Softball Safety

Our League places a strong emphasis on providing the safest environment possible for our senior players.  The League Handbook outlines a number of measures specifically intended to reduce the risk of injury.  Please familiarize yourself with the rules, particularily in the Sections on Equipment,  Baserunning, and the Player Code of Conduct.


Softball Canada is committed to practicing Safe Sport and ensuring all participants are provided with safe, welcoming, and accessible sport environments.


First Aid Kits will be supplied by the league for each game.
Team Captains should be aware of players who have had First Aid and/or CPR Training.

       First Aid Guidelines for Softball and Baseball Coaches


If a person loses consciousness, and a first aider suspects the need for CPR, then simultaneously:
1. Call 911/begin CPR
2. Call the RA to guide EMT’s, and to bring an AED
3. Meet RA personnel (or retrieve an AED).

The RA Centre is at 2451 Riverside Dr. (Bank and Riverside)
Phone: 613-733-5100

for a visual description of where the defibrillators are located at the RA Centre.
PLEASE NOTE: TIME is the key to effective treatment!
It’s faster to call the RA from the field than it is to run there. Or have people doing both at the same time.

CLICK HERE for a video demo on AED operation.


Some health related resources for senior athletes:


Players in softball are at risk of getting injured while running, throwing, and making contact with a base, the ball, or a fence. Learn what you can do to
prevent injuries.



Developed by the Geriatric Division of Medicine at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), safe is a series of exercise videos with one goal – to improve your quality of life. Safe will help make you feel stronger and more confident.


A good warmup routine before you play will improve your game and will help avoid injuries.  There are many reputable baseball warmups and stretches, like these from Softball B.C. or the Mayo Clinic.
Be careful. These are aimed at younger, more flexible bodies, and you might need to modify or omit some drills.

Here are some suggestions for routines aimed at seniors:
The Do’s and Don’ts of Safe Stretching
Cherokee Senior Softball Association Pre-Game Warm Ups
PICKLEBALL Warm Up Drills for Seniors



Ontario is a national leader
in concussion management and prevention.
(Rowan’s Law, 2018)

Any blow to the head, face or neck may cause a concussion. A concussion may also be caused by a blow to the body if the force of the blow causes the brain to move around inside the skull.

Look out for signs of a concussion in others. Symptoms may appear immediately or be felt days after an injury, especially in children and the elderly. If symptoms appear or persist, visit a physician or nurse practitioner.

Rowans Law – Concussion Safety
Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport



Mental Health Through Sport

Participation in team sports is associated with better psychological and social outcomes compared to individual sports or other physical activities.

Recent research has shown that mindfulness training …  can help athletes perform with clarity, fluency and ease.

On this page, you will find Guided Mindfulness Meditation recordings.

People who have plenty of positive thoughts and emotions in their everyday lives tend to be happier, healthier, and get along better with others.

  • Have a positive attitude.
  • Give your best effort.
  • Shake hands with the other team before and after the game.
  • Support teammates by saying “good shot” or “good try.”
  • Never criticize a teammate for trying.
  • Accept calls and don’t argue with officials.
  • Treat the other team with respect and never tease or bully.
  • Follow the rules of the game.
  • Help another player up who has fallen.
  • Take pride in winning but don’t rub it in.
  • Accept a loss without whining or making excuses.