Every year there are large amount of reported injuries caused by playing baseball. To avoid this, parents, coach and kids need to learn baseball safety. All injuries can’t be prevented from happening, but taking precautionary measures can at least give players the best possible chance for injury-free participation in the game. Here are some safety requirements and safety tips that every player, parent, and coach need to know:
1. Preseason Physical Examination – This physical examination should address the most likely areas of medical concern of a player. It will also identify youngsters who are at high risk of physical injury. Coaches are advised to let player’s parents or guardians sign a participation agreement form once the result has been released. Coaches should also ask for informed consent form from the parents or guardians that tell they are allowing the children to be treated in case of an emergency during the game or practice.
2. Always let kids wear helmets – Helmets should be worn by all players at bat and on the base paths. All base coaches, players rotating through the hitting drills, and players who are practicing their swings in the on-deck circle must also wear helmet. Coaches should encourage their players to stay alert during the game. Kids on the bench should also be taught to pay attention to what’s happening on the field.
3. Communication – Players need to communicate and call for the balls. This will prevent players chasing after fly balls collide with other players or objects such as fences while they run. Players in pursuit of the same fly ball can communicate by calling, “I’ve got it” or “You take it.”
4. Throwing safe – Coaches need to teach their players the proper, safe setup and execution of the throwing drill. Players should always throw ball in the outfield and be perpendicular to one of the two outfield foul lines. Players should never walk behind other throwers, they should throw in the same direction, and partners should make eye contact before making a throw.
5. Batting – To avoid any injury, players must stay clear of players who may be swinging bats. A player planning to swing must check all around him or her to make sure that no one is in jeopardy of being hit. Players should never stand behind a batter since it is possible for bats to be released in the follow through swing.
Baseball is a game played with swinging bats, hard balls, and fixed objects like fences. Common sense goes a long way in forming playing environment. Thus, it is very important for parents and coaches to guide kids in taking necessary safety precautions. One of the most effective ways that lets kids learn baseball safety is by using the discovery method, a technique where kids discover the answer for themselves.
It works by giving kids demonstration of the skill they need to do, then, letting players tell what is going on with the drill and letting them find out the technique or skill themselves.