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Santa Teresa Little League 2020 Safety Code

Santa Teresa Little League Safety Code
The Board Members of Santa Teresa Little League have mandated the following Safety Code. All Managers and
coaches will read the Safety Code and then read it to the players on their teams. The manager, coach, and
players must acknowledge that they understand and agree to comply with the Safety Code.
▪ Safety is the responsibility of every adult and every player.
▪ Every adult member of Santa Teresa Little League is responsible for the safety procedures. The
manager will ensure that at least one adult is appointed as the safety official for each practice or game.
This can be a coach or another adult present.
▪ Each manager, coach, player, umpire, team parent shall use proper care to prevent injury to
him/herself and to others
▪ First Aid Kits are issued to each team manager and additional kits are located at the snack shacks.
▪ Play area will be inspected before games and practices for holes, damage, stones, glass and any other
foreign objects. Adults should remove any foreign objects, not minors.
▪ Team equipment should be stored within the team dugout or behind screens, and not within the
“play” area or in the walking path of the players
▪ Only players, managers, coaches and umpires are permitted on the playing field or in the dugout
during games and practice sessions.
▪ Responsibility for keeping bats and loose equipment off the field of play should be that of one player
assigned for this purpose or the team’s manager, designated coaches or team parent.
▪ During practice and games, all players should be alert and watching the batter on each pitch.
▪ During warm up drills, players should be spaced so that no one is endangered by wild throws or missed
▪ Equipment should be inspected regularly for the condition of the equipment as well as for proper fit.
Any equipment that does not meet the requirements of Little League International must be removed
from service immediately, pending repair or replacement. Contact the Equipment Manager for any
equipment that needs replacement.
▪ Batters must wear Little League approved protective helmets during all games and practices. (Face
guards provided by the player are optional, but must if installed must be done so according to the
manufacturer’s recommendations.)
▪ At no time should “horse play” be permitted on the playing field.
▪ Players in the TeeBall division are not allowed to slide. For all other baseball divisions, Coaches will
provide training for their players on the proper technique for feet first sliding to prevent injury. Bases
should not be strapped down or anchored during sliding practice and breakaway bases will be used
during all STLL sponsored activities.
▪ Parents of players who wear glasses are be encouraged to provide “safety glasses” for their children.
Glass lenses are not permitted for use without a guard or shield to prevent impact.
▪ On-deck batters are not permitted.
▪ Managers will only use the official Little League baseballs supplied by STLL.
▪ Once a ball has been discolored, it will be discarded.
▪ All male players will wear protective cups during games or practices.
▪ Catchers:
o All catchers must wear chest protectors with neck collar, shin guards, and catcher’s helmet with
throat guard, all of which must meet the Little League specifications and standards.
▪ Male catchers must a long model chest protector.
▪ Female catchers must wear a chest protector.
o Catchers may not catch, whether warming up a pitcher, in practices or games without wearing
full catcher’s gear and an athletic cup as described above.
o Catchers must wear a catcher’s mitt (not a first baseman’s mitt or fielder’s glove) of any shape,
size or weight consistent with protecting the hand.
▪ Shoes with metal spikes or cleats are not permitted. Shoes with molded cleats are permissible. (Except
Upper Divisions)
▪ Players will not wear watches, rings, pins, jewelry, or other metallic items during practices or games.
(Exception: Jewelry that alerts medical personnel to a specific condition is permissible and this must be
taped in place.)
▪ No food or drinks at any time in the dugouts for all levels. (Exception: bottled water, or Gatorade in
plastic containers only). There is to be no sunflower seeds or gum during a game as this is a choking
▪ Manager or coach will never leave an unattended child at a practice or game.
▪ No children under the age of 14 are permitted in the Snack Shack.
▪ Never hesitate to immediately report any present or potential safety hazard to the STLL Safety Officer.
▪ The Manager will make arrangements to have a mobile phone available when a game or practice is at a
facility that does not have public phones.
▪ Speed limit is 5 miles per hours in roadways and parking lots or around fields.
▪ No alcohol or drugs are allowed on the premises at any time.
▪ No medication will be taken at the STLL facilities unless administered directly by the child’s parent or
guardian. This includes Aspirin or Tylenol.
▪ No smoking is permitted within 20 feet of the dugouts and snack shack. There is no smoking permitted
at any field.
▪ No playing, loitering, or STLL sponsored activity is permitted:
o In parking lots at any time.
o In construction areas at any time; including any sand bins and or saw dustbins.
o On and around lawn equipment or machinery at any time.
▪ The following behavior will not be permitted during any STLL sponsored activity:
o Throwing of baseballs within the walkways and/or common areas;
o Handling of bats in a manner other than: transfer to and from the field; normal use in a safe
manner during supervised practice or games; or in a controlled area with adult supervision for
the purposes of instruction.
o Throwing of rocks or other solid objects that could inflict bodily injury, other than baseballs; or
o Climbing of fences, backstops, or other structures;
▪ Observe all posted signs.
▪ Players and spectators should be alert at all times for foul balls and errant throws.
▪ All gates to the fields must remain closed at all times. After players have entered or left the playing
field, gates should be closed and secured.
▪ Bicycle helmets must be worn at all times when riding bicycles on the premises as well as to and from
the premises.
▪ Use crosswalks when crossing roadways. Always be alert for traffic.
▪ No one is allowed on the premises with an open wound. Wounds should be treated and properly
▪ There is no running allowed on the bleachers and no playing underneath the ble
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