Soccer Goal Safety
It is time to remind all our coaches, managers, referees, volunteers and administrators that safety is Everyone's responsibility. Goal safety is critical. The responsibility of checking the goals at a soccer field belongs to all of us. Don't feel someone else checked it. Make sure you check it, and make sure its anchored.Below is a link to a you tube video concerning goal post safety. The video only lasts 5:00 minutes and is well worth the time to watch it....
Here is a simple check list from Kwik Goal.
- Kwik Goal Safety check list.
- Yes or No
- Are anchors in place and secured properly to the goal and ground surface?
- If anchor bags are being used, are they in good condition?
- Are anchor bags adequately filled with aggregate?
- Are anchor bags placed over the base of the goal frames at the back corners?
- Is all connecting hardware, such as nuts and bolts, in place and secure?
- Has the structural integrity of the goal been compromised?
- Are welds cracked?
- Are corner joints secure?
- Is the goal on a level surface?
- Are the goal nets attached properly to the goal frame?
- Do sharp edges exist in any part of the goal and net attachment system?
- Do the nets have large holes or tears?
POST-MATCH SOCCER GOAL SUGGESTIONS
- If goals are to remain in the upright position, make sure they are secured with cement based ground anchors or ground sleeves.
- If goals are anchored with portable style anchors, goals should be stored by being chained together face-to-face, chained to a permanent structure, or in some cases placed in a face down position.
- Remove the net when the goal is not in use.
- Make sure that all connecting hardware is in place and secure.
- Check the structural integrity of the goal.
- Never allow anyone to climb on the goals.
- If goals are to be moved, exercise extreme caution and provide adequate manpower to move the goals.
- Check condition of warning labels.