Elementary - Interschool 2018
A fully stocked first aid kit must be readily accessible. (Consult Appendix D – Sample First Aid Kit)
A working communication device (e.g., cell phone) must be accessible.
Determine that all equipment is safe for use (e.g., no sharp edges, sharp corners, cracks, or splinters). Students must be encouraged to report equipment problems to the coach.
Poles must be safely stored when not in use.
Nets must have no frayed wires.
Ball must be appropriate for age and ability of athletes.
Protective padding must be placed around the poles (including cranks and supports, extending from the floor up to the bottom of the net) as well as referee stand (including chairs, boxes, benches) and, where appropriate, scorer’s table.
Antennae must be flush with the bottom of the net.
Appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn.
The wearing of jewellery during practices and competitions must meet the rules of the governing body of the sport/activity, OFSAA, and local athletic association. Consult the Fundamentals of Safety when jewellery is not addressed by the governing body of the sport/activity, OFSAA or the local athletic association
When long hair poses a safety risk it must be secured. Devices (for example, hair pins, clips and barrettes) used to tie back long hair must not present a safety concern.
Determine that all facilities are safe for use. Students must be encouraged to report facility problems to the coach.
Playing surface and surrounding area must be free of all obstacles (e.g., tables, chairs), and must provide safe footing and traction.
When volleyball poles are removed, floor plugs must be replaced.
Turning points, finish lines, end zones, and boundaries must be a safe distance away from walls, stages, equipment, trees, posts, natural hazards, and holes. Walls, stages, equipment, trees and posts must not be used as turning points, finish lines, end zones or boundaries. A marker (for example, line or pylon) must be designated and be properly identified.
Consult Fundamentals of Safety for the opening and closing of gymnasium divider doors/curtains
When running takes place off school site for a warm, conditioning run and/or is an integral part of the activity:
- Coaches must do a safety check ‘walk through’ in order to identify potential problems prior to initial use of route or course.
- Coaches must outline to the students the route or course (e.g., notice of areas to approach with caution) before the start of the run.
- Coaches must determine that students are not crossing busy intersections unless directly supervised.
Be aware of students whose medical condition (e.g., asthma, anaphylaxis, casts, previous concussion, orthopaedic device) may affect participation. (Consult Fundamentals of Safety)
Students must not participate in the activity until they receive information on concussion prevention specific to the activity, inherent risks of the activity (e.g. outline possible risks and ways to minimize the risks), and procedures and rules for safe play. Students must receive instruction on the importance of reporting symptoms related to a suspected concussion.
Refer to the school board’s transportation procedures related to communicating with parents/guardians the location of an off-site activity and the means of transportation used as well as to the need for obtaining parent/guardian permission.
Previous training, fitness level and the length of time and intensity of physical activity must be taken into consideration.
The activities must be based on skills that are taught.
The skills must be taught in proper progression.
A proper warm-up and cool-down must be included.
Fair play and rules of the sport must be taught and strictly enforced.
Drills must be organized so as to minimize the risk of being hit with an errant ball.
Student athletes must be instructed in the safe and correct method of setting up and taking down of nets.
When facilities do not allow for safe play (e.g., poles on sidelines, lines adjacent to walls), modify rules appropriately.
Adequate liquid replacement (personal water bottles, water fountains) must be accessible for students before, during and after physical activity to prevent dehydration.
On-site supervision is required.
Constant visual supervision if athletes are setting up, adjusting, and putting away poles and nets.
Students must be informed that the use of equipment and the gymnasium are prohibited without supervision. In addition to verbal communication, the doors must be locked or signs must be posted indicating that students are not allowed to use the gym unless appropriately supervised.
The head coach must demonstrate knowledge of the sport, skills and strategies to the principal or designate.
All coaches must be familiar with and implement where applicable the criteria outlined in Appendix P – Coaching Expectations.
An individual who takes responsibility for providing first aid to injured athletes through the entirety of a practice and/or competition must follow the school board’s concussion protocol and the school’s First Aid Emergency Response (consult Appendix E - Sample First Aid Plan and Sample First Aid Emergency Response).
Also see Fundamentals of Safety section to view complete safety requirements.
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