Concussions

To help ensure the health and safety of young athletes, CDC developed the Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports initiative to offer information about concussions to coaches, parents, and athletes involved in youth sports. The Heads Upinitiative provides important information on preventing, recognizing, and responding to a concussion.

Please be sure to read information on concussions in sports at this link.

 
Mosquito Borne Illnesses

To All Players and Parents,

We are aware of the heightened concern regarding mosquito-borne illnesses (West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis or EEE).

Since many games and practices may be held during hours of peak mosquito activity (predominantly around dusk, but mosquitoes are still active in the early morning hours), we are asking that parents and players take appropriate precautions and use mosquito repellent.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a very good reference to help guide your selection of mosquito repellent:http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/mosquitorepellent.htm.

Please be aware that coaches are not expected to apply mosquito repellent, as it is possible that a child may have an unknown allergy, or a parent has a particular preference for a product.

We encourage coaches and families to discuss mosquito-bite prevention plans in advance of potential exposure.

We thank you for your help, and look forward to a safe and exciting season!

 
Lice

Lice is a very common problem among school-aged children. We have heard several concerns about the transmission of head lice among players.

The Center For Disease Control and Prevention has an excellent reference for frequently asked questions related to head lice, located at this link. The following is an important point related to the transmission of head lice from one person to another:

"Head lice move by crawling; they cannot hop or fly. Head lice are spread by direct contact with the hair of an infested person. Anyone who comes in head-to-head contact with someone who already has head lice is at greatest risk. Spread by contact with clothing (such as hats, scarves, coats) or other personal items (such as combs, brushes, or towels) used by an infested person is uncommon. Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting head lice."

The risk of transmission from sharing pinnies is extremely low. However, all players and coaches should be aware of the small risk and take proper precautions. One option instead of putting pinnies on over the head is to wear them tucked into shorts like flags or tying them around the child's waist. Some coaches may opt to wash pinnies after each use or ask players to purchase a particular colored pinnie to use for the season.

 
Player Equipment

Your child must wear shin guards to all games and practices. Socks must be worn over shin guards.

If your child does not have shin guards, he/she will NOT be allowed to practice or play.

No baseball or football cleats are allowed.

Wearing football or baseball cleats to play soccer is very dangerous to the other players. Here's why: Football and baseball cleats have a spike in the middle of the front of the cleat - right where the shoe will hit another player's shin. Soccer cleats have two spikes on either side of the front of the cleat (like a gap-toothed smile). This is safer for soccer playing. There are other differences as well, but this is the easiest way to tell.

While we encourage your child to wear soccer cleats, we do not require it. Your child can wear gym shoes instead. However, your child will not be allowed to play with football or baseball cleats.

No visible jewelry of any kind is allowed. It is against the rules of soccer. It is also unsafe.

Please make sure your child removes any/all of the following:

  • earrings
  • hair clips
  • necklaces
  • rings
  • watches

Water!  Part of being prepared to play soccer, includes having a water bottle. It gets hot out there and your child needs to remain hydrated.