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Safety Section

In this section we will post information about our safety policies, rules and facts about equipment. In addition, we will be posting information about player training safety.

Safety Plan

TELEPHONE LOCATIONS
Bud Anderson Field:  Inside Concessions Stand

IMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERS:
Emergency:  Police, Fire, Ambulance - 911
Williamstown Police (non-emergency) - 458-5733
Williams College Security -597-4444
President  - Allen Hall cell 413-896-3153
Safety Officer - Peter Niemeyer - 458-4158  
Concessions Stand:  

First-aid (supplies in Concessions Stand & storage shed at WES)

DO
- Provide, or assist in obtaining, medical attention for those who require it.  Know your limitations. 

Remember to:
1. LOOK for signs of injury (Blood, Black-and-blue deformity of joint etc.).
2. LISTEN to the injured describe what happened and what hurts if conscious.  Before questioning, you may have to calm and soothe an excited child.
3. FEEL gently and carefully the injured area for swelling, or grating of broken bone.
- Call 911 immediately if there is any question that an injury or illness may be severe (such as an unconscious player, potential broken bone, blow to the head, or allergic reaction to insect bite).
- Designate a member of the coaching staff to monitor non-injured players and one to notify parents in the event of an emergency.
- MANAGERS AND COACHES – Bring to every practice, medical release forms, and this safety plan.  Do not begin a game or practice without having access to the first aid kits in the concession stand (BA) or the storage shed (WES).  Arrange to have a cellular phone available when your game or practice is at a facility that does not have a public phone.

DO NOT
1. Leave an injured or ill individual unattended.
2. Provide any food or beverages.
3. Administer any medications.
4. Transport an injured individual.
5. Allow players to play through pain. Child should be sidelined until pain subsides.

Blood safety
1. Refrain from direct contact if there is an open wound.
2. Wear protective gloves when treating a wound.
3. Stop bleeding by applying direct pressure with a gloved hand, clean and cover the wound.
4. Change bloodied clothing and clean blood from contaminated surfaces and equipment before resuming play.
5. Dispose of contaminated items in a heavy-duty Zip-loc bag.
6. Wash hands and skin immediately if contaminated with blood.

Reporting Incidents
- Report any injury or illness that requires first aid or emergency medical assistance to the Safety Committee within 24 hours.
- The Safety Committee shall contact the injured or ill person within 48 hours of receiving a report to check on his or her status, and, if necessary, to advise the parent or guardian of the Williamstown Cal Ripken Baseball’s insurance coverage and the provisions for submitting any claims.  The Safety Committee shall maintain periodic contact with the family until no further claims are expected and/or the individual is participating in the league again).


Safety Policies for Managers & Coaches

- Practice and play games only if weather, field conditions, and light are acceptable.
- Remove apparent glass and other foreign objects from field before use.  Notify the field committee of needed repairs.
- Inspect equipment regularly for condition and proper fit.  Keep bats and loose equipment off the field of play – store all team equipment within the equipment area of the team dugout. 
- Control the use of balls and bats.  Do not allow use of balls or bats in spectator or visitor areas.  Permit bat handling at the plate and in batting cage only.  Do not allow on-deck batters.
- Catchers must wear a catcher’s helmet and mask, throat guard, long model chest protector, shin guards and protective cup with athletic supporter, at all times, when catching or warming up pitchers.
- Batters must wear a batting helmet.  Rookie helmets must be fitted with a face cage.
- Remind players to be alert and watch the batter on each pitch.
- Space players during practice so that players and visitors are not endangered by wild throws or missed catches. 
- Managers and coaches should not warm up pitchers before or during a game.
- Do not use fixed bases for sliding practice.
- Close gates to the field during games.  Lock gates and buildings after games and practices.
- Do not leave children alone at playing fields following practices or games.
- Provide a water break at least every 20 minutes, encourage children to drink water or sports drinks (avoid caffeinated beverages) when weather is hot or humid.
- Water and clean cups should be available at each practice and all games.

Players
- Boys should wear athletic supporters.  Protective cups are required for all catchers, and recommended for all boys and girls.
- Players requiring glasses should wear safety glasses if possible.
- Do not wear watches or jewelry during games.
- Do not attempt to retrieve foul balls from the riverbank or parking areas.

Batting Cage Use
- Limited to 1 batter & 1 adult operator
- Close gate before use
- Batter must wear batting helmet
- Operator should wear safety glasses
- Operate machine behind netting
- Unplug and cover machine after use
- Close and lock gate when unattended

Visitors
- Drive slowly and watch for small children around parked cars.
- Observe all posted signs and be alert for foul balls and errant throws.
- Do not throw balls, swing bats, or climb fences.
- Do not use alcohol, tobacco, glass containers, or profanity.
 

Lightning Safety

LIGHTNING CAN STRIKE QUICKLY.  STOP PLAY AND MOVE CHILDREN TO A SHELTERED AREA IF YOU SEE LIGHTNING OR HEAR THUNDER.  IF THE WARNING SIREN SOUNDS, THE PLAYING FIELDS MUST BE VACATED IMMEDIATELY.  ONCE THE “ALL CLEAR” ALARM SOUNDS, PLAYERS AND SPECTATORS MAY RETURN TO THE FIELD.

WHEN YOU HEAR IT - CLEAR IT.  WHEN YOU SEE IT - FLEE IT.

Where NOT to Go
High places, open fields, isolated trees, dugouts, the concessions stand, the equipment shed, the batting cage, the canopies, or near flagpoles, light poles, bleachers (metal or wood), metal fences, and water.

Where to Go
No place is absolutely safe from the lightning threat, but some places are safer than others are.  Large enclosed shelters are the safest.  For the majority of participants, the best place to seek shelter is in a car, with the windows rolled up. 

If there is no place to go
If you are stranded in an open area and cannot get to shelter in a car, put your feet together, crouch down, and put your hands over your ears (to try and prevent eardrum damage).

About this safety plan
Portions of this safety plan were copied from the award winning Fairfax County Little League safety plan, and modified to suit the Williamstown Cal Ripken Baseball league.  This plan is offered as a tool to place some important information at the fingertips of managers, coaches, and other volunteers.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns about this plan please contact Peter Niemeyer at:  

Home: 458-4158 or Email:

Player Training Safety

Shoulder Safety

Great article and information about shoulder safety as it relates to pitching from our friends at Berkshire Orthopaedics.

http://www.berkshireorthopaedics.com/BOA_Pt_Ed_Shoulder.htm

Note: Be sure to check out the links under Coaches Corner on their site