SAFETY GUIDELINES

SAFETY GUIDELINES

Recognize to Recover is aimed at promoting safe play and reducing injuries in soccer players of all ages. The first-of-its-kind, the program was developed with the help of medical experts to provide coaches, players, parents and referees with information, guidance and additional educational materials to improve the prevention and management of injuries. For more information on R2R, Please click on the link below:
VISIT R2R

Concussion Defined

Concussion is a complex pathophysiological process affecting the brain, induced by traumatic biomechanical forces. Several common features that incorporate:

Heat United Soccer Club Insurance Coverage

Every player and coach is covered by secondary insurance for Heat United related injuries. If you are a parent or administrator, please read the policy and filing instructions below. Team managers are responsible for assisting parents in filing claims. Additional questions can be sent to nthompson@heatunited.com.

Insurance & Accident Report Forms

Part of each player’s registration pays for supplemental accident medical insurance through Illinois Youth Soccer. Currently, this secondary insurance is provided for IYSA through Pullen Insurance Services and is meant to cover costs over and above what the family’s primary medical insurance covers.

In the event a player gets injured please follow the procedure outlined on the Pullen Web site. Pullen Form

The club’s Medical and Safety Coordinator (see club’s staff page) can guide you through this process, however, the club CANNOT submit any forms for you or on your behalf due to HIPAA laws and ancillary legal reasons.

Warm Weather Guidelines

A reference for coaches, referees, and players for training in warmer climates. Additionally, the guidelines serve as a guide for game play, hydration breaks, and participant safety during extreme temperature conditions. More information on the guidelines can be found here.

Cold Weather Guidelines

A reference for coaches, referees, and players for training in colder climates. Additionally, the guidelines serve as a guide for game play and participation safety during extreme temperature conditions. More information on the guidelines can be found here.


Bad Weather / Lightning Policy and Procedures

If bad weather or lightning is a possibility in the forecast, the Club asks that parents do not drop their kids off for practice AND LEAVE. Please stay in the case of a possible evacuation.

Bad Weather Policy:

In the event of bad weather, the fields will remain open unless the soccer fields become unplayable due to standing water or dangerous wind.

Lightning Policy:

In the event of lightning, Heat United operate on 15/30 rule. This means if a lightning strike occurs within 15 miles of the soccer fields, then fields are cleared for a minimum of 30 minutes.

Bad Weather Procedures:

The Heat United Soccer Club will always attempt to be proactive in cancellations of practice or games due to bad weather. In the case of bad weather cancellations, our members will be notified by email, but can also check the Heat United website for field status updates.

Lightning Procedures:

In the event of the soccer fields being clear due to a lightning strike, it is vital the players, parents, coaches and volunteers get into their cars immediately. If the delay is prolonged a minimum of 30 minutes into the practice session, then practice will be cancelled. For example, training begins at 6:00 PM and the last lightning strike occurred at 6:05 PM. Then the earliest the players could return to training would be 6:35 PM. In this example practice would be cancelled for the evening. Do not allow players/parents to stand in the parking lots, under trees, pavilions, or in puddles of water. Get into your vehicles with the windows rolled up.

All coaches are required to download the Weather Bug App on their smartphones. The Heat United Soccer Club highly recommends all members to follow suit. The overall priority is to provide a safe environment for the kids and adults, so the more tracking weather updates the safer.

The decision to clear the fields will be made by the highest ranking Heat United Coach on the field.