Safety Plan

Table of Contents:

1.   2024 Asap Introduction

2. Clinton Little League Safety Mission

3.  Important Phone numbers

4.  Safety Code

5. Clinton Little League Code of Conduct

6. Safety Procedures

A. Child Protection

B. Communicable Disease

C. Lighting

D. Field Maintenance and Equipment storage

E. Batting Cage

F. Heat Stress Awareness

G.CLL Accident Reporting Procedure

7. 2024 CLL Player / Parent Expectations

ASAP Requirements Cross Reference

1.      Safety Officer

2.      Plan distribution

3.      Emergency Plan

4.      Volunteer Application

5.      Training

6.      First Aid Training

7.      Field Conditions

8.      Facility Survey

9.      Concession Stand Safety--- (Not Applicable)

10.  Equipment Check

11.  Accident Reporting

12.  First Aid Kits

13.  Enforcing Little League Rules

14.  Player/Coach Data (Submitted Separately)

15.  Answer Survey Questions (Submitted Separately)                       


ASAP- What is it? ASAP (A Safety Awareness Program) was introduced with the goal of re-emphasizing the position of safety officer. “To create awareness, through education and information, of the opportunities to provide a safer environment for kids and all percipients of Little league Baseball” This manual is offered as a tool to place some important information at the Managers and coaches fingertips.

Used in conjunction with the little league Rule book, Local Option Rules, the play it safe book, Protecting young pitchers Arm guide, and training for managers, Coaches and other Volunteers, This manual is part of our overall safety plan for our league.

Please read through this manual thoroughly and share it with your team. Safety is both an Individual and team effort. If there are any questions, Contact the Clinton Little League Safety officer- See the list of IMPORTANT NUMBERS for contact can be found on the next page.


This Manual is Provided to:

-          Each team Manager

-          All CLL board members

-          District 9 Safety Officer

-          All Parents By posting of the Safety Plan on www.clintonbaseball.net

2.      Safety Mission:

Clinton little league Strives to provide a fun and safe environment for the enjoyment of the game of Baseball/Softball for our players, parents, volunteers and spectators. CLL will pursue well maintained Playing fields and safety conscious coaches and volunteers.


Clinton Police/ Fire Dept.                            911

Clinton Police (Local/Non-Emergency)     (860)-669-0451

Middlesex Hospital Shoreline Clinic          (860)-358-3700

Yale New Haven Shoreline Clinic               (860)-453-7123

Williamsport Insurance Center                  (570)- 327-1674

                   CLL Board of Directors:

League President- Chris Nowell

League Vice President- Vacant

League Secretary- Vacant

League Treasurer- Gina Berrios

League Safety Officer- Chris Clarke

League Player Agent- Nick Meder

League Sponsorships- Dan Wilson

League Equipment Manager- Peter Scranton

League Social Media Director- Michelle Bailey

League Scheduling- Vacant

League Uniform Coordinator- Vacant

Umpire in Chief- Nick Meder     


4.         Safety Code:

·         Responsibility for safety procedures should be that of an adult member of the league.

·         Arrangements should be made in advance of all games and practices for emergency medical services. Emergency phone numbers will be in place at all equipment boxes at fields.

·         First Aid supplies/kits will be provided to each team.

·         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 by coach’s frequently for holes, damage, rocks, glass, etc. - If issues aren’t noted on a playing field, please inform HSLL Safety Officer.

·         All team equipment should be stored within the team dugout, or behind screens, and NOT within the area defined by 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 if a player assigned for this purpose, or the team’s manager and coaches.

·         Procedure should be established for retrieving foul balls batted out of play.

·         During practice and games, all players should be alert and watching the batter each pitch.

·         During warm up drills players should be spaced out so that no one is endangered by wild throws or miss catches.

·         All pregame warm ups should be confined to the playing field.

·         Equipment should be inspected regularly for the condition of the equipment, as well as for proper fit. Broken equipment must be replaced.

·         Batters must wear Little League approved helmets during batting practice and games.

·         Catchers must wear catcher’s helmet, mask, throat guard, long model chest protector, shin guards and protective cup with athletic supporter at all times for all practices and games. NO EXCEPTIONS.

·         Catcher must wear catcher’s helmet, mask and throat guard when warming up pitchers. - Managers and Coach’s may not warm up pitchers before or during game (Rule 3.09).

·         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 games breakaway bases will be used.

·         At no time should “horse play” be permitted on the playing field.

·         On deck batters are not permitted (except for junior’s division).

·         All volunteers must fill out the 2024 Little League Volunteer Application Form and consent to a mandatory background check. - Anyone who refuses a background check is ineligible to be a volunteer.

·         The Safety Officer will perform an annual safety inspection of the CLL facilities. Deficiencies shall be communicated to the league president and resolved appropriately.

The annual Little League survey will be submitted to Little League International with the submission of this annual safety plan and the safety plan registration form. - League registration data and/or roster data and coach/manager data will be uploaded to the 

Little League Data Center upon closing of registration.    

5.         Code of Conduct:

• A Speed limit of 5 mph in parking lots while attending any Little League Function.

• Watch for small children moving between and around parked cars.

• No alcohol allowed in any parking lot, field, or common areas within CLL fields.

 • No playing in parking lots at any time.

• No Profanity

• No swinging bats or throwing baseballs at any time outside designated areas. Players not batting should not have a bat in their hand.

• No throwing balls against dug out walls or fences.

• No throwing rocks. No climbing fences.

• Observe all posted signs. Players and spectators should be alert at all times for foul balls and errant throws.

After each game each team must clean up trash in dugout. 

Failure to comply with the above may result in expulsion from CLL field or complexes. 


6.         Safety Procedure:


1. All volunteers having repeated access to the children of the league must complete a 2024 Little League Volunteer Application form, and will be checked for sexual offenses against children. This includes all board members, managers, coaches, and team parents. 


1. Bleeding must be stopped, the open wound covered, and the uniform changed if there is blood on it before the athlete continues.

2. Routinely use gloves to prevent mucous membrane exposure when contact with blood or other body fluids are anticipated (provided in first aid kits).

3. Immediately wash hands and other skin surface if contaminated with blood.

4. Clean all blood contaminated surfaces and equipment.

5. Managers, coaches and volunteers with open wounds should refrain from direct contact until the condition is resolved. Follow accepted guidelines in the immediate control of bleeding and disposal when handling bloody dressings, mouth guards and other articles containing body fluids.                                                


At Practices......

1. Be aware of weather reports before heading to practice.

2. At the first sign of approaching weather or sound of thunder, stop practice immediately and get everyone into cars. DO NOT congregate under trees or near metal fences / backstops.

3. DO NOT wait for the first sign of lightning. The first one could be the one that hits you!

4. Do not resume practice until weather has safely passed. 

Managers are responsible for player’s safety at practices... DO NOT RISK SAFETY!! 

At Games...

1. Same rules follow as practice, be aware of weather reports prior to games.

2. First sight of lightning all players, managers, coaches and spectators must get to vehicles and cannot return to field until lightning has not struck within 30 mins.

3. 30 minutes resets every lightning strike.

Field Maintenance and Storage Procedures 

1. All individuals using equipment sheds are aware of their responsibilities for the orderly and safe storage of rakes, bases, nets, etc.

2. before using any machinery located in shed please locate and read operating procedures for that equipment.

3. No one under the age of 18 is allowed in shed or storage facility. 

Batting Cage Procedure 

1. A maximum of 2 children are allowed in cage at a time... a batter with proper batting 

helmet and catcher in full gear if desired.

2.      No players should be swinging a bat outside the cages unless in a designated warm up area.

3.      Throwing balls in the area around the cage is not allowed. 

Heat Stress Awareness

Make sure to allow breaks that provide fluid consumption and shade from the sun.

Be aware of the following- 

Signs and Symptoms: 

• Mild - sweating, irritability, heat cramps 

• Moderate - (Heat Exhaustion) - excessive sweating, weakness, dizziness, cold skin, pale/ clammy 

• Severe - (Heat Stroke) - lack of sweat (hot dry skin), headache, nausea, confused/ dizzy, rapid pulse. 

Remember to get help immediately if moderate or severe cases are suspected.                                                     

Accident Reporting Procedure 

What to report - An incident that causes any player, manager, coach, umpire or volunteer to receive medical treatment and/or first aid must be reported to the Safety Officer, Player Agent and League President. This includes passive treatments such as the evaluation and diagnosis of the extent of the injury or period of rest. 

When to report - All such incidents described above must be reported to the Safety Officer, Player Agent, and the league President within 48 hours of the incident. (See Important contacts for numbers). 

How to make the report - Use the accident report form given to you with this safety manual. It is recommended to use Appendix 1, incident/injury report. You will need the following information: 

• The name and phone number of the individual involved. 

• The date, time, and location of the incident. 

• As detailed as possible a description of the incident. 

• The preliminary estimation of the extent of any injuries. 

• The name and phone number of the person reporting the incident. 

Safety Officers Responsibility - Within 48 hours of receiving the incident report, the Safety Officer will contact the injured party or the party’s parents and (1) verify the information received; (2) obtain any other information deemed necessary; (3) check on the status of the injured party; and (4) in the event that the party required medical treatment ( I.e., emergency room visit, doctors visit, etc.) will advise the parent or guardian of the CLL insurance coverages and the provisions for submitting claims. 

If the extent of the injuries is more than minor in nature, the Safety Officer shall periodically call the injured party to (1) check the status of any injuries, and (2) to check if any other assistance is necessary in areas such as submission of insurance forms, etc. until such time as the incident is considered closed. 

If any league office reporting is required, the Safety Officer shall be responsible to ensure process is completed in a timely manner.  


Safety Officer Contact:

Chris Clarke: (860)-552-9724

 [email protected]

(Be sure to CC: [email protected])                          


7.         Expectations:

What, as a manager, do I expect from my players? 

• Be on time for all practices and games. 

• To always do their best whether on the field or the bench. 

• To be cooperative at all times and share team duties. 

• To respect not only others, but themselves as well. 

• To try not to become upset at their own mistakes or those of others ... we will all make our share this year and we must support each other. 

• To understand that winning is only important if you can accept losing, as both are important parts of any sport. 


What can you and your child expect from me? 

• To be on time for all practices and games. 

• To be as fair as possible in giving playing time to all players. 

• To do my best to teach the fundamentals of the game. 

• To be positive and respect each child as an individual. 

• To set reasonable expectations for each child and for the season. 

• To teach the players the value of winning and losing. 

• To be open to ideas, suggestions or help. 

• To never get loud in an angry manner Toward any member of the opposing team or umpires.

Any confrontation will be handled in a respectful, quiet and individual manner. 


What do I expect from you as parents and family? 

• To come out and enjoy the game. Cheer to make all players feel important. 

• To allow me to coach and run the team. 

• To try not to question my leadership. All players will make mistakes and so will I. 

• Do not yell at me, the players or the umpires. We are responsible for setting examples for our children. We must be the role models in society today. If we eliminate negative comments, the children will have an opportunity to play without unnecessary pressures and will learn the value of sportsmanship. 

• If you wish to question my strategies or leadership, please do not do it in front of the players or fans. My phone will be available for you to call any time if you have concern. It will also be available if you wish to offer your services at practice. A helping hand is always welcome. 

• Finally, don’t expect the majority of children playing Little League baseball to have MLB skills. We hear all our lives that we learn from our mistakes. Let’s allow them to make their mistakes, but always be there with encouragement and positive support to lift their attitudes no matter the situation.

                                                      Let’s Play Ball!

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