Soccer Safety Regulations from the United States Soccer Federation

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According to the New York Times and other major news outlets, the United States Soccer Federation has just announced some new safety guidelines for youth soccer players. The new guidelines do not allow players under the age of 10 to “head” the ball & players age 11 to 13 will reduce “heading” in practices. The new regulations are mandatory for US Soccer Youth National Teams & Academies, however they cannot make the guidelines mandatory for soccer associations that are not controlled by the US Soccer Federation. This changes will take place in January of 2016.

The decision was in response to a law suit that charged that FIFA, US Soccer and the American Youth Soccer Organization did not properly treat or monitor head injuries. The lawsuit was filed by a group of parents and players in California. No financial damages were filed in the case but the US Soccer Federation was required to amend safety practices in order to reduce concussions in younger players. There will be more changes to come in the future such as policies that will allow substitutions for players that are suspected of having concussions so that the player can be properly examined. Specifics in the these rule changes have not been released yet however.

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Is your Paintball Field Covered for First Strike Rounds?

first-strikeTo all our field owners, we are sending out an email blast but in case you miss it:

Recently an issue came up regarding First Strike Rounds. So for clarity we are issuing this statement to clarify. FSR’s are not covered in our insurance programs, and never have been. It might be in the future but not today.

Bottom line is this is not anything new, FSR hasn’t been allowed since inception in any insurance program that I have represented, the manufacturer has NOT gone thru the steps to get the definition included in the ASTM guidelines; it would cost them $75 to join. They would spend a lot of time, unpaid as members are volunteers, spend their money to have the goggles tested to ASTM standards when passed, pay to have the various netting manufacturers products tested to ASTM standards to see if it passes, get the goggle manufacturers to include them in their documentation as approved projectiles.

So issues are: Continue reading Is your Paintball Field Covered for First Strike Rounds?

Party Rental Digital Safety Checklist – BETA version

Making sure you party rentals are set-up safely just got a whole lot easier! With the new Party Rental Safety … More Party Rental Digital Safety Checklist – BETA version

FunPro is No Longer Insuring Party Rentals

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Okay, it’s official, Markel Insurance Company that purchased Thomco and the Funpro program will be closing it’s program for new business effective 4/1/15 and sending out non renewal notices. Cossio Insurance was chosen to provide insurance for some of their direct customers and we would be able to help anyone receiving these non renewal letters.   Continue reading FunPro is No Longer Insuring Party Rentals