Kids coaching kids for over 60 years: in Fairfax County, Virginia

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General Health

Physical Exams - With regard to the general health of its participants, Fairfax Little League includes the following wording in its Registration Booklet:

"While physical exams are not required by league policy, Little League Headquarters strongly recommends that participants be in good general health. If your child has a physical impairment that the league should be aware of, PLEASE note the information on the registration form, and contact your leagues' Player Agent. Items such as allergies, eye problems, diabetes, etc., will be kept confidential, except that your child's manager and coach will be aware of any potential problem." 

Medical Approval and Release - The Medical Information and Treatment Release form is provided to all managers. This form contains vital information regarding the child's current general health, the child's doctor's name, address, and phone number, and any other special medical considerations (i.e. allergies, etc.). Managers are strongly encouraged to obtain a completed Release for each of the players on their team and is instructed to have these forms with them for every practice and game. 

Communicable Disease Procedures - While the risk of one participant infecting another with HIV/AIDS during league activities is small, there is a remote risk other blood borne infectious disease can be transmitted. Procedures for reducing the potential for transmission of infectious agents should include, but not limited to the following:
  • Bleeding must be stopped, the open wound covered and if there is any excess amount of blood on the uniform, it must be changed before an athlete may participate.
  • Routine use of gloves or other precautions to prevent skin and mucous membrane exposure when contact with blood or other body fluids is anticipated.
  • Immediately wash hands and other skin surfaces if contaminated (in contact) with blood or other body fluids. Wash hands immediately after removing gloves.
  • Clean all blood contaminated surfaces and equipment with a solution made from a proper dilution of household bleach or other disinfectant before competition resumes.
  • Practice proper disposal procedures to prevent injuries caused by needles and other sharp instruments or devices.
  • Although saliva has not been implicated in HIV transmission, to minimize the need for emergency mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, mouthpieces, resuscitation bags, or other ventilation devices should be available for use.
  • Managers, coaches, umpires, and volunteers with bleeding or oozing skin should refrain from all direct athletic care until condition is resolved.
  • Contaminated towels should be disposed of or disinfected properly.

Follow acceptable guidelines in the immediate control of bleeding and when handling bloody dressings and other articles containing body fluids.