Baseball and backyards go together like hot dogs and buns. But America's favorite pastime is, somewhat surprisingly, one of America's most dangerous sports for kids. While the rate of baseball-related injuries is lower than for contact sports like football or hockey, the severity of baseball injuries — more fractures, for example — is actually higher than for other kids' sports [source: Warner].
The good news is that backyard baseball can be both fun and safe as long as you're aware of the most common safety mistakes. We've assembled a list of basic backyard baseball safety tips to keep a great summer tradition alive while keeping families out of the emergency room.