Take Proper Care of Your Baseball Nets and Other Equipment
In order to properly teach children the great American pastime, you must provide them a safe and welcoming environment to learn the sport. Baseball is a sport of concentration and strategy and worrying about their equipment failing them is not the optimal state-of-mind a young ball player should ever deal with. In addition to the field itself, maintaining the batters helmets, baseball nets, and catchers gear is the responsibility of the adult in charge of the team. Most leagues mandate these rules and a variety of others for good reason.
Monitor The Field
The fields are typically monitored by the league itself, but the coaches should give it a quick walk-around while their players are warming up. Checking for loose debris on the field or a developing hole in the outfield only takes a minute or two but can save a child from tripping and hurting themselves. One often overlooked safety check are the bases. Coaches or umps should ensure they are tightly connected and don’t wobble when stepped on or slid into.
Speaking of warm-ups, some teams like to use baseball nets for pitchers throw into and hitters to practice their swing. While baseball nets are a great way for the players to throw and swing at full speed, the netting takes a beating must be checked before every use. The last thing you want is a ball to break through the netting and strike a player or fan in the stands, so give your baseball net a good “once-over” before letting your players use it.
When you are examining a betters helmet, make sure there are no visible cracks forming, the mask is secured properly, and the foam padding is still in place. Broken helmets cause injuries every year but can be easily avoided. Also be sure to check your bats for cracks and imperfections. A variety of injuries can occur by using cracked bats and coaches should never allow a player to use one.
One last thing a coach can check before a game is the condition of the fence and the baseball windscreen which runs along it. All fencing that has pulled away from its connection must be repaired before the game starts. The thought of a child catching their skin on sharp, exposed fencing is something you certainly want to avoid. Baseball windscreens can be ripped by the exposed fencing or a storm, so make sure all corners are securely fastened to their marks. A torn baseball windscreen isn’t only an eye sore; it can distract players in the field and at the plate and lead to an injury that should have never occurred. For top quality equipment that lasts, look no further than All Court Covers for all your sport facility needs.