Most Common Safety Issues
Posted 16 April 2016 - 12:40 AM
Catchers not wearing a helmet, face mask and dangling throat guard during pre-game infield practice.
Especially frustrating are the ones that carry the equipment out with them and then lay it on the ground next to home plate!
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Posted 04 May 2016 - 04:21 PM
Controlling players in the dugout is critical.
So, lets say you have 12 kids and a manager and two coaches at the game.
When you are on defense you have 3 players and 3 adults in the dugout.
When you are on offense you have 8-11 players and 1 adult in the dugout.
For a few years now I have sent a proposal to Williamsport to allow the Team Parent (Team Mom/Team Dad) to be in the dugout to help control the players, at least you'd have 2 adults in the dugout when you are on offense.
The Manager or one of the coaches must be in the dugout at all times, you can't just have the Team Parent alone in the dugout.
Basically having three coaches in the dugout works well when the team is on defense.
If a team has players who theoretically fall into the "Special Needs", Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ADD/ADHD, the dugout can be extremely challenging when the team is on offense 8-11 players and 1 adult. Children who fall into the categories listed above can have difficulties with their emotional regulation, reading social cues or other sensory processing delays.
"Emotional Regulation refers a child’s ability to initiate, inhibit, and regulate one’s state or behavior in a particular situation. Children may be unaware of their own emotional regulation or not have the proper strategies to cope. A few ideas are using visual charts to increase the awareness of one’s emotions and discuss strategies for each state. Preventative measures such as taking deep breaths, using a fidget toy to release physical energy, talking to a friend or mentor, etc. could be beneficial solutions to reducing periods of intensified emotions."
A second adult needs to be present and has the sole responsibility of the emotional welfare of the players and should be able to redirect the players when necessary.
Posted 06 May 2016 - 11:41 PM
Because I challenged our DA and Regional Directors and brought several concerns to International, I have lost my member in good standing.
It's the bittersweet dilemna - since I am no longer member in good standing, I no longer feel the desire to work with in the local-DA-Region-International.
Unfortunately, my kids are on the spectrum, but I am unable to assist in the dugout to redirect their emotions.
Posted 07 May 2016 - 12:29 AM
If I see something they do that I don't agree with I let them know about it and why I don't agree with it.
If/when they ask me about something I give them my honest opinion, I'm generally not one to sugar coat things.
Right now I'm in favor because I'm doing some work for them.
I'm sure the pendulum will swing the other way one of these days. 😀
By the way, what caused your league to removed you as a "member in good standing", was there a hearing/BOD vote on it?
Posted 07 May 2016 - 02:36 PM
Posted 07 May 2016 - 04:15 PM
Bee Sting Allergies
Many can recognize the dangers of on deck batters taKing their practice swings. Otherso can understand some kids have life threatening allergies to peanuts.
I am not convinced that precautions have been taken to educated their volunteers to understand the warning signs of the conditions above.
One incident - no redos. One life changing event.
Posted 08 May 2016 - 03:29 AM
Do any leagues have an EpiPen on site?.....Me, I don't care what local laws are, I'll do what ever I feel is right.
I've been working on an AED for close to two years, just got one at our fields last week...First one in youth sports in my county!
Posted 08 May 2016 - 03:49 PM
As a special needs teacher, Lou's wife may be able to assist in this discussion by providing insight from a school's perspective. It's my understanding that certain school administrators and health care providers are trained in the use of epi-pens.
I would not recommend a local league having an epi-pen onsite. The best course of treatment is to educate their volunteers to recognize the early signs of a serious condition, call 911 and begin to administer aid until the paramedics arrive. If the injured player/parent cannot be safely moved, then the players and spectators need to be moved. Staying calm until help arrives helps to maintain control of the situation.
If a player has a medical condition which requires life saving treatment such as an epi-pen, Diastat (treatment for seizures), or other medications or rescue inhalers (asthma), a parent should always be near to administer this medication.
Since most volunteers have never been placed into a situation that requires emergency first aid, I believe it is the local organization's responsibility to develop emergency plans to prepare the coaches. Time is key.
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Posted 08 May 2016 - 04:45 PM
They need to identify any of theses types of conditions so that the league/manager/coaches are aware of the situation.
The manager/coaches should have a discussion with the parent/guardian to learn about the condition and warning signs.
I had a number of such conversations when I managed.
Pre-planning is the key.
As for my wife/school, it is my understanding that the school nurse is trained to handle these situations. If a situation occurs in the classroom the nurse is called. The office is notified and a call is made to 911 for the EMTs.
Posted 23 November 2019 - 06:23 PM
Making plans for next year. (Yes, a number of months away for us, but this is a good time to go over things.)
Reading through this thread, I read about bats in/out of the dugout. That some keep them outside of the dugout.
My questions. We have been trying letting PW and Rookies leave the bats outside of the dugouts. If we put back-racks on the fence outside of the dugout, is that a safety hazard? More concern for the older divisions.
Right now they lean the bats against the fence, which I am not comfortable with, (particularly as they sometimes just end up in a pile). It does keep them from being swung in the dugout, but I don't want to trade one hazard for another.
We don't have a protected area for the bats as some leagues do.
So bat racks on the outside of the dugout or not?
Posted 25 November 2019 - 03:53 AM
If you put the bat racks on the outside what happens when a thrown ball hits them?
If the bats are leaned up against the outside of the fence or lying on the ground what happens on a foul pop-up when a fielder trips over them?
Etc, etc, etc
As for swinging bats in the dugout, what is the adult (manager or coach) doing while this is going on?
Don't tell me, he's sitting on a bucket outside the dugout!
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