For parents looking for more information about U.S. Youth Soccer, visit https://usyouthsoccer.org/parents
Insurance: To File a Claim: Parents have up to 15 months from the date of the injury to submit a claim form. For claims to be eligible for coverage, you must seek medical attention within 90 days of injury. http://www.vermontsoccer.org/insurance2/
- Every member of the AU Board, Coaches, Assistants, and Managers must pass a Background Check annually.
- Every member of the AU Board, Coaches, Assistants, and Managers must pass ImPACT Concussion Training.
- Every member of the Board, Coaches, Assistants, and Managers is SafeSport certified annually.
- Each coach follows the US Soccer Player development curriculum and best practices guidelines. We now have a “player development pathway” for our players from U8 all the way though U18.
- The Club follows the VSA Zero Tolerance Policy against Abuse.
The U.S. Center for SafeSport is an independent nonprofit committed to ending all forms of abuse in sport. This includes bullying, harassment, hazing, physical abuse, emotional abuse, and sexual misconduct and abuse. The Center is the first and only national organization of its kind. The Center provides services to sport entities on abuse prevention techniques, policies and programs and provides a safe, professional and confidential place for individuals to report sexual abuse.
US Youth Soccer – Recognize to Recover
RECOGNIZE to RECOVER is U.S. Soccer’s comprehensive player health and safety program aimed at promoting safe play and reducing injuries in soccer player’s of all ages. The program, which was developed with the help of medical experts, will provide coaches, players, parents, and referees with information, guidance, and additional education materials to improve the prevention and management of injuries.
Environmental conditions can significantly impact player health and safety. Extreme temperatures, severe weather and the integrity of the playing field and its equipment all impact players’ ability to practice and compete safely. U.S. Soccer’s Recognize to Recover program gives players, parents, coach, and referees information and guidelines to make sure the desire to play does not cloud the decision-making process when it comes to evaluating environmental conditions to ensure the safety of those on the field.
Parent & Athlete Concussion Information Sheet
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. Even a “ding,” “getting your bell rung,” or what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious.
Signs and symptoms of concussion can show up right after the injury or may not appear or be noticed until days or weeks after the injury. If an athlete reports one or more symptoms of concussion listed in the link below after a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body, s/he should be kept out of play the day of the injury and until a health care professional, experienced in evaluating for concussion, says s/he is symptom-free and it’s OK to return to play.
Heading & Concussions
The following information is regarding heading for 11-year-olds and younger. This is a USSF MANDATE effective as of January 1, 2016.
IMPLEMENTATION GUIDELINES FOR U.S. SOCCER’S PLAYER SAFETY CAMPAIGN CONCUSSION INITIATIVES & HEADING FOR VERMONT SOCCER ASSOCIATION YOUTH PLAYERS
The Vermont Soccer Association is providing the following implementation guidelines for U.S. Soccer’s Recognize to Recover Player Safety Campaign, specifically, as it relates to concussion initiatives and heading for VSA youth players:
The U.S. Soccer Federation is recommending, and Vermont Soccer Association Board of Directors has voted to require all member clubs and leagues to adopt, the new rules as it relates to heading, as follows:
- Players in U11 programs and younger shall not engage in heading, either in practices or in games.
- Limited heading in practice for players in U12 and U13 programs. More specifically, these players shall be limited to a maximum of 30 minutes of heading training per week, with no more than 15-20 headers per player, per week.
- Referees should enforce these restrictions by age group according to the specified rules. Referees will not be assessing the age of individual players on the field; they will enforce the rules for the age group.
- VSA clubs and leagues are free to set their own standards, as long as the minimum requirements outlined above are met. An example of this would be that clubs/leagues can mandate that no heading would be allowed at any time for U12 and below.
- VSA Travel Clubs need to be aware of the rules that will apply when traveling out of state. Confirm how this rule will be applied with the tournament prior to the event.
- In adherence to these new requirements, referees have been instructed by U.S. Soccer of the following rule addition: When a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick (IFK) should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense. If the deliberate header occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred.
- Modified substitution rules also took effect Jan. 1, 2016, as follows: Any player suspected of suffering a head injury may be substituted for evaluation without the substitution counting against the team’s total number of allowed substitutions during the game. Head injuries MUST be reported on the referee game report.
Inclement Weather Policy
Please know that the Club’s primary concern is always for the safety of our players, families, and staff. When your School District closes school due to weather, most likely club activities will also be canceled. Information about the canceled club activities due to inclement weather will be posted on Club’s website and Facebook page. If weather conditions change (improve or deteriorate) throughout the day, or if the club activity is not scheduled on a school day, the Club will also post information on our website and Facebook page as necessary. Assessments of the weather, the weather forecast, and road conditions all factor into the Club’s decision to cancel activities. These assessments take place across a broad geographical area, and conditions in your neighborhood or on your route to/from club activities may differ from the rest of the region. If you are concerned that it is not safe for you or your child to be on the road, please do not hesitate to stay home. The final decision about coming to club activities in inclement weather is yours.
Website/Facebook: The Club will post information on our website and Facebook page as necessary, by 2 PM for practices/games played after 5 PM.
Email: An email will be sent to parent’s primary addresses from their player’s coach/team manager, by 2 PM for practices/games played after 5 PM.