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Pinole Hercules Little League is 2005 ASAP Award Winner

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 17, 2005) –Little League Baseball and Softball is intent on providing a rewarding experience for all Little Leaguers, and through ASAP (A Safety Awareness Program), it has helped its players, coaches, and volunteers play the game safely.

Started in 1995, ASAP encourages Little League volunteers to submit details of successful safety programs that have been adopted in their league for publication nationwide. The program enables local leagues to share concepts and methods of addressing safety issues, providing possible solutions to safety concerns. Since the in inception of the ASAP program, the number of injuries reported has been reduced by 75 percent

“This year, for the first time, we have ASAP participation in all 50 states, including a state with 100 percent participation,” said Dan Kirby, director of risk management for Little League Baseball and Softball. “West Virginia has all of its leagues involved in the ASAP program and other states have made great strides. It is our hope that other leagues will follow the lead of this year’s ASAP award winners, and better appreciate the importance of keeping all Little League players safe.”

The ASAP National Award went to Pinole Hercules (El Sobrante, Calif.) Little League of the Western Region, with league president Dan Dillon and umpire-in-chief Mark ODA accepting the award. The league won a new set of Musco ball field lights. Regional winners were:

  • Central Region: First place - Painesville Little League, Painesville, Ohio; Second place – Fairborn Little League, Fairborn, Ohio
  • South Region: First place – Capital Midwestern Little League, Charleston, W.V.; Second place - Unicoi County Little League, Unicoi County, Tenn.
  • East Region: First place - Homer Little League, Homer, N.Y.; Second place – Tri-Boro Little League, Bloomington, N.J.
  • West Region: First place – Pinole Hercules Little League, El Sabrante, Calif.; Second place – Benecia Little League, Benecia, Calif.
  • Southwest Region: First place - Sherwood Little League, Sherwood, Texas; Second place – Orange Grove Little League, Orange Grove, Texas

The ASAP initiative is co-sponsored by AIG Insurance and Musco Sports Lighting. It includes awards and incentives, a monthly newsletter, and insurance incentives. In addition, because of increased ASAP participation and reduced injury claims, the premiums for several states have been reduced in recent years - in an era when insurance rates seem only to be increasing.

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