Each local Little League in the United States is unique to its community or neighborhood, but operating a safe and healthy program is a constant, common goal. To help guide local programs, A Safety Awareness Program (ASAP) includes 16 requirements that were developed to encourage responsible best practices in support of a rewarding, and safer, Little League experience.
Have an active Safety Officer on file with Little League International.
This position needs to be a dedicated person.
Update your Little League officers via the Data Center.
PUBLISH and distribute a paper copy of the applicable safety manual to all appropriate and applicable volunteers.
Print and distribute the safety plan to all staff: concession manual to concession workers, equipment policies to facilities crew, first aid to managers and coaches, etc. Keep copies in common areas for all volunteers.
While safety plans may be posted on the internet, individuals must be provided with printed copies to carry with them to the areas where their duties are performed.
Samples can be found in the example safety manuals on the Safety Program Page
Include all relevant material for coaches, including these minimum standards.
Keep a complete copy for your league. Send a copy to your District Administrator or District Safety Officer. Little League International does not keep copies for leagues’ future use.
Post and distribute emergency and key officials’ phone numbers.
- Include league president and safety officer, consider head umpire, board members.
- Include emergency procedures for handling injuries and who to contact to track/report them.
- Include emergency phone numbers for ambulance, police, fire department, etc.
Use the Little League official Volunteer Application Form and check for sexual abuse.
Information on how to utilize this benefit, as well as how to conduct background checks, can be found on the Child Protection Program page.
Important: Anyone refusing to fill out the Volunteer Application is ineligible to be even a league member.
Provide and require fundamentals training, with at least one coach or manager from each team attending (fundamentals including hitting, sliding, fielding, pitching, etc.).
It is not necessary for the first aid and fundamentals training to be held before your league’s Safety Plan is submitted. It is acceptable for scheduled dates/locations to be listed to meet the requirement.
Document the date, location, and who is required to attend as well as who did attend. Intent is to provide training to ALL coaches and managers; a minimum of one participant per team must attend training annually.
Training qualifies a volunteer for 3 years; but one team representative is still required each year to attend the training.
High school, college or experienced league coaches can be great resources to provide the training to a league’s coaches/managers.
Break down the training to specific divisions of play, giving the needed information for Minor Leagues separate from Little League, or Juniors, Seniors, etc. Provide training appropriate to the age and skills of the players involved. Give softball and baseball specific training as needed.
Districts can assist by providing training sessions on a district-wide basis.
Training should be modified annually to meet the local needs of players and their facilities.
Require first-aid training for coaches and managers, with at least one coach or manager from each team attending.
It is not necessary for the first aid and training fundamentals to be held before Safety Plan is submitted. It is acceptable for scheduled dates/locations to be listed to meet requirement.
Due to their training and education, it is not necessary for licensed medical doctors, licensed registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and paramedics to attend first aid training in order to meet requirement; however, it is recommended that leagues utilize these professionals from their league/community to present the training.
Other individuals who attend various outside first aid training and courses are not exempt.
Document the date, location, and who is required to attend as well as who did attend. Again, the intent is to provide training to ALL team coaches/managers; a minimum of one participant per team must attend training annually.
Training qualifies volunteer for 3 years, but one team representative still needed each year.
Require coaches/umpires to walk fields for hazards before use.
Recommend leagues use form to track and document any facility issues needing to be fixed.
Common sense activity — look for rocks, glass, holes, etc.
Specify who is responsible for doing this — home coach, visitors, umpire, or all?
Complete the annual Little League Facility Survey
As a requirement each year, it can help leagues find and correct facility concerns.
This data must be submitted via the Little League Data Center
Keep a copy on file for future needs; Little League does not maintain copies of surveys.
Excel spreadsheet and PDF available below for easy filing or recording for future use and records.
Have written safety procedures for concession stand; concession manager trained in safe food handling/prep and procedures.
Local restaurant operators are good resources for training assistance.
Training should also cover safe use, care and inspection of equipment.
Require regular inspection and replacement of equipment.
Coaches and umpires inspect equipment before each use by players.
Don’t just discard bad equipment: destroy it or make it unusable to stop children from attempting to “save it” from waste.
Recommend use of form to remind coaches and to track equipment needs.
Implement prompt accident reporting and tracking procedures.
Requiring accident forms be filed with safety officer within 24-48 hours of an incident is common.
Track “near-misses” as a proactive tool to evaluate practices and avoid future injuries.
Share information on accidents and “near-misses” with District staff.
Forms are available below and on the Forms & Publications page.
Require a first-aid kit at each game and practice.
Many leagues have a complex, but each team needs some form of first-aid kit for off-site practices or travel/tournament games.
Local hospitals and medical supply companies are good sources.
If necessary, fund through special drive.
Enforce Little League rules including proper equipment.
Most Little League rules have some basis in safety — follow them.
Ensure players have required equipment at all times, even catchers warming up during infield.
Make sure coaches and managers enforce rules at practices as well as games.
Make sure all fields have all bases that disengage from their anchors, as required starting in 2008.
Remind managers, coaches they are not allowed to catch pitchers (Rule 3.09); this includes standing at backstop during practice as informal catcher for batting practice.
League Player Registration Data or Player Roster Data, Coach and Manager Data
- This data must be submitted via the Little League Data Center
Mandatory requirement for an approved ASAP plan.
This requirement requests that local league report their best safety practices and any recent initiatives to better the Little League experience. Sharing a local league’s efforts to operate a safe, healthy Little League program; and the best practices used to achieve such safety goals, creates the opportunity to benefit the entire program.
Qualified Safety Plan Registration Form
Your Safety Plan will not be shown as received without this form.