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Policies and Health & Safety

Coaching and Gaming Policies

Coaching and Gaming Policies - Capital Soccer Association (CSA) policies will be posted soon.

Safety Policies

PRACTICE AND GAME CANCELLATION POLICY

The Fair Oaks Soccer Club (FOSC) reserves the right, in the interest of protecting the health and well-being of all our participant's - players, coaching staff and other volunteers - to cancel all association outdoor activities, to include but not be limited to, soccer practices, matches, tournaments, events, and training when the FOSC Board of Directors, at its sole discretion, believes conditions to be harmful to its participants.

TEMPERATURE

  • If the temperature in FOSC area is greater than 95 degrees (F) at the time of practice, coaches are strongly encouraged to conduct a limited exertion or “walk through” practice. Coaches are strongly encouraged to keep a close eye on players showing signs of suffering from heat-related maladies, and any child without water or adequate hydration at practice shall not participate in even limited exertion practice.
     
  • If the temperature in FOSC area is greater than 103 degrees (F) at the time of practice, all practices for all teams MUST be cancelled. 

AIR QUALITY

Who is at the Greatest Risk from Exposure to Particulate Matter?

Research points to older adults with chronic heart or lung disease, children and asthmatics as the groups most likely to experience adverse health effects with exposure to PM10 and PM2.5. Also, children and infants are susceptible to harm from inhaling pollutants such as PM because they inhale more air per pound of body weight than do adults - they breathe faster, spend more time outdoors and have smaller body sizes. In addition, children's immature immune systems may cause them to be more susceptible to PM than healthy adults.

Research from the CARB-initiated Children’s Health Study found that children living in communities with high levels of PM2.5 had slower lung growth, and had smaller lungs at age 18 compared to children who lived in communities with low PM2.5 levels.

CARB used the U.S. EPA’s risk assessment methodology to conduct an assessment of premature mortality associated with exposure to PM2.5 (California Air Resources Board 2010). An update to this analysis using ambient air quality data from 2014-2016 indicated that PM2.5 exposure contributes to 5,400 (uncertainty range of 4,200 – 6,700) premature deaths due to cardiopulmonary causes per year in California. In addition, PM2.5 contributes to about 2,800 hospitalizations for cardiovascular and respiratory diseases (uncertainty range 350 – 5,100), and about 6,700 emergency room visits for asthma (uncertainty range 4,200 – 9,300) each year in California.

  • If the Air Quality in FOSC area is greater than 127 Air Quality Index (AQI), coaches are strongly encouraged to cancel practice, and/or conduct a limited exertion or “walk through” practice.
  • If the Air Quality in FOSC area is greater than 150 Air Quality Index (AQI), all practices for all teams MUST be cancelled.

PLAYER INJURY DURING GAME PLAY

If a player is injured during game play:

  • Call for your team to take a knee.

  • Decide if you need take action to retrieve your player.

  • If your player cannot return to play on her/his own, the player is required to sit out for at least one round of uninterrupted play.

  • If you believe that your player has sustained a head injury, please follow CDC guidelines regarding concussion safety.

  • Report injuries (such as concussions, broken bones, or twisted ankles) to the FOSC Board of Directors.

PLAYER SAFETY

  • Jewelry is not permitted to be worn during soccer practices or matches. If earrings cannot be removed, the player cannot play. Taping of earrings is not an acceptable alternative to removing them.

  • Shinguards are required for all practices and matches and must be completely covered by socks. If a player does not have shinguards, they cannot play.  There are no exceptions.

INJURY PREVENTION

It will be important to help our players ramp up their game pace levels appropriately. A few tips here:

  • Make sure your players are adequately warmed up. If your star player is late, have them do some warm-ups before going into the game.   

  • Have your subs warm up again before going into the game.  Activities 1 and 6 from the FIFA warm-up are ideal for a quick loosening up before coming into the game.

  • Try not to do quick on and off substitution patterns.  Once a player is in the game try and let them play a bit.  We are trying to avoid repeated warm up/cool down cycles.

  • Monitor overall playing time.  We’ve all been there as a coach, that time in a game where you know you stars should sub out but you’re thinking: “We’re so close, if I just leave them in a minute longer, we’ll score”.   Well don’t.   If they need a break, pull them; if they’ve played what should be their max for the game' pull them.   It’s not worth getting them hurt because you tried to squeeze one more goal out of that line up.