Facility Inspection and Safety Guidelines
Once you have made your inspection, resolve any inadequate areas or safety concerns.
Location, accessibility and visibility of entrances and exits
Floors, walkways, stairs and other surfaces are in good condition
Construction and positioning of seating, bleachers and spectator areas are safe
Condition of and access to locker rooms, restrooms and portable toilets (port-o-johns
Condition, location and lighting of parking lots, including passenger pick-up/drop-off areas (see Section IV - Parking Lot Inspections for more information)
Handicap access - check entryways and exits; ramps, elevators and lifts; restroom access; parking
Concession stands - evaluate condition/quality of cooking, refrigeration and serving equipment
Security of ticket booth and concession stands, if cash transactions are being accepted
Lighting, electrical systems, heating and cooling systems; check emergency power source
Check fencing, barriers and perimeter areas
If playing or practicing indoors, ensure that sprinkler heads in gymnasium are caged or protected from errant balls
Poisons/Toxins: Inspect facility for toxic materials such as use of lead paint or toxic wood preservatives; ensure that hazardous materials, such as gasoline, cleaning agents, etc., are properly stored and locked up; and restrict use of fields immediately after applications of herbicides, pesticides and fertilizer
Field Inspection Checklist is available
Medical facility on site
Security station on site
Communications station on site
Designated lost & found area is available
General housekeeping and cleanliness are practiced
A thorough inspection of the field, bleachers, outer buildings and restrooms should be done before the season begins. The field itself should be inspected by a coach or official prior to the start of every practice or game.
The dimensions of the field should conform with the specifications established for your sport, which may vary based on level of play
The entire playing field should be free of any holes, depressions, raised sprinkler heads and other hazards
Clear the field of stones, pieces of glass and other objects or debris
Spectators & seating: Check safety, construction and positioning of seating, bleachers and spectator areas.
Light stanchions, fence posts and trees that are near the field of play should be properly cushioned or protected, and always be designated as “out of play” areas.
Portable toilets are positioned on level ground, away from inclines or depressions which may cause them to tip over.
Check Security of ticket booth and concession stands, if cash transactions are being accepted
Inspect all fencing to make sure it is in good repair and free of protruding hazards or sharp edges
If the field is used for other sports, inspect for fixtures or equipment that may have been left by the previous user
Facility is equipped with lightning detection equipment.
Hazardous materials, such as gasoline, cleaning agents, etc., are properly stored and locked up
Parking Lot Inspections and Safety Guidelines
There is a sign stating that attendees are parking at their own risk and that your team/league is not responsible for any damage to or theft from vehicles parked during your activities.
Parking area is far enough away from the field of play to minimize the potential for damage to vehicles.
A Player Loading Zone by placing temporary signs during practices and games to indicate where cars should stop to load and unload passengers is established.
In addition to the Player Loading Zone, a Go Slow Zone is established to alert motorists to the fact that children are present
Parking lot is clear of potholes, debris and other dangerous conditions
Access to the parking lot and access to the field is not blocked by haphazard parking.
The parking areas are well-lit for activities that are held at night (or until dusk)
Source: MaintainX (Community Member)