Little League Baseball World Series Earns National Safety Award
The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) will honor the Little League Baseball World Series and 11 other venues or events with their first Facility Achievement Awards. The awards will be presented at the National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans on Aug. 4.
“Little League Baseball has to be commended for addressing significant safety and security concerns that existed with hosting the Little League Baseball World Series,” Louis Marciani, Director of the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security, said. “The foresight to enhance player identification, crowd monitoring, safeguarding families, medical intervention and evacuation planning has to be commended.”
The award was established after an advisory board meeting last year at the national center located in Hattiesburg, Miss., at the University of Southern Mississippi. The award acknowledges those facilities that have demonstrated an innovative approach to enhancing safety and security beyond their normal operations or have addressed a significant safety/security concern.
“The safety of everyone at the Little League Baseball World Series is always a major consideration of our organization,” Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said. “We have implemented policies and purchased equipment that provides a safe environment for the players, parents, and fans that attend the World Series. We also will continue to be pro-active in this area in the future.
“We are delighted to be recognized by the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security with this award because it shows us people in the security and safety industry recognize the efforts we make each year to make the World Series a safe event.”
Some of the things done at the Little League Baseball World Series to keep it a safe event and venue include, with the assistance of Lenel Systems International, badging of all players, coaches, volunteers and media members helping to secure the complex. With the badging system and the technology used by Lenel, the location of a player can be found in seconds in the case of an emergency.
In addition, the World Series complex utilizes surveillance equipment provided by Axis Communications.
Additional security also is provided by local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.
As part of the Little League Child Protection Program, in 2003, Little League was the first national youth sports organization to mandate background checks on coaches. Today, local league are required to perform background checks of all Little League volunteers. Each year at the Little League Baseball World Series, a background check is done on all volunteers and media members.
James Ferguson, Little League’s Director of Security, will attend the ceremony in New Orleans and accept the award on behalf of Little League International.
Other venues or events that will recognized along with Little League at the conference include: Ohio Stadium (Ohio State University); Beaver Stadium (Penn State University); Kyle Field (Texas A&M University); PPL Park (Philadelphia Union, Major League Soccer); The Staples Center (Los Angeles Lakers/Los Angeles Clippers, National Basketball Association); Gillette Stadium (New England Patriots, National Football League); New Meadowlands Stadium (New York Giants/New York Jets, National Football League); Kraft Nabisco Championship (Ladies Professional Golf Association); Wegmans Championship (Ladies Professional Golf Association); Safeco Field (Seattle Mariners, Major League Baseball); Joe Louis Arena (Detroit Red Wings, National Hockey League); and, Daytona International Speedway (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing).
In 2006, the University of Southern Mississippi announced the establishment of a ''first of its kind'' Center for Spectator Sports Security Management (CSSSM). In 2009, the Center for Spectator Sport Security Management (CSSSM) became the National Center for Spectator Sport Safety & Security (NCS4).
Little League’s Director of Security, James Ferguson (far right), is joined by Dr. Lou Marciani (far left), Director of the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4), and Deborah Chase, Product Area Director for Raytheon, after Little League Baseball was selected to receive the National Sport Safety and Security Facility Achievement Award. The award was presented to Mr. Ferguson at the annual NCS4 national safety conference in New Orleans.