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SUNBURST SOCCER TOURNAMENT 2016

TOURNAMENT SAFETY

WWPSA OFFICE OF YOUTH PROTECTION & RISK MANAGEMENT
Brian Foley, Risk Management Coordinator
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Sunburst Tournament Safety Hotline: 609-251-4350
Safety Text Messaging Service: sign up by texting sunburst to (609) 536-4820.

** standard text messaging rates applies** 

Medical Emergencies: 

Sunburst Soccer Tournament has medical personnel available at each site to assist in providing medical care in the event of a medical emergency. When in doubt, call 911.

EMT's and Athletic Trainers are available at sites and are available through your field marshall or Site Headquarters.  

Inclement Weather Policy: 

The primary goal of all WWPSA programs is to take all reasonable precautions to ensure the safety of the participants. As such, we will strictly enforce our Inclement Weather Policy:

In the event that anyone participating in a WWPSA program, including but not limited to players, coaches, volunteers or paid trainers, hears thunder or sees lightning, all activity relating to the program must immediately stop and all participants must leave the field and seek shelter for a period of at least 30 minutes after the thunder or lightning was last detected. If, while waiting due to inclement weather, another lightning strike is seen or thunder is heard, the 30-minute mandatory waiting period must start again.

 

Goal Safety Policy
 
Goal Safety Policy Statement

WWPSA requires that all volunteer or paid coaches, parents, administrators or others associated with the WWPSA must follow these guidelines regarding the installation, use and storage of soccer goals. As advocates for the healthy development of children, we need to be concerned with the soccer goal post safety.

While these guidelines should be effective in reducing the risk of goal-related injuries, they should not be construed as the only methods to minimize injuries associated with soccer goals. Please contact our Safety team at safety@wwpsa.org if you have questions or would like additional information on this subject.

Soccer Goal Injuries and Deaths

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), most soccer goal-related deaths and injuries involved either unsecured or homemade goals. Injuries frequently occurred during horseplay such as  climbing on the goal or attempting to do chin-ups, thereby tipping the goal over. All goals, whether homemade or manufactured, should be properly secured to the ground to avoid injuries or deaths associated with tip-over.

Anchoring Soccer Goals

There are several different ways to properly anchor soccer goals. The number and type of anchors used will depend on factors such as soil type and goal weight. Anchor types include:

Auger-style anchors that are screwed into the ground.
Semi-permanent anchors, which require a permanently secured base buried underground with the use of tethers or bolts to secure the goal.
Peg, stake or j-hook style anchors that are driven into the ground.
Sandbags or counterweights for indoor facilities.
Goal Storage

The CPSC reports most accidents occurred when the goal was unattended. When goals are not being used always:

Remove the net
Take appropriate steps to secure goals such as:
Place the goal frames face to face and secure them at each goalpost with a lock and chain.
Lock and chain to a suitable fixed structure such as a permanent fence.
Lock unused portable goals in a secure storage room after each use.
Fully disassemble the goals for seasonal storage.
Conclusions / Safety Tips

It is suggested that soccer coaches, officials, parents and players follow these safety guidelines:

Securely anchor or counter-weight portable goals at all times.
Store movable soccer goals in a place where children can not access them.
Never climb on the net or goal framework.
Remove nets when goals are not in use.
Check all connecting hardware before every use and replace damaged or missing anchors immediately.
Ensure safety / warning labels are clearly visible.
Fully disassemble goals for seasonal storage.
Always exercise extreme caution when moving goals and allow adequate manpower to move goals of varied sizes and weights.  Movable soccer goals should only be moved by authorized adults.
Movable soccer goals should only be used on level (flat) fields
Instruct players to avoid unsafe use of goals.