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MANAGERS AND COACHES SAFETY - (UPDATED 2015)
The Manager is a person appointed by the president of FNLL to be responsible for the team’s actions on the field, and to represent the team in communications with the umpire and the opposing team. (a) The Manager shall always be responsible for the team’s conduct, observance of the official rules of Little League Baseball and deference to the umpires. (b) The Manager is also responsible for the safety of his players. He/she is also ultimately responsible for the actions of designated coaches and the team. (c) If a Manager leaves the field, that Manager shall designate a Coach as a substitute and such Substitute Manager shall have the duties, rights and responsibilities of the Manager.
Take possession of this Safety Manual and the First Aid Kit supplied by FNLL. Appoint a volunteer parent or the Team Mom as Team Safety Officer (TSO). The TSO must be able to be present at all games or have a designated substitute and must have access to a cell phone for emergencies. Attend a mandatory training session on First Aid given by FNLL with his/her designated coaches. Coaches Clinic will be held with at least one manager or coach from each team present for the fundamentals training. Cover the basics of safe play with his/her team before starting the first practice. Teach the players the fundamentals of the game while advocating safety. Teach players how to slide before the season starts. Encourage players to bring water bottles to practices and games Tell parents to bring sunscreen for themselves and their child(ren). Make sure equipment is in first-rate working order. If anything is damaged, manger shall contact the equipment officer for a replacement piece. Teach the fundamentals of the game to players (catching fly balls, sliding correctly, proper fielding of ground balls, simple pitching motion for balance, etc.) Be open to ideas and suggestions for improvement and/or help. Enforce that prevention is the key to reducing accidents. Always have First Aid Kit and Safety Manual on hand. Use Common Sense. Coaches training seasons are held that last Sunday in March of each year.
Catchers must wear full helmet with facemask, throat guard, long model chest protector, and shin guards. Male catchers must wear an athletic supporter with cup at all times during all games and practices.
Managers and Coaches should encourage all male players to wear an athletic supporter with cup during all games and practices. Anyone acting in the capacity of catcher must wear a full helmet with facemask and throat protector during any type of warm-ups. Players are allowed to wear rubber cleats only. (ALL LEAGUES) Players are not allowed to wear jewelry of any kind during practice or during a game. All players must tuck in their shirt while playing a game. All players must wear Little League approved protective helmets during batting. (Practice and Games)Managers and Coaches should encourage parents of players who wear glasses to have their child wear safety glasses. There are no on deck circles in any division. The “On Deck Batter” may not take any practice swings until he/she reaches the dirt around home plate. This is also the only place anyone is allowed to swing a bat. Each manager will have a safety representative on their team, respectfully the team parent. Bats at all levels must conform to Little League approved standards and have a barrel diameter of 2.25 inches or less, and a BPF factor of 1.5 or less clearly printed on the bat If you have any safety issues or know of anything that needs to be added to the safety program please contact Joe Pinto, Safety Officer. All suggestions are welcomed.
Make sure players are healthy, rested and alert.
Make sure players are wearing the proper uniform and equipment (i.e. protective cups, mouth guards, etc.).
Make sure the equipment is in good working order and is safe.
Managers and Coaches of both teams will be responsible for walking fields to ensure there are no hazards present.
Enforce the rule that no bats and balls are permitted on the field until all players have done their proper stretching. (see conditioning section)
During the Game:
Make sure all players carry all gloves and other equipment off the field and to the dugout when their team is up to bat. No equipment shall be left lying on the field, either in fair or foul territory.
Managers and Coaches should always emphasize that all players need to stay alert and keep their eyes on the ball at all times during practice and games.
Maintain discipline at all times.
Keep players and substitutes sitting on the team’s bench or in the dugout unless participating in the game or preparing to enter the game.
Make sure catchers are wearing the proper equipment.
Encourage everyone to think “safety first”.
Observe the “no on-deck” rule for batters and keep players behind fences at all times. No player should handle a bat in the dugouts at any time.
Keep players off fences.
Get players to drink often so they do not dehydrate.
Do not play children that are ill or injured.
Attend to children that become injured in a game.
Do not lose focus by engaging in conversation with parents and passerby’s.
Do not leave the field until every team member has been picked up by a known family member or designated driver.
Notify parents if their child has been injured no matter how small or insignificant the injury is. There are no exceptions to this rule. This protects you, Little League Baseball, Incorporated and FNLL.
Discuss any safety with the Safety Officer that occurred before, during or after the game.
If there was an injury, make sure an accident report was filled out and given to FNLL Safety Officer.
Return the field to the pre-game condition, per FNLL policy.
If a manager knowingly disregards the safety of their players, he or she will come before the FNLL Board of Directors to explain his or her conduct.