly. Make sure it fits properly.
   All Little Leaguers must wear a protective supporter. Batters must wear approved
    protective helmets during batting practice, as well as during games. NWLL encourages
    the use of face guards on batting helmets.




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 Catcher must wear catcher’s helmet, mask, throat protector, long model chest protector,
  shin guards and a protective supporter at all times.
 Except when runner is returning to a base, head first slides must be avoided- automatic
  out.
 During slide practice, bases should not be strapped down and should be located away
  from the base anchoring system.
 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‖.
 Players should not wear watches, rings, pins or other metallic items.
 Catchers must wear catcher’s helmet and mask with a throat protector in warming-
  up pitchers. This applies between innings and in the bull-pen.
 Managers and Coaches are not allowed to catch pitchers, during practice or games.




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                                                       CONTACT INFORMATION

                         Local Emergency Services
Irvine Police or Fire – Emergency               911
Irvine Police – Non-emergency                   949-724-7000
Irvine Fire Dept. - Non-emergency dispatch 714-573-6500
Kaiser Permanente Orange County-
Irvine Medical Center                           (949) 932-5000
6640 Alton Pkwy., Irvine, CA 92618
Saddleback Memorial Medical Center              (949) 837-4500
24451 Health Center Drive, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Irvine Walk-In                                  949-552-4584
14150 Culver, suite #200 –at Scottsdale Dr. between Walnut & 5 Fwy;
Open 8 am to 9 pm M-F; 9 am to 9 pm weekends
Woodbridge Walk-In                              949-857-1248
4870 Barranca, suite #110 - at Creek; open 8 am to 8 pm – 7 days/wk




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             Northwood LL Board of Directors 2010
President                                    Ed Hernandez - cell (949) 400-4446
Vice President                               Michael Madden
Secretary                                    Bill Wraith
Treasurer                                    Paul Nelson
Safety                                       Hogan Song – cell 714-317-9590
Equipment Manager                            Shaun McCarthy, Jay Kotin, and Jeff Baker
Chief Umpire                                 Scott Campbell
Marketing & Publicity                        Bob Baker
Player Agent                                 Mike Mell
Junior Player Agent                          Pat Guinet
Major Player Agent                           Pat Guinet
AAA Player Agent                             Doug Luebbe
AA Player Agent                              Mike Langdon
A Player Agent                               Jim Silva
Rookie Agent                                 Jason Zenk
T-ball/Ice Cream League Player Agent         Ray McMannis
Challengers                                  Dave Miller
Team Mom Coordinator                         Rochelle Landry
Chief Scorekeeper                            Jim Black
Special Events                               Jeff Berkel
Community Liason/Fields                      Michael Madden
Winter ball                                  Jim Silva
Registration                                 Paul Nelson
Website                                      Don Edstrom
Fundraising/Sponsorship Coordinator          Stefanie Tran
Concession Stand Coordinator                 Laurie McCarty
Player Development Coordinators              Scott Vejsicky (Ice Cream to “A”) and Mike Langdon (“AA” to
                                             Juniors)


Northwood Little League: 714.734.3308 or nwllinfo@gmail.com

                                            District 55 Staff
See Website for Contact Information: www.district 55.org




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                                                          FIELD/EQUIPMENT SAFETY

               Field Locations                  Coaches, Managers, Safety Representatives
                                                and Umpires must check the field prior to a
All fields are located in the City of Irvine.   practice or game for safety conditions.
NWLL recommends that the manager and
coaches carry a cellular phone to each          Good lighting is imperative. Know when to
practice and game for emergency                 suspend a game for poor lighting.
purposes.
                                                Managers will be provided with a checklist of
                                                items to check prior to practice or games.


                                                    Field Conditions: 1-949-724-MUDD


                                                                 Equipment

                                                   Equipment manager’s responsibilities
                                                    include:
                                                        o Complete check of equipment prior
                                                            to and during the season
                                                        o Only Little League approved
                                                            equipment will be allowed.
                                                   Metal cleats are allowed in practice or
                                                    games for Big League, Junior and Senior
                                                    levels ONLY.
                                                   All players, at all levels, must wear
                                                    protective supporters.
2. Heritage Park (City) 3. Brywood                 A supply of extra throat ties must be kept
(School) 7. Westwood Basics (School)                in the equipment bags.
9. Santiago Hills (School) 10.                     Managers are responsible for reporting
Meadowood Park (City) 11. Hicks                     unsafe equipment to the Equipment
Canyon (City) Not on map: Woodbury                  Manager.
Park and Elementary School; Windrow
                                                   Dispose of unsafe equipment properly.
Athletic Park – E. Yale Loop & Barranca;
                                                   Umpire must inspect equipment prior to
Alton – Culver & Alton
                                                    each game.
                                                   Disengage-able bases must be used at all
             Field Conditions
                                                    fields
The Little League Facility Survey and
NWLL Field Inspection Checklist will be
completed for each field location prior to                                                      9
season and each month during season.
Any needed improvements will be noted
and discussed with the President.
                                                     SAFETY/ACCIDENT REPORTING

Safety Officer’s responsibilities include:         The Safety Officer for 2010 is Hogan
                                                   Song. Contact info is as follows:
   Develop and implement the league’s
    safety program                                          Evenings: (714) 544-4447
   Provide a copy of the Safety Plan to all                   Cell: (714) 317-9590
    volunteers and maintain a copy in the                  Email: nwllsafety@gmail.com
    Snack Bar                                             Web Site: www.nwllbaseball.com
   Spot-checks at practices to monitor
    safety procedures and first-aid kits           How to make the report – reporting
   Ensure first aid supplies are made             incidents can come in a variety of forms.
    available to all Managers and Coaches          Most typically, they are telephone
   Advise and follow-up on the control of         conversations. At a minimum, the
    unsafe conditions                              following information must be provided:
   Follow-up on procedures and methods
    of instruction that will help control the             The name and phone number of the
    human elements that may cause                          person involved
    accidents                                             The date, time and location of the
   Handle insurance claims for the League                 incident
   File incident/injury reports to the District          As detailed a description of the
    Safety Officer                                         incident as possible
   Receive a copy of the ASAP newsletter                 The preliminary estimation of the
                                                           extent of any injuries
   Report any safety issues to the
    President immediately                                 The name and phone number of the
                                                           person reporting the accident
   Secure funds for safety improvements
   Post Incident/Injury Tracking Report
                                                   Incident/Injury Tracking Report forms can
    form and Safety articles on website
                                                   be found on the league web site. Each
   Register with Little League International      Manager will have 5 forms prior to season
                                                   start date.
            Accident Reporting
                                                             Little League Insurance
What to report – An incident that causes
any player, manager, coach, umpire, or             The AIG Little League Insurance program
volunteer to receive medical treatment             is designed to afford protection to all
and/or first aid must be reported to the           participants of the league. It can be used
Safety Officer. This includes even                 to supplement other insurance carried
passive treatments such as the evaluation          under a family policy or insurance provided
and diagnosis of the extent of the injury or       by a parent’s employer. If there is no other
periods of rest. Failure to report may result      coverage, the AIG insurance takes over
in disqualification of post-season eligibility.    and provides benefits, after a $50
When to report – All such incidents                deductible per claim, for all covered injury
described above must be reported to the            treatment costs up to the maximum stated
Safety Officer within 48 hours of the              benefits.
incident.                                                                                     10
                                                    SAFETY/ACCIDENT REPORTING

     Safety Officer Reporting Duties              All player registrations include legal
                                                  authorization for NWLL personnel to
Within 48 hours of receiving the incident         release health information and provide
report, contact the injured party or the          consent for medical or dental treatment in
party’s parents and (1) verify the                case of emergency. A copy of these forms
information received; (2) obtain any other        must be with the Manager at all practices
information deemed necessary; (3) check           and games.
on the status of the injured party; and (4) in
the event that the injured party required                 Safety and other Training
other medical treatment (i.e., Emergency
room visits, doctor’s visits, etc.) will advise   Additional safety information can be
the parent or guardian of the Northwood           obtained on the National Little League
Little League’s insurance coverage and the        website – www.littleleague.com. The
provisions for submitting any claims.             ASAP (A Safety Awareness Program)
                                                  information is a resource for Coaches,
If the extent of the injuries is more than        Managers, Umpires and volunteers.
minor in nature, the Safety Officer shall         The following clinics will be held for
periodically call the injured party to (1)        Managers, Coaches or Volunteers:
check on the status of any injuries, and (2)
to check if any other assistance is                     Coaches Clinic/Fundamentals
necessary in areas such as submission of                 Training (one manger or coach
insurance forms, etc. until such time as the             from each team required to
incident is considered ―closed.‖                         attend) – January 25, 2010 and
                                                         February 20, 2010
A medical release is required following a               Safety & First Aid – January 30,
player’s injury before he can return to play.            2010
                                                        Snack Bar Training and Safety
            Volunteer Selection                          Procedures – January 30, 2010

All Volunteers will be required to complete       Mandatory Safety & First-Aid training is
a Volunteer Application form that                 scheduled for TBD (Team Assignment
authorizes Northwood Little League to             Day) at Northpark Community Center. The
perform a background check and Megan’s            Safety Officer will review and distribute
Law search.                                       First Aid kits and a copy of the Safety Plan
                                                  to all Managers and Coaches. First Aid
All Managers and Coaches are required to          training will be provided by TBD
sign the Volunteer Code of Conduct form.

A selection committee is responsible for
interviewing all manager applicants. The
Board must approve each candidate.

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                                                       SAFETY/ACCIDENT REPORTING
                                                  possible. CPR should only be given by
       Team Safety Representative                 trained personnel.

Each team must appoint a team Safety                     Safety to and from the Field
Representative (SR) who is trained on the
Safety Plan and who is willing to assist with     1.     All passengers require seat belts.
First Aid care in case of emergency. The          2.     Vehicle should be in safe operating
SR will also report safety issues to the                 condition.
Safety Officer and take safety suggestions.       3.     Observe traffic regulations.
                                                  4.     Drive defensively.
Managers must contact the Safety Officer          5.     Do not hitch rides.
with the SR name before the season                6.     Use street or highway crossings
begins. Managers must also review Safety                 whenever possible.
Plan guidelines with their team and               7.     Don’t let children run between
parents. All parents must sign the Safety                parked cars.
Meeting acknowledgement form.
                                                                Bicycle Safety
Little League’s Accident Insurance
information is available on the league            1.     Observe all traffic regulations.
website and available from the SR for each        2.     Keep to the right.
team.                                             3.     Have white light on front.
                                                  4.     Have satisfactory signaling device.
             Lightning Safety                     5.     Give pedestrians the Right-of-Way.
                                                  6.     Look out for cars pulling out into
Where to go? No place is absolutely safe                 traffic.
from the lightning threat, but some places        7.     Never hitch on other vehicles.
are safer than others. Large enclosed             8.     Never carry other riders.
shelters are the safest. For the majority of      9.     Be sure your brakes are operating
participants, the best area for them to seek             efficiently.
shelter is in a fully enclosed metal vehicle      10.    Slow down at all street intersections.
with the windows rolled up. If you are            11.    Always use proper hand signals.
stranded in an open area and cannot get           12.    Don’t weave in or out of traffic.
to shelter in a car, put your feet together,
crouch down, and put your hands over
your ears.

Where NOT to go! Avoid high places and
open fields, isolated trees, unprotected
gazebos, rain or picnic shelters, dugouts,
flagpoles, light poles, bleachers, metal
fences and water.

If lightning should strike, call 911 and
move the victim to a lower risk area, if at all                                             12
                                                    SAFETY/ACCIDENT REPORTING

              Child Protection                    3. Reference Checks – information on
                                                     the application form is compared with
Child abuse is defined as ―the physical or           interview information and nationally
emotional injury of a child by a person who          screened against on-line with
is responsible for the child’s welfare‖. Little      Choicepoint.com
League’s focus is to protect players from
child abuse. The following are guidelines                  Reporting Child Abuse
for Northwood Little League volunteers:
                                                  Reporting – If an individual suspects child
1.     Rides – children dropped off too           abuse, they should contact their league
       early or picked up late are targets.       President and District Administrator, who
2.     Access – controlling access to             will forward them to the proper law
       areas where children are present-          enforcement agency.
       such as the dugout- protects them
       from harm by outsiders.                    Investigating – an individual and alternate
3.     Lighting – Child sexual abuse is           with significant professional background
       more likely to happen in the dark.         will be chosen from the community, by the
4.     Travel – When traveling with the           league, to act on these allegations.
       team, make sure that children are
       sharing rooms with Little Leaguers         Suspending/Terminating – If allegations
       of the same age.                           are substantiated, the next step is to make
5.     Shower and toilet facilities –             sure that the individual has no further
       utilize the ―buddy system‖ whenever        contact with the children in the League.
       possible or assign a team
       representative to ensure that the          National Center for Missing and
       child returns in a timely manner from      Exploited Children
       the facilities.                            (800) 843-5678 (THE-LOST)

Northwood Little League follows a three-          National Committee for Prevention of
step screening process to create a positive       Child Abuse (Chicago)
environment for its participants.                 (312) 663-3520

1. Application - All volunteers are               Nonprofit Risk Management Center
   required to complete a Volunteer               (Preventing Child Abuse in Nonprofit orgs)
   Application form that includes personal        (202) 785-3891
   information and references. A                   info@nonprofitrisk.org
   background check will be completed on
   all volunteers.
2. Interview – All volunteers who have
   access to children will be interviewed
   by select members of Board.

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                                                     CONCESSION SAFETY TRAINING

                                 Concession Stand/Snack Bar

Snack Bar will have ice packs and gloves            A weekly Snack Bar Inspection Checklist
available for first aid use, in addition to a       will be posted in the snack bar and must be
First Aid Kit.                                      completed by the NWLL Snack Bar
                                                    Manager throughout the season.
An inspection will be completed prior to the
season by the NWLL Snack Bar Manager.
Training for volunteers will be completed
utilizing approved materials. This training is
scheduled for January 30, 2010.


Concession guidelines must be reviewed with all volunteers assisting in the Snack Bar.
They are:

   Keep floors clean and dry – Be sure to clean up spills immediately.
   Repair sharp or jagged edges on walls and equipment.
   Never stand on chairs or equipment.
   Locate heavier and bulkier materials on lower shelves.
   Keep aisle ways free of obstructions.
   Use dry cloths, mitts, etc., for handling of utensils.
   Close all doors and drawers immediately.
   Return working utensils to their proper place immediately after use.
   Remove broken glass particles with a broom – do not pick up by hand.
   Unplug all electrical appliances after use and before cleaning.
   Follow posted procedures for correct use of each appliance in snack bar.
   Keep knives sharp, use properly, store safely.
   Keep fire extinguisher and first aid kit readily available and be certain all workers know
    where they are located.
   Keep safety chains on CO2 cylinders.
   Check propane tanks for leaks routinely.
   Wear food handlers gloves whenever handling food.
   Follow posted procedures for cleansing hands prior to touching food, dishes or utensils.
   Do not prepare food and handle money at the same time.
   Snack Bar volunteer locks up snack bar making certain all appliances are unplugged, all
    food is stored properly, all utensils are put away and all garbage is removed.
   Volunteers working in snack bar must be at least 16 years of age.
   Volunteers must be healthy and free of any skin infections or irritations.
   Read and follow guidelines of the Orange County Department of Health Food Services
    Sanitation Manual for Public Eating Establishments.
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                                       APPENDIX
                                       2010 Season

                   FORMS

1.   Medical Release
2.   Manager Preseason Checklist
3.   Volunteer Summary
4.   Volunteer Application Form
5.   Volunteer Code of Conduct
6.   Safety Acknowledgment
7.   Sport Parent Code of Conduct
8.   Safety Meeting acknowledgement
9.   Incident/Injury Tracking Report

                HANDOUTS
 WHAT PARENTS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT LL
  INSURANCE
 REGULAR SEASON PITCHING RULES
 LITTLE LEAGUE—BASEBALL PITCHER ELIGIBILITY
  TRACKING FORM
 LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL GAME PITCH LOG
 LITTLE LEAGUE PLEDGE
 SIDELINE SUGGESTIONS
 FLYERS:
    o CUSTOMIZE JERSEYS AT DICK’S
    o EMBROIDERY
    o NORTHWOOD PIZZA FUNDRAISER FLYER
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