||Last Updated: Nov 30th, 2012 - 13:01:02
Managers and Coaches,
Unfortunately, there has been a death of a 9 year old boy in Sampson County NC, because a soccer goal fell on him.
Injuries relating to soccer goals fall into the following categories. Most of the categories relate strictly to portable goals. Some, however, apply to both portable and stationary goals.
* Goals falling on people who are moving the goal 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 wind gusts
* Cut/abrasions resulting from sharp edges or jagged metal or wood pieces protruding from goal posts
Goal Safety is EVERYONE's responsibility!
* NEVER allow anyone to play on or hang on the net or framework of a goal
* Use extreme caution when moving goals. Portable soccer goals should only be moved by adults (not children) who are authorized to do so. Allow for adequate manpower to move the goals.
* Inspect goals prior to EVERY use to make sure they are anchored properly and for structural integrity
* Communicate with all of your players and families and instruct them on the dangers associated with goals
Please keep these guidelines in mind at all times.
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