Soccer Accident Insurance (SAI) – serves as a secondary/excess medical and/or dental insurance should an accidental injury occur during specified AYSO activities and events.
Who is covered:
All AYSO members currently registered* (players, coaches, referees and other volunteers) are “Covered Persons” for accidental bodily injury while participating in the following covered activities:
-Team practice sessions, scheduled matches, tournaments, or other sponsored activities (meetings, banquets, fundraisers) provided they are under the direct supervision of an AYSO registered volunteer.
-Group travel, defined as (5) five or more people in one vehicle, directly to and from an AYSO sanctioned event such as practice sessions, matches, tournaments, or sponsored activities, provided that players are traveling as a team and a licensed adult driver operates the vehicle. Group travel which is interrupted for more than two hours, is excluded. (Please see Automotive Liability Chapter for further details)
What is covered?
-Medical/surgical treatment by a doctor or dentist.
-Services of a licensed or graduate nurse.
-Stays in a hospital.
-AYSO Nationally Sanctioned Events
Soccer Accident Insurance (SAI) 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, conditions and exclusions. Eligible expenses incurred within 1 year of the date of a covered accident (one within 1 year of the policy effective date) are eligible for benefits under this policy. Accident Medical and Dental Expense Benefits are only payable for:
-Usual and customary charges incurred after the deductible has been met;
-Those medically necessary covered expenses that the covered person receives;
-Claims when the first medical/dental expense is incurred within 90 days of the covered accident;
All claims must be filed within 90 days of the covered accident and each claim is subject to a $1000 Deductible.
Filing an SAI Claim
The Regional Safety Director is responsible for ensuring that any injured participant, or their parent/guardian, receives the SAI information and claim form from the AYSO website.
To file a claim, the claimant must:
- Obtain an AYSO Soccer Accident Insurance (SAI) form, here.
- The injured person (or their parent/guardian) must complete, sign and date Part A of the claim form and return the form to the Safety Director for signatures.
- The Regional Safety Director and Regional Commissioner must complete, sign and date Part B of the claim form. This section also requires proof of eligibility in the form of the claimant’s AYSO identification number on the printed player registration or volunteer application forms or ID cards.
It is the responsibility of the claimant to collect the fully completed form from the Regional Safety Director, make a copy for his/her own records and should submit the claim form to the address provided on the form within 90 days of the date of injury.
Claimant should consider sending the form Certified/Return Receipt through the US Postal Service.
If the player or player’s parents are covered by any other health care plan, bills must be submitted to the other plan first. After the primary plan has paid its share of the claim, any remaining balances will be eligible for consideration under the AYSO SAI Plan.
SAI claims may be submitted before receipt of the Explanation of Benefits (EOB) Form in order to comply with the 90 day filing period, but copies of the EOB and all itemized bills should be submitted as soon as the claimant receives them.