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Recent Movable Goal Tragedy Provides Important Reminders for the Washington Youth Soccer Community

Goal Safety is
EVERYONE's responsibility!

1. NEVER allow anyone to play on or hang on the net or framework of a goal.

2. Use extreme caution when moving goals.  Portable soccer goals should only be moved by adults (not children) who are authorized to do so. Allow for adequate manpower to move the goals.

3. Inspect goals prior to EVERY use to make sure they are anchored properly and for structural integrity.

4. Communicate with all of your players and families and instruct them on the dangers associated with goals.

As parents, coaches and club staff from around the state prepare for another exciting spring season, it's important to remember the dangers posed by moveable goals. Every year, youth players around the country are killed or injured when goals that have been improperly anchored or were not inspected prior to practice or competition fall on a child.

Just last month, nine-year-old Juan Escalara was killed in North Carolina when a portable goal fell on his head during a game. Juan's death is not an isolated incident — according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, portable goals have killed 36 people in the United States since 1979, a rate of more than one per year.

That said, there are many simple precautions that parents, coaches and staff can take to ensure that accidents like these do not happen on your fields.

Washington Youth Soccer adheres to US Youth Soccer guidelines on portable goal safety. Many of these recommendations are listed in the sidebar at the right. Parents, coaches, referees and all staff are reminded of the importance of properly anchoring and counterweighting all goals, and inspecting each goal prior to EVERY game or training session.

Please take the time prior to this season to review PDF linked below, and ensure that all members of your club or Association who work around movable goals have been educated about the need to inspect and properly maintain portable goals on your fields. Remember, just five minutes before a game or practice can save a life.

CLICK HERE TO REVIEW THE CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONS'S GUIDELINES FOR MOVABLE SOCCER GOAL SAFETY – THEN PRINT THEM FOR EVERY ADULT IN YOUR CLUB!

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