- AYSO Severe Weather Play Policy and Guidelines
- Concussion Information
AYSO has partnered with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to use the “Heads Up” Concussion training tools in support of the following guidelines in order to ensure the safety of all our participants:
The AYSO/CDC Parent/Athlete Concussion Information Sheet should be used to inform parents and players about the potential risks associated with concussions. When required by state law, signatures of a parent and/or athlete must be obtained each membership year. See State Law Matrix for details
CDC Heads Up Concussion training is strongly recommended for all coaches, referees, executive members, Advisory Commission members, Section/Area/Region board and staff members. This training will be required for coaches and other “officials” as required by state law. Go to www.aysotraining.org
The AYSO/CDC Coach/Referee Action Plan provides coaches/referees with the signs and symptoms of concussion and the recommended steps to take whenever a player exhibits any sign or symptom.
AYSO requires the new AYSO Participation Release Form, signed by a parent/guardian, acknowledging that the player has been given clearance before the player can return to play.
AYSO strongly recommends that parents/guardians seek medical attention whenever a player exhibits any signs or symptoms of a concussion and obtain a clearance by a medical professional before the player is allowed to return to play. When required by state law, parents must obtain a medical clearance in addition to completing the Participation Release Form.
If a player exhibits any signs or symptoms of a concussion and is removed from play or not permitted to participate, the player may not return to play for the remainder of that day.
The Region Safety Director must receive an AYSO Incident Report, signed Participation Release, copy of the signed Player Registration Form and copy of any SAI claim whenever a player is removed from play due to signs/symptoms of concussion. Fax/email forms to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Concussion Information
CDC "Heads Up" Concussion Action Plan
AYSO/CDC Parent/Athlete Concussion Information Sheet (English)
AYSO/CDC Parent/Athlete Concussion Information Sheet (Spanish)
Concussion Policy Summary and State Law Matrix
AYSO/CDC Online Training”
CDC Heads Up Program
CDC Heads Up for Parents
Is Heading Safe?
- Field Inspection Hazard
Field Coordinators, referees and coaches should be the last line of defense when dealing with field safety. Everyone should be involved in making sure the fields are safe for AYSO players. Make sure everyone involved in practice and game days knows what to look for in order to keep the fields free from safety hazards.
- Goal Safety
Pass these tips along to parents and team players about proper eating habits before, during and after a soccer game:
- Eat far enough ahead so food doesn't make you sick to your stomach during the soccer game.
- Eat a healthy meal about 3 or 4 hours before your practice or match.
- If you must snack, eat only a small quantity of a complex carbohydrates. Foods such as cereal, English muffins, pasta or a piece of toast. Just make sure you don't eat less than an hour before the game!
- Three hours before any sport activity, drink a couple of glasses of water (12 oz. sized glass).
- Don't gulp! Sip the water slowly. One hour before game time, drink a little more water. During the match, drink a little water every 15 minutes or so. Drinking fluids is important! After the game, drink more water.
- Thirty minutes after any competition, eat a meal high in complex carbohydrates to help restore your body's blood sugar (glycogen levels).
- Street and Parking Lot Safety