The SAY National Concussion Policy consists of two very distinct
procedures. This policy is required for ALL coaches and officials
regardless of their age and/or status (i.e. Head coach, Assistant Coach,
Head Referee, Assistant Referee, etc.). These procedures are designed
to comply with recently passed legislation concerning concussion in
youth sports. It will be necessary to complete a concussion training
course every three (3) years.
STEP 1: The first portion of the SAY National Concussion policy is the taking of a
FREE online training course.
ALL coaches and referees MUST complete this training course prior to
participating in the any SAY activity whether it be a practice or a game
There are two approved options for the
FREE online training program consists of two approved options, either of which is acceptable:
FIRST APPROVED OPTION
provided by the National Federation of State High School Associations
Concussion in Sports – What You Need to Know, which can be found at http://www.nfhslearn.com/electiveDetail.aspx?courseID=38000
This online course will require you to click on the "order here” button
to begin the training. It will ask you to complete a brief
registration form prior to beginning the course, which is solely for the
purpose of registering you in their data base as having successfully
completed the online material. After you have completed this course you
will be given the option to print out a personalized certificate of
completion (It is suggested that this certificate by printed out in pdf
format, otherwise your name may not appear on this certificate).
SECOND APPROVED OPTION
through the Center for Disease Control and their Prevention Heads Up
Concussion in Youth Sports Online training program, which is at http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/online_training.html
Click on the online training course button to begin your training.
After successfully completing the on-line training, you will be offered a
an opportunity to print out a personalized "certificate of
completion”. FYI - this option does not keep a record of your
completing this training.
After completing either the
FIRST OR SECOND APPROVED OPTION
you will need to print out your personalized "certificate of
completion” and keep a copy with you at ALL SAY related functions
(especially referees, as you may be required to show your personalized
certificate to the appropriate SAY authorities prior to being allowed to
officiate any games).
STEP 2: The second portion of
the SAY National Concussion policy is the Removal-From and
Return-to-Play procedure. Any athlete exhibiting signs and symptoms of
concussion either during a practice or during a game MUST be immediately
removed. This athlete MAY NOT return to play nor participate in any
SAY activity on the same day that he or she has been removed (even if a
written medical clearance is provided).
In addition, the athlete is not permitted to return to play or
participate in any SAY activity until he or she has been assessed and
received written clearance by a physician or by another licensed health
care provider. A Return-to-Play form must be submitted to the coach
prior to allowing the athlete to participate in any activity with the
athlete’s team, whether it be a practice or a game situation.
All of SAY’s member Areas and Districts are responsible to monitor and
track their coaches and referees with regard to their individual
compliance with this policy. For those SAY members playing spring
seasons, this policy must be implemented with the coaches and referees
having completed their mandated online training prior to April 26,
2013. Those SAY members operating a fall season program must have their
coaches and referees complete their individual online training prior to
Listed below you will find helpful links regarding signs and symptoms
of concussion, a parent’s education form, a possible concussion
notification form, and a Return-to-Play form.
If you should have any questions please feel free to contact us.
Yours in Soccer,