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Safety

Safety is everyone’s responsibility…Coaches, Players, Referees and Parents!


- No Jewelry. Earrings (and other piercings), bracelets, necklaces & hairbands with metal in them are not allowed to be worn during games.
- Please bring plenty of Water for your child
. Learn about Hydration and Heat Stroke. Before a practice or a game, kids should drink about 12 to 16 ounces of fluid.

- Go SLOW. Watch out for Children chasing after balls in the Parking lots. Look before backing out of your parking space.
- Most Concussions occur without loss of consciousness. Parents & Players need to Know the Symptoms…Concussion Info Sheet

- Never let your child climb on the net or goal framework. 26 deaths and hundreds of injuries since 1979 resulting from soccer goal accidents.  If you see there is NOT a bag or weight anchoring a goal, please find one to help secure it.
- Lock your Vehicle when you are at the Fields. 
Place items of value out of sight to help prevent break-ins.
- Games can be played in the rain, but certain weather conditions can pose a risk... AYSO Severe Weather Play Policy and Guidelines

We need to insure that we are providing a safe and enjoyable environment for our children.   Everyone should be involved in making sure the fields are safe for AYSO players.   During practice and game days knows what to look for in order to keep the fields free from safety hazards.
Field Inspection Hazard List

Field Coordinators, referees and coaches should be the last line of defense when dealing with field safety.  If you notice unsafe conditions on the field or if the goals look to be unsafe take action and please notify your coach and the regional Safety Director at [email protected].



Region 605 recommends everyone be familiar with the symptoms of a concussion.

What is a concussion?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that changes the way the brain normally works. A concussion is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth.
Parent Concussion FAQ
Parent/Athlete Concussion Info Sheet (pdf)

All Coaches and Referees to complete the CDC's online Concussion Awareness Training.  This online course takes approximately 45-60 minutes to complete.  While we are aware that everyone is busy, this free training is invaluable and incredibly important to the safety of our AYSO players and families.

 To take the training please follow these instructions:

     1) Go to  aysotraining.org 
     2) Enter your AYSO ID Number and last name.
     3) In the left Column under "Safe Haven" go to the "START NOW" link.
     4)  Select AYSO CDC Concussion Awareness 
     5) Compete training.

Thank you for your time and commitment to the safety or our children.

Goal Safety

If you see there is no bag or weight anchoring a goal, please find one to help secure it.

You have nothing to fear from a quiet, unassuming portable soccer goal, right?  Its importance as the focus of a child's goal-kicking effort outweighs any possible danger, right? WRONG!

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has reported 26 deaths and hundreds of injuries since 1979 resulting from soccer goal accidents.
Most of these injuries occur when children climb on top of an unsecured goal, causing it to either break from the strain (in the case of many homemade goals) or simply flip over onto an unsuspecting victim. You only need to review some of the descriptions of injuries and deaths addressed in the CPSC report to become saddened by this easily-preventable problem.

In several cases, children climbing on goals or getting underfoot while they are being moved has resulted in serious accidents. Additionally, high winds may cause goals to tip over. Therefore, never allow children to play on goals, and always exercise caution when transporting them.  Most accidents don't happen during a game situation, but when kids are playing nearby on a non-soccer day and get the idea to hang on the goal.

The bottom line is this: Goal safety is everyone's job and volunteers and parents need to be aware of the dangers.   Please help us...

  • Securely anchor or counter-weight portable goals at all times.  If you see there is no bag or weight anchoring, please find one to help secure it.  If none are available please email [email protected] or notify a referee/coach.
  • Never let your child climb on the net or goal framework.


    Hydration

    Before a practice or a game, kids should drink about 12 to 16 ounces of fluid.

    Heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke are all serious (in some cases fatal) heat-induced conditions. It is imperative for the safety of your children, players, volunteers, & coaches that you know how to identify and treat the symptoms.

  • Make Hydration a goal (from AYSO.com)
  • Heat induced symptoms (from AYSO.org)



  • Haste Is Your Worst Enemy

    Watch out for Children chasing after balls in the Parking lots. Look before backing out of your parking space.

    Nowadays, it's normal to see a harried parent or guardian rushing to drop their children at the local soccer field for practice and games. While punctuality is a virtue, rushing - and subsequent carelessness - certainly is not.Adults aren't the only people who fall victim to haste. Kids love to run through parking lots and in between cars in their haste to start playing, forgetting to look both ways. That's why it's important to take a strong "safety in the streets" stance to prevent parking lot accidents.

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