When compared to most collision based sports, Baseball and Softball are relatively safe sports. However, there is always the risk of injury and the NSYBA has a number of safety rules in place to limit the amount of injuries that take place on the ball field. Many injuries can be prevented with the usage of proper field materials and equipment.
Break Away Bases
The NSYBA recommends the use of Break Away Bases. In 2008, Little League Baseball has required the usage of Break Away Bases. Studies have shown that the usage of break-away bases at the collegiate level have resulted in nearly an 80 percent reduction in injuries. Sliding Injuries in College and Professional Baseball
At the Pinto, Mustang, and Bronco levels, the NSYBA strongly recommends usage of a safety base. The safety base is the orange base that is attached to first place and extends into foul territory. The purpose of this base is so the base runner can run through, avoiding any collision with the first baseman.
At the Pinto, Mustang, and Bronco levels – use of Metal Cleats is prohibited. At the Pony, Colt, Palomino, and Thorobred age groups, Metal Cleats are allowed. However, the league recommends the use of Rubber-cleated shoes.
The NSYBA uses strict inning restrictions for pitchers, only allowing pitchers up to the Bronco division to pitch a maximum of two innings per day. This number increases to three innings per day at the Pony age level. Despite the inning requirements, the NSYBA encourages managers to keep a pitch count for its players. Below is a listing of the Little League rules that limit pitchers per day, along with a required days of rest between outings if a certain amount of pitches are thrown.
|Age||Daily Max (Pitches)||Required Rest (Pitches)||Required Rest (Pitches)||Required Rest (Pitches)||Required Rest (Pitches)||Required Rest (Pitches)|
|0 Days||1 Day||2 Days||3 Days||4 Days|
|Palomino / Thorobred||105||1-30||31-45||46-60||61-75|