CTF Push Hands Free Play Zone

25 Sep 2007 3:32 PM | Deleted user

Safety Check List

The CTF has implemented safety procedures for workshops and Push Hands Free Play Zone activities. The information is adapted from the NCCP National Coaching Certification Program (level 1 Theory).

The intent is:
    •    to ensure that all participants are aware of and follow safe practices.
    •    to reduce liability in case of accidents.
    1    Fair Play Philosophy
    2    PHFPZ Goals
    3    PHFPZ Rules
    4    Charge Person Responsibilities
    5    Call Person Responsibilities
    6    Emergency Action Plan Event Planner

1. Fair Play Philosophy (to be read out load to all participants)

Fair Play is a philosophy of coaching. It is grounded in the belief that sport is a moral pursuit, and is emphasizes participation. Underlying the fair-play philosophy are certain principles. These principles have as their aim the development of a true competitive spirit; true sportsmanship. The fair play philosophy emphasizes the following

1. Respect the rules of the game
2. Respect officials and accept their decision.
3. Respect the opponent or training partner
4. Maintain dignity under all circumstances

2. PHFPZ Goals (to be read out load to all participants)

The Push Hands Free Play Zone is an opportunity for tai chi chuan push hands players to work with a variety of partners of different skill level in a safe environment.

The emphasis should be on mutual learning and the Fair Play Philosophy

1. The play zone is not a competition
2. Have fun and Learn from one another
3. Work with as many people as you can. Work with people you are comfortable with and especially those you aren’t comfortable with.
4. Stretch out the play to work on structures, techniques and being there.
3. PHFPZ Rules (to be read out loud to all participants)
The  rules are designed to promote safety for all participants

1. Take care of your partner. STOP if your partner is in a vulnerable position.
2. Talk to your partner and arrive at an understanding.
    •    Discuss your push hands experience; beginner, intermediate, advance.
    •    What you would like to work on: Drills, four hands, free play, restircited steps, moving steps etc.
3. Begin by circling hands and aim to maintain contract throughout the game.
4. Keep pulls and pushes smooth. Avoid jerking the partners hands or arms. Avoid hand pushes that approximate strikes. NO EXCESSIVE FORCE.
5. Forbidden techniques
    •    No double grabbing
    •    No Joint locks
    •    Not contact above the shoulders
    •    No contact below the waist (no foot sweeps or leg manouvers)
    •    No tight gripping, even with one hand.
    •    No grabbing clothes
6. Watch your head. Do not use your head to maintain or get a positioning edge on your partner. Avoid accidents by not using your head.
7. Do not pull your partner down if you are losing your balance. Admit when you are at a serious disadvantage and start again. (No points are being scored)

4. Charge Person Responsibilities
1. take control and assess the situation on contact with the injured participant
2. to instruct all participants and bystanders to leave the injured participant alone
3. to ensure that the participant is not moved
4. to leave the participant’s equipment in place
5. to assess the injury and to determine whether further assistance is required
6. to decide how to move a participant if an ambulance is not needed
7. to notify the call person if an ambulance is needed and briefly describe the injury
8. to observe the participant carefully for any changes in conditions and to reassure him or her until professional help arrives
5. Call Person Responsibilities
1. to know the location of all telephones that could be used for placing calls
2. to prepare a list of local numbers – ambulance, fire, police, doctor etc.
3. to know the directions and the best access route to the facility and its exact location
4. to provide the ambulance dispatcher with the necessary information. Such information includes a statement that a medical emergency exists and describes the nature of the emergency, the exact location of the injured participant, the best access route to the location, and the telephone number of the phone from which the call is being placed. The estimated time of arrival of the ambulance should be requested
5.  to assign someone to stay by the phone
6.  to report to the charge person that the ambulance has been called and to tell the charge person the estimated arrival time
7.  to go to the main access entrance and wait for the emergency vehicle

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