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*Goal Safety - part 1
*Goal Safety - part 2
GOAL INJURIES INCLUDE:
• Goals falling onto people who are moving the goals from one location to another.
• People falling from goals while climbing or hanging from
goals or nets.
• Goals falling over on people who are pulling
down on or climbing on crossbars.
• Injuries or fatalities occurring as a result of
running into goal posts.
• Goals falling over as a result of high winds or
• Cuts/abrasions resulting from sharp edges or jagged metal or
wood pieces protruding from goal posts.
REDUCE THE THREAT AND PROTECT YOUR PLAYERS!
At a minimum you should use the following as a basis for your safety guidelines
concerning soccer goals…
- NEVER allow anyone to play or climb on the net or goal framework.
- Place safety warning labels on the goal posts and crossbar.
- Always use extreme caution when moving goals. Portable soccer goals should be moved by adults who are authorized and trained to do so. Allow for adequate manpower to move goals of varied sizes.
- Communicate with all of your teams and leagues, and instruct players (and spectators) of the potential dangers associated with moving or playing on portable goals.
- Physical guidelines for goal posts should cover the following, weather permanent or portable….
-Design, construction and dimensions…make sure that the goals conform to the standards set by FIFA
-For portable goals, your guidelines should specify how to anchor, secure or place counterweights on the goals to prevent tipping.
-Portable goals should be anchored at all times, not just when the teams are on the field.
-Always remove nets when games or practices are not in session.
-Check the structural integrity and proper connecting hardware before every use.
-Use portable goals on level surfaces to prevent additional tipping hazards.
-When goals are not in use, padlock them together face-to-face or chain them of a fixed structure such as a permanent fence.
-At the end of the season, fully dissemble your goals and store them in a secure storage area.
EDUCATE, EDUCATE, EDUCATE!
- Post signs or hand out flyers at registration on soccer goal safety.
- Include safety information in membership packets.
- Put soccer goal warning signs on every portable goal used by your organization.
- Add a safety information section to your club website or team website.
- Establish a safety committee to oversee goals and other potential hazards.
Consider padding! Padding will affect the way a ball reacts when it hits the
goal, but consider it as a safety addition to goals – especially for recreational or younger
teams. In two separate, serious claims (one in 1998 and one in 2000) players were
injured by running into goal posts during a game. In both cases, the legal complaint
stated that their injuries would have been greatly minimized by padding.
REDUCE YOUR RISK BY SMART MANAGEMENT
• If possible, do not own goal posts on public property.
• Do not manufacture or design goal posts.
• Buy goals from a manufacturer of goals who has Product Liability
• Perform periodic surveys to determine who owns goals.
Websites with goal safety information include the Consumer Product Safety
Commission www.cpsc.gov , National Federation of State High School Associations,
www.nfhs.org, the National Collegiate Athletic Assn. www.ncass.org and, of course,