General Safety Information:
AYSO strives to offer a safe, fun and fair soccer environment for players, parents and volunteers.
This page describes some of the safety information that, as a parent of an AYSO player, you should be aware of.
Safety Information for Coaches, Referees, and other Volunteers:
Volunteers should visit our Safety Information for Volunteers page which contains additional safety information.
Parents may find the information on the volunteer page useful.
Child and Volunteer Protection
Safe Haven is AYSO's Child & Volunteer Protection Program - the first of its kind in youth sports - is required training for all volunteers in AYSO. Every volunteer is required to take Safe Haven training from the aysotraining.org portal, apply and be accepted as a volunteer in AYSO. The application process includes a background check for every volunteer.
Parents are encouraged to take Safe Haven for Parents available at aysofamilies.org/safehaven/. This presentation is tailored to AYSO parents.
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that changes the way the brain normally works. A concussion is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. Concussions can occur in any sport of activity.
Concussions in Youth Sports (including Soccer) is a problem we all need to be aware of. Here is some information:
Any player who, in the opinion of the referee, coach, or parent, shows any symptom of a concussion must be removed from play. Parents are urged to seek medical care from a health care professional experienced in evaluating concussions.
Following any injury requiring medical attention, or if the player exhibited a symptom of a concussion, the player must bring the coach a signed Region 36 Participation Release before she/he may participate in AYSO practices or games. Download from the web or contact your child’s coach for a copy of the participation release.
All registered AYSO players are covered by Soccer Accident Insurance (SAI). SAI is a supplemental medical coverage that provides additional coverage beyond the player's normal medical coverage. Parents are strongly encouraged to file a SAI claim soon after an injury – and in all cases no later than 90 days after the injury. Please visit SAI information and claim forms for additional information.
Problems on the Field
All fields for AYSO practice and games are AYSO Kids Zone areas. "Kids Zone" is a program that encourages fans on the sidelines, and anyone else near the play, to use positive language, show sportsmanship in their attitude and behavior, and create a great experience for every player. It’s a reminder that the soccer fields are a kid’s zone – a friendly, happy, wholesome place for children to play.
If you see something that is not right, please discuss it with your child's coach. If the coach is unavailable, or for problems that you do not want to talk to the coach about, please use the Kids Zone Feedback found at the top of every page on the an Mateo AYSO web site.
If you see something you think we should know about – good or bad – we want to hear from you. Please file a Kids Zone Feedback to let us know.