Blood Rule

Revised: Apr 8, 2021

Updated: April 8, 2021

Refers to a player, coach, umpire, or official who is bleeding or who has blood on his/her uniform and treatment is required.

COMMENT: If at any time an umpire or official sees blood on the uniform or body of a player, a coach, an official, or an umpire, the game should be stopped and an adult should treat the wound by cleaning and covering the area. If the uniform has blood on it, have the player exchange that part of the uniform regardless of jersey, pant, or undershirt color. The umpire or official does not have to determine whether a uniform is saturated or not with blood – just have the player change the article with blood. The amount of time it takes to treat the wound is entirely up to the umpire or official. If the umpire or official feels it will take too long, he/she should have the player leave the game and have a substitute report for the injured player. Regular re-entry and substitution rules will apply. A team can play short-handed (slow pitch only) and the player who was bleeding can return.

In case of serious injury involving unconsciousness or suspected fracture, call 911. Do not move victim and by all means do not let him/her re-enter the activity. Do not make a splint for the suspected fracture.

Fill out an accident report form and submit to the Walker Recreation Department within 24 hours of the accident.


If a police unit is not available, the 911 operator will send a private ambulance in which the injured party will be billed for service by the private ambulance company.

REMEMBER: Be calm and give a description of the problem to the 911 operator to help him/her determine the type of assistance necessary.

Please contact the Recreation Department directly for the most up-to-date copy of this policy.