On July 4th, 2012, on the Watson Lake Secondary School soccer field in the Yukon Territory, 5-year-old, Jaedyn Amann Hicks was struck in the back of the head by the crossbar of a poorly maintained, unanchored, collapsible soccer net @ approximately 5 PM. A fellow playmate, aged 3 years and weighing roughly 30 lbs., merely leaned against one of the upright posts, causing the buckling action that led to the net’s collapse. Despite the best efforts of the medical team, Jaedyn succumbed to her injuries and passed away @ approximately 8 PM. Although the family and friends originally referred to this as a “freak accident” information has come to light that emphasizes that this is not an isolated incident. Jaedyn is #94 on the list of reported, seriously injured or deceased due to soccer net casualties since 1979. Those who love her wish for Jaedyn’s passing to not be in vain; by abolishing the likelihood that another family will endure this pain, we can give meaning to this tragedy.
We, the undersigned, are concerned citizens who urge our leaders to act now to pass and implement ‘Jaedyn’s Law’. We propose that Jaedyn’s Law mandates that sporting nets across Canada be sufficiently anchored, banning collapsible nets on government (provincial and municipal) operated play fields and be routinely inspected and maintained. We need not see #95 on the list of soccer net casualties.