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Safety Program

Sammamish Little League Safety Program

The goal of the Sammamish Little League Safety Program is twofold:

  1. to establish education and awareness channels for matters of safety and well-being of player, families and staff, and
  2. to establish guidelines and operational procedures that will help ensure safety objectives are met.

All Sammamish Little League participants, volunteers, spectators, and guests are responsible for helping create a safe environment for one another.

The Safety Officer is responsible for maintaining and overseeing the Safety Program. One of his primary responsibilities is to create awareness, through education, documentation and communication, of safety matters and to establish guidelines and policies that will help provide the safe environment for players, families and staff alike. The Safety Officer updates the Safety Plan prior to each season. Once approved by the Board, the Safety Plan is files with Little League, Inc., published with the updated Local Rules and Operating Guidenlines and distributed to the Manager/Coaches as part of the required annual Safety Training prior to the start of the season.

Please take the time to read through this year’s Safety Plan. In it you’ll find:

  • Program Overview
  • Safety Officer and SLL Board Responsibilities
  • Coach and Manager Responsibilities
  • Parent Responsibilities
  • Facility and Equipment Safety Guidelines
  • Guidelines for Injury Prevention and Recognition
  • Injury Reporting and Instructions for Medical and Dental Claims
  • and more…

Little League’s Child Protection program - The Little League Child Protection Program seeks to educate children and volunteers in ways to prevent child abusers from becoming involved in the local league. A core element of the SLL Safety Program is ensuring all volunteers with access to minors pass a criminal history and background check through the United States Department of Justice National Sex Offender Registry (www.nsopr.gov). For this reason, Sammamish Little League requires all volunteers who have direct access to children as part of their volunteer service to register as a volunteer and pass the criminal background check prior to volunteeting.  Learn more about Little League’s Child Protection program HERE.

Pitch Count Limits by Little League – Little League publishes official regulations and playing rules each year which include setting limits on the number of pitches and/or innings a player may pitch in specified time frames (view Pitch Count and Days of Rest Rules HERE). Coaches and managers should know these rules well since they are accountable not only to their local league officials but to Little League International for complying with the established limits.

Reporting an injury* - In the unfortunate case a player sustains an injury while participating in league activities, follow these initial steps (links to all instructions and forms are in the Safety Plan):

  1. Treat the injury and seek professional medical attention without delay as appropriate. At all times, an injury should be immediately reported to an SLL coach or manager – even if it’s a coach or manager of another team.
  2. Notify the SLL Safety Officer by email (provided below) of the incident within 24 hours.
  3. Complete the Injury/Incident report and send to SLL Safety Officer within 48 hours.

After initial reporting of the incident to the SLL Safety Officer, it’s required that an AIG accident notification form be received by Little League International within 20 days of the incident. The Safety Officer can guide you though that process and further steps, as appropriate.

If you have any questions about anything covered above or in the Safety Plan – or related to safety and not covered in the plan – please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly - that’s what I’m here for.

Thank you,

Tom Craig, safety@sammamishlittleleague.org
Sammamish Little League Safety Officer

Mandatory Safety Training for Coaches

Sammamish Little League requires at least one Coach or Manager from each team attend the annual Safety Training. The 2018 season training will take place on the following date:

Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Location: TBD

Safety Program Documents