Safety

Safety and Well-Being

The Club values the safety and well being of all of its members. For this reason, the Club has a number of protocols as well as other recommendations to guide team officials.

Safety Personnel

Many teams find it very useful to have designated safety personnel, preferably a parent with first aid or medical experience. For any emergency or life threatening injury, call 911!

Medical Information and Emergency Contact Information

The Club will distribute a list of team members, medical numbers, emergency contact information and any specific medical information, which is disclosed during registration. Please keep these records in confidence to be used in an emergency. Emergency contact information for all players should be on-site at all games and training sessions. We encourage all team officials to confirm and seek out further pertinent medical information from team parents during their pre-season team meetings.

First Aid Kits

We encourage team officials to have first aid kits on hand as part of the team equipment package. Please ensure that your kit is replenished as required. In particular, it is most important to have ice, plastic bags and bandages on hand to treat minor injuries.

Administering Medications

Coaches and managers shall NOT, under any circumstances, administer medication to players. Over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol and Advil may be kept in the first aid kit but can only be administered to a player by his parent. Personal player medications such as inhalers for asthma may be held for the player, but only administered to the player by his or her parent.

Players with Pre-existing Medical Conditions

For any player with a pre-existing medical condition (e.g. asthma, anaphylaxis, diabetes, etc.), pertinent information as to the condition should be declared during registration. In such cases, parents should be advised that team personnel are not authorized to administer medications. Please ensure that there is a clear plan in place with the parent(s)/guardian(s) in the event of a medical emergency. Again, for any emergency or life threatening injury, call 911!

Walk-In Clinics and Emergency Departments

It is mandatory for all coaches and managers, or safety personnel, to know exactly where the nearest walk-in clinic and/or hospital is located when going to soccer fields both within and outside Vancouver.

Treatment of Injuries

It is mandatory for all coaches, managers and safety personnel to advise the parent(s)/guardian(s) of any medical or first aid treatment given to players, even if it was treatment for a minor injury. Any and all head injuries should be further monitored and assessed by a medical professional for concussions.

Prevention

The best way to ensure the safety and well being of our young athletes is by using common sense. Always make sure the playing environment is safe and secure. This includes ensuring that:
  • Equipment is in good working order and used appropriately.
  • Do not let players pull on or hang from nets or cross bars. Goal posts and all equipment should be thoroughly inspected for any safety related concerns prior to each use. Please see this document from BC Soccer about goal post safety:
  • http://www.bcsoccer.net/files/MemberService/RiskManagement/GoalPostSafety.pdf
  • Field is in decent playing condition and clear of major obstructions including giant holes. 
  • Gymnasiums and accompanying area are used appropriately. Coaches using gyms should ensure benches and any other free standing apparatus are as far removed from the playing area as possible. 
  • Parent pick-up and drop-off times are adhered to and no player is left behind. Coaches should not be the lone adult staying behind with a player waiting for a parent. Always ask another adult or parent to wait with you and never drive the waiting player home alone.
  • Weather and ground conditions are safe to play in. 
  • Players warming up on their own do not engage in dangerous activities such as climbing or taking shots at all angles on a player. Players should be encouraged to practice juggling or passing with a teammate while they are waiting for practice to start.
  • Players are fit to play. Players should not play if they are injured, overly-dehydrated, suspected concussed or suffering from any medical ailment that would put them at risk on the field.

Lightning/Severe Weather

The safety of players, coaches and spectators is of the utmost concern in any weather event that occurs during practices or matches.

Lightning’s behaviour is random, unpredictable and deadly. It is important to be prepared and to respond quickly.  There is no safe haven when "outside." A building or house that is fully enclosed is proper and best. More information can be found at:
http://www.canadasoccer.com/files/CSA_LightningSafety_SevereWeatherPolicy_EN.pdf