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Sadler offers the following best-in-industry Softball Insurance programs:
Custom Softball Insurance Programs
- Regular season softball
- Softball leagues
- Softball teams
- Travel softball
- Softball tournaments
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- Individual Softball Instructors Insurance
- Softball Camps & Clinics Insurance
- Softball Batting Cage Facilities Insurance
- Event Cancellation Insurance
- Softball Tournament Insurance
Softball is among the safest and most popular youth sports in the United States, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Nevertheless, injuries do occur, and statistics show that the injuries among girls playing softball are much different than those among boys playing baseball. Every youth and adult softball team and league needs softball insurance to help protect against liability claims.
Sliding foot first into a base accounts for 23.3 percent of injuries among girls across all age ranges, but only 11.9 percent of injuries among boys. Not surprisingly, the body part among girls most frequently injured is the ankle, at 21.4 percent. Fingers and thumbs come a distant second at 11.4. percent. It’s important that players are taught the basic or “Figure Four” method of sliding, where one leg is positioned straight ahead to reach the base, and the other is bent and closer to the runner so as not get in the way of the other leg. The video below demonstrates the proper sliding technique.
Because the softball pitch is different from the baseball pitch, it stands to reason that injuries resulting from pitching also differ among girls and boys. The best prevention against pitching-related injuries is being coached on proper technique and forming good habits. Improper pitching techniques and bad habits can result in both long and short-term injuries, or even end a career.
Below is a list of injury-inducing habits and behaviors to avoid.
- Overuse results in shoulder and rotator cuff problems. Official recommendations on the number of pitches, innings pitched, or rest time between pitching appearances vary by organization and age group. Restraint is strongly advised.
- Lack of sufficient pre-practice or pre-game warm-up can cause all sorts of problems. Jogging for 3 to 5-minutes to loosen muscles before 5 to 10-minutes of stretching is recommended. Pitchers should have a 15 to 20-minute minimum warm-up that includes both soft and full-distance overhand throwing.
- Stopping arm motion upon release of the ball, or a snap release, should never be a common practice on the pitcher’s most-used pitch. Snapping lacks the natural follow-through and continuous snapping can lead to elbow and forearm injuries.
- Chicken winging, when a pitcher’s elbow flies out during the pitch, is not a natural release or follow-through, and often leads to elbow and shoulder problems.
- Under-aged pitchers throwing advanced pitches should be discouraged. Pre-teen pitchers have not yet developed the bone structure or dexterity to be throwing more advanced pitches, such as curve, screw and drop balls.
- Pitching like a man is a by-product of male coaches teaching players to “do it the way I do it.” Unfortunately, the way a full-grown man throws a pitch doesn’t apply to a pre-teen girl, and likely isn’t right for a 120-lb. teenage girl either. Teaching methods must be adjusted to the needs and comfort-level of the pitcher.
Proper fitting softball equipment is just as important to player safety as proper softball skills.
- Catcher’s masks come in different weights depending upon the thickness of the material. Make sure your catcher’s face mask fits properly and the adjustable straps set for a proper fit. The catcher’s mask throat protector is either a large piece of plastic connected to the mask by two strips of leather, or a metal extension at the bottom of the mask. It fits properly when it completely covers the throat.
- The catcher’s chest protector should cover the chest and not be so bulky as to prevent quick movements.
- Catcher’s shin guards should be the same length as the player’s legs.and fit snugly using the adjustable straps. They’re available in youth and adult sizes, so don’t make the mistake of buying small adult shin guards for a child.
- Mitts are sold in both in adult and youth sizes, and in outfield and infield lengths. Outfielding gloves are longer than an infielding gloves. Price doesn’t always translate to mean the best quality. Choose a glove that is comfortable for the player and that he/she can control.
- Helmets should always be NOCSAE approved and have the NOCSAE seal displayed. Helmets must also be equipped with a securely fastened NOCSAE-certified mask or guard that also displays the NOCSAE seal .
What Our Clients Say About Our Softball Insurance Programs
- I have been very pleased with the performance of Sadler Sports for the team’s insurance needs. I am in charge of handling all the insurance issues for the team and I have found your prices to be very fair and your staff very responsive and courteous. There were several times throughout the season where I had to have updates made because of tournament requests and I was able to do this quickly and easily via email. I do most of my communications with your staff by email and they have always been helpful and pleasant to deal with. Thanks to you all for making this job a lot easier. – Colts Select Inc, NJ
- We’ve been using Sadler for as long as I can remember for insurance. I like it because I’m volunteering for the position I have with our Association, and like to deal with things that are easy and turnkey. – Springville Youth Association, AL