Remember Safety Rules When Coaching Kids in Sports
Every youth sports league has its own rules regarding safety equipment, so you need to know and enforce these safety rules. For example, in youth soccer, every child must wear league-approved shin guards. The soccer shoes also have to fit well and have the right kind of rubber spikes on the soles. And in most leagues, no jewelry is allowed.
The “no jewelry” rule can pose problems if a child has an earring or two that can’t be removed easily. This is just the kind of question to ask the league commissioner before the season begins.
In many leagues, a child is allowed to play if he or she affixes a bandage over each earring. But some leagues don’t make this exception. If you find out about this rule — and other safety regulations — before the season begins, you can let the parents know how to dress their children safely before the games start.
In most cases, the league can provide you with a written list of safety rules regarding equipment, and before each game, the referee (or official or umpire) will check to make sure that each player is wearing the correct equipment. In most cases, if the child is not wearing the necessary equipment (perhaps a mouth guard, shin guards, protective cup, or whatever), the official will not allow the child to play until he or she dons the correct equipment.