Red Rock Little League in Las Vegas is 2010 ASAP Winner
One of the major considerations in every decision made by Little League Baseball and Softball is the safety of the players, coaches and volunteers in the program. In 1995, ASAP (A Safety Awareness Program) was established to encourage local leagues to formulate a safety program that could be used as their guideline.
Since the program’s inception, the top two plans in each of the five Little League Regions have been selected and from that pool a national winner is selected.
Redrock Little League in Las Vegas, Nev., has been named the recipient of the 2010 ASAP National Award.
ASAP encourages Little League volunteers to submit details of successful safety programs that have been adopted in their league so ideas can be shared nationwide. The program enables local leagues to share concepts and methods of addressing safety issues and providing possible solutions to safety concerns. Since the inception of the ASAP program, the number of injuries reported has been reduced by 75 percent.
“Participation by the local leagues in the ASAP program continues to reinforce Little League’s commitment to health and safety,” Dan Kirby, Director of Rick Management for Little League Baseball and Softball, said. “Those involved in ASAP provide their communities with the assurance these leagues give top priority to the well-being of the children and volunteers. Participation in this volunteer program is at 86 percent, which is a tribute to those volunteers who recognize the value of the program. It is our hope other leagues will follow the lead of this year’s ASAP award winners and the importance of keeping all Little League participants safe.”
The top two plans in each Little League region were:
- Central Region: Hopkins (Minn.) Area Little League; Clyde (Ohio) Little League
- Southeast Region: Capital Midwestern Little League (Charleston, W. Va.); Southside Little League (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)
- West Region: Redrock Little League (Las Vegas, Nev.); Rancho Niguel Little League (Laguna Niguel, Calif.)
- East Region: Felton (Del.) Little League; Clymer (Pa.) Little League
- Southwest Region: Oakridge Woodlands Area Little League (The Woodlands, Texas); Goliad County (Texas) Little League
The ASAP initiative is co-sponsored by Chartis Insurance and Musco Sports Lighting. As part of the program a monthly newsletter is produced and more than $661,000 in monetary incentives were distributed in July to local leagues and districts. In addition, in times of escalating insurance rates, because of increased ASAP participation and reduced injury claims, the premiums for several states has fallen in recent years while others have held steady.
The national winner, Redrock Little League, will receive a trip for two to the Little League Baseball World Series, $500 and lighting for one of its Little League fields from Musco. Each regional winner receives a trip for two to the World Series and $500 while the regional runner-up receives $500.
Little League Baseball and Softball is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with more than 2.6 million players and 1 million adult volunteers in every U.S. state and scores of other countries.