First Aid & Safety

First Aid

Each coach should be equipped with a team bag that has a “First Aid Kit” that includes the following items to cover minor injuries that occur during a practice session or a game:

  • Ice or Cold Packs.
  • Disposable Latex Gloves
  • Band-Aids.
  • Antibiotic Spray or Ointment.

An “Advanced First Aid Kit” includes all of the above plus:

  • 2″-4″ Gauze Dressing.
  • 2′ Wide gauze Bandage.
  • 1/2 ” Wide Roll Of Hospital Tape.
  • Triangular Bandage Which Can Also Be Used As A Sling.
  • 4 ” Ace Bandage.

These items are intended to cover only minor injuries. If you are not familiar with their use or First Aid in general then it would be a good idea to also carry a First Aid/CPR handbook.

Some additional important points:

WE ARE COACHES NOT DOCTORS. If for any reason you suspect that an injury is to the head, neck, or back which could involve the spinal chord. DO NOT MOVE THE INJURED PARTY. CALL FOR HELP IMMEDIATELY.

Do not use ice packs without enclosing them some form of baggy. The chemicals that make them work can be quite toxic and cause harm if they come in contact with a player’s body. Keep them away from the eyes.


As a youth soccer coach the safety of the players on your team and on the opposing team is also your responsibility. Make sure that each player has the proper equipment to participate in the game of soccer; soccer cleats (rubber soled), shin guards etc. Players cannot wear any jewelry; hair pins, rings, ear rings, barrettes, hard casts or anything that may cause injury to themselves or their opponents. BAYS rules are very specific in this area and any further information can be obtained in the BAYS book. There are no exceptions. The same rules apply to both the Intramural and Travel programs.