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Player Safety Page

Welcome to our Player Safety Page

This page is a resource for parents, coaches, board members and volunteers. On it you will be able to find a variety of information related to player safety, including SV North Mandatory reporter policies, concussion protocols and other important safety information.  

At SV North the safety of our players is our top priority. We are committed to providing a safe environment where all our children can enjoy the game of soccer.  

COVID-19 Updates

Here is the latest information regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the spring soccer season.
This page was last updated on March 31st and the information is current.

Travel Teams will follow the PA West schedule. As of now there are no practices prior to Friday May 1st. The first games will take place no earlier than Sunday May 3rd (We will have more information from PA West next week). 


The first weekend of games for all our in-house programs, including U5/6, U8 and U10 mini-travel, will be Saturday May 9th. No in-house teams will begin practices prior to Monday May 4th.


This spring our U5/6 in-house program will take place Saturday afternoons rather than in the mornings. This allows us to minimize crowd sizes by not having multiple programs run simultaneously.

As long as the CDC recommendations remain in place (currently through 5/10)
we ask that only immediate family members attend games, and that individuals who are in any “at risk” category refrain from attending. Ideally, only one adult would attend for each child.  

We are instituting several practices to clean, as well to as minimize the sharing of goalie equipment and training vests. Our equipment manager is going to need help. Those willing to help her can volunteer on our volunteer list.


Our concession stand will remain closed until further notice.


SV North Night at the Riverhounds game has been postponed until Saturday June 27th.


We added volunteer slots for a variety of contingencies. If you volunteer for something which doesn’t happen, or on a week we don’t play, know that you still met your volunteer obligation.

Here is a link to the latest letter from SV North  regarding the status of the spring season:
SV North President Statement, March 12th, 2020
SV North President Statement, March 19th, 2020
SV North President Statement, March 31st, 2020

Here is the PA West Statement on COVID-19: Message to Members, March 20th, 2020
Here is the COVID-19 Resource Page from PA West:  PA WEST COVID Resources

Mandatory Reporter Policy

Federal Law MANDATES all members participating in youth sports organizations will be considered mandatory reporters. This means that all SV North volunteers including Board Members, Coaches, Assistant Coaches and any other volunteers that interact with children are considered mandatory reporters.

Any mandatory reporter who witnesses or suspects child abuse or witnesses other questionable behaviors that violate the United States Soccer, Safe Sport Policies is obligated to report any suspected abuse to the appropriate authorities. If any mandatory reporter or club member has questions about these obligations they are to follow the SV North Mandatory Reporting Policy and the USSF Safe Soccer Framework.

A copy of the SV North Mandatory reporter policy can be found here:

SVN Mandatory Reporter Policy

A copy of USSF Safe Soccer Framework can be found here:

USSF Safe Soccer Framework

The USSF Safe Soccer web page contains the USSF safe soccer reporting guidelines, hotline numbers as well as detailed descriptions of all USSF Safe soccer initiatives. You can view the USSF safe soccer website here:

Maintaining Player Health

There are a variety of online resources that provide information to help you understand and mitigate the risks of playing contact sports like soccer.

UPMC Sports Medicine has an online resource explaining concussions, concussion prevention and recovery. The link can be found here:

UPMC: Concussions 101

USSF also provides Fact Sheets on Concussions for coaches, players and parents:




USSF also has an excellent website that deals comprehensively with player safety and health. Their website, "Recognize to Recover," has a wealth of player safety information covering a wide range of injuries.


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