Softball Emergency Action Plan

Basic Softball Rules

The most important thing any coach can be is prepared.  That means prepared for anything, even the things that you do not want to happen.  By making sure that you have a softball emergency action plan, complete with your first aid kit and up to date medical forms, you will not get caught trying to figure out what to do.

Softball Emergency Action Plan

By having everything in place, there will be no confusion as to what to do when an injury occurs or even after heat stroke from playing in the heat.  All of the necessary pieces are in place and ready to activate at a moments notice.  It is also a good idea to have 2 EAP’s on file in case something happens during the process.

EAP Checklist

  • Charge Person who takes control
    • Back Up Charge Person
  • Call Person who calls emergency services and the players parents if they are not in attendance
    • Back up Call Person
  • Map of the area and directions to closest hospital
  • Address of the park
  • Location of first aid kit and player information forms

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First Aid Kit Checklist

The First Aid Kit checklist will be useful when building and maintaining one of the most important items you can have in your dugout.  It should be placed in the same place all the time so that in an emergency it can be accessed without thinking.  Along with it shod be the medical forms for your players in the event that someone has to be sent for further treatment.   By having 2 copies of the forms in your binder, you can simply send a copy with the player (with parental consent unless they are adults of course).  They need to be in a safe place where they can not be accessed by others due to privacy issues.

  • sterile gauze pads
  • adhesive tape
  • roller & triangular bandages
  • adhesive bandages in assorted sizes
  • scissors
  • tweezers
  • safety pins
  • ice packs
  • disposable gloves such as latex gloves
  • flashlight with extra batteries
  • antiseptic wipes
  • pencil and pad
  • emergency blanket
  • syrup or ipecac
  • eye patches
  • thermometer
  • first aid manual
  • sterile container for waste
  • feminine hygiene products

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Medical Information Sheet

I am also including the information you may want to gather for your medical forms.  It is also a good idea to have them for the coaches on the team as well.  There have been incidences of coaches getting hurt during games or practices.

  • Player’s Name
  • Parents Name
  • Address
  • Home Phone Number
  • Work Phone Number
  • Cell Phone Number
  • Email Address
  • Alternate Contact Person
  • Alternate Contact Person Cell Number
  • Player’s Birth Date
  • Number of years played
  • Physician’s Name
  • Physician’s Phone Number
  • Player’s Medical Number
  • Medications
  • Previous injuries
  • Allergies
  • Any Medical Conditions
  • Other Important Information

The best way to minimize stress during an injury or emergency is to be as prepared as possible and to minimize the amount of decisions that need to be made.  You could also delegate the task of regular updates and maintenance of the emergency action plan and first aid kit to a manager or someone who is in regular attendance of games.  As I have mentioned in previous posts, it is a good idea to find out if anyone that is there most of the time is trained in emergency situations such as a doctor, nurse or firefighter.