In an effort to keep the goals and nets secure and children safe, large goals will undergo inspections by Board personnel before and after daily use. (See Links section for Glenview Park District Soccer Goal Safety and Education Policy)
In addition, you are required to advise your children/soccer players and any other person accompanying you for whom you are responsible that the following is strictly prohibited: moving any soccer goals and any use of a soccer goal that is inconsistent with soccer-related activity, including without limitation, playing, climbing, or hanging on any part of the soccer goal. This especially applies to children climbing on or hanging from nets or goal frames. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, these activities can result in serious injury, including death.
If you observe anyone inappropriately using a soccer goal or net, politely ask them to stop. If the activity continues, please notify a coach or referee as soon as possible. Players violating this rule may be forced to sit out, at the coach’s discretion. Finally, if you see any soccer goal that is unstable or tipping, or a net not firmly secured to the goal, please notify a coach or referee immediately.
Thor-Guard Lightning Prediction Systems
The Glenview Park District has installed THOR-GUARD Lightning Prediction Systems. The units are located at Flick Park Pool and the south pavilion, by Attea Middle School, at the Gallery Park northwest pavilion, Glenview Park Golf Club, Glenview National 9 Golf Club, Roosevelt Pool, Park Service Maintenance Facility, Community Park West, Westbrook and Apollo Schools. This system predicts when conditions indicate the potential for a lightning strike. It will give a warning eight to 20 minutes in advance of a potential strike, so that everyone can take shelter.
When it senses the potential for a lightning strike THOR-GUARD will sound a 15 second siren and the strobe light on top of the unit will go on. The strobe light stays on as long as there is danger of a potential strike.
When the THOR-GUARD sounds the warning siren and the strobe light is on:
- All activities must be immediately stopped.
- Park patrons seek should seek shelter in their cars (with the windows rolled up) or in a building. Patrons should avoid areas that are higher than the surrounding landscape; they should not use a tree for shelter, and should keep away from metal objects such as bicycles, golf clubs, fences, umbrellas, etc.
- Even if the weather does not appear to be threatening, everyone should seek shelter. People have been struck by a bolt out of the blue. A bolt out of the blue is one that strikes when the sky is clear.
When the potential for lightning has passed THOR-GUARD sounds three (3) blasts of the siren and the strobe light turns off. This may be as soon as 10 minutes after the initial alert.
The THOR-GUARD System helps to assess the conditions. Neither the signal nor the system is intended to guarantee that conditions are safe. If the weather is threatening and no warning signal is heard or seen, use good judgment and take shelter. Do not wait for the warning signal to activate, as the system can malfunction.
Note that lightning is included in AYSO Dangerous Weather Policy (see Links section for policy), which includes general details on suspension and resumption of play due to weather or environmental conditions.
In response to increasing concerns about the potential risks associated with concussions, AYSO has developed the following recommendations:
- Use of the AYSO/CDC Concussion Information Sheet to inform all parents and players about the signs and symptoms of concussion and the associated risk (see Links section for the Information Sheet). This form must be signed during the registration process.
- Encourage ALL coaches, referees, and Board Members to take the CDC’s free online Concussion Awareness Training, soon to be part of Safe Haven training (see Links section for Heads Up On-Line Training link).
What if you suspect a player has received a concussion?
- If you suspect that an athlete has a concussion, you should take the following four Heads Up (see Links section for Heads Up resource link) steps:
1. Remove the athlete from play.
2. Ensure that the athlete is evaluated by a health care professional experienced in evaluating for concussion. Do not try to judge the seriousness of the injury yourself.
3. Inform the athlete’s parents or guardians about the possible concussion and give them the CDC fact sheet for parents on concussion.
4. Any player suspected by the coach, referee or parent to have a concussion must be removed from further participation for at least the remainder of the day, and Parents should be encouraged to seek professional medical treatment at the time of injury and secure medical clearance before being allowed to return to play. In all cases, AYSO will require the parent to sign a Participation Release Form confirming that the player has been given the appropriate clearance to return to play.
What should be done if an incident has occurred?
An Incident Report (see Links section for Incident Report Form and Instructions) is required whenever there is a serious incident involving AYSO participants, activities, facilities, or property including: injuries, hospitalizations, threats of bodily harm, law enforcement, fighting, lawsuits, property damage. This report must be submitted by the coach to the AYSO Safety Director promptly after the incident.
Soccer Accident Insurance
Does AYSO provide accident insurance?
AYSO purchases Soccer Accident Insurance (SAI), which pays excess medical costs up to $50,000 maximum per accident to an insured person for accidental bodily injuries incurred as a direct result of participation in a covered activity subject to the policy terms and conditions. This is an Excess Accidental Medical Expense Benefit, and all eligible expenses will be reimbursed in excess of a primary policy on a Usual and Customary basis. Download the SAI Brochure (see Links section for English and Spanish Soccer Accident Insurance brochures) for more detailed explanation of the plan.
A parent or guardian assumes full responsibility for the safety of the child once he or she is released from a practice or game. Please note that this also applies in the case of players who are of legal driving age and transport themselves to and from AYSO activities. If your child will be walking, riding a bicycle or driving themselves home from practice or games, the General Release form must be completed in order for your coach to release them (see Links section for the form).
Incident Report Form and Instructions
Heads Up Resources for Concussions
Participation Release Form
Soccer Accident Insurance (SAI) Brochure
Soccer Accident Insurance (SAI) Claim Form and Instructions
Dangerous Weather Policy
Glenview Park District Soccer Goal Safety and Education Policy
Glenview AYSO Safety Director email address: firstname.lastname@example.org