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Public Act 097-0234





Public Act 097-0234
HB1130 EnrolledLRB097 06083 JDS 46156 b

    AN ACT concerning movable soccer goals.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the
Movable Soccer Goal Safety Act or Zach's Law.
    Section 5. Definitions. As used in this Act:
    "Movable soccer goal" means a freestanding structure
consisting of at least 2 upright posts, a crossbar, and support
bars that is designed:
        (1) to be used by adults or children for the purposes
    of a soccer goal;
        (2) to be used without any other form of support or
    restraint (other than pegs, stakes, augers,
    counter-weights, or other types of temporary anchoring
    devices); and
        (3) to be 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
    Section 10. Soccer goal safety and education policy.
Movable soccer goals present a serious threat to the safety of
children and adults from the dangers of unanchored or
improperly anchored soccer goals tipping over. Care should be
taken when installing, setting up, maintaining, moving, and
properly securing a movable soccer goal. If an organization
owns and controls a movable soccer goal, it must create a
soccer goal safety and education policy that outlines how the
organization will specifically address the safety issues
associated with movable soccer goals.
    Section 15. Tip-resistant movable soccer goals required.
    (a) Beginning one year after the effective date of this
Act, no commercial dealer, manufacturer, importer,
distributor, wholesaler, or retailer may manufacture,
re-manufacture, retrofit, distribute, sell at wholesale or
retail, contract to sell or resell, lease, or sublet, or
otherwise place in the stream of commerce, a movable soccer
goal that is not tip-resistant.
    (b) For purposes of this Act, a movable soccer goal whose
inside measurements are 6.5 to 8 feet high and 18 to 24 feet
wide does not qualify as tip-resistant unless it conforms to
the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standard
F2673-08 for tip-resistant movable soccer goals.
    Section 20. Technical assistance for soccer goal safety. By
June 30, 2012, the Department of Public Health shall provide
technical assistance materials based on guidelines such as the
Guidelines for Movable Soccer Goal Safety in order to improve
soccer goal safety. The Department may make these materials
available on its website.
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.

Effective Date: 8/2/2011