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Albany American Little League

Albany American Little League



PAL Baseball 

American Little League 

Safety Plan



Safety Committee:

Leonard Ricchiuti – Executive Director / League President

David Bauer – Chairman

Tom Brockley- 1st Vice Chairman / League Baseball Vice President

Thomas Mahoney- Treasurer

Aaron Fantroy – League Safety Officer

Grace Fay – League Information Officer

Paul Stallings – League Coaching Coordinator

Meghan Rivers - Player Agent


Table of Contents

A             Accident reporting procedures 20

Application 28

B             Background investigation 28 Buddy system 29

C             Calisthenics 22

Child abuse investigation 28-29

Child abuse - prevention 28

Child abuse reporting 28

Code of Conduct (Handout)

Concession stand safety 27

Conditioning / Stretching 20

Contact information 7

D             Don’t Swing It (Handout)

E             Emergency number (9-1-1) 7, 31

Equipment 25

F             First Aid Kits 6, 30 First Aid Training 32

Fundamentals Training 32

G             General Facility Safety 25 Goals & Objectives 9

Good Samaritan Law 31

H             Handling Food (Handout)

Health and Medical 28

Heat 23

Hydration 22

I               Immunity from Liability 27

Individual Cooperation 9

Interview 26

L          League Officials 8

Letter – Managers 4

Lightning 24

Lightning Safety (Handout)

Table of Contents (continued)


M Manager Responsibilities 15-17 Manager Suspending / Termination 27

Mowers 24

P          Permission to give Care 29

Pitch Count Rule Change 22

Pitch Count Score Keepers 22

Policy Statement 5

Protect Players and Volunteers (Handout)

R             Rain 24

Reference Checks 26

Reporting Procedures 19

S             Safety Code 10-14

Safety First 9

Safety Officer Responsibilities 18

Safety Manual / First Aid Kits 6

Stretching 20

Stretching with Michele Smith (Handout)

Storage Garage 25

Sunburn 24

Suspending 28

T             Termination 28

V             Volunteer Application 2020 (Handout)

W            Warm-up Drills (Handout)

Weather 234





PAL Baseball at

American Little League


Spring 2024



Dear Managers and Coaches:

We would like to welcome you to another season of PAL Baseball at American Little League (ALL).  Attached you will find the 2024 Safety Plan for the season.

In an effort to help our managers and coaches comply with our safety standards, the Board of Directors have put forth, a mandate that all of the safety rules contained in this manual must be followed at all times.  To ensure that safety guidelines are met, the league’s Safety Officer will be available throughout the season to assist managers and coaches with whatever safety issues that may arise.

The PAL Baseball at American Little League (ALL) is committed to the safety of all of the players, managers, coaches, spectators and visitors to our park.  Please read the manual carefully as it will help familiarize you with the safety fundamentals necessary to have a safe and healthy season.

Please remember to report all accidents or safety infractions to the Safety Officer or Board Member when they occur:



David Bauer

Chairman of the Board













It shall be the policy of the PAL Baseball at American Little League that accident and injury prevention shall be the primary focus in all phases of league operations.  PAL Baseball at American Little League is a Non-profit organization, operated by volunteers.  Our primary mission is to provide a safe and healthy atmosphere, free from pressure, for children in our community to learn the game of baseball.  By the implementation of this safety plan, along with the cooperation from the entire Little League community, accidents and injuries can be prevented. It is therefore mandated that all managers, coaches and volunteers follow all of the safety rules contained in this manual.














Each team will be issued a Safety Manual at the start of the season.  The manager of the team will acknowledge receipt by signing in the space provided below.  Safety Manuals must be returned to the Equipment Manager at the end of each season.

First Aid Kits will be issued to a representative of the Home team on a nightly basis. Kits may be signed out at the clubhouse by seeing the Director in Charge of the day’s operations. All First Aid Kits will include three chemical ice packs and the basic first aid supplies that might be necessary to treat an injured player until professional help arrives (if required). Kits shall be returned to the clubhouse at the conclusion of activities.

The Safety Manual will include important telephone numbers for Police and Emergency services as well as the contact information for all board members of the American Little League.  It will also contain various, helpful information such as the American Little League Code of Conduct and information on how to treat an injured player.  First Aid posters will be displayed at various locations around the park and First Aid Kits and Safety Manuals will also be located in plain sight at all times in the concession stand and in the Club House / Announcing Booth.


Complete the information below, tear bottom half, and turn in to Safety Officer


I have received my Safety Manual and First Aid Kit and agree to have both of them present at all practices, batting cage sessions, games (regular and post season) and any other event where team members could become injured or hurt.


_________________________________           __________________________

         Print name of manager                        Team Name and Division


__________________________________          __________________________

Signature of Manager                                                Date






Police, Fire and Rescue Squad




Albany Police Department




Center for Disease Control




Poison Control Center




Albany Medical Center




St. Peter’s Hospital




Memorial Hospital











Albany PAL Main Number








[email protected]




[email protected]




District 14 E-Mail


[email protected]





2024 League Officers & Title

Title/League Role



Zip Code

Executive Director/ League President

Lenny Ricchiuti

PO Box 8532

Albany, NY



David Bauer

PO Box 12850 Albany, NY


1st Vice Chair/

League Vice President

Tom Brockley

455Patroon Creek

Blvd. Albany, NY



Tom Mahoney

844 Madison Ave.

Albany, NY


Little League

Safety Officer

Aaron Fantroy

26 Garner St.

Cohoes, NY



League Information Officer

Grace Fay

844 Madison Ave

Albany, NY


League Coaching Coordinator

Paul Stallings

844 Madison Ave

Albany, NY


Player Agent

Meghan Rivers

844 Madison Ave

Albany, NY











The personal safety, health and well-being of everyone at the PAL Baseball American Little League is the primary goal of this safety plan.  Prevention and the reduction of injuries and illnesses is of such importance that it will be given precedence over any and all other league functions at our park.  Common sense and safety precautions can usually prevent accidents from occurring.


ALL will maintain a safety and health program which conforms to the highest standards. 

To be successful, this program must be embraced with proper attitudes by managers, coaches, parents, players and the Board of Directors, with a primary goal towards accident & injury prevention.  Safety is no accident; Think safety and then injuries and illnesses will reduce.


The primary goal and objective of the PAL Baseball American Little League is to maintain a health and safety program that will reduce the number of injuries and illnesses to a minimum, surpassing the best programs being operated by other leagues.  Our goal is to have zero accidents and injuries.


1.       A strict NO SMOKING policy will be enforced to improve the quality of air throughout the buildings and grounds.  

Note: The Albany Common Council has passed a local ordinance prohibiting smoking in all public parks and playgrounds.

2.       Updated fire extinguishers are maintained in the Concession Stand.

3.       The exhaust, fans and ductwork are professionally cleaned and maintained at recommended intervals

Note:  No children, under any circumstances, are permitted in the kitchen.

4.       Batting cage fence & netting will be inspected and repaired as necessary.






The Board of Directors of the PAL Baseball American Little League has mandated the following safety code. All managers should fully review and familiarize themselves with this code and then review it with all coaches, players and parents at their first team practice.  The Manager must sign and return the attached signature sheet acknowledging that they understand and agree to comply with the safety code.  After signed, the bottom portion of this form should be returned to the Safety Officer.

1.       Responsibility for safety procedures belong to every adult member of the ALL.


2.       Each player, manager and coach shall use proper reasoning and care to prevent injury to themselves and others.


3.       Only league approved managers and coaches are allowed to participate during practices and games.


4.       Only league approved managers and coaches are allowed to supervise batting cages.


5.       Managers and designated coaches shall have mandatory First Aid Training.


6.       First Aid Kits are issued to the team manager during the pre-season and additional kits will be located in the concession stand and clubhouse / announcing booth.


7.       No games or practices will be held when weather or field conditions are poor, particularly during thunder/lightning storms or when lightning is inadequate.


8.       Playing areas will be walked by managers and coaches and inspected before all games and practices for holes, damage, stones, glass and other foreign objects and play should be suspended until the area is safe and free from obstructions. 

Any problems should be reported to a board member.  

9.       All team equipment should be stored in an orderly fashion within the team dugout and not within the area deemed as “in play”.


10.   Only players, managers, coaches and umpires are permitted on the playing field or in the dugout during games.


11.   Managers and designated coaches should make sure all bats and loose equipment is kept off the field of play.


12.   Foul balls batted out of the field of play should be returned to the concession stand.


13.   During practice and games, all players should be alert and watching the batter prior to every pitch.


14.   During warm-up drills, players should be spaced so that no one is endangered by wild throws or missed catches.


15.   All pre-game warm-ups should be performed in designated areas that will not endanger spectators.


16.   Equipment should be inspected on a regular basis to ensure that it is in proper condition and fits properly.


17.   Batters must wear Little League approved helmets at all times when at bat.


18.   Except when a runner is returning to a previously occupied base, head first slides are not permitted.


19.   During sliding practices, bases should not be anchored or strapped down.


20.   At no time should “Horse Play” be permitted on the playing field or within the dugouts.


21.Parents of players who wear glasses should be encouraged to provide safety glasses for their children.


22. On deck batters are not permitted at any time to swing the bat, other than the home plate batter.


23. Managers should encourage all players to wear athletic supporters or cups during all games and practices.  Catchers must wear a cup.


24. Male catchers must wear a metal, fiber or plastic type cup along with Little League approved Catcher’s gear.


25. Female catchers must wear all gear approved by Little League.


26. Shoes with metal type spikes or cleats are not permitted.  Shoes with molded cleats are permissible.


27. Players will not wear watches, rings, pins or other jewelry during practices or games. (Exception:  Medical Alert Jewelry)


28. Other than water or sports drinks, NO food is allowed in the dugouts at any time.


29. Catchers must wear a catcher’s mitt and not a fielder’s glove.


30. Catchers may not catch in the squatting position during a game or in practice unless they are wearing full protective gear (including cup).


31. Managers must be aware of all their players and should never leave a child unattended at a game or practice.


32. No one under the age of 16 is permitted in the concession stand.


33.All potential safety hazards should be reported immediately to the Board member on duty or Safety Officer.


34. Managers must have a telephone available during games or practices should an emergency arise.


35. All are encouraged to drive slowly when entering or exiting the park.


36. No alcohol or drugs are allowed on the premises at any time.


37. Person(s) visibly under the influence of alcohol or any drug will not be permitted on the premises.

38. NO medication will be taken by a player unless administered by the child’s parent.  This includes aspirin and Tylenol type medication.


39. There is no smoking on ALL property.


40. Throwing rocks or climbing fences is not allowed.


41. No pets are permitted on ALL property, working animals are the only exceptions.


42. Everyone must observe and obey all posted signs.  


43. Players and spectators should be alert at all times for foul balls and errant throws.


44. All gates to the playing field must be closed and secured at all times.


45. No bike riding or skateboarding is allowed on ALL property.


46. No swinging of bats outside of the playing field or batting cages.  


47.Running or jumping off of the bleachers is not allowed at any time.


48. No standing on bleachers or picnic tables allowed at any time.


49. Board members, volunteers or hired workers who provide regular service to the league or/and who have repetitive access to or contact with players or teams fill out the official Little League Volunteer Application.


50. All unsafe conditions must be reported to a member of the Board of Directors immediately and if deemed necessary, the area shut down until the required repairs are made.  Every Manager and volunteer are responsible for keeping our park clean and safe.


51. Proper maintenance must be done to ensure safety at all playing fields, the concession stand, club house, batting cages, dugouts, equipment garages, playing equipment, other machines and tools used to preserve and maintain our park.

52. Parents will not be allowed in the dugout or on the field for any reason while a game is in progress and Managers, Coaches must remain inside the dugout behind the fence, except while coaching the bases, visiting the mound, or between innings to make substitutions.


53. Nobody is permitted to stand on the roof of a dugout or to climb upon any fence in order to take photographs or videos.


54. Managers or Coaches are never permitted to warm up pitchers from the crouching position or during game time.

55. No illegal weapons of any kind allowed on the Little League Field.  



PAL Baseball American Little League Safety Manual Receipt


Complete the information below, tear bottom half, and turn in to Safety Officer

I have received a copy of the PAL Baseball American Little League Safety Manual and acknowledge that I understand the contents. Furthermore, I agree to review it with coaches, players and parents participating with my team.





Print Name of Manager



Team Name and Division




Signature of Manager







Issuing Officers Signature







All Team Managers will adhere to and carry out the policies set forth in this safety manual.  A Manager is a person appointed by the President of the ALL and is responsible for the team’s actions on the field.  They will represent the team in communications with the umpire and the opposing team and is also responsible for the safety of the players.  They are ultimately responsible for the actions of designated coaches and the team parent.

Managers will adhere to the following:

1.    Take possession of the team’s first aid kit and safety manual.

2.    Appoint a volunteer parent as the team parent who will also assist in the safety of the players.

3.    Attend a mandatory training session on first aid given by the ALL.

4.    Meet and speak to the parents at the first team meeting to discuss ALL safety issues.

5.    Cover the basics of safe play with all members of his/her team.

6.    Teach players the fundamentals of the game while advocating safety.

a.    Catching fly balls

b.    Sliding correctly

c.    Proper ground ball fielding techniques

d.    Simple pitching motions and balance

7.    Notify parents if a child is injured during participation that he or she cannot return to practice or games until a note is issued by the doctor clearing the player.  This protects the manager, should the child become further injured if they return to play before properly healed.

8.    Encourage players to bring water bottles to practices and games.

9.    Review and familiarize themselves with the Little League Rule book.

10. Make sure all equipment is safe for use.

11. Make sure a telephone is available at all practices and games.

12. Make sure that they do not expect more from their players than the child is capable of.

13. Enforce that prevention is the key to reducing accidents and injuries.

14. Always have first aid kits and safety manual on hand.




Managers will:

1.    Make sure that all players are healthy, rested and alert.

2.    Make sure that players returning from an injury have a medical release form signed by a doctor.  Otherwise they are ineligible to play.

3.    Make sure that players are wearing the proper uniform and catchers are wearing a cup.

4.    Make sure that the equipment is in good working order and is safe.

5.    Agree with the opposing manager on the fitness of the playing field.  In the event that the two managers cannot agree, the Board member in charge of the park shall make the determination.

6.    Enforce that until all players have completed proper stretching, the team cannot begin practicing.  (see conditioning section)


Managers will:

1.    Make sure that all equipment is off from the field of play and secured inside the dugout in a safe manner.

2.    Keep players alert at all times.

3.    Maintain discipline at all times.

4.    Be organized.

5.    Keep all players and substitutes in the dugout unless participating in the game or preparing to enter the game.

6.    Make sure catchers are wearing the proper equipment.

7.    Encourage everyone to think safety first.

8.    Enforce the NO ON DECK RULE for batters and keep players behind fences when a batter enters the game.  No player should handle a bat in the dugout at any time.

9.    Encourage players to stay hydrated (Especially during extreme heat).

10. Do not allow a child who is ill or injured to enter the game.

11. Stay focused and not be distracted by parents or passersby.



Managers will:

1.    Encourage those who throw regularly (Pitchers and Catchers) to ice their shoulders and elbows.

2.    Catchers should also ice their knees.

3.    Not leave the field until each child has been picked up by a known family member or designated person.

4.    Notify parents if their child has been injured no matter how small or insignificant the injury.  There are no exceptions to this rule.  This will protect you, Little League Baseball, Inc. and the American Little League.

5.    Report any accidents / Injuries that might have occurred to the ALL Safety Officer.

6.    Home team Managers are to return the field to its’ pre-game condition.




The main responsibility of the ALL Safety Officer is to develop and implement the

League’s Safety Program.  In addition, the Safety Officer is responsible for the following:

1.    Coordination with all team Managers in order to provide the safest environment possible for all.

2.    Assisting parents and individuals with insurance claims and to act as a liaison between the insurance company and the parents / individual utilizing the leagues insurance.

3.    Explaining insurance benefits to claimants and assisting them with filing the correct paperwork.  Little League is a secondary insurance.

4.    Keep an accident report log that includes the following information:

a.    Date and time of occurrence

b.    Location of every accident

c.     The names of the parties involved

d.    The injury sustained

e.    Division of play

f.      Under what supervision did the accident occur

5.    Gathering and summarizing the data in the accident log to determine proper accident prevention in the future.

6.    Insuring that each team receives its safety manual and first aid kit at the beginning of each season.

7.    Installing and maintaining first aid kits in the concession stand and clubhouse / announcing booth.

8.    Inspecting the concession stand and checking fire extinguishers.

9.    Checking fields and listing areas in need of attention. 10. Scheduling a first aid and CPR training class for all managers, designated coaches and board members during the pre-season.  

11.   Creating and maintaining all Safety and All Cautionary signs on ALL property.

12.   Acting at once to resolve unsafe conditions once a situation has been brought to his/her attention.

13.   Making spot checks at practices and games to make sure all managers have their first aid kit and safety manual.

14.   Tracking all injuries and near misses in order to identify proper safety trends.

15.   Visiting other leagues to get ideas and other perspectives on safety.

16.   Report at the regular Board of Directors meeting all matters concerning reported injuries / safety.



What to report:

An incident that causes any player, manager, coach, umpire, volunteer or spectator to receive medical treatment and/or first aid must be reported to the ALL Safety Officer. 

This includes even passive treatments without a diagnosis of the extent of the injury.

When to report:

All such incidents described above must be reported to the ALL Safety Officer within 24 hours of the incident.  The ALL Safety Officer is Aaron Fantroy and can be reached at 518-858-3670 or at the park at 518-275-0443.    

All incidents must be documented by the Manager or Coach in charge and an ALL

Accident Report Form must be completed including a detailed description of the incident.  The Accident Report Forms will be available in the Clubhouse and will be included in the form section on this Safety Manual.

Within 24 hours of receiving the ALL Accident Form, the ALL Safety Officer will contact the injured party or the party’s parents and:

1.    Verify the information received.

2.    Obtain any other information as deemed necessary.

3.    Check on the status of the injured party.

4.    In the event the injured party received other medical treatment

(hospital/doctor), he will advise them of the ALL insurance and the provision for submitting any claims.

5.    If the extent of the injury is serious in nature, the ALL Safety Officer should periodically keep in contact to obtain the status of the injured party and to assist in the submission of insurance forms.

Filing a Claim:

Claim must be filed with the ALL Safety Officer and will be forwarded to Little League

Baseball, Inc. PO Box 3485, Williamsport, PA 17001.  Claim Officers can be contacted at (717) 327-1674 and via FAX at (717) 326-1074.  Contact the ALL Safety Officer with any questions.


Conditioning is an intricate part of accident prevention.  Extensive studies on the effects of conditioning, commonly known as “warm-up” has demonstrated that:

1.    The stretching and contracting of muscles just before an athletic activity improves general control of movements, coordination and alertness.

2.    Such drills also help to develop the strength and stamina needed by the average youngster to compete with minimum accident exposure.

The purpose of stretching is to increase flexibility within the various muscle groups and to prevent tearing from overexertion.  Stretching should never be done forcefully, but rather in a gradual manner to encourage looseness and flexibility.


a.     Stretch necks, backs, arms, thighs, legs and calves.

b.     Don’t ask a child to stretch more than they are capable of.

c.      Hold the stretch for at least 10 seconds.  

d.     Don’t allow bouncing while stretching.  This tears down the muscle rather than stretching it.

e.     Have one of the players lead the team in stretching exercises.

*Refer to handout for stretching recommendations (back of this manual).



Repetitions of at least 10.

a.    Have players synchronize their movements.

b.    Vary upper body with lower body.

c.    Keep the pace up for a good cardio-vascular workout.




Good nutrition is important for children.  Sometimes, the most important nutrient children overlook is water, especially when they are physically active.  When children are physically active, their muscles generate heat thereby increasing their body temperature.  As their body temperature rises, its’ cooling mechanism (sweat) kicks in.  When the sweat evaporates, the body is cooled.  If fluids are not replenished, children can become overheated and dehydrated.  Therefore, children must be encouraged to drink fluids even when they don’t feel thirsty.  Managers and coaches should be aware of this and schedule regular drink breaks during practice and encourage all players to drink something between innings.  Keep in mind that water, sports drinks or fruit juices should be encouraged as some caffeinated beverages such as tea, coffee, tea, soda and other carbonated beverages can dehydrate the body further.

Regular Season Pitching Rules


(a)           Any player on a regular season team may pitch. (Note: There is no limit to the number of pitchers a team may use in a game.)

(b)           A pitcher once removed from the mound cannot return as a pitcher.  Junior, Senior and Big League Divisions only:  A pitcher remaining in the game, but moving to a different position, can return as a pitcher anytime in the remainder of the game, but only once per game.

(c)           The Manager must remove the pitcher when the pitcher reaches the limit for his/her age group as noted below, but the pitcher may remain in the game at another position:

League Age





105 pitches per day





95 pitches per day





85 pitches per day





75 pitches per day



7- 8


50 pitches per day

Exception:  If a pitcher reaches the limit imposed in Regulation VI (c) for his/her league age, while facing a batter, the pitcher may continue to pitch until any one of the following conditions occur:

1.  That batter reaches base; 2.  That batter is put out;   3.  The third out is made to complete the halfinning.

Note 1:  A pitcher who delivers 41 or more pitches in a game cannot play the position of catcher for the remainder of that day.

(d)  Pitcher’s league age 14 and under must adhere to the following rest requirements:

-  If a player pitches 66 or more pitches in a day, four (4) calendar days of rest must be observed.  

-  If a player pitches 51-65 pitches in a day, three (3) calendar days of rest must be observed.

-  If a player pitches 36-50 pitches in a day, two (2) calendar days of rest must be observed.

-  If a player pitches 21-35 pitches in a day, one (1) calendar day of rest must be observed.

-  If a player pitches 1-20 pitches in a day, no (0) calendar day of rest is required.

(e)  Each league must designate the scorekeeper or another game official pitch count as the official pitch count recorder.

(f)   The pitch count recorder must provide the current pitch count for any pitcher when requested by either manager or any umpire.  However, the manager is responsible for knowing when his/her pitcher must be removed.

(g)  The official pitch count recorder should inform the umpire-in-chief when a pitcher has delivered his/her maximum limit of pitches for the game, as noted in Regulation VI (c).  The umpire-in-chief will inform the pitcher’s manager that the pitcher must be removed in accordance with Regulation VI (c).  However, the failure by pitch count recorder to notify the umpire-in-chief and/or the failure of the umpire-in-chief to notify the manager, does not relieve the manager of his/her responsibility to remove a pitcher when that pitcher is no longer eligible.

(h)  Violation of any section of this regulation can result in protest of the game in which it occurs.  Protest shall be made in accordance with Playing Rule 4.19.

(i)   A player who has attained the league age of twelve (12) is not eligible to pitch in the Minor League. 

(See Regulation V-Selection of Players)

(j)   A player may not pitch in more than one game in a day.  (Exception:  In the Big-League Division, a player may be used as a pitcher in up to two games in a day.)



Not all days in Upstate New York are warm and sunny.  When the weather turns bad, it could create an unsafe condition.  Use common sense and be careful. When it begins to rain, evaluate the strength of the rain and attempt to determine the direction the storm is traveling.  If the rain continues or comes down at a heavier pace then the playing field could become saturated and unsafe.  Stop practice if the playing surface becomes unsafe.  



When it begins to rain, evaluate the strength of the rain and attempt to determine the direction the storm is traveling.  If the rain continues or comes down at a heavier pace, then the playing field could become saturated and unsafe.  Stop practice if the playing surface becomes unsafe.



If you see, hear or feel a thunderstorm, suspend all games and practices immediately.  Make sure everyone stays away from all metal items, including fencing, bleachers and bats.  Instruct all players to walk (not run) to their parent(s) or designated drivers’ vehicle and to wait for a decision on whether or not the game or practice will continue.


Precautions must be taken during hot weather to ensure that all players do not dehydrate or hyperventilate.  Encourage all players to drink plenty of water during practice and between innings while in a game.  If a player looks to be distressed while standing in the hot sun, substitute that player immediately and get him/her into the shade, dugout or cool area as soon as possible.  If a player should collapse as a result of heat exhaustion, call 9-1-1 immediately.  Get the player to drink water and use instant ice packs provided in your first aid kit to cool him/her down until the rescue squad or other trained emergency medical staff arrives.


Ultra-Violet Ray exposure increases and athlete’s risk of developing a specific kind of skin cancer known as melanoma.  The American Academy of Dermatology estimates that children receive 80% of their lifetime sun exposure by the time they are 18 years of age.  Therefore, it is recommended that all players use sunscreen with an appropriate SPF (sun protection factor).




The following applies to all of the storage garages utilized at the Albany PAL American Little League, Veterans Memorial Park and further applies to anyone who has been issued a key by the President.

1.       Keys to the garages will only be issued by the ALL PAL Executive Director.

2.       A record shall be kept of all individuals possessing a key.

3.       Keys shall be returned and surrendered to the ALL PAL Executive Director.

4.       All garages shall be kept locked at all times with the park is inactive.

5.       The President shall advise all individuals with keys to the garages that it’s their responsibility for the orderly and safe storage of machinery, hazardous materials, fertilizers, poisons, tools, etc.

6.       Before anyone uses a particular piece of equipment, they should review the proper operating procedures for that equipment.  If anyone is unsure, they should request assistance from the President.

7.       All chemicals or organic materials kept in the garages shall be properly marked, labeled and stored in its original container if available. 8. Any loose chemicals or organic materials found in garages shall be cleaned up and properly disposed of to prevent accidental poisoning.

9.    Keep all products in their original container with labels in place.

10. Use poison symbols to identify dangerous substances.

11. Dispose of outdated products as recommended.

12. Use chemicals only in well ventilated areas.

13. Wear proper protective clothing, such as gloves and mask when handling toxic substances.




Riding Mowers and specialized equipment will:

1.    Be operated by appointed staff only.

2.    Never be operated under the influence of alcohol or drugs (including medication).

3.    Not be operated by anyone under the age of 18.

4.    Never be operated in a reckless manner.

5.    Be stored appropriately when not in use with the ignition key removed.

6.    Never be operated in a precarious or dangerous way (i.e. riding on fenders of mowers).

7.    Never left outside when not in use.

8.    Never be left running unattended.


1.    The dugouts will be clean and free of debris at all times.

2.    Dugouts and bleachers will be checked regularly for safety hazards and repaired accordingly.

3.    Chain like fences will be checked regularly for safety hazards and repaired accordingly.

4.    Materials to mark lines on the field will consist of non-irritating white pigment (no lime).

5.    The announcer’s booth will have a working P.A. system at all times in the event an emergency announcement becomes necessary.

6.    Periodic “park clean up days” will be scheduled throughout the season and Managers, Coaches and parent volunteers will pick up trash and assist in repairing unsafe conditions that might exist.



1.    No person under the age of sixteen (16) will be allowed to work behind the counter in the concession stand.

2.    Volunteers working in the concession stand will be briefed at the beginning of their shift on proper food preparation as well as the use of equipment.

3.    Cooking equipment will be inspected periodically & repaired/replaced as required.

4.    Propane tanks will be turned off at both the grill and tank after use.

5.    Food not purchased by the ALL to sell in the concession stand, will not be cooked, prepared, or sold in the concession stand.

6.    Cooking grease will be stored safely in containers away from open flames.

7.    Carbon Dioxide tanks will be secured in an upright position so they can’t fall over.  Damaged tanks or valves should be reported immediately.

8.    All cleaning supplies will be stored in a secure manner apart from food items.

9.    A certified fire extinguisher suitable for grease fires must be available in plain sight at all times.

10.  Operating instructions poster will be mounted in plain sight near the fire extinguisher.

11.  Heimlich maneuver instructions poster will be mounted inside the concession.

12.  A fully stocked first aid kit will be available and in plain sight in the concession stand.

13.  Several water ice packs will be kept in a freezer within the concession stand in case they are needed.

14.  The concession stand door shall be locked at all times when inactive.

15.  The concession stand shall be cleaned prior to the start of the season, maintained throughout the season and winterized and cleaned again at the end of the season.



Volunteers are the greatest asset to the Albany PAL American Little League and aid in the children’s development into the leaders of tomorrow. We all must be aware that some potential volunteers may be attracted to our programs to be near children for abusive reasons. Like all safety issues, prevention is key. ALL has a 4-Step plan for selecting caring, competent and safe volunteers. 

1.    APPLICATION: All prospective volunteers must complete an application.  All information requested must be provided and includes residence information, employment history with three professional references and three personal references from nonrelatives.   All potential volunteers must also disclose prior criminal convictions and understand that all appointments are conditional based on information obtained from a background investigation.

2.    REFERENCE CHECKS:  will Provided at the time of application, information will be corroborated with the references provided by an Official of the organization.

3.    BACKGROUND CHECKS: All prospective candidates will have to pass a

Background Investigation that will be conducted/verified by the Albany PAL American Little League Safety Officer.  Checks shall consist of a compressive check with Local, State and National databanks to include the respective sex offense registries. LLB Provides this service to chartered members of its organization.

4.    ORGANIZATIONAL APPROVAL: Once a perspective Volunteer application has been completed and reviewed, the applicant shall be notified of their acceptance or denial by an official of the Albany PAL American Little League program.



In the unfortunate event that child sexual is suspected, you must immediately notify an Official of the Albany PAL American Little League immediately. Notice must be followed up with a report to local law enforcement officials and the LLB District Administrator. 


The ALL Safety Officer will act as liaison between law enforcement authorities and the ALL

The Safety Officer will advise the President and other Board members.  All information will be kept completely confidential.


When an allegation of abuse is made against a Little League volunteer, it is our duty to protect the children from any possible further abuse by keeping the alleged abuser away from children in the program.  While an investigation is pending against an alleged abuser, they shall be suspended and banned from volunteering in ALL activities until the disposition of the case is known.  If the allegations are substantiated, the next step is clear – Termination from volunteering is the only way to assure that the individual will not have any further contact with the children of the League.


Concern is often expressed over the potential for criminal or civil liability if a report of abuse is subsequently found to be unsubstantiated.  However, we want adults of Little Leaguers to understand that they shouldn’t be afraid to come forward in these cases, even if it isn’t required and even if there is a possibility of being wrong.  All stated provide IMMUNITY FROM LIABILITY to those who report suspected child abuse in “good faith”.  At the same time, there are also rules in place to protect adults who prove to have been inappropriately accused.  Take a stand for kids!


It is not easy to control visitor access in large outdoor areas, so whenever possible, children should be encouraged to move about in groups of two or more children of similar age, whether or not an adult is present.  This includes travel to and from the field and while using restroom facilities.  It is far more difficult to victimize a child if they are not alone.  There is safety in numbers.


First Aid means exactly what the term implies – it is the first care given to a victim.  It is usually performed by the first person on the scene and continued until professional medical help arrives (9-1-1 Paramedics).  At no time should anyone administering  First Aid, go beyond his/her capabilities.  Know your limits!


First Aid kits will be furnished to each team manager at the beginning of the season.  The first aid kit will become part of each team’s equipment package and shall be taken to all practices, batting cage sessions and games (Regular and Post season).  To replenish materials in the First Aid kit, please contact the ALL Safety Officer.  First Aid kits and safety manuals must be turned in at the conclusion of each season along with all other equipment.  The First Aid Supplies included in your kit are listed below:



3 Instant Ice Packs

6 Antiseptic Wipes

1 Roll of Gauze

2 Large Bandages (2”x4”)

20 Band-Aids (1”x3”)

2 Antiseptic Cream Packs

2 Eye Pads

1 Scissors

1 Pair of Latex Gloves

1 Tweezers

2 Sterile Gauze Pads 1 Plastic Storage Box



If you are missing any of the above items, contact the ALL Safety Officer immediately. 

First Aid Kits and Safety Manuals will also be located in plain sight at all times in the concession stand and the Club House / Announcing Booth.



There are laws to protect you when you give help to someone in an emergency situation.  The Good Samaritan Laws give legal protection to people who provide emergency care to ill or injured persons.  When citizens respond to an emergency and act as a reasonable and prudent person would under the circumstances, Good Samaritan immunity generally prevails.  This legal immunity protects you, as a rescuer, from being sued and found financially responsible for the victim’s injury.  People are rarely sued for helping in an emergency however, it does happen.  Courts have ruled that these laws do not apply in cases when an individual’s rescuer’s response was grossly or willfully negligent or reckless or when the rescuer abandons the victim after initiating care.


If the victim is conscious, you must get his/her permission before giving First Aid.  To GET permission, you must first tell the victim who you are, how much training you have, and how you plan to help.  Only then can a conscience victim give you permission to render care.  If the conscience victim is an infant or child, permission to give care should be obtained from a supervising adult when one is available.  If the situation is serious, permission is implied if a supervising adult is not present.  Permission is also implied if the victim is unconscious or unable to respond.  This means that you can assume that, if the person could respond, he/she would agree to care.


The most important help you can provide to someone who has been seriously injured is to call for professional help.  Make the call quickly, preferably from a cell phone near the injured person.  If this is not possible, send someone else to make the call from a nearby telephone.  Be sure that whoever the caller is, that they follow these steps:

1.)   First dial 9-1-1

2.)   Exact location or address of the emergency.  Include the Town, intersecting street and landmarks if possible.

3.)   The telephone number from which the call is being made.

4.)   Caller’s name.

5.)   What happened? (Injury)

6.)   How many people involved?

7.)   The condition of the injured person.

Do not hang up until the dispatcher instructs you to.  There might be questions the dispatcher might ask and they may be able to give treatment advice over the phone.  Appoint someone to meet the rescuers to direct them to the victims.



Fundamentals training for all managers and coaches will be provided at the park’s clubhouse during the Months of February and March on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday.   At least one representative from each team must attend each year and a minimum of each coach/manager at least every 3 years.  The fundamental training includes a review of the rules for each division within PAL American Little League.  The training includes suggestions for age appropriate practice plans and activities as well as some suggested warm-up activities.  Emphasis is placed on ensuring that pitchers stay within the pitch count requirements established by Little League.  In addition, managers are informed that equipment used by the players must be Little League approved.



First Aid training with at least one representative from each team attending annually and a minimum of each coach/manager attending the clinic at least once every 3 years is a requirement of the PAL American Little League.  The training will provide information regarding common injuries for players including:  Muscle pulls, contusions, sprains, fractures, injuries to small joints, facial injuries, injuries to teeth, eye injuries, insect bites and stings, heat illness, and triage and emergency management.  Furthermore, the league’s emergency plan for severe injuries will be discussed.  Managers and coaches will be informed about their responsibilities in handling injuries.  All managers will be responsible for having a copy of every player’s Medical Release form available at all practices and games.  First Aid Training is provided on the 1st Tuesday in April.



Albany PAL Baseball American Little League
844 Madison Ave 
Albany, New York 12208

Phone: 518-435-0392
Email: [email protected]

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