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Title: US Youth Soccer

  • US Youth Soccer
  • 2008 adidas Workshop Convention
  • February 7 - 9, 2008
  • David L. Lawrence Convention Center
  • Presented By Pullen Insurance Services, Inc.

Portable Goal Post Risk Management
  • Associations must implement portable goal post
    safety policy
  • Policy needs to address
  • Portable goal anchoring TECHNIQUES
  • Inspection prior to each activity portable
    goals are frequently moved
  • Warning of players and parents of dangers of
    unsecured goals to include supervision.
  • Both coaches and parents are RESPONSIBLE for the
    supervision of players while on fields.

Portable Goal Post Risk Management
  • THREE fatalities reported in 2007 involving
    unsecured portable goals.

Reducing Goal Post Related Liability Claims
  • Eliminate homemade goals. Do not manufacture or
    design your own goal posts
  • Eliminate club owned goals on public
    propertyreduces liability exposure on a 24/7
    basis. Let field owners supply goals
  • If club owns portable goals on public property,
    implement inspection procedures for maintenance,
    security, and storage.
  • Any unanchored goal can be tipped with
    catastrophic results.

Reducing Goal Post Claims Cont.
  • Never perform any type of installation or
    maintenance on the goals. This should be done by
    an independent contractor with liability
  • Never enter into a lease of premises agreement
    with a field owner where the club assumes the
    liability for goal posts which it does not own
  • Perform periodic inspections of all field
    locations. Keep records and notify owners in
    writing of any deficiencies

Reducing Goal Post Claims Cont.
  • Coaches must always inspect goals prior to use
    especially when goals are secured with ground
    anchor pegs.
  • Always properly secure portable goals at the
    conclusion of play if goal is not anchored in a
    permanent/semi-permanent position.
  • Never allow horseplay on or around the goals.
  • Goals need to ALWAYS be anchored when they are in
    an upright position.
  • Coaches and parents must supervise all
    activities. It is a shared responsibility. Get
    the message out!

Outdoor Portable Goal Anchoring Techniques
  • Semi Permanent Ground Anchors
  • Base of anchor and not goal frame secured in
    ground by concrete
  • Best option
  • Good for all soil types
  • Portable Anchor Pegs
  • 12 16 lengths
  • Convenient but only for the proper soil condition
  • Soil Type hard or clay
  • Portable Anchor Pegs
  • Convenient
  • 15 length
  • Sandy soil conditions

Goal Safety Guideline Standards
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • First to raise issue of homemade goals
  • Safe handling and storage guidelines
  • American Society for Testing and Materials
  • ASTM F1938-98 highlights installation, use and
    storage of full size goals
  • ASTM F2056-00 specifies safety and performance
    requirements to reduce chances of injury and

Proper Goal Inspection
  • Look/Check
  • Anchors
  • Hardware
  • Structural integrity
  • Nets
  • Warning Labels
  • Storage

Proper Goal Inspection
  • Anchors

Properly anchored goal
Proper anchor bag placement
Poor anchor bag placement
Unanchored goal
Proper Goal Inspection
  • Hardware

Proper Goal Inspection
  • Structural Integrity

Corners in good shape
Cracked welds
Proper Goal Inspection
  • Nets

Proper Goal Inspection
  • Warning Labels

Proper Goal Inspection
-Goal inspection pictures courtesy of
KWIKGOAL -Safety Resource Guide KWIKGOAL Safety
1st Program