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The dugouts at our field are totally open to the field with no fencing or netting to protect the players. THis is how the coach wants it. Many of our parents feel like our players need protection and are even concerned about liability if someone gets hurt in the dugout from a foul ball. Our parent's club cannot afford any kind of lawsuit it we are liable. The coach says he wants the players to be able to take the field quickly and and that is why he does not want the fencing - he feels it will interfere with this.

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Remember that you are dealing with high school age players now. If you are playing at a high school field designed for older age play, there is no need for fencing or netting. These players should be tuned in and focused on the game. Now if you are at a public park facility designed for varied play, there should be protection in fencing or netting.

 

In middle Tenn. most on school fields have open dugouts.

 

My personal opinion is that it helps your younger kids stay in the game because they have to pay attention to the ball.

 

We also do not allow anyone except the pitcher and catcher to sit down during the game. This helps with people's focus on the game.

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QUOTE(uncfan09 @ Apr 19 2007 - 09:04 AM) 826440940[/snapback]Remember that you are dealing with high school age players now. If you are playing at a high school field designed for older age play, there is no need for fencing or netting. These players should be tuned in and focused on the game. Now if you are at a public park facility designed for varied play, there should be protection in fencing or netting.

 

In middle Tenn. most on school fields have open dugouts.

 

My personal opinion is that it helps your younger kids stay in the game because they have to pay attention to the ball.

 

We also do not allow anyone except the pitcher and catcher to sit down during the game. This helps with people's focus on the game.

 

 

It doesn't matter how old you are or how mutch attention you pay, you can't dodge a line drive ball when it's hit right at you. I have seen balls fouled into these dugouts and hit several girls by bouncing around in there. Maybe if everyone in the dugout wore their batting helmets and keep their glove on it would be safer.

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