AYSO has policies in place to protect the identities of children in public spaces. This includes not including names (or tagging names on social media) with a picture, with a jersey number or a roster.
It's important to know that AYSO teams participating in beach soccer and beach soccer tournaments is not authorized by AYSO.
Tournament staff should be aware that the safety and well-being of all the participants (players, parents, visitors and staff) should be a priority when planning a tournament.
A certificate of insurance, or proof of liability coverage, is usually required by property owners such as school districts, city recreations departments, and private businesses before they issue a "Use Permit" to any organization
AYSO recommends that Safety Directors and other Region Board members become familiar with the FAQs for AYSO's Soccer Accident Insurance (SAI) coverage in order to better assist parents and volunteers.
The fall season is almost at an end and Safety Directors should be receiving completed Incident Reports from coaches, referees or Region staff. Please remember to review each form for completeness.
Now that the season is underway, it's a great idea to send an email to all of your Region's coaches to remind them of important safety practices. Here are some to include
AYSOTraining.org now features the CDC's Concussion Awareness Training module. Upon completion of this course, your certification will automatically be updated in eAYSO.
1. As Opening Day nears for some, Regions should ensure that they have secured the appropriate liability insurance coverage for their planned activities.
In response to state legislation and AYSO's National Policy on concussions, a revised Participation Release Form is now available on AYSO.org.
If your Region is having a July 4th celebration, opening day ceremony or any other event that includes the use of inflatable bounce houses, jumpers or other party items, please contact Holly Veach at the AYSO National Office.
The use of golf carts at AYSO events is covered under AYSO's General Liability insurance for injuries or damaged caused by registered, trained and certified volunteers.
First aid is the immediate treatment given before regular medical care is available. Whenever possible, it's strongly recommended that first-aid training opportunities be made available to your Region's volunteers, with particular emphasis on basic training for coaches.
An amendment to AYSO's National Rules & Regulations with the goal of presenting a healthy and safe environment for team members was passed by the delegates at this weekend's National Annual General Meeting (NAGM) in Seattle, Wash.
Two new items have been added to the Safety Resources channel on AYSO.org: the AYSO/CDC Concussion Information Sheet and the AYSO/CDC Concussion Coach Action Plan.
The Center for Disease Control has teamed up with youth athletes to raise concussion awareness in youth sports. In this CDC video, a youth basketball player shares her story of returning to the sport too soon after a concussion, and the unfortunate consequences.
In last month's issue, Play it Safe asked you to share your Region's goal safety practices and we received some great responses!
In light of recent reports that some AYSO Regions have had their equipment/supplies stolen, Play it Safe would like to remind all Regions about the Regional Equipment Insurance Program. The program provides coverage for loss or damage to equipment due to theft, fire, vandalism or other causes.
A Safe Haven Update is currently being offered at a few AYSO Section Meetings and will eventually be presented as a webinar. This update has replaced the CVPA Annual Update and provides updates on legislation, policies and best practice recommendations regarding Safe Haven topics for all Region Board Members.
Play it Safe would like to remind all AYSO Safety Directors of the importance of safely securing all movable soccer goals while not in use. The majority of goal-safety incidents happen when goals are left unsecured and unattended (researched by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission [CPSC]).
Many AYSO Regions use portable soccer goals, which can too easily be tipped over - often with tragic results. These tip-over incidents often happen when players climb or hang from the crossbar of a goal but have been known to happen from a simple gust of wind or the slightest push. To help avoid these incidents, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has come up with seven goal post safety guidelines:
The seasons are changing yet again, and with that comes a drop in the temperature. It's important to be aware of the dangers of cold weather and be prepared to delay or cancel games if the weather conditions are poor enough.
Golf carts or Utility Task Vehicles (UTVs) are being used widely in many AYSO Regions. The vehicles provide necessary assistance to volunteers while they perform a multitude of tasks, and it is important that they are utilized carefully and correctly.
Concussions are serious brain injuries and without proper management, can result in permanent damage or even death. Inspired by the Zackery Lystedt law in the state of Washington, a growing number of states are enacting legislation that requires concussion awareness training for all youth coaches - which includes all coaches in AYSO.
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!
A lightning safety plan should be an integral part of the planning process for any outdoor event. Do not wait for storm clouds to develop before considering what to do should lightning threaten! An effective plan begins LONG before any lightning threat is realized.
A basic first-aid kit should be available to each team during all practices and games. These first-aid kits can be provided to each coach for the season, or be available at a standardized location at each soccer field used for games and practices.
AYSO Incident Reports are a fact sheet in the event something critical happens. Filling out an Incident Report immediately after an injury, property damage or any other serious incident will give you an opportunity to capture facts and contact information before witnesses leave the field.
Field Coordinators, referees and coaches should be the last line of defense when dealing with field safety. Everyone should be involved in making sure the fields are safe for AYSO players.
Many AYSO Regions use portable soccer goals, which can too easily be tipped over - often with tragic results. These tip-over incidents often happen when players climb or hang from the crossbar of a goal but have been known to happen from a simple gust of wind or the slightest push.