Health and Safety

Developing an Emergency Action Plan

Preparation is the key to responding to unexpected emergencies. Every team should have an Emergency Action Plan in writing.  Emergencies include injuries, illnesses such as heart attack, seizure, or stroke and natural disasters. An Emergency Action Plan should include all relevant categories and emergencies. This plan should outline the responsibility of everyone that may be involved, and should cover the following areas:

Concussion

HB 1824, also called the Lystedt Law, addresses the nature and risks of concussions and head injuries in youth sports, with specific requirements for education and compliance by players, parents, coaches, and youth organizations, such as youth soccer clubs and associations. The bill was voted on by the Washington State House of Representatives unanimously and signed into law by Governor Christine Gregoire on May 14, 2009; it went into effect on July 26, 2009. 

Sudden Cardiac Arrest

SB 5083, also known as the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Act (SCA), was voted on by the Washington State House of Representatives and signed into law by Governor Christine Gregoire on April 17, 2015; it went into effect on July 24, 2015.

The bill outlines the requirements that nonprofit organizations like Washington Youth Soccer and our clubs/associations must comply with prior to using school facilities, with specific educational requirements developed by the WIAA and the University of Washington for players, parents, coaches, and youth sports organizations.

Injury Prevention

We all want to keep our players safe. Use the info below to build a warm up program for your team. Below are links to several programs that you can use.