Is it Safe to Play?

Is it Safe to Play?

Have you ever wondered what goes in to making sure your children are safe playing recreational sports? Whether it’s baseball, softball or soccer, there is a lot of work that gets done behind the scenes before players step foot on a field.

Little League International mandates that several areas of safety are addressed prior to giving authorization to conduct play. An ASAP (A Safety Awareness Program) plan must be submitted annually by each little league organization. The ASAP mission is "to create awareness, through education and information, of the opportunities to provide a safer environment for kids and all participants of Little League Baseball."

The Safety Program covers the overall safety code of the organization. The first section of the code deals with extensive background checks on all managers, coaches, volunteers and others that may be working closely with children. This includes board members, umpires/referees, team parent, concession workers, etc. This is a vital first step in ensuring your children’s safety.

A good safety plan also includes a player and spectator code of conduct, accident and injury reporting and tracking system, communicable disease procedures, an injury do’s and don’ts list, player and coach expectations for practice and play, maps of the facility, key contact information and telephone numbers, concession stand policies and procedures, hazardous weather condition and lightning policies, and maps and directions to area medical facilities.

The plan should also address daily field inspections to include surrounding areas, parking lots, playgrounds, bleachers, etc. Conditions can change daily at sports complexes due to usage or weather conditions.

Taking the time to check with your local organizations on their safety protocols prior to, and during, the season can help make what are already great times and memories even better. And while you’re at it, take an extra minute or two to thank those volunteers that help make these sporting events not only fun but safe.

The IMT Loss Control Department has resources available to help our agents and insureds in their efforts to reduce exposures and injuries while promoting safety at the workplace and in the home.  Please contact your local IMT Group Agent or our office if you would like additional information.

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