SB1093: Movable Soccer Goal Safety Act; created.


SENATE BILL NO. 1093
AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE
(Proposed by the Senate Committee on Education and Health
on February 5, 2015)
(Patron Prior to Substitute--Senator Vogel)
A BILL to amend the Code of Virginia by adding in Title 32.1 a chapter numbered 17, consisting of sections numbered 32.1-370 through 32.1-371, relating to the Movable Soccer Goal Safety Act.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1.  That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding in Title 32.1 a chapter numbered 17, consisting of sections numbered 32.1-370 through 32.1-371, as follows:

CHAPTER 17.
MOVABLE SOCCER GOAL SAFETY ACT.

§ 32.1-370. Definitions.

As used in this chapter, unless the context requires a different meaning:

"Movable soccer goal" means a freestanding structure consisting of at least two upright posts, a crossbar, and support bars that is designed to be (i) used by adults or children for the purposes of a soccer goal; (ii) used without any other form of support or restraint, other than pegs, stakes, augers, counter-weights, or other types of temporary anchoring devices; and (iii) able to be moved to different locations.

"Organization" means any park district, school district, sporting club, soccer organization, unit of local government, religious organization, business, or other similar organization that uses, owns, or maintains a movable soccer goal.

§ 32.1-371. Soccer goal safety and education policy required.

Every organization that owns and controls a movable soccer goal shall establish a soccer goal safety, training, and education policy, consistent with  the Guidelines for Movable Soccer Goal Safety published by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, that outlines how the organization will address (i) any safety concerns related to movable soccer goals, including the dangers of unanchored or improperly anchored soccer goals tipping over, (ii) the care that must be taken to ensure proper installation, setup, maintenance, and transportation of movable soccer goals, and (iii) the necessary training for coaches and referees to ensure the responsible use of movable soccer goals. The Department, in conjunction with the Department of Conservation and Recreation, shall provide technical assistance to organizations to establish such policies.

SENATE BILL NO. 1093

Offered January 14, 2015
Prefiled January 13, 2015
A BILL to amend the Code of Virginia by adding in Title 32.1 a chapter numbered 17, consisting of sections numbered 32.1-370 through 32.1-373, relating to the Movable Soccer Goal Safety Act.
Patron-- Vogel

Referred to Committee on Education and Health

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1.  That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding in Title 32.1 a chapter numbered 17, consisting of sections numbered 32.1-370 through 32.1-373, as follows:

CHAPTER 17.
MOVABLE SOCCER GOAL SAFETY ACT.

§ 32.1-370. Definitions.

As used in this chapter, unless the context requires a different meaning:

"Movable soccer goal" means a freestanding structure consisting of at least two upright posts, a crossbar, and support bars that is designed to be (i) used by adults or children for the purposes of a soccer goal; (ii) used without any other form of support or restraint, other than pegs, stakes, augers, counter-weights, or other types of temporary anchoring devices; and (iii) able to be moved to different locations.

§ 32.1-371. Soccer goal safety regulations.

The Board shall promulgate regulations establishing safety standards for anchoring, securing, and counter-weighting movable soccer goals. Such regulations shall be consistent with the Guidelines for Movable Soccer Goal Safety published by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

§ 32.1-372. Tip-resistant movable soccer goals required.

A. Beginning July 1, 2016, no commercial dealer, manufacturer, importer, distributor, wholesaler, or retailer may manufacture, re-manufacture, retrofit, distribute, or sell at wholesale or retail in the Commonwealth a movable soccer goal that is not tip-resistant.

B. For purposes of this chapter, a movable soccer goal with inside measurements of 6.5 to eight feet high and 18 to 24 feet wide does not qualify as tip-resistant unless it conforms to the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) standard F2673-08 for tip-resistant movable soccer goals.