Player Safety

Always keep a vigilant eye out for player safety

-  With kids, there's always something to look out for. Here are a few proactive steps you can take.

 

 

 

Check player equipment Prior to game start, check batting helmets and catchers' gear for defects. The catchers' mask/helmet must have a throat dangler and a short or long model chest protector is required.  Male catchers are required to wear athletic cups. 
Limit kids with bats

Each League will have rules regarding when players may hold and swing bats.

Examples: don't allow players to hold bats in the dugout; Limit practice swings to just one batter during pitcher warm-ups.

Require an adult in the dugout at all times If a team has only two adults (e.g. a manager and coach), have a player base coach while on offense to allow for an adult in the dugout.
Ensure helmets are worn during play All offensive players on the field must wear a helmet. Example: if a player is acting as a base coach or is leaving the playing field after an out.
Protect warm-up catchers Any players that warm-up pitchers or play the catching position during pre-game field practice when a bat is nearby must wear a catcher's mask/helmet.
Signal when "plate ready" Make sure that the batter and catcher are set before allowing a pitch. Raise your hand with a "traffic cop stop signal" to tell the pitcher to wait. Use another gesture for confirming when the plate is ready.
Direct batters to a distance when tending to the plate area When you call time to tend to something at or near the plate, direct the batter to leave the batter's box and wait at a distance.  For example, when you need to brush the plate or help a catcher with his gear.  A batter might take a practice swing when you or your catcher are most vulnerable.
Don't go too far inside on your strike zone  It's much safer and just as effective to expand your strike zone to the outside or vertically.
Watch for bad weather Wet fields, thunder / lightening, darkness - you have the authority to temporarily stop or cancel a game if the field becomes unsafe to play on.
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