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1 LEAGUE SAFETY PRESENTATION 2011 Little League Program

2 District Safety Officer Steve Collins 8 Woodhaven Drive Poquoson, Virginia Phone:(757) WSCollins Introduction

3 ASAP: Making an Impact for Little League A Safety Awareness Program of Little League Baseball ® and Softball

4 The ASAP Mission: To increase awareness of the opportunities to provide a safer environment for kids and all Little League participants Why ASAP?

5 Awards, Incentives, Recognition League cash award rewards safety –$609,174 given to Leagues in 2010 –$52,000 given to DA’s ($350 or $150) –Over $3 million given to Leagues in all Musco Lighting system, World Series trip, cash awards, and ASAP News Musco, Chartis contribute over $1 million annually supporting safety awareness Why ASAP?

6 Where we’re from… Focus on Safety Began in ‘94 from focus groups District Administrators: Awareness, not mandated rules, was needed Raise awareness of safety issues for leagues to create own approaches Virginia volunteered to be Pilot Program for ASAP Founders believed program would have positive impact Founders wanted to create safer playing environment for all

7 ASAP Makes a Difference –Fewer injuries to kids/all participants –Reduced severity of injuries by 79% –Participation in ASAP has grown steadily over the years (86% in 2010) –Reduces insurance costs A.S.A.P. award based on 20% of league’s Chartis player accident insurance premium ASAP’s Impact

8 79% Reduction in LL Injuries Comparing Injury Reduction to Safety Plan Growth in Little League Pre-ASAP Injuries ‘90-’94, 6,118 avg. 85% 79% Drop in Injuries 21% ,018 avg ,455 avg ,306 avg. ASAP’s Impact

9 Our Goal: Fewer Injuries

10 ‘Safer For the Kids’ and All Participants

11 Sharing Ideas Makes Us All Safer ASAP – Sharing Ideas

12 Ideas Prove Valuable Fence top was early ASAP idea, keeps players safe from wire tops ASAP – Sharing Ideas

13 Ideas Prove Valuable Ball return keeps out-of-play balls out-of-play until players ready ASAP – Sharing Ideas

14 Ideas Prove Valuable Overhead screens protect spectators better than yelling ‘heads-up!’ ASAP – Sharing Ideas

15 Ideas Prove Valuable Leagues address local conditions - like extreme heat in south/southwest ASAP – Sharing Ideas

16 Getting Everyone Involved Involving players in safety with tokens or other incentives gets everyone thinking ‘safety’ ASAP – Sharing Ideas

17 Sharing Is Still Working New ideas continue for new needs like badges for approved volunteers ASAP – Sharing Ideas

18 Why We Care: Reducing avoidable injuries like this player hit by a bat in the dugout ASAP – Sharing Ideas

19 Rule Changes Enhancing Safety The minimum requirement is a NATIONAL check of ALL Sex Offender Registries. Little League Volunteer Application Form use is required for background checks –Required to conduct checks for all managers, coaches, Board of Directors members, league officials, umpires, elected members, and any other persons, volunteers or hired workers, who provide regular service to the league and/or has with repetitive access to, or contact with players or teams Making it ‘Safer for the Kids’

20 Little League Volunteer Application Social Security Number “Mandatory” for LexisNexis

21 LexisNexis Background Checks Raise Bar on Safety 125 FREE background checks per League & District, paid for by Little League International. Criminal records: sex crimes from those on & off sex offender registries; various types of felonies & misdemeanors Only $1 per background check after free 125 Making it ‘Safer for the Kids’

22 Background Checks Any national check must include ALL 50 states’ Sex Offender Registries. National Sex Offender Public Registry –http://www.nsopr.govhttp://www.nsopr.gov

23 Little League Child ID Fund Raising

24 Family Trusted Child ID The Need 1% of U.S. children go missing each year Every second counts to locate a missing child The Solution – Family Trusted Child ID National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Provider of Online Child IDs Upload children’s photos and enter data at any time Parent controls changes and new photos Unique security system Instant worldwide accessibility in an emergency Simple emergency instructions Missing child flyer Handles all legal forms

25 Fund Raising Program Annual Fund Raising Option Goal of International is for all U.S. Leagues to be aware of this program Local League incorporates $20 into each player’s participation fee − “Suggested $20 Child Safety Fee” if no participation fee charged − Coaches, umpires and others may also participate Local League purchases accounts for $10 per player/participant Buy accounts at Parent, Grandparent or Other Individual Who Participates Gets 2 cards per player or other participant 1 card = 1 Child ID account − Account is for a family of up to 10 children until youngest child is 18 Extra cards for relatives, friends, neighbors − Not just for the player’s or other participant’s family – a community service

26 Increase Participation Communicate League Incentives - Make it ‘Safer for the Kids’ - A.S.A.P. award based on 20% of league’s Chartis Player Accident Insurance - Ideas recognition in ASAP News - $500 to top two plans in Region - Trip to LL World Series for top plan in each Region - Musco lighting system for Nat’l Winner How You Can Help

27 ASAP has defined tools –ASAP News –ASAP Hotline (800) –ASAP – –Safety Officer Manual on CD »Play It Safe »A Little Common Sense... »A Year in the Life of Hometown Little League »ASAP Presentation Moving In The Right Direction

28 With Everyone’s Help, ASAP Has Made a Difference: With your continued support, ASAP will help to reduce injuries to all participants in the Little League program. Thank You! How You Can Help

29 A Qualified League Safety Plan

30 13 Requirements for Safety –1. Have an active Safety Officer –2. Publish, distribute safety manual –3. Post, distribute emergency #’s –4. Check volunteers on national SOR –5. Provide fundamentals training –6. Provide first-aid training –7. Require field inspections before use Requirements

31 13 Requirements for Safety – 8. Complete annual Facility Survey – 9. Use concession stand procedures –10. Regularly inspect, replace equipment as needed –11. Have prompt accident reporting –12. Require first-aid kits at events –13. Enforce all LLB rules Requirements

32 1. Have active safety officer on file with HQ –Just like DSO, this needs to be a dedicated safety position –May have more than one SO –Some use team SO’s to form safety committee Requirements

33 Have an active Safety Officer on file This position needs to be a dedicated person, not the president Update your Little League either through: –The Little League Data CenterLittle League Data Center –Or return the League Officer Change Form to Little League (fax to )League Officer Change Form

34 2. Have published league safety policy or manual in paper form –Include emergency procedures –Give appropriate sections to all Coaches and managers Post in concession stand Parents, volunteers League officials, umpires Facility workers –While safety plans may be posted on the internet, individuals must be provided with printed copies to carry with them to the areas where their duties are performed. Requirements

35 3. Post, distribute emergency numbers –Emergency numbers for ambulance, police, fire department, etc. (911) –Include league president and safety officer, consider head umpire, board members. –Include emergency procedures for handling injuries and who to contact to track/report them. Requirements

36 4. Volunteer Application & Background Checks New in 2010! Two Volunteer Applications available. One requires applicant’s Social Security # and the other does not. –Use of Little League Volunteer Application Form is required for managers, coaches, board members and any others, volunteers or hired workers, who provide regular services to the league and/or have repetitive access to or contact with players or teams, per Reg. 1c Requirements

37 Little League Volunteer Application Social Security Number “Mandatory” for LexisNexis

38 4. Volunteer Application & Background Checks Background checks help kids Just asking applicants to fill out form may eliminate problems LexisNexis is an option to leagues. Instant nationwide internet check including SOR and criminal data. Consult LLB Operating Manual & Website Requirements

39 LexisNexis Background Checks New in ‘09! 125 FREE background checks per League & District, paid for by Little League International. Criminal records: sex crimes from those on & off sex offender registries; various types of felonies & misdemeanors Only $1 per background check after free 125 Making it ‘Safer for the Kids’

40 Background Checks Must at a minimum conduct a search of the Department of Justice’s nationwide sex offender registry, using Volunteer Application Forms, on all applicable volunteers. Any national check must include ALL 50 states’ Sex Offender Registries. Anyone refusing to fill out the Volunteer Application is ineligible to be even a league member. Use the same Background Check method for all Volunteers in your league.

41 4. Volunteer Application & Background Checks –If a league learns of an individual such as a volunteer, player or hired worker that has been convicted of, or pled guilty to, a crime involving or against a minor, then the league must inform the applicable government agency for confirmation. Once confirmed, that individual may not participate with Little League in any manner. No Exceptions. Requirements

42 5. Provide coaches and managers with fundamentals training –I.e.: batting, fielding, sliding –High school, college coaches may do to help young players –Use veteran League coaches –Document the date, location, and who is required to attend as well as who did attend. –A minimum of 1 coach per team to attend each year –Training qualifies a volunteer for 3 years; but one team representative is still required each year. Requirements

43 6. Require training in first-aid for coaches Doesn’t have to be paid Mandatoryfor at least 1 coach per team to attend each yearMandatory for at least 1 coach per team to attend each year Training qualifies volunteer for 3 years, but one team representative still needs to be trained each year. Look for qualified parents in community –Nurses, Doctors; Paramedics; Athletic Trainers Document the date, location, and who is required to attend as well as who did attend. Leagues may exempt licensed Medical Doctors, RN’s, LPN’s & licensed Paramedics from attending training Those who attend “other” First Aid training or courses are not exempt. Requirements

44 7. Require field inspections before games, practices –Look for hazards –Common sense activity — look for rocks, glass, holes, etc. –Fix before playing –Specify who is responsible for doing this — home coach, visitors, umpire, or all? Requirements

45 8. Complete ANNUAL Little League Facility Survey Must complete 2010 form; five pages Forces Leagues to evaluate facilities each year, on-going Keep copies

46 9. Have written safety procedures for concession stand –Concession manager trained in safe food handling/prep and procedures. –Training should also cover safe use, care and inspection of equipment. Set minimum age for workers –Safety Plan must contain written procedures for safe food handling and preparation and care & use of equipment –If your league does not have a concession stand, please note this in your Safety Plan. Requirements

47 10. Require regular inspection and replacement of equipment –Beginning of season –Before each use –Inspect facilities, facilities’ equipment, and playing equipment –Don’t just discard bad equipment: destroy it or make it unusable to stop children from attempting to “save it” from waste. Requirements

48 11. Have a method to report, track injuries –Many leagues require notification within hours after incidents –Report ‘near-misses’, too Requirements

49 12. Provide teams with well equipped First Aid Kits –Local sponsors/medical providers/manufacturers are good resources Requirements

50 13. Enforce rules Include wearing catchers gear and helmet rules during practice and warm-up Coaches are not catchers Make sure coaches and managers enforce rules at practices as well as games. Make sure all fields have all bases that disengage from their anchors, as required starting in Requirements

51 Implement and Enhance -- Can’t ‘Fix’ Just One Spot Go beyond 13 minimum requirements Many risks require many solutions, not just a copied safety plan from another League Leagues need to create own plans for: –Inspections of Equipment and Facilities, Ongoing Training, Maintenance Guidelines, Equipment Improvements, Facilities Upgrades, Concessions Guidelines, etc. Making it ‘Safer for the Kids’

52 What am I supposed to do and when do I do it? Little League Safety Officer

53 Safety Officer The safety officer coordinates all safety activities including supervision of ASAP (A Safety Awareness Program), ensures safety in player training, ensures safe playing conditions, coordinates reporting and prevention of injuries, solicits suggestions for making conditions safer, and reports suggestions to Little League Headquarters through the ASAP system. What does “The BOOK” say my Job is?

54 You Should Have A Copy of the Latest “Little League Operating Manual” (the White Book) A Copy of the Latest Baseball and Softball “Official Regulations and PLAYING RULES” (the “small” rulebooks) You should be FAMILIAR with the Rules & Regulations of Little League – especially the ones that pertain to SAFETY.

55 What’s Next? If you don’t have a copy of “A Year in the Life of Hometown Little League” GET ONE A copy can be downloaded/printed from If you’ve got a copy, READ IT Keep it as a Reference

56 Then What Log on to Little League’s Website (www.littleleague.org) Take a look around and see what information is available, especially the information about the ASAP Program ( ) Log on to your DISTRICT and LEAGUE WEBSITES Take a look around and see what information is available

57 What “Do” I REALY Do? The Safety Officer: Make sure your league’s Safety Plan is submitted to the DSO and approved by Little League. ( Due to D7 Mar 1, 2011 ) Once “approved” by LL, make sure your Safety Plan is FOLLOWED!!!

58 What Do I REALY Do? The Safety Officer: Perform a pre-season check / inspection of your facilities (fields, dugouts, fencing, lighting, concession stand, etc) Perform a pre-season check / inspection of your league’s equipment (make sure damaged / unsafe equipment is repaired or discarded)

59 What Do I REALY Do? The Safety Officer: Assist Managers in providing safety training to players Coordinate reporting of all injuries (obtain copies of all Injury Reports from your league and forward a copy to the District Safety Officer)

60 What Do I REALY Do? The Safety Officer: Based on a review of injury reports, make suggestions to the BOD on actions to be taken to possibly prevent injuries Solicit suggestions from players/managers/coaches on making conditions safer

61 Your Job – in 25 Words or Less Make sure that the SAFETY of the Players, Volunteers, and Fans is a NUMBER 1 Priority.

62 Awareness Many people have the attitude that accidents are bound to happen. Others think accidents happen only to other people. Safety awareness is the key to avoiding an accident. Most accidents can be avoided by being aware of what is going on around you.

63 Preventing Accidents Make accident prevention part of your daily routine. Plan in advance. Be aware of surroundings, even when outside the confines of your area. Be cognizant of changing situations. If you see someone committing an unsafe act, warn them in a friendly way. Follow instructions and procedures Practice good housekeeping Dress for the situation Make suggestions. If you see a safer way to do something, bring it to someone’s attention.

64 YOU YOU are the most significant safety resource Attitude Communication Acknowledge and Learn From Mistakes Know Your Limits and Those of Your C0- workers Morale

65 ANYTHING ELSE? You Should: Attend ALL your league BOD Meetings Be the FOCAL POINT for INFORMATION about SAFETY within your League

66 Got a Problem? IF YOU NEED HELP, ASK FOR IT The Regions and District Staffs are comprised of individuals who have EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE in Little League They are READY TO HELP

67 League Safety Plans Due March 1, 2011 Reminder

68 With Your Help, ASAP Is STILL Making it ‘Safer for the Kids’ THANK YOU!


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