Safe Soccer for All: Required Annual Policy Review
As we seek to provide the best possible soccer experience, the health, safety, and wellbeing of the young athletes who take part in Westwood Youth Soccer are our primary concerns.
Working under the aegis of Mass Youth Soccer, a set of policies and procedures has been developed and is collectively known as MA Safe Soccer. We encourage all participants, coaches, and parents to read and review them. Adherence is required.
Full text versions of the required policies can be found on the Mass Youth Soccer website: https://www.mayouthsoccer.org/required-policies/.
Brief summaries are provided below.
Athlete and Participant Safety Policy and Abuse Prevention Policy
Basic tenet: Safety Above All and Report any observed or suspected abuse/misconduct
Codes of Conduct and Zero Tolerance Policy
Basic tenet: Sportsmanship, fair play, and respect are expected from all participants
WYS coaches acknowledge, as part of their Annual registration, that they have read and understand all elements of the MA Youth Soccer Codes of Conduct for Coaches, Spectators, Parents/Guardians, and Players.
Parents acknowledge, as part of registering their players, that they have read and understand all elements of the MA Youth Soccer Codes of Conduct for Parents/Guardians, Spectators, and Players.
Basic tenet: When in doubt, sit them out!
All WYS coaches are required to complete the online Heads Up concussion awareness training course offered by the CDC every soccer year.
Any player experiencing a significant blow to the head or body who exhibits any concussion symptoms or is suspected to have a head injury should be removed from the game or practice and not allowed to return to play until cleared by a health care professional after following a graduated return to play protocol.
Basic tenet: If you can see it or hear it, clear it!
If thunder is clearly heard or lightning seen, everyone should go to shelter (vehicle or inside a building).
The game may resume only after 30 minutes passes without thunder or lightning.
Games should not be played if there is significant snow or standing water.
In hot weather, water breaks are allowed and recommended.
In cold weather, gloves, soft hats, and long sleeve clothing are allowed (no hooded sweatshirts or clothing with trailing strings).
Goal Safety Policy
Basic tenet: Avoid using unsafe goals or using goals in an unsafe manner.