Safety Tips

While safety gear is minimal in baseball, it is essential to preventing serious injuries that can occur from being hit by balls, bats and collisions with other players. Following a few safety tips can keep athletes in the game:

  • Wear a batting helmet that fits correctly and won’t fall off while running the bases.
  • Select a bat that’s the correct size and weight.
  • Make sure catchers wear full gear, including facemasks, chest protectors and shin guards.
  • Inspect the field for hazards, such as holes in the outfield, prior to the game.
  • Keep a well-stocked first aid kit and charged cell phone in the dugout.
  • Have a cooler with ice in plastic bags for injuries that occur during the game.
  • Directly notify parents of any injuries their child has sustained.
  • Know when to call 911. Players who suffer head and neck injuries should not be moved. A player who loses consciousness requires immediate medical attention.
  • Learn to recognize the signs of heat illness. Signs and symptoms may include thirst, confusion, dizziness and nausea.
  • Practice during cooler times of the day. Avoid practicing during midday, while temperatures are at their highest.
  • Take plenty of scheduled water breaks in the shade. Allow players unrestricted access to water between scheduled water breaks.
  • Apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. Reapply every 30 to 60 minutes, to compensate for excessive sweating.
  • Stop play immediately and seek shelter if you hear thunder or see lightning.