Novato Youth Soccer Association
Player Injury Action & Reporting Instructions
If a player has suffered an injury that you deem to be significant or life threatening
OR you are unable to determine the severity of the injury, CALL 9-1-1.
Player Injury Accident Report
What if a player is injured during a practice or a game? If a player is injured during a NYSA sanctioned practice or game, please adhere to the following procedure:
Send an email within 24 hrs of the accident to the Director of Player Safety, Rich Gasaway, and the League Administrator at:
Include the following information in your email:
Team Name / Age Group
Name of Player
Location of accident (field)
Time and Date of accident
Indicate whether this was a game or practice. If this was a U10-U19 game, was there a referee present?
Description of the accident (ie: player was running and was tripped by another player, etc)
Outcome of the accident (ie: parent was notified and player was taken to the Dr., etc)
If a player has suffered an injury that you deem to be significant or life threatening, OR you are unable to determine the severity of the injury, CALL 911.
Include any other information that you, the coach deems pertinant to the incident.
The Diretor of Player Safety will respond to your email within 24 hours. If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact the League Administrator at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 415.895.8026.
Player Safety Policy / Heading of the Soccer Ball
Over the past few years, there has been an increased awareness regarding concussions and youth soccer players heading the soccer ball. While injuries may occur during the course of heading the soccer ball, NYSA is vested in creating a safe environment for our players. NYSA has adopted the following policy with respect to the education and action of heading the soccer ball.
Parental Approval Policy
Regardless of a player’s age, a parent may elect to forbid their player from heading the soccer ball. In all cases, a player’s playing time will not be impacted, and the coach will fully support the parents decision.
Education and Action of Heading of the Soccer Ball Policy (All Ages participating in U6, U7, U8, U10)
NYSA will mandate that no player under the age of 10, participating in the NYSA fall recreational league, shall not be taught by a coach, or attempt to head the ball. All coaches shall work to educate their players that heading the ball is not permitted at their respective age.
Education and Action of Heading of the Soccer Ball Policy (All Ages participating in U12, U4, U16, U19)
NYSA will mandate that at the discretion of the player’s family, a player participating in their respective age group, may use his/her head to make contact and re-direct the soccer ball. Coaches may elect to educate their players on the proper technique to make contact and re-direct the soccer ball with a players head, however again, the player family will at their discretion determine if a player shall head the ball.