SAFETY TIPS For Referees, Coaches and Parents

Welcome to the AYSO Safety Tips webpage. In a continuing mission to develop and deliver a quality youth soccer program that provides a fair, fun, safe and positive environment in which to play soccer, below are several important safety tips to be followed by Referees, Coaches and Parents.

Referees

  1. Referees shall ensure that goal posts are properly anchored to the ground prior to the start of play. See the AYSO webpage on Goal Safety for more information.
  2. Referees shall inspect the players equipment before the start of each game including:
    • Players wear either tennis shoes or soft-cleated soccer shoes. Note: Because of the potential for causing injury, shoes with a toe cleat, such as baseball or football shoes, are not allowed.
    • Players wear shin guards and the shin guards are completely covered with socks.
    • Players remove ALL Jewelry before games.  This includes practices.
  3. Referees of the first game of the day shall inspect the playing field prior to the start of the day’s games for debris that might injure players.
  4. Referees shall ensure that players, coaches and spectators are located sufficiently away from the field of play to avoid injury.
  5. Referees shall cancel games in case an unsafe physical or environmental condition exists.
  6. Referees shall follow the AYSO Region 300 Thunder & Lightning Policy.
  7. Referees shall be aware of the importance of Street and Parking Lot Safety.

Coaches

  1. Coaches shall ensure that goal posts are properly anchored to the ground prior to the start of practice. See the AYSO webpage on Goal Safety for more information.
  2. Coaches shall check the players equipment before the start of practice. This includes:
    • Players wear either tennis shoes or soft-cleated soccer shoes. Note: Because of the potential for causing injury, shoes with a toe cleat, such as baseball or football shoes, are not allowed.
    • Players wear shin guards and the shin guards are completely covered with socks.
    • Players remove ALL Jewelry before games.  This includes practices.
  3. Coaches shall inspect the playing field prior to the start of practice for debris that might injure players.
  4. Coaches shall ensure that players bring a Water Bottle to both practice and games.
  5. Coaches shall report all player/volunteer injuries that take place during AYSO-sponsored events to the AYSO Region 300 Safety Director.
  6. Coaches shall bring a first aid kit, water and ice, to all practices and games.
  7. Coaches shall cancel practice in case of unsafe physical or environmental condition exists.
  8. Coaches shall follow the AYSO Region 300 Thunder & Lightning Policy.
  9. Coaches shall be aware of the importance of Street and Parking Lot Safety.

Parents

  1. Parents shall ensure that their children do not climb on goals.
  2. Parents shall ensure that players are properly dressed for practices and games.  This includes:
    • Players wear either tennis shoes or soft-cleated soccer shoes. Note: Because of the potential for causing injury, shoes with a toe cleat, such as baseball or football shoes, are not allowed.
    • Players wear shin guards and the shin guards are completely covered with socks.
    • Players remove ALL Jewelry before games.  This includes practices.
  3. Parents shall ensure that players bring a Water Bottle to both practices and games.
  4. Parents shall report to coaches all player injuries that occur during AYSO-sponsored events.
  5. Parents shall not bring pets of any kind to AYSO sponsored events.
  6. Parents shall be aware of the importance of Street and Parking Lot Safety.

For safety related questions or issues

contact the Safety Director:

safety@ayso300.org