7 Tips to Ensure Goal Post Safety
Many AYSO Regions use portable soccer goals, which can too easily be tipped over - often with tragic results. These tip-over incidents often happen when players climb or hang from the crossbar of a goal but have been known to happen from a simple gust of wind or the slightest push. To help avoid these incidents, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has come up with seven goal post safety guidelines:
- Securely anchor or counter-weight portable goals at all times
- Never climb on the net or goal framework
- Remove nets when goals are not in use
- Tip unused goals onto their goal face, or chain them face-to-face. You can also chain unused goals to nearby fence posts or other sturdy fixtures
- Check all connecting hardware before every use. Replace damaged or missing fasteners immediately
- Use warning labels and make sure they are clearly visible
- Fully disassemble goals for off-season storage
Use our comprehensive goal post safety check list
to check your fields.
Watch a CBS News segment on goal post safety.
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