SAFETY FIRST IN YOUTH SPORTS
At the Y, safety in youth sports is a top priority, and we do all we can to prevent injuries from occurring. Sports are modified and taught at age-appropriate levels, and constant supervision ensures that training levels are gradual and that no unsafe activities occur.
THE AREAS WE FOCUS ON ARE:
BACKGROUND SCREENING – All coaches submit a volunteer application and a background check is completed before they can begin working with a team.
INJURY PREVENTION – To help ensure the health and safety of young athletes, CDC developed the Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports initiative to offer information about concussions to coaches, parents, and athletes involved in youth sports. All families and coaches participating in YMCA youth sports are required to review this information.
PROGRAM AREA INSPECTION - To be sure all program areas are safe for participants, facility spaces are inspected to be sure they’re appropriate for the activity, equipment is frequently checked, and risk management plans are put in place from the beginning.