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Safety briefing

  • Ensure the area you are going to use is clear of debris and hazards. If there are things you cannot move (a small hole, for example), mark them with cones so players can see to avoid them
  • If you need to check a grassy area, get the players to help you by forming a line and walking slowly over the area pointing out to you debris that you can pick up with gloves. Be very careful with broken glass - it is best to move to another area if it cannot be cleared completely
  • If there is a fence nearby, mark the edge of your playing area with cones so that there is a gap before the fence
  • Before you start to coach, ask the players what they can see that could cause them harm - for example, a nearby fence. They are more likely to take in the information if you ask them rather than tell them to watch out for a hazard
  • Check players are wearing the correct kit and footwear
  • Ensure players:
  • Take off jewellery
  • Tie up long hair
  • Let you know of any medical problems
  • Get rid of anything in their mouths besides gum shields before playing
  • Make sure players warm up before and cool down after the session
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