Health & Safety

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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.

Soccer Smarts for Kids: Order your free digital copy of Soccer Smarts for Kids using the link below:

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.

Athlete concussion guidelines

Athletes collapse guidelines

2015 US Soccer Heat Guidelines

Coaches Concussion guidelines

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, coaches 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.


pdf  Cold Weather Guidelines

pdf  Hot Weather Guidelines

Addison United Certified Athletic TrainerAUSC U14 Boys Spring team run

If you have a sports injury you would like to have checked out, our Athletic Trainer is available free of charge Tuesday and Wednesday evening at the Vergennes Union High School 6-7 PM.

Addison United Soccer Club is committed to injury prevention, and moreover, treatment for all our soccer players. We introduced athletic training coverage Spring 2016 at the Vergennes Union High School (VUHS). We have contracted with PT360 to provide certified AT (Certified Athletic Training) coverage for our soccer athletes twice a week. Service will be available twice a week during spring practice season.

Services will primarily be consulting services for injury evaluation and assessments, concussion management, rehabilitation recommendations, and return to play decisions. Addison United athletes will only be permitted to see the certified AT during the allotted time. Please plan accordingly, when coming from another Addison United practice venue. The certified AT will communicate any visit/activity to the player’s coach. The coach will talk to the parent.

If parents wish to follow up with PT360 they can contact them directly. PT360 will provide general liability and professional liability for services rendered under the agreement, specifically all services of their PT360 certified AT.

If you do not wish for your child to be seen by our certified AT, please contact your coach.

Parent & Athlete Concussion Information SheetU16 girls 2016

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.

Concussion – Parent and Athlete info sheet

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The following information is regarding heading for 11-year-olds and younger. This is a USSF MANDATE effective as of January 1, 2016.


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.