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HYLC GIRLS DIVISION

SAFETY REMINDERS FOR COACHES

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*This document is not intended to provide all safety guidelines. It is a brief summary of just a few of the important safety policies and practices as outlined within the RUTGERS Safety Course. Coaches are expected to read and understand these guidelines.

  1. BE SURE TO ATTEND THE RUTGERS SAFETY CLINIC.

    •   Find out more: http://youthsports.rutgers.edu/program-areas/volunteer-coaches

    •   US Lacrosse Guidelines: http://www.uslacrosse.org/UtilityNav/AboutTheSport/HealthSafety.aspx

  2. BE PREPARED FOR EACH GAME OR PRACTICE:

    •   First Aid Kit

    •   Ice in a cooler

    •   Cell phone

    •   Roster with emergency numbers

  3. CHECK YOUR FIELD BEFORE YOU PLAY OR PRACTICE:

                           Be sure to walk your field before each and every game or practice to ensure there are no hazards.

        4. CHECK EQUIPMENT:

  •   Ensure that every player always has: goggles, mouth-guard, appropriate size stick, cleats, appropriate clothes. Ask that    all   jewelry be removed.

  •   Check goal cages and goalie equipment before it is utilized. Especially throat protectors and helmets which need to be adjusted to fit the individual.


    Tips for Handling an Emergency

  1. First Aid Emergency

    •   Stop play and attend to child as needed. Ensure other children are safe.

    •   Utilize first aid kit provided to you. Apply ice as needed.

    •   Contact parent or emergency contact even if minor injury.

    •   Rest child until they are physically able and willing to safely rejoin play.

  2. More Serious Injury

    •   Do not move child, unless current location is unsafe. Ensure other children are safe.

    •   Call 911

    •   Contact player’s emergency contact.

    •   Provide first aid care as best possible until help arrives.

    •   Document injury and send a summary report to the HYLC Girls Division President.

  3. Spotting a Concussion

    •   As a coach, you need to know the basic signs of a concussion. Please take a free course to learn more at: www.nfhslearn.com

    •   No player will return from a concussion injury without documentation from their physician and approval to resume play.