Bergenfield Little League Safety Code The Bergenfield Little League Safety Code has been adopted by the Board of Directors and is enforced by the Director of Safety, the League's Presidents, Directors of Minors, Directors of Juniors, Directors of T-Ball, and the Challenger Director. All league officers, participants, employees, and volunteers are required to abide by this code and enforce its provisions. It is the job of the Director of Safety to make any revisions to the Safety Code from year to year, as necessary.
• Responsibility for safety procedures should be that of an adult member of Bergenfield Little League.
• Arrangements should be made in advance of all games and practices for emergency medical services.
• Managers, coaches, and umpires should have training in first aid. First-aid kits are issued to each team manager and are located at each concession stand.
• No games or practices 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, stones, glass, and any other hazards.
• All team equipment should be stored within the team dugout, or behind screens, and not within the area defined by the umpires as "in play".
• 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 a player assigned for this purpose or the team's manager and coaches.
• Procedures should be established for retrieving foul balls batted out of 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 for the condition of the equipment as well as for proper fit.
• Batters must wear Little League approved protective helmets during batting practice and games.
• Catcher must wear catcher's helmet, mask, throat guard, long model chest protector, shin guards and protective cup with athletic supporter at all times (males) for all practices and games. NO EXCEPTIONS. Managers should encourage all male players to wear protective cups and supporters for practices and games.
• Except when runner is returning to a base, head first slides are not permitted
• During sliding practice, bases should not be strapped down or anchored.
• 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."
• Player must not wear watches, rings, pins or metallic items during games or practices.
• The catcher must wear catcher's helmet and mask with a throat guard when warming up Pitchers. This applies between innings and in the bull-pen during a games and practices.
• Managers and Coaches may not warm up pitchers before or during a game.
• On-deck batters are not permitted • All pre-game warm-ups should be performed within the confines of the playing field and not within areas that are frequented by, and thus, endanger spectators (i.e., playing catch, pepper, swinging bats, etc.)
The Number-one Risk of Arm Injuries Continues to be Year-round Play
Safety Manual Link
Resource Guide - Risk Management
Safety Forms links
Injury Tracking Form