Goal safety must be placed at the top of our priorities. As you know, “High Winds" can occur at any time and have been unusually prevalent during this spring season. The high winds and wet fields may increase the risk for goals toppling over. Although everyone thinks that the best practice sessions require the standard goals, there are great alternatives given the environmental conditions. Here are a few suggestions which have proven to work without compromising the quality of a training session.
• Use cones to mark goal posts - large cones work best but any size will do the job
• Soccer specific, regulation size corner flags can be used for players aged 12U and older
• The light weight, easily assembled, Agora portable goals are a great option for practice sessions and are available in different sizes
Before every soccer activity INSPECT & ENSURE that the fields, goals and portable equipment that you are using are safe and that the goals are anchored and STORED according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s and the goal manufacturer’s guidelines for every environmental condition, and that all of the goals have labels warning of climbing hazards. Sator Soccer offers warning labels that can be used on all goals. All unused goals must be anchored and/or chained to a substantial or permanent structure or to another goal. All portable equipment including but not limited to fences, tents and signs must be anchored and stored according to the manufacturer’s guidelines for the weather and field conditions. Please click on the following link to see Illinois Youth Soccer Goal Safety Policy (RULE 021-A). Over the next few weeks, while we may experience times of high winds and/or wet fields, please think "Safety First" and have a safe and enjoyable training session with your players.
For safe, tested, and effective equipment, Sator Soccer has you covered. Sator Soccer – a long-standing supporter of youth sports since 1997 and now the Official Goal Sponsor of Illinois Youth Soccer – offers a wide range of solutions from semi-permanent and portable soccer goals, goal anchors and safety accessories such as post pads and warning stickers, CPSC complaint nets, and much more. To learn more, please visit SatorSoccer.com or call (888) 887-2867 for a free catalog.