- Players can’t produce if they’re unable to play, so coaches and players should do everything in their power to prevent injury. That starts with basic safety measures, such as ensuring playable surfaces (dry, free of debris, holes, bumps, etc.), bleachers a safe distance from the floor and padding on walls near baselines. In venues that don’t accommodate, coaches and players should at least be aware of the dangers and adjust accordingly. Coaches also can talk to referees about paying extra attention to player safety in those surroundings, and players can help matters by curtailing overly physical play.