Safety Policies, Forms, & Insurance
It’s important that a basic first-aid kit is available to each AYSO team during all practices and games. First-aid kits can be provided to each coach for the season or can be made available at a standardized location at each soccer field during practices or games.
The contents of a first-aid kit can vary and can be purchased from a number of locations, but a basic first-aid kit should include the minimum recommended list of the following items:
- Adhesive bandage strips – 10 each
- Adhesive bandage – 3 large and 3 medium
- Antiseptic wipes – 5 each
- 2×2 gauze- 10 each
- Elastic wrap – 2 each
- Individual first-aid cream packets
- Non-latex gloves – 2 pair
- Mouth rescue breather – 1 each
- Instant Cold pack
Application of elastic wrap or athlete tape should be limited to use by individuals trained in their application to avoid impairing circulation or causing further injury.
AYSO strongly recommends that first-aid training opportunities be made available to all Regional volunteers. Training should be conducted by certified professionals from local organizations such as a chapter of the American Red Cross, the Fire Department or hospital. Ideally, all coaches should receive basic first-aid training; however, it is not a requirement that all coaches be first-aid certified.
Safe Haven™ is a program designed to address a growing need for child and volunteer protection. There are four elements in the Safe Haven™ intervention cycle: Create Policies, Screen Volunteers, Train Volunteers, and Promote Education and Awareness. These are intended to stop child abuse and its agents before they get into the program.
The Volunteer Protection Act of 1997
This law grants immunity from certain types of prosecution for volunteers who meet its requirements. In order to receive full protection under the law, AYSO volunteers must: 1. be properly trained and certified; 2. be performing duties as laid out in a position description; 3. act within the scope of AYSO’s Policies, Procedures, and Guidelines.
AYSO’s goal is to provide training certification for all its volunteers. Certification offers the hope that every AYSO child will be treated with understanding, compassion, and respect.
The national media has focused on the negative, even violent, behavior of players, coaches and parents involved in youth sports. Kids Zone™ is a dynamic program targeted to eliminate negative sideline behavior. Kids Zone™ buttons and signs are distributed throughout the Region and parents are asked to sign the Kids Zone™ Pledge promising to behave within the guidelines of the program.
A CVPA – Child and Volunteer Protection Advocate, is one of the 7 required Regional Board positions as specified in the National Bylaws and Standard Regional Policies and Protocols. The CVPA serves as the Safe Haven program representative in the local Region, Area or Section.
The primary responsibilities of the CVPA include:
- Screening Volunteers at the local level.
- Working with the Regional Board to ensure all approved volunteers are registered and assigned to their specific positions.
- Working with the Regional Coach Administrator, Regional Referee Administrator and Regional Commissioner to ensure that all coaches, referees and volunteers are properly trained and certified and that they receive an annual Safe Haven protocol review.
- Serving as a contact for child abuse, child protection concerns.
- Working with the Regional Commissioner to ensure mandated reporting of suspected child abuse.
The CVPA is training requirements include:
- CVPA Job Training
- AYSO’s Safe Haven
- CDC’s Concussion Awareness Training
- AYSO’s Annual Safe Haven Addendum