Another of the many tasks of a coach is to check that the players have a safe environment. ACC and the NZ Rugby have developed a health and safety checklist to assist you in identifying and eliminating hazards. This will help to reduce the number of injuries and should allow greater enjoyment for participants.
ASSESS AND CHECK:
- Playing surfaces.
- Playing equipment.
- Space surrounding field.
- Training equipment.
- Emergency procedures.
- Weather conditions.
The rugby environment includes not only the weather but also the facilities, surfaces and equipment that are being used. Make sure you assess all these factors before play or training starts.
CHECK THE TERRAIN
- The facilities are large enough for play.
- Perimeter fencing and advertising boards are not too close to the playing area.
- Spectators and vehicles are well away from the playing area, which is roped off.
CHECK PLAYING SURFACES
- The ground is level and free of holes.
- There are no exposed sprinkler heads.
- There is no broken glass, rubbish or stones.
- Excessively muddy and boggy areas are avoided.
- Artificial surfaces are free of surface water and debris such as sand, gravel and leaves.
- All playing surfaces have adequate lighting.
CHECK PLAYING EQUIPMENT
- Equipment is regularly maintained.
- Goal posts are padded.
- Marker flags will flex on impact with no sharp edges.
- Equipment is stable and will not collapse.
- Equipment is suited to the players’ size and ability.
- Scrum and ruck machines are in good condition and well-maintained.
IN COLD WEATHER CONDITIONS CHECK:
- Players wear adequate clothing during warm-up and cool-down.
- Clothing is not heavy or bulky.
- Players wear polypropylene under the team uniform to reduce heat loss.
- During wet and/or windy weather players wear waterproof or windproof tracksuits during training sessions and before and after a competition.