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HGSA GENERAL SOFTBALL SAFTEY TIPS

Equipment:

Children should use always use proper safety gear when playing. This equipment includes catcher's gear, protective eyewear, facemasks, and proper footwear (which may include cleats). Good quality, double-eared helmets with a face mask should be worn to protect the face, ear, and temple region against ball impact. Catchers should also wear a helmet with full face and throat protection.

Practicing & Playing the Game:

Adult supervision must be present at all games & practices. Children should be taught how to play softball correctly, and they should play with other children of the same skill level, physical maturity and weight. Players should be taught to perform proper stretching and strengthening techniques before playing.

Weather:

Players should wear sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 or higher. The sunscreen also should be sweat and water-resistant and reapplied every two to three hours. Players should be prepared for and dress for the weather conditions. League rules for severe weather (especially lightning) must be followed during all games and practices.

Medical:

The coach should be made aware of the player's medical conditions. A child should not play if he or she is experiencing persistent pain, a loss of motion, or any other abnormalities. All players need to be kept hydrated. Water should be made available before, during and after all games and practices. Water is best, but sports drinks and juices can be decent alternatives. Avoid caffeinated drinks, as caffeine is a diuretic, which acts to dehydrate the body.

In the Case of an Injury:

Coaches should have a basic knowledge of CPR and First Aid. Minor sprains & strains - RICE (Rest, Ice, Compress and Elevate) is effective for most minor athletic sprains and strains. All injured softball players should receive adequate treatment and full rehabilitation before resuming play. Emergency Medical Services (911) should be called whenever the coach or parent suspect severe injury.

First Aid kits are located in the training center, bathroom, and major field garage. An AED is located near the bathrooms.

Concussion:

To help ensure the health and safety of young athletes, the CDC developed the Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports initiative to offer information about concussions to coaches, parents, and athletes involved in youth sports. The Heads Up initiative provides important information on preventing, recognizing, and responding to a concussion.

http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/pdf/clipboard_Eng.pdf

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Hamilton Girls Softball Association

Christine Avenue, P.O. Box 3430
Mercerville, New Jersey 08619

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