Lightning is the number one weather hazard for athletic events. The following guidelines should be used to prevent tragedy from striking your soccer club.
Please note: these are general guidelines and it is recommended you consult your club’s procedures for lightning for specific guidelines when dealing with weather related hazards.
Secured Goals And Safe Field Surface
Provide Safe Practice And Games
Players rely on their coaches for just about everything, and that includes safety practice and game fields. It’s the coaches’ responsibility to make sure goals are properly anchored and the playing surface is safe, no potholes or sharp objects. Here are some guidelines for both areas of responsibility.
Goal Post Safety:
1) Portable goals should always be properly secured and anchored;
use only on level playing fields. Remember spring winds can blow over an
unsecured goal in an instant.
2) Inspect goals for sharp corners and general integrity (strength).
3) Instruct all players and parents of the potential dangers associated with movable goals.
4) Forbid any horseplay by players or members of the general public on or around any goal (permit or portable).
5) Remove nets when goals are not in use.
6) Portable goals should only be moved by authorized personnel.
7) Portable goals should be secured in a safe place when not in use.
1) Inspect for foreign objects before every practice and game.
2) Check for potholes, ruts and bumps.
3) Make sure sprinkler heads are properly seated.
4) Observe a three-foot restraining line from the touchline. Remind spectators of this as well.
5) Notify your club and field owners of unsafe field conditions in writing.
6) Do not allow participation by your players until noted hazards have been corrected.
PLEASE NOTE: These guidelines offer a sketch of proper safety practices; please consult your club’s specific guidelines to insure safe and fun practice and game fields.