Tourneys Need To Be Fun And Safe For All!
Simple Planning Makes Tournaments Safe Haven™ Ready
There are five phases of planning and follow-through you need to ensure that your AYSO tournament is as safe and fun as it can be. They are:
A Feasibility Plan. What is necessary for this event/tournament to run smoothly (examples are fields, volunteers, parking, vendors, sponsors, trophies or medals).
Application. Order and obtain needed items (purchases, donations or sponsorships).
Preparation. Communications to teams, referees, volunteers and set-up at the fields.
Execution. Go over details at staff, coach or referee meetings and have sites properly manned.
Wrap-up. Clean up, follow-up and debrief. Record what did and did not work, and make suggestions for a more successful event next year.
The AYSO volunteer position of Regional Risk Management/Safety Director is responsible for all aspects of the Region's safety. This includes all secondary season programs and events. There are three areas of responsibility that must be addressed by the tournament committee - Safe Haven™, safety and risk management - to ensure that local and non-local participants have the security of knowing that medical staffing and adequately supplied first aid kits are at every site, and that emergency evacuation and coordination has been planned out with local emergency services and hospitals.