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Information For Leagues and Parents/Guardians
All of Ohio North member clubs/leagues are responsible to provide a HARD COPY of the Youth Sports Concussion Information Sheet, supplied by the Ohio Department of Health, to the parent or other guardian of each athlete who wishes to practice for or compete in the league. This information must be provided yearly. Upon Ohio North’s request, leagues must be able to produce evidence of compliance with this obligation.
Please be advised that a player who has been suspected of a concussion may not return to play until they are provided a written clearance that it is safe for the individual to return to practice or competition from a from a licensed physician or a licensed healthcare provider. Ohio North has provided a document that you may present to your physician to complete:
To protect youth athletes, the State of Ohio has passed a concussion law, Bill 143. This bill is also known as the “Return to Play” law. This law, similar to the laws enacted in most other states, enforces training, safety, and awareness requirements on youth sports organizations, such as Ohio North, and its leagues, tournaments, coaches, referees, officials, and athletes and their families.
A concussion is an injury to the brain that may be caused by a blow, bump, or jolt to the head. Concussions may also happen after a fall or hit that jars the brain. A blow elsewhere on the body can cause a concussion even if an athlete does not hit his/her head directly. Concussions can range from mild to severe, and athletes can get a concussion even if they are wearing a helmet. Even though most concussions are mild, all concussions are potentially serious and may result in complications including prolonged brain damage and death if not recognized and managed properly.
Ohio North is giving the following expectations to its leagues, coaches, referees, officials, and athletes and their parents.
All of Ohio North’s member leagues and tournaments are responsible to monitor and track their coaches’ compliance with the concussion training requirements of the Return to Play law. Each coach must participate in a certified concussion training course prior to April 26, 2013 or obtain a Pupil Activity Permit from the Ohio Department of Education. The training must be renewed every three years. Leagues and tournaments must collect and maintain certificates of compliance from the coaches and may ask for evidence of compliance. At any time, Ohio North may request evidence of compliance with the training requirements and leagues must be able to produce confirmation for each coach.
All referees for Ohio North member league events and Ohio North-sponsored events must also be able to demonstrate that they have complied with the training requirements of Bill 143. Each referee must receive concussion training prior to April 26, 2013, and that training must be renewed every three years. Upon Ohio North’s request, referees must be able to produce evidence of compliance with the training requirement.
Consequences of Failure to Comply with Ohio's Return to Play Law
Free Online Courses
There are FREE approved online training courses available. Ohio North recommends that members use the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). The NFHS requires a user to login but allows leagues to track coaches’ progress and allows coaches to log in and print their certification should they require a new certificate or provide Ohio North with proof of compliance.
In conjunction with completing the above training course or obtaining a Pupil Activity Permit, you must carry the following items while at practice or competitions:
-Possible Concussion Notification Form (updated 3.19.13)
-Certificate of Completion of Concussion Training from the NFHS course or Pupil Activity Permit issued by the Ohio Department of Education
Ohio North requires that all Referees and Officials comply with concussion training requirement of the Return to Play Law and recommends the above NFHS course. Referees should have a copy of their certificate on them at all time for proof of compliance. Referees should be able to send a copy of their certificate to referee assignors and to the league upon requesting this information at any time. More so, referee assignors shall not assign any referee to an Ohio North-sanctioned game or event without proof from the referee of their compliance to the concussion education.
****Referee Concussion Reporting Policy***
Referees are required to notify the proper tournament or league officials for players removed from games for possible concussions as follows: 1) at Ohio North sanctioned tournament games, referees are to keep passes of players removed from games for possible concussions and turn those passes into the proper authorized personnel, to be held until the end of the tournament or until signed written medical authorization forms clearing the players have been received; 2) at league games, referees are to keep passes of players removed from games for possible concussions and return the player passes at the completion of the games; and 3) at recreational games, referees are to notify the proper tournament or league authorities of players removed from games for possible concussions.
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