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Safety & CVPA Corner

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Hello Coaches!!!  Safety on the pitch starts with "YOU" so i wanted to provide a few quick few safety tips for your use on the pitch before the start of the season.

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 Safety First Please!!!  

 Thank You,

  Peter Maxwell



  • Know the league’s policy for thunder, lightning, and severe weather.  Practices and games will most often continue play in the rain, but never when lightning or thunder is seen or heard.
Concussion Policy

All coaches must follow this policy if during either practice or a game a player concussion is suspected:

i) the player is done for the day;

ii) the player must have a signed release form in order to return to game or practice;

iii) an injury report shall be filled out and sent to the Safety Director and to AYSO National; In short: “if in doubt, sit them out.”

No parent, coach, or referee can overrule the sitting out policy if a concussion is suspected.  For any questions about either the heading rule or the concussion policy above, please contact me

U12 & Younger Heading Banned, Concussion Awareness

Please review this information on concussion awareness and use it so that you can be informed in case a player concussion is suspected. As a result of raised concussion awareness and certain litigation, there is a major change taking place in U.S. Youth Soccer- no heading of the ball is permitted for ages 10 and below in games or practices.

This is not exclusively an AYSO rule, but one that all recreational and club youth soccer organizations in the U.S. are implementing effective immediately.  For this reason, in Core AYSO 1258 games in the U12 division and every division below U12, any intentional header should be called by the referee as a penalty resulting in an indirect kick for the opposing team.

Read the complete description of the AYSO rule for “Heading the Ball” in games and practices.

  • In addition to what’s below, there are also answers to some other common coaching questions at our “Did You Know?” page.<----- Coming Soon 

Thank you for your time and commitment to the safety or our children

Peter Maxwell
Region 1258 Safety Director


Safe Haven Program for all Volunteers

Summerlin AYSO 1258 takes the safety of our athletes seriously. Precautions are taken on the field to prevent physical injuries, and precautions are taken off the field to ensure children and volunteers are safe in their interactions with each other.
Safe Haven is a program that has been put in place to protect AYSO players and the volunteers who serve them. It requires that each AYSO volunteer agree to a background check and take in-person or online training that’s focused on the best ways to work with children and important safety protocols. Every AYSO volunteer must apply, complete Safe Haven training and earn certification every year. Becoming Safe Haven certified takes some time, but AYSO volunteers know it’s worth it. 
Also, did you know that every AYSO Region is required to designate a volunteer to act as the Child and Volunteer Protection Advocate (CVPA)? A CVPA helps implement Safe Haven policies and ensures that all incidents are handled promptly and correctly. If you have any questions, comments or issues, don't hesitate to contact our CVPA at

No other sports organization goes to the lengths that AYSO does to ensure the quality, safety and protection of your child.

Background Check on Each Volunteer

Since January 1, 2001, all AYSO Regions, Areas and Sections are required to comply with the AYSO policy on criminal background checks. AYSO acts as the criminal background requesting entity unless specific arrangements have been approved in writing by the AYSO National Executive Director. Requiring background checks ensures that AYSO volunteers have met rigorous standards, and requiring that all volunteers take and pass Safe Haven training shows that a volunteer has made the commitment to those standards.

AYSO's Background Check Policy Page has more details and can the entire Background Check Policy can be downloaded here.

Coach Curriculum Certified by National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education

AYSO has announced important steps to ensure that every AYSO child has the best possible soccer learning experience. Coaches and assistant coaches in every division in every AYSO Region are required to have AYSO’s age–appropriate training and AYSO Safe Haven certification when they take the field.

The American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) National Coaching Program is the only soccer coach education program in the U.S. that is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE). The AYSO program has been reviewed in detail and has passed the very high standards of this important accrediting body. For more information about the certification program or NCACE, click here


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