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California District 54 Little League

District 54 Safety Mission Statement

Our goal is to provide the safest Little League experience for every player, umpire and adult volunteer in our leagues.

Safety is the responsibility of every participant and we all work together to ensure a safe environment and to promote a culture of injury prevention.

Safety Information

BACKGROUND CHECKS

  •  All volunteers must complete an annual background check, as required by Little League (*see below).
  • NOTE: for the 2022 season, per California Assembly Bill 506, fingerprinting will also be required: "An administrator, employee, or regular volunteer of a youth service organization shall undergo a background check pursuant to Section 11105.3 of the Penal Code [which includes fingerprinting] to identify and exclude any persons with a history of child abuse." (**see below)

    *Little League International requires all leagues and districts in the United States to conduct an annual background check, including a nationwide criminal search and a search of the National Sex Offender Registry. Little League's preferred provider, J.D Palatine, has a Criminal File database that contains more than 600 million records, including criminal and sex offender registry records covering 50 states and the District of Columbia, meeting the current Little League Regulation 1(c) 8 & 9 requirement.

**CA District 54 Background Check Policy
updated April 10, 2022


A SAFETY AWARENESS PLAN (ASAP)

  • The ASAP is a safety manual that addresses the individual needs of the league via a minimum of 15 required elements.
  • Every league submits an ASAP, or the league safety plan, every single year. 
  • League ASAPs should be finished by December 31st and fully completed (meaning registration data uploaded) and uploaded to the Data Center by March 1st. 
 

SAFETY TRAINING: Annual Safety Clinic

  • One manager or coach from each team is required to attend an annual safety clinic.
  • Every manager and coach is required to attend AT LEAST one safety clinic every three years. All managers and coaches are encouraged to attend annually!
  • All league members (including administrators, parents, and volunteers) are invited to attend the safety clinic.
  • District 54 2022 Safety Clinic: A recording of the webinar can be viewed HERE.
  • For managers and coaches who need a certificate of completion for league records, please complete the google form provided at the end of the presentation.

SAFETY TRAINING: Other Required Trainings (managers, coaches, league officials, umpires)

  1. Online Concussion Training, through CDC Heads Up
  2. Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Prevention Training, via Eric Paredes Save a Life Foundation
  3. Child Protection Program Training (through SafeSport): "Abuse Awareness for Adults," see instructions to access this training below. 
 Sign into your account at USABDevelops.com. Hover over the Education tab, select "Course Catalog."
This should take you to https://usamobilecoach.com/courses; sign in again (you will only do this once).
From here, you may take any course.
To access certificates, log in to
USABMobileCoach.com and select your name in top right corner.
Click "My Courses" and select "Courses" option.




Injury Reporting

INJURY REPORTING: Local League Level

If a player or other person is injured at a field/Little League activity, the Injury Tracking Form is completed and sent to the league safety officer within 24-48 hours. The league safety officer should report the injury to the district safety officer within 24-48 hours (see below).

Each league determines its procedure for completing the injury tracking form: in most cases it is the manager (for injured player), or a league official (for injured adult or non-player). 

Within 24 hours of receiving the injury tracking form, the Safety Officer should follow up with the parent/guardian of the injured player/person and verify the information received, obtain any other information necessary, and check on the status of the injured player/person. 

IF MEDICAL ATTENTION IS REQUIRED, the Little League Accident Notification Form should be completed by the parent/guardian or injured adult as well as a league official (preferably the safety officer).

This form must be submitted to Little League International within 20 days of the incident. It serves to report the injury to Little League, as well as activate the secondary insurance policy carried by Little League.*

INJURY REPORTING: District Level

The league safety officer should report the injury to the district safety officer by:

1) sending a copy of the injury tracking form to [email protected], OR

2) reporting the injury via the online District Injury Reporting Form (this method does not collect identifying information).

What does the district do with the injury reports?

Injury reports received by the district safety officer are de-identified (all personal and identifying information is removed) and the data are analyzed for patterns, frequency of events, etc. Results are presented to the league presidents at the monthly district meeting during the spring and fall seasons, and are used to identify improvements in practices and procedures toward injury prevention.

Why do we document and report injuries and near misses?

Injury tracking, including near misses, can reveal patterns, which helps inform injury prevention efforts (such as field, training or officiating issues).

Ensures league officials are aware of an injury, follow-up with the family or injured person, and make certain they recover; this includes ensuring(SYN) appropriate return to play after an injury.

Injuries requiring medical attention need to be documented and reported to Little League International.

*The Little League Player Accident Policy, underwritten by National Union Fire Insurance Company (a member company of AIG). is an excess coverage, accident only plan, to be used as a supplement to other insurance carried under a family policy or insurance provided by an employer. The policy is subject to a $50 deductible that is the responsibility of the claimant. If a covered injury requires necessary treatment in the form of medical services or supplies provided by a physician, nurse, therapist, or other medical professional within 30 days after the date of the accident the Company will pay the reasonable expenses incurred.

Such reasonable expenses must be incurred within 52 weeks after the date of the injury to be considered (subject to any deferred benefits). The maximum accident medical expense benefit is $100,000 for any one injury to any one Insured.


Injury Prevention

When the mission is safety, injury prevention is the first step!

EQUIPMENT

Helmets: Must meet NOCSAE specifications and standards (affixed with NOCSAE symbol).

Bats: USABat Standard bats must be used in the Little League Major Baseball Division and below. Either USABat Standard bats or BBCOR bats must be used at the Intermediate (50/70) Baseball and Junior League Baseball Divisions. At the Senior League Baseball Division, all bats must be meet the BBCOR standard.

Catcher’s gear: Catchers must wear a catcher’s helmet (with face mask and dangling throat protector; skull caps not permitted per Little League), chest protector (long-model or short-model), and shin guards. Male catchers must wear a protective supporter and cup at all times.

Protective cups: All young men should wear protective athletic cups while playing baseball, and all male catchers are required to wear them.

Sports bras: All young ladies should wear supportive athletic undergarments.

Balls: Only official Little League balls will be used during practices and games.

Face mask/chin guard for helmets: In order to use a helmet attachment in Little League play, the helmet manufacturer must provide a notice indicating that affixing the protector to the helmet has not voided the helmet’s NOCSAE certification. That notice must be shown to the umpire prior to the game. (per Little League)

Mouthguards: Recommended to protect teeth from injury (due to impact from balls, collisions with other players, etc).


ELBOW (AND SHOULDER) INJURIES

The role of parents and coaches in injury prevention is crucial. When a child complains of arm pain, they MUST act in the best interests of the child. 46% of youth respondents said they were encouraged on at least one occasion to keep playing despite having arm pain (Makhni EC, AJSM).

Risk factors for elbow pain in baseball/softball:

            Pitching while fatigued

            Poor pitching mechanics

            Pitch velocity

            Pitch counts (120 to 130-140 per game)

Prevention strategies

            Limit fatigue and overuse by following pitching/throwing guidelines, taking periodic time off from baseball/softball, and using age-appropriate strength and conditioning programs (consult a professional).

            Maintain range of motion throughout the body and the shoulder.

            Preparing to throw: Warm up to throw, don’t Throw to warm-up! (see next)

DYNAMIC WARM-UP FOR BASEBALL & SOFTBALL

Warm up to throw, don’t throw to warm up!

Begin with a general body warm-up that mimics baseball movements to increase the heart rate and blood flow to muscles, and to prepare the body for more intense versions of these movements.

Progress to a dynamic warm-up that involves gentle, repetitive movements that gradually increase the range of motion, and stays within the normal range of motion. The goal of a warm-up is to optimize, not maximize, the range of motion.

Examples of dynamic warm-ups for baseball and softball from the University of Rochester Sports Medicine.

NUTRITION

Adolescence is the perfect time to teach athletes how to effectively fuel their body for training, competition and recovery. Some excellent tips are listed in the table below, from the article “Fueling and Hydrating Before, During and After Exercise,” from the Nationwide Children’s Sports Medicine website.

 

Before Exercise

During Exercise

After Exercise

When

3-4 hours before

30-60 min before

Exercise lasting <60 min

Exercise lasting >60 min

15-60 min after

2-3 hours after

Nutrition Recommendations

Meal: high carb, moderate protein, low fat & fiber

Snack: carb

 

Snack: carb

Snack: carb & protein

Balanced meal: carb, protein & fats

Hydration recommendations

8-20 oz fluid 1 hour before exercise

None or water

4-6 oz fluid every 15 min

Rehydrate with 16-24 oz fluid per one pound lost through sweat

Examples

- Lunch meat and cheese sandwich

- Grilled chicken, rice, vegetables

- Spaghetti and meatballs

- Peanut butter sandwich

- Pretzels and peanut butter

- Trail mix and banana

 

- Sports drink

- 100% fruit juice

- Orange

- Banana

- Granola bar

- Pretzels

 

- Chocolate milk

- Cheese & crackers

- Protein bar

- Smoothie

- Yogurt & granola

- Hamburger & grilled vegetables

- Salmon, mixed vegetables & rice

- Pizza & salad

- Lasagna


HEAT ILLNESS

The warming weather means that our players will need to start paying more attention to their hydration, both on and off the field. Here are some good resources for information about hydration for youth athletes:

"Healthy Hydration for Young Athletes," from the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA): (this is a longer article from 2018, good info)

"Hydration Fluid Replacement," from St Louis Children's Hospital: (this is a simple one page infographic)
https://www.stlouischildrens.org/sites/default/files/services/SLC26788%20B_YAC%20Hydration%20Tips_June%202019_WEB.pdf

Managers and coaches need to be aware of signs of dehydration in their players (from Children's Hospital Los Angeles, https://www.chla.org/blog/rn-remedies/hydration-young-athletes): (this has some accessible tips about water and sports drinks, too)

  • Dark urine
    Urinating less often
    Muscle cramps
    Decreased sweating
    Increased heart rate
    Headaches
    Sunken eyes
    Irritability
    Sudden decline in performance

And also the signs and symptoms of heat illness (from CDC Heat Related Illness infographic):

  • Cold, pale, and clammy skin
    Fast, weak pulse
    Nausea or vomiting
    Muscle cramps
    Tiredness or weakness
    Dizziness
    Headache
    Fainting (passing out)
It's a great idea to enlist parents/families to help you look for these signs and symptoms, too. Safety is a team effort!!

Weather Safety

HEAT --  (LLB Appendix E: Heat Illness Prevention Protection Policy)

  • “No games or practice should be held when weather or field conditions are not good...”
  • Always be aware that children’s bodies cannot tolerate heat as well as adults (American Academy of Pediatrics).
  • In hot weather:

-  Provide shaded areas.
-  Encourage athletes/coaches to hydrate. Do not share water bottles.
-  Take water breaks and sit in the shade.
-  Wear sunscreen.

  • Always encourage parents to hold their child(ren) out of activity if they are concerned for their safety.

AIR QUALITY

  • Check local air quality measurements and follow local health guidelines. Per District 54 policy, practice and games should be cancelled when AQI is 150 or greater.
  • For air quality index measurements: www.purpleair.com.
  • Always encourage parents to hold their child(ren) out of activity if they are concerned for their safety.

LIGHTNING --  (LLB Appendix A: Lightning Safety Guidelines)

  • Have a lightning safety plan at league level to avoid errors in judgement.
  • Designate a “lightning monitor,” a person at the field who is not a coach, manager or umpire, who can follow the lightning plan guidelines.
  • Criteria that may be used to halt activities:

-  Lightning is observed.
-  Thunder is heard (usually means the storm is within 10 miles).
-  Time between lightning and thunder is 30 seconds or less (indicates storm is less than 6 miles away).

  • Wait at least 30 minutes after the storm before resuming activities.
  • If someone is struck by lightning, medical attention is usually needed immediately. Call 9-1-1. Provide CPR. If possible, move the person to a safer place to decrease risk of exposure to lightning.

Resources & Links

FIRST AID KITS
Leagues are advised to provide first aid kits that are available at fields or carried by the team manager. A team first aid kit might contain:

Nitrile gloves
Adhesive bandages
Gauze pads
Gauze wrap
Paper tape
Disposable CPR face shield

A more comprehensive first aid bin could be housed in the field's shed and/or a concession stand, and contain:

Nitrile gloves
Instant cold packs
Bacitracin packets
Antiseptic wipes
  Sting relief wipes
Oval eye pad
Gauze, non-adherent
Sterile gauze pads
Self-adherent wrap
Paper tape, 1-inch
Adhesive bandages

Safety News

CA District 54 Background Check Policy
updated April 10, 2022

California District 54 2022 Safety Clinic Notes
updated January 30, 2022

COVID-19 Update for Spring 2022

updated March 18, 2022

COVID-19 Liability Form
October 2020

California District 54 Live Scan Form
Print, Complete and Bring to Live Scan Event/Vendor

Got Safety Questions?

Q: Why do volunteers need Live Scan fingerprinting this year?

A: New California legislation (AB 506) requires "An administrator, employee, or regular volunteer of a youth service organization shall undergo a background check pursuant to Section 11105.3 of the Penal Code to identify and exclude any persons with a history of child abuse." This background check, per the Penal Code above, includes fingerprints.
-CA AB 506, Section 1, Chapter 2.9 Youth Service Organizations," 18975 (b) 

Send your question to:
[email protected]

Contact

California District 54 Little League

Mac Cameron, P O Box 816
El Dorado, California 95623

Phone: 916-599-0611
Email: [email protected]

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