Movable Soccer Goal Safety Act; created, report. (SB933)

Introduced By

Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester) with support from co-patron Del. Beverly Sherwood (R-Winchester)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Movable Soccer Goal Safety Act created. Requires every organization that owns and controls a movable soccer goal to establish a soccer goal safety and education policy that outlines how the organization will address any safety concern related to movable soccer goals, including the dangers of unanchored or improperly anchored soccer goals tipping over and the care that must be taken to ensure proper installation, setup, maintenance, and transportation of movable soccer goals. The bill prohibits the sale of movable soccer goals that are not tip-resistant beginning July 1, 2014, and instructs the Board of Health to provide technical assistance for improving soccer goal safety. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/07/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13101564D
01/07/2013Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/15/2013Impact statement from DPB (SB933)
01/17/2013Reported from Education and Health (12-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
01/18/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2013Read second time and engrossed
01/22/2013Read third time and passed Senate (33-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2013Placed on Calendar
01/25/2013Read first time
01/25/2013Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/06/2013Assigned HWI sub: #4
02/07/2013Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (4-Y 0-N)
02/14/2013Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with amendment (20-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2013Read second time
02/18/2013Read third time
02/18/2013Committee amendment agreed to
02/18/2013Engrossed by House as amended SB933
02/18/2013Passed House with amendment (62-Y 38-N)
02/18/2013VOTE: PASSAGE (62-Y 38-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2013House amendment agreed to by Senate (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2013Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB933ER)
02/22/2013Impact statement from DPB (SB933ER)
02/22/2013Signed by Speaker
02/23/2013Signed by President
03/14/2013G Approved by Governor-Chapter 375 (effective -see bill)
03/14/2013G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0375)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 3 minutes.


Manuel Rios writes:

Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel's bill would create an end to any and all public soccer fields with "moveable goals" and destroy a vibrant community of soccer players who love, with passion, playing this sport.

Players of the sport understand the nature of risk of injury. It is impossible to remove all possibility of injury without harming the integrity of the sport. While precautions are prudent and warranted, the bill would undoubtedly have the effect of dramatically decreasing the access to soccer fields by the public.

If such measures as SB933 is adopted, I would expect soon after a bill to require oxygen tanks for all swimming pools or airbags on mountain bikes. I hope that our lawmakers will resist the urge to find legislative cures to any and all possibility of sporting -related injuries.