|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.|