3 Key Reminders for Safety Directors
1. As Opening Day nears for some, Regions should ensure that they have secured the appropriate liability insurance coverage for their planned activities. Bounce houses and carnival type rides are not covered by AYSO's general liability insurance and require separate coverage or the use of vendors that provide liability coverage. Please contact Holly Veach at the AYSO National Office for information regarding AYSO's special events insurance coverage.
Make sure your Region is covered. Just last year, sudden wind gusts picked up an inflatable amusement, carrying participants away from a soccer field and injuring several people.
2. Adults cannot play soccer in a game or scrimmage against minors. Unfortunately, there have been cases where children have been seriously injured when an adult has fallen on a child while playing. AYSO's Soccer Accident Insurance (SAI) and liability insurance do not cover adults playing soccer against other adults or against children.
3. Regions should consider enrolling and training specific field tear-down workers instead of asking general spectators to help move heavy portable goalposts. Well-meaning spectators have been seriously injured when a goalpost was accidentally dropped.
It is also very important that these goalposts are stored securely when not in use; either locked face-to-face or locked to a fence to prevent them from tipping over. Just last August, a six year old was severely injured when an unsecured goalpost fell over on him during a school day. Learn more about goalpost safety.