Sports Safety

The safety and well-being of Youth Sports participants is our number one priority. Please review the sports safety information for our commitment to protecting participants as well as resources for parents/guardians, athletes, and coaches.


Trained Staff and Coaches
  • All programs have trained staff on site to supervise, instruct, and officiate. These staff members have experience and knowledge in the sport which is enhanced by training provided by Youth Sports including working with youth, safety precautions, and emergency procedures.
  • All volunteer coaches are certified through the National Youth Sports Coaches Association. This training as well as other resources provided to them helps ensure safe and effective coaching.


First Aid, CPR, and AED On Site
  • All programs have a First Aid kit and a certified staff in First Aid on site in case of emergency. If you need First aid, please see any staff member for assistance.
  • All programs have an AED and a certified staff in CPR and AED on site in case of emergency.  If you have a serious emergency requiring such, please immediately call 911 and see any staff member for assistance.
  • All coaches are provided with a first aid kit to have at practices and games.


Age Appropriate Equipment, Dimensions, and Rules
  • All programs use age appropriate equipment, dimensions, and rules to ensure safety and proper age progression in the sport. Adjustments and modifications are made as youth develop in the program


Appropriate Shoes, Attire, and Protective Gear
  • Athletic shirts and pants or shorts are encouraged which allow for more comfort. No skirts, dresses, or wide leg pants that could hinder safe movement or cause a participant to trip and fall.
  • No sandals, flats, or sneakers similar to Chuck Taylors are allowed as they have no foot support. The only acceptable footwear is a true closed-toe athletic shoe. Participants may wear sport specific shoes such as plastic cleats if the program allows it.
  • No jewelry is allowed. This includes earrings, necklaces, watches, rings, bracelets, etc. Medical alert items are allowed.
  • Participants must wear protective gear required by the program in order to play. This may include shin guards, knee pads, and mouth guards. Participants and parents/guardians will be notified in advance of the required protective gear.


Sports Related Injuries


Youth Sports follows the recommendations and guidelines on concussions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“To help ensure the health and safety of young athletes, CDC developed the Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports initiative to offer information about concussions to coaches, parents, and athletes involved in youth sports. The Heads Up initiative provides important information on preventing, recognizing, and responding to a concussion.”


Resources from the CDC


Injury Prevention

Youth Sports follows the recommendations and guidelines on injury prevention from STOP Sports Injuries.
“There is a growing epidemic of preventable youth sports injuries that are dismantling kids' athletic hopes and dreams at an early age. In response, the STOP Sports Injuries campaign was created by a coalition of organizations and corporations to help prevent athletic overuse and trauma injuries in kids.”


Parents/Guardians Resources


Athletes Resources

Coaches Resources


Other Resources


Please feel free to call or email Youth Sports staff at any time with questions, concerns, or suggestions. Your feedback is very important to us!


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Contact Information:

Lacy Bienkowski
Youth Sports

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Kylie Powell
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Recreation Specialist

Tiffany Krahenbuhl
Adult Sports

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Office Hours
Monday - Thursday 7:00a - 6:00p

Sports Office
200 S. Center St. Building #1
Mesa, AZ 85210
480-644-2698 (Fax)

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 1466
Mesa, AZ 85211