PPBA Web Safety Announcement 12-8-16
IMPORTANT MESSAGES – THREE IMPORTANT SAFETY INITIATIVES BEGINNING IN THE SPRING 2017 SEASON
PITCHER PROTECTION: Last year one of our 13-year-old pitchers in the Grasshopper division was struck in the head by a batted ball while pitching. The injury was so serious that it required brain surgery. Thankfully a full recovery is expected, but the road has been slow and trying. As a result, the PPBA board has decided to make two important rules changes:
- PITCHER HEADGEAR: ALL pitchers in ALL hardball divisions from Cubs through Freshmen must wear protective headgear while pitching to a batter. The headgear must be provided by the respective organizations. The type of headgear will be subject to approval by the PPBA board but shall be no less than a batting helmet that fits securely on the pitcher’s head. Loosely fitting headgear will not be allowed unless the helmet is fitted with a chinstrap.
- REDEFINITION GRASSHOPPER DIVISION TO 15U: The age definition for the Grasshopper division has been changed to 15 and under (previously it was 14 and under). We understand that some 13 year olds may want to play with their friends on a Grasshopper team of predominantly 14 year olds. However the Board strongly recommends that players play in their age appropriate division: that 13s play in the Super Bantam division, that 14s and 15s play in the Grasshopper division, and that 16s and 17s play in the Freshmen division.
HEART PROTECTION: The city council passed a law requiring the presence of a heart defibrillator, and an adult trained to use it, at all baseball practices and games that occur on city owned fields to prevent a lethal sudden cardiac arrest caused by being struck in the chest by a pitched or batted ball. The law encompasses practices and games of all age groups. As a result every team (Pee Wee through Freshmen and Mustangs through Colts) will be receiving a defibrillator for the season and will be required to have an adult who will be present at the practices and games to be trained to use the machine. The machine must be returned at the end of the season in working order and each organization will be responsible for the cost of any lost, stolen or damaged machine (the law imposes a $2,500 charge per machine). When and where the machines will be distributed and the training will take place has yet to be determined. It will be announced on this site and communicated to all organizations.
6/17/16: 2016 Spring Tournament Championship Winners
Congratulations to all 2016 Spring Tournament Championship Winners!
Final 2016 Spring Championship Winner/Runner Up:
Cub North: 78 BASSETT (winner) / 78 WILLIAMS (runner up)
Cub East: OLG KLEIN (winner) / 78 HARDING (runnerup)
Cub Central: 78 MCKENNA(winner) / 78 OTTER(runner up)
Cub West: SFX PRAVDA(winner) / SFX KUSTAL(runner up)
Cub South: SFX YOUNGELSON(winner) / SFX SWARTZ(runner up)
Bantam East: CF BERGER(winner) / SFX JACKSON(runner up)
Bantam Central: 78 NACHSIN(winner) / SFX MAKES(runner up)
Bantam West: 78 AHLGRIM(winner) / 78 ALBIZU(runner up)
Bantam South: 78 HOROWITZ(winner) / 78 PSARRAS(runner up)
Super Bantam American League: SBBL AZAR(winner) / 78 SHIFFMAN(runner up)
Super Bantam National League: 78 deMAUSE(winner) / 78 MILLER(runner up)
Grasshopper: HOLY NAME MEEHAN(winner) / 78 DOUGHERTY(runner up)
Freshman American League: 78 MILLER(winner) / SFX PICCARD(runner up)
Freshman National League: 78 McKENZIE(winner) / 78 LIEBER(runner up)
Mustang: SFX DEVESIN(winner) / SFX CALABRESE(runner up)
Bronco: HOLY NAME MARKEY(winner) / SFX LISSAK(runner up)
Colt: BA TRELLES(winner) / SFX LENNARD(runner up)
President, Prospect Park Baseball Assocn
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