- I trust in God.
- I love my country.
- I will respect its laws.
- I will play fair and try to win but win or lose I will always do my best.
Little League Pledge
- I will teach all children to play fair and do their best.
- I will positively support all managers, coaches and players.
- I will respect the decisions of the umpires.
- I will praise a good effort despite the outcome of the game.
While studies show that Little League Baseball and Softball is safe, it is important that you are aware of the risks that may occur both on and off the field. Little League Baseball and Softball, along with Musco Lighting and AIG Insurance, have produced an in-depth league safety program called “A Safety Awareness Program,” or “ASAP.” For more information on the ASAP program, click here.
Ten Commandments of Safety
- Be alert!
- Check playing field for safety hazards
- Wear proper equipment
- Ensure equipment is in good condition
- Ensure first aid is available
- Maintain control of the situation
- Maintain discipline
- Safety is a team sport
- Be organized
- HAVE FUN!
Safety Code for Little League
- Responsibility for safety procedures should be that of an adult member of the local league.
- Arrangements should be made in advance of all games and practices for emergency medical services.
- Managers, coaches and umpires should have some training in first-aid. First-aid kit should be available at the field.
- No games or practice should be held when weather or field conditions are not good, particularly when lighting is inadequate.
- Play area should be inspected frequently for holes, damage, glass and other foreign objects.
- Dugouts and bat racks should be positioned behind screens.
- Only players, managers, coaches, and umpires are permitted on the playing field during play and practice sessions.
- Responsibility for keeping bats and loose equipment off the field of play should be that of a regular player assigned for this purpose.
- Procedure should be established for retrieving foul balls batted out of the playing area.
- 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 catches.
- Equipment should be inspected regularly. Make sure it fits properly.
- Batters must wear approved protective helmets during practice and during games.
- Catchers must wear catcher’s helmet, mask, throat protector, long model chest protector, shin-guards and male catchers must wear a protective supporter at all times.
- Except when runner is returning to a base, head first slides are not permitted (12 years old and under).
- During sliding practice bases should not be strapped down and should be located away from the base anchoring system.
- At no time should “horse play” be permitted on the playing field.
- Parents of players who wear glasses should be encouraged to provide “safety glasses.”
- Players must not wear watches, rings, pins, jewelry or other metallic items.
- Catchers must wear catcher’s helmet and mask with a throat protector in warming up pitchers. This applies between innings and in bull pen practice.
- Make sure that all team equipment has been inspected by a Little League official to ensure that it is functioning properly.
- Make sure that children do not climb on fences surrounding the playing fields.
- Check playing fields before games and practices for holes, large rocks or sticks, and anything else that may cause interference for players.
- Make sure that players warm up and stretch before practices and games.
- Make sure that your child drinks plenty of fluids not only while playing, but also throughout the day before practices and games.
- Treat minor injuries with RICE – Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.
- Post warning signs in foul ball areas.
- Enforce bike helmet laws if children are riding to/from playing facilities.
- Be sure that you have enough seatbelts for everyone in the vehicle when you are transporting players.
- Watch for signs of heat exhaustion when playing in extreme heat.
- Schedule practices before noon or in the evening to avoid the hottest hours of the day.
- Schedule multiple drink breaks during practices and games.
Be aware of threatening weather. Practices and games should be stopped immediately at the first sign of lightning and shelter should be sought immediately.
Your child’s coach should contact you via phone regarding the postponement or cancellation of games. Occasionally, the umpire is required to call a game prior to its completion. When this occurs, your child’s coach will inform you about make-up dates.
Should you encounter a tornado, seek shelter in a nearby permanent building. If not available, head for a low spot such as a ditch or ravine and cover your head. Do not seek shelter in automobiles or attempt to outrun tornadoes in your vehicle.
Things You Should Know
Teach children the dangers of talking to and accepting anything from strangers. This includes someone who may offer to play “catch” with them or to give them a ride home.
Tell children to report any stranger who approaches them. Make sure that at least one adult remains until all children have been picked up from practices and games.
Give your child a code word to use when you have someone else pick him/her up. This way your child will know not to go with a stranger who does not know your code word.
Do not put the names of players on uniforms or openly on equipment. This will prevent strangers from being able to convince children that they know them.
Cleaning Your Uniform
Most Little League uniforms are made of cotton and polyester. To remove stains caused by grass or dirt, it is important to wash your uniform as soon as possible. Gently rubbing a mix of cool water and a small amount of liquid or powdered detergent directly onto the stained area before washing will help prevent the stain from setting in.
Pitch Count Regulations