The weather might be getting a little chillier, and the sky a little greyer…But never fear – because Winter sports are back on!
Popular sports during the Winter season are, of course, the four football codes – AFL, Rugby League, Rugby Union and Soccer. Netball and hockey are also incredibly popular during the cooler months.
These sports are a great way to stay fit and warm up during a time when it is very tempting to stay at home on the couch!
Are you involved with a Winter sport through a school, council or sports club? Run through this checklist to see whether you are prepared for the new season.
1. Sports equipment
- Do the goal posts have have any evidence of rust or damage?
- Are the goal post sleeves filling with water that could cause future rust?
- Are the goal post sleeves are secure in the ground?
- Do the nets have any holes in them? (if used)
- Is all goal post padding are in place and in good condition?
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- Ultimate Guide to Rugby Goals
- Ultimate Guide to AFL Goals
- Ultimate Guide to Soccer Goals
- Ultimate Guide to Netball Goal Posts
2. Playing field/court
- Is the surface free of debris?
- Have weather conditions or water made the surface unsafe?
- Is the surface in good condition? i.e. grass appropriate length, free of holes
- Are sprinkler covers correctly in place?
- Are lighting conditions adequate?
- Are ground markings safe & a sufficient distance from fencing and other structures?
- Is sports equipment safe & in good condition?
- Check goal pads and corner posts are in place
- Check on field seating (bench) for team reserves & support staff
- Check that bins containing soil or sand are positioned at ½ way on both sides of ground
- Check sin-bin officials, timekeepers have appropriate area set aside
- Check hooter/bell is in working order
- Are all court/field lines clearly marked or do they need a refresh?
3. General Facilities & Change rooms
- Are the facilities free of debris?
- Is seating clean and safe?
- Check safety of any portable seating or scaffolding which has been erected
- Are the changerooms & referees facilities safe and hygienically clean, particularly showers and toilets?
- Is hot water working for shower facilities in player & referees rooms?
- Is there a sufficient supply of ice?
- Is there a sufficient supply of drinking water and/or soft drink for both competing teams and referees rooms?
- Are benches and tables provided and in safe condition?
- Are toilets well maintained, hygienic and adequately stocked?
- Are waste bins provided and placed appropriately?
4. First Aid
- Is a Jordan Frame stretcher provided on site?
- Is the stretcher location known to teams involved?
- Is a qualified first aid officer present?
- Is a telephone available for emergency use, together with emergency numbers being known?
- Have first aid kit stocks been checked against an appropriate check list, with ice available?
- Is an ambulance present at the venue while the match is in progress with clear access to arena?
- Is medical area for club doctors clean and sterile?
- Do first aid officers know the location of the nearest hospital and medical centre?
5. Teams & Personnel Check
- Check with coaches/football managers for match timings
- Check with coaches/football managers for length of breaks Inform timekeepers, ground announcer of match conditions i.e. match time and breaks
- Inform football managers of warm up areas & procedures
- Make sure team members know dates and times of games
6. Other Checks
- Meet with team liaison officials and where applicable security head, coordinator, curator, ticket sellers
- Ensure that press area is easily identified where applicable
- Check reserve seating area arranged for players, officials, invited guests & sponsors to use prior to kick off where applicable
This list is designed as a starting guideline, as each sports club will have their unique requirements. Hopefully it will get your mind ticking over and help you prepare for the season ahead.
If you have any questions about sports equipment requirements, don’t hesitate to contact Grand Slam on 1800 773 461 or email@example.com.