The EBA is focused on providing a safe environment for all players. The following documentations and resources are for all parents, coaches, and for anyone involved in practices & games for all ages in the EBA.
Coach Background Check - PA law requires background checks for any volunteer in direct contact with minors. The entire process is available at www.ephratabaseball.org/volunteer.html
Concussion Awareness and Steps
- Free Online Training for Coaches
Safety Tips for Practice & Games:
- Every player should bring water to every practice and game. Not every field has a water fountain so please bring enough for the entire event.
- EBA's Concussion Policy
- Please click here for more important safety tips.
All injuries should be reported on injury reporting form and forward to the Ephrata Baseball Safety Officer as listed here. The Head Coach of the team should complete and submit. Important: This is not an insurance claim form. If a claim needs to be filed, the Safety Officer will contact you and provide a claim form.
Equipment & First Aid Kits
Every year, the Uniforms & Equipment Coordinator inspects the bats, balls, helmets, catcher's gear, tees, and other equipment for safety condition. Players may use their own equipment but they do so at their own risk and the EBA is not responsible for inspecting the safety of that equipment. Each coach is provided one first aid kit at the beginning of the season. Additional ones are available upon request to the Safety Officer. If you have any questions or concerns about safety, please contact our Safety Officer listed on our contact us page or email email@example.com.
The Dangers of Playing "More"
Our youth sports culture is trending towards specialization and increased play than ever before. We've all heard about sore arms, leg injuries, and other injuries but the appeal of getting better and playing vs "higher level" competition still drives us to enroll our children in multiple leagues and year-round same sport clubs.
Adrian Shelley, Ephrata High School baseball coach says "playing MORE is simply that . . . it's more. It doesn't suggest benefit. In fact, we now have statistical evidence to suggest that MORE play is dangerous which gives us more research-based rationale for our 75% rule."
The EBA prefers that our players participate in other sports, however, for those who choose to focus primarily on baseball, our organization is committed to shutting our players down during the off months and shifting their focus away from baseball-specific instruction and drills in order to focus more on performance training and conditioning the entire body. Playing for multiple teams in multiple organizations encourages players to play even more, and can complicate the need to responsibly monitor the health and safety of the player. Unless a comprehensive monitoring plan is coordinated between those organizations, where everyone involved is actively auditing a player's health (specifically throwing-related arm pain), then we feel that excessive play is not only unnecessary, but a significant risk. This study substantiates our philosophy.
For more information, here is an article that refers to the study previously mentioned.
Little League® Safety Plan
(includes warm-up, sports conduct agreement, and safety protocols)