Safety, Injuries, and Emergencies

Be Prepared

  • Ask parents to inform you of any medical conditions (e.g. allergies, asthma) that their child may have and check regularly throughout the season to make sure that they have their inhalers / medication with them at practices and games
  • Bring medical waiver forms for all your players to every practice and game
  • Bring a First Aid Kit (provided by CYS to all coaches) and ice packs / ice in an ice cooler to every practice and game
  • Make sure you have a charged cell phone to use in case of an emergency
  • Always have a second adult present. This allows one adult to care for injuries or bathroom breaks while the other tends to the rest of the team. It also provides for another witness in case of injury or accident. Make sure that both of you are present until the parent of the last child arrives
    • Child and Infant Course (Ages 0-12)
    • Adult Course (12 and over)

Prevention of Injuries / Safety

  • Check the field or playing area to make sure that it is safe (e.g. no broken glass, large potholes)
  • Make sure that players have proper equipment (shin guards, no jewelry)
  • Make sure that players wear proper fitting shoes and the proper type of shoe for the surface
  • Players cannot be let out of your sight without adult supervision (e.g. when they need to go to the bathroom)
  • Use caution when playing in extreme weather conditions:
    • Avoid prolonged play in extreme heat or cold
    • Avoid scheduling practices during the hottest periods of the day and when there is intense humidity
    • Provide ample water breaks to keep players hydrated
    • At the first sign of lightning, get your players to a safe area
  • Make sure that a player who was injured is fully rehabilitated of the injury prior to return to play, as determined by a physician (you may ask for a doctor's note)

Treating Injuries

  • Always err on the side of caution!! If you are unsure how to deal with an emergency situation or injury (e.g. head injuries or unconsciousness), call 911 immediately and seek professional help
  • It is important to remain calm and reassure the player
  • Make sure that one adult is tending to the injured player while the other adult takes care of the team
  • If a player is injured during a practice or game, inform the player's parent or guardian about the injury as soon as possible
  • Please refer to the CYS Coaching Binder which contains an article by US Youth Soccer on how to treat common soccer injuries


CYS Coaching Philosophy
CYS Mission and Coaching Philosophy
CYS Coaching Guidelines
Mass Youth Soccer Coaching Guidelines
Zero Tolerance Policy
Coaches Code of Conduct

Coaching Resources / Education
CYS Coaches Manual
Lesson Plans for Soccer Practices
Useful Youth Soccer Coaching Websites
Coaching License Courses

Coach Administration Checklist
Scheduling Practice Fields
BAYS Make-up Game Procedure
BAYS Placement Field Evaluations

Safety, Injuries and Emergencies
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
CYS Coaches Survey Results
Referee's Pointers for BAYS Coaches
Coach Application Form (Acrobat PDF)

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