As a volunteer organization, Glebe Little League’s primary goal has always been to offer players an experience that is healthy, safe and fun. While the League makes efforts to ensure a secure environment, responsibility for the safety and security of the players is shared among parents, umpires, coaches and League Officials. Coaches must agree to undergo a Police Check each season.
A few key safety rules that deal with the prime risks of injury:
- Until Junior division, only ONE player may even hold a bat during a game, and only when getting ready to take to the plate.
- Batting helmets are mandatory, as are protective cups for catchers.
- Close plays at any base require a runner to EITHER slide or GET AROUND any fielder in his/her path, whether the fielder is there legally or not.
- To avoid collisions, rules governing obstruction and interference are rigorously enforced by the umpires. Fielders may NOT block a base or base path so as to impede a runner unless they actually have possession of the ball. Runners must avoid a collision with any fielder, regardless of the legal position of the fielder, or face a charge of “Interference”, and be called out. (“Obstruction” will be called on any fielder blocking the path without possession of the ball, and the runner will be awarded the number of bases the umpire deems he/she would have safely made had he/she not been obstructed.)
- Batters are obliged to move out of the way of a pitched ball, and are NOT awarded first base if they are hit by a wild pitch and did not make an effort to get out of the way.
- Bats are to be dropped instantly and cleanly upon a hit, and never flung to the side.
- At least one adult coach/assistant coach must be in the dugout to supervise players at all times.