HEALTH & SAFETY

Ensuring the safety of all players and supporters is a cornerstone for us. This means both on and off the field/court as well as keeping our kids safe traveling out of home regions; many of whom for the very first time.

Each of our events have a robust health and safety plan, which are independently audited to ensure all of our events are as safe as possible and any risks are minimised. 

We follow all guidelines around ACC injury prevention and each sports code policy around warming up and down and for an extra level of protection every team is required to bring a qualified first aider with them along with having their own first aid kit for the team. Each event does have a designated medical team to provide professional medical assistance during our festivals, however first aiders save a lot of time evaluating if the medical team is required if an injury or accident occurs.

A big focus area for us is ‘Head Injuries and Concussion’, which can be serious for a young person and requires proper management. If one of our officials suspects a player has been concussed, they will be removed immediately and asked to be stood down for the remainder of the event.

We work with and communicate loudly to teams, coaches, managers and parents to ensure no player’s health is put at risk in any game.

The Global Games is a vape/smoke and alcohol free event, please make your supporters aware of this! If you need to vape/smoke, please go outside the grounds.

GLOBAL GAMES APP

Global Games has have taken additional steps to ensure the safety and efficiency of our upcoming sports festivals. To achieve this, we have developed our own Global Games app which is mandatory for all team managers to download onto their phones. This app will be used to centralize operations, coordinate safety processes, and broadcast important messages and updates throughout the festival. With the app, team managers will be able to upload team sheets, enter match scores and sportsmanship points, assess maps, and other key information about the festival. We believe that this app will make it easier for everyone to stay informed, connected and, most importantly, safe throughout the festival.

Our friendly Global Games team will guide team managers through the app at the team managers meeting, so there’s no need to worry about navigating it on your own. We are committed to providing the best possible experience for everyone, and we are confident that our Global Games app will play a key role in achieving this.

Smoke Free Venues


Global Games events are a smoke and alcohol free event's - please make your supporters aware of this! If you need to smoke, please go outside the grounds as all event locations within the gates are smokefree. Please don’t be alarmed if our crew tells you not to smoke or drink. We are trying to make this a healthy environment for all the kids so please help to make these events whānau-friendly by not smoking or drinking about our young people.

First Aid


Ensuring the players are as safe as possible is the most important area for us.  Every team is required to bring a qualified first aider with them along with having their own first aid kit for the team. They are also responsible for supplying ice each day. Our festival medical team will provide professional medical assistance during the festival, however your first aider is the first person to evaluate if the festival medical team is required.

Wet Weather Procedure


In the event of light or intermittent rain before and during matches, play will continue as normal. However, in the event of heavy continuous rain Global Games will need to cancel any fixture.

​In the event of lightning, play will be immediately stopped for the duration of that storm.

​All participating teams must supply the event organisers with a reliable contact mobile phone number for a member of the team management.  The safety of the competitors is of the upmost concern to the organisers.

​Please make sure that you bring appropriate gear for all conditions from hot sunshine to rain and snow. September can be a funny month for weather, and over the last ten years we have experienced it all.

Hydration


It is essential that team management ensure that competitors are not placed at risk and are properly hydrated before participating in physical activity.  It’s important to stay hydrated. Good hydration means getting the right amount of water before, during, and after exercise.

​Even when precautions are taken it is possible a young athlete might suffer from dehydration. Because of this, it’s important to teach players about hydration on youth sports so they know the signs of dehydration to recognize the symptoms and seek help.

These symptoms could signal dehydration:

  • Having a dry or sticky mouth
  • Feeling thirsty
  • Suffering from a headache
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Experiencing cramps
  • Having excessive fatigue
  • Showing disinterest in the game or practice
  • Struggling to play up to his or her usual level

If an athlete feels the signs of dehydration, attention should be raised with a parent, coach, or management. If caught early, most dehydration can be resolved by consuming more fluids.

Sun Protection


Be SunSmart during September to April, especially between 10.00am and 4.00pm when the sun’s UV rays are most fierce.

SLIP 

Slip on a shirt with long sleeves. Fabrics with a tighter weave and darker colours will give you better protection from the sun.

Slip into the shade of an umbrella or a leafy tree. Plan your outdoor activities for early or later in the day when the sun's UV levels are lower.

SLOP

Slop on plenty of broad-spectrum, water resistant sunscreen of at least SPF 30. Apply 20 minutes before going outside and reapply every two hours and especially after being in water or sweating.

SLAP

Wear a hat with a wide brim or a cap with flaps. More people are sunburnt on the face and neck than any other part of the body.

WRAP

Choose close fitting, wrap around style sunglasses. Not all sunglasses protect against UV radiation, so always check the label for the sun protection rating.

Concussion in Sport


Concussion is a frequent concern for those playing sport, from children and teenagers to professional athletes.

A concussion is a brain injury that can occur in any sport, you don’t have to be knocked or even be hit on the head directly to be concussed.

Learn to recognise the signs and what to do (the 3R’s of concussion):

  • Recognise the signs and symptoms.
  • Remove from play.
  • Refer to a Doctor.

Find more information  – HERE

Security


Please ensure all personal items and items of value are secure at all times. The organisers take no responsibility for loss or damage to valuables or clothing.