2.SETTING GOALS & NETS/FLAGS
Soccer goals have caused dozens of deaths and hundreds of injuries when falling over. In my home town of Alcorcon, Madrid, a kid died when a futsal goal fall onto him. So I learn first hand this is something we need to pay a lot of attention as the safety of our participants is our first priority.
The incidents are linked by a single trend: the goals were not properly secured to keep them from tipping. Some were felled by wind, others from persons climbing on or hanging from the goals, and a few collapsed because they were weakened by climbing or hanging from them. Many of the goals were not even setup for use in a game.
To help our coaches with goals so they can concentrate in the technical tasks, you have been assigned to help 3 of the 11 weeks this season. The job follows:
Setting and taking down goals before and after practice.
- If your team uses portable goals, it is indispensable you learn how to set and take down portable goals to do it right so they do not break. Your coach will teach you.
- If your team uses non portable goals, please make sure you return the goals to the special spot in the field we have been instructed by the field owner to store them (ask your coach if in doubt). You will also have to set a net before practice or a game. I remember being a kid and the experience was not the same when a goal had nets on and when it did not!!
- Per the IYSA Risk assessment policy (see below), nets must come out after the soccer activity concludes
Setting and taking down one net and two flags on game day. You will be given Velcro straps or tape to secure the net to the frame as well as stakes to secure them to the ground. A hammer maybe needed to stake some of the stakes.
When coaches sign their agreement, they have read and understand the IYSA Risk Management/Goal Post Safety Policy and hereby they certify that they will assure compliance with the IYSA Goal Post Safety Policy. The policy states, “Any coach who participate in practice or a game where the goals are not securely anchored shall be fined not less than $200 and suspended for a minimum of not less than one (1) calendar year from the date of the practice or
game involved. In the event the goal is not securely anchored, I understand my entity (team, club, league, state) that has primary responsibility for the field or event upon which the unsecured goal is situated shall be fined $1,000."