Recently, a youth baseball league was named as a defendant in an injury lawsuit. Below is a small portion of the complaint. I am sure you'll agree these are words no volunteer board member would like to read with their league name attached:
As operator and/or facilitator and/or manager or co-manager and/or operator or the youth baseball league known as (league name withheld), the defendant, (league name), was at all relevant times responsible for establishing, enforcing and ensuring compliance with reasonable safety practices, protocols, measures, policies and guidelines to protect the safety of the youth who participated in (league name), including the training of coaches with respect to such reasonable safety practices, protocols, measures, policies and guidelines for the safety of the youth who participated in (league name).
The suit goes on to describe the serious, permanent and disabling injuries this young player received. They are too distressing to list here, but suffice it to say you would be heartbroken to read them.
The SAFE Baseball/Softball online safety course cannot prevent all accidents from occurring. But providing this course for your volunteers would clearly demonstrate that your league is serious about the training of coaches with respect to reasonable safety practices, measures, policies and guidelines.