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New Rules and Regulations: Heading the Ball

February 15, 2016

To all AYSO, Section 11  Families,
We will be implementing this NEW Regulation for the Spring Select season and tournament play with the exception of the Western State Championships.
In resolution to a class-action lawsuit regarding the large number of concussions in the sport of soccer, the US Soccer Federation has issued NEW guidelines in regards to heading the soccer ball. With AYSO being a proud member of US Soccer, along with many other soccer organizations, these new rules and regulations will take effect immediately. Children the age of 10 years old or younger will no longer be permitted to head the ball in practices or games.  FIFA, U.S. Soccer, and AYSO have now mandated a ban from heading the soccer ball in any U12 two year divisions, U11 single-year divisions as well as all younger age divisions, along with restrictions in heading the ball during training for U14 aged divisions.
What does this mean? The exact specifics of what will happen in a game situation and what has been added to the AYSO Rules and Regulations is listed below. However, moving forward with the training of AYSO coaches, the coach instruction curriculum will most likely have some changes in regards to the U12 coaching course, to no longer include the proper techniques for heading the ball. The techniques will most likely be introduced in the Intermediate Coach Course, which pertains to U14 division coaches and players.
Bottomline, to help prevent head injuries at the younger ages, and for the safety of the players, deliberately heading the soccer ball is prohibited. We will obviously have a transitional time when players, coaches, parents and spectators are adjusting to this new rule and regulation, so we ask for everyone’s patience, support and flexibility while adjusting to this change. As anyone can imagine, this transition may affect several aspects of the game, not just for the players, but the coaches, spectators as well as the referees who are to enforce the laws and rules of the game, as this is a new rule in soccer in the US. Again, this rule change is effective immediately for the age divisions of U12 and younger, at your practices, and upcoming games in the Spring 2016 season.
HEADING THE BALL
1.       Consistent with the US Soccer mandates on heading the ball, heading is banned for ALL division players U11 (including U12 divisions without a single age division) and below in both practices and games.
a.      An indirect free kick will be awarded to the opposing team if a player deliberately touches the ball with his/her head during a game.
b.      The indirect free kick is to be taken from the place where the player touched the ball with his/her head.
c.       An indirect free kick awarded to the attacking team inside the opposing team’s goal area, must be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to the where the player touched the ball with his/her head.
d.      Neither cautions nor send offs shall be issued for persistent infringement or denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity related to the heading infraction.
2.       Heading for players in U14 age division is limited to a maximum of thirty (30) minutes per week with no more than 15-20 headers, per player. There is no restriction on heading in matches in U14 division.
Protecting the health and safety of athletes and preventing injuries is critically important to AYSO and US Soccer. US Soccer has taken a lead in education and research, and in result, make changes to improve player safety. Thank you for your participation in AYSO and we look forward to another exciting, fun, and safe new year of soccer.
Sincerely,
Bob Beale
Section 11 Director

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AYSO does not encourage children to walk or ride a bicycle home or to a friend or relative's house. However, we recognize that it may be necessary in some cases. When it is, coaches should secure a general release form from the parents/guardians to ensure their approval. (Click Here) Click on AYSO General Release and click on the General Release PDF.  Please fill it out and turn in to your coach.

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         Field Coordinators, referees and coaches should be the last line of defense when dealing with field safety. Everyone should be involved in making sure the fields are safe for AYSO players. Make sure everyone involved in practice and game days knows what to look for in order to keep the fields free from safety hazards.

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         Portable soccer goals can tip over, causing injury and even death.

Nutrition

  • Pass these tips along to parents and team players about proper eating habits before, during and after a soccer game:
    • Eat far enough ahead so food doesn't make you sick to your stomach during the soccer game.
    • Eat a healthy meal about 3 or 4 hours before your practice or match.
    • If you must snack, eat only a small quantity of a complex carbohydrates. Foods such as cereal, English muffins, pasta or a piece of toast. Just make sure you don't eat less than an hour before the game!
    • Three hours before any sport activity, drink a couple of glasses of water (12 oz. sized glass).
    • Don't gulp! Sip the water slowly. One hour before game time, drink a little more water. During the match, drink a little water every 15 minutes or so. Drinking fluids is important! After the game, drink more water.
    • Thirty minutes after any competition, eat a meal high in complex carbohydrates to help restore your body's blood sugar (glycogen levels).

Hydration

Heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke all serious (in some cases fatal) heat-induced conditions. It is imperative for the safety of your players and volunteers that you and your coaches know how to identify and treat them.

Heat Cramps

         When a body loses too much water and salt through sweat, muscles tend to cramp (particularly in the abdomen and legs). Players suffering from these painful "heat cramps" should:

o    Rest in a shady spot.

o    Sip one glass of cool water every 15 minutes until the pain relents.

o    If the player's parents are on hand, have them help by:

§  Massaging the affected muscles. 

§  Applying cool, wet cloths to help relax the muscles.

Heat Exhaustion

Players with cool, moist, or flushed skin, heavy sweating, headache, nausea, dizziness, or muscle cramps may be experiencing heat exhaustion. This condition occurs when, because of high humidity or restrictive clothing, sweat is not properly evaporated and the body cannot cool down. To assist a player experiencing heat exhaustion

·         Have the player lie down in a shady spot and elevate his or her feet.

·         Remove the child's shoes, shin guards, and socks.

·         Apply cold packs to the armpit and scalp areas.

·         Have the player drink water or an electrolyte solution.

·         Dampen the player's skin with cool cloths.

·         Fan the player to help evaporate excess sweat.

·         If the player's parents are on hand, have them:

o    Remove the player's shirt.

o    Apply cold packs to the groin area.

Heat Stroke

When a body completely loses the ability to cool itself, the internal temperature continues to rise resulting in heat stroke. If a player's temperature rises too quickly, brain damage and/or death may result. Players suffering from heat stroke may have hot, dry skin -- those with fair complexions may appear red, while darker-skinned individuals may appear gray. Victims may also experience a very rapid pulse and extremely high body temperature. In some cases, victims of heat stroke may seem confused, unresponsive, or even suffer from seizures. Recovery from heatstroke depends on the amount of time it takes to return the body temperature to normal, so immediate medical attention is imperative.

If you suspect that a player is suffering from heat stroke

·         Call 911 immediately.

·         Follow the recommended treatment for heat exhaustion. 

·         DO NOT attempt to give any liquids.

·         Contact the player's parents.

Professional soccer players lose seven and a half pounds of sweat during a game. In order to avoid serious heat-induced conditions, players must drink enough fluids to replace that sweat. Every player should carry his or her own sports bottle to practice, and coaches need to stop for drink breaks every 15 minutes during the summer. Symptoms of dehydration may include

·         Dry lips and tongue.

·         Sunken eyes.

·         Dizziness or a loss of energy.

In addition to staying hydrated, wearing loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in light colors will help keep the body cool. Coaches must remember to conduct shorter, easier practices in the summer.

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