Safety

The Thunderbird Little League Safety Code has been adopted by the Board of Directors and is enforced by the Director of Safety, the League's Vice Presidents, and the Player Agents. All league officers, participants, employees and volunteers are required to abide by this code.

It is the job of the Director of Safety to make any revisions to the Safety Code from year to year, as necessary.

Please view the League's most current Safety Plan HERE.

Bellevue Thunderbird Little League Safety Code

  • All managers, coaches, board members and any other persons, volunteers or hired workers, who provide regular services to the league and/or have repetitive access to or contact with players or teams must fill out application form (see page 28) as well as provide a government-issued photo identification card for ID verification.
  • Responsibility for Safety procedures should be that of an adult member of Thunderbird Little League.
  • Arrangements should be made in advance of all games and practices for emergency medical services.
  • Thunderbird Little League requires either one coaches/managers from each team to attend fundamentals training and first aid training for the 2005 season. Thunderbird Little League will continue to require coaches/managers to attend at least once every three years for fundamentals training and first aid training. The league will keep attendance records. Annually, everyone will be notified via email of their training status.
  • First-aid kits are issued to each team manager and are located at each concession stand. First aid kits are required at all practices and games.
  • No games or practices should be held when weather or field conditions are not good, particularly when lighting is inadequate.
  • Managers, coaches and Umpires should inspect play areafrequently for holes, damage, stones, glass and other foreign objects. This should also take place before every practice or game.
  • All team equipment should be stored within the team dugout, or behind screens, and not within the area defined by the umpires as "in play".
  • Only players, managers, coaches, and umpires are permitted on the playing field or in the dugout during games and practice sessions
  • Responsibility for keeping bats and loose equipment off the field of play should be that of a player assigned for this purpose or the team's manager and coaches.
  • Procedure should be established for retrieving foul balls batted out of playing area.
  • During practice and games, all players should be alert and watching the batter on each pitch.
  • During warm-up drills players should be spaced so that no one is endangered by wild throws or missed catches.
  • Equipment should be inspected regularly by the manger and/or coach for the condition of the equipment as well as for proper fit.
  • Batters must wear Little League approved protective helmets during batting practice and games.
  • Catcher must wear catcher's helmet, mask, throat guard, long model chest protector, shin guards and protective cup with athletic supporter at all times (males) for all practices and games. NO EXCEPTIONS. Managers should encourage all male players to wear protective cups and supporters for practices and games.
  • Except when runner is returning to a base, head first slides are not permitted.
  • During sliding practice, bases should not be strapped down or anchored.
  • At no time should "horse play" be permitted on the playing field
  • Parents of players who wear glasses should be encouraged to provide "safety glasses"
  • Player must not wear watches, rings, pins or metallic items during games and practices.
  • The Catcher must wear catcher's helmet and mask with a throat guard in warming up pitchers. This applies between innings and in the bull-pen during a game and also during practices
  • Managers and Coaches may not warm up pitchers before or during a game.
  • On-deck batters are not permitted (except in the Juniors Division)
  • All pre-game warm-ups should be performed within the confines of the playing field and not within areas that are frequented by, and thus endanger, spectators (i.e., playing catch, pepper, swinging bats, etc.)