Hopkins (Minn.) Area Little League is 2011 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 are determined and from that pool a national winner is selected.
Hopkins (Minn.) Area Little League has been named the recipient of the 2011 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 87 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 as safe as possible.”
The top two plans in each Little League region were:
- Central Region: Hopkins (Minn.) Area Little League; Riverfield Little League (Anderson, Ind.)
- Southeastern Region: Bristol (Tenn.) Little League; Capital Midwestern Little League (Charleston, W. Va.)
- Western Region: Rancho Niguel Little League (Laguna Niguel, Calif.); Chino (Calif.) American Little League
- Eastern Region: Clymer (Pa.) Little League; Thompson (Conn.) Little League
- Southwestern Region: Oak Ridge Woodlands Area Little League (The Woodlands, Texas)
- Southern Little League (San Angelo, Texas)
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 $682,925 in monetary incentives were distributed in July to local leagues and districts.
The typical ASAP program put together by a local league includes such safety measures as emergency procedures for inclement weather, procedures to follow in the case of a serious injury and a procedure to track/report injuries, the election of the safety officer, putting together a list of emergency contact information, annual fundamental training of league personnel on first aid and proper baseball instructional techniques, and facility maintenance and a tracking system for facility upgrades.
The national winner, Hopkins Area Little League, received 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 received a trip for two to the World Series and $500 while the regional runner-up receives $500.
More information on Little League Baseball and Softball’s ASAP initiative can be found on the Little League web site at: http://www.littleleague.org/learn/programs/asap/SafetyRequirementsExplained.htm.