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Concussion Policy & Educational Information
New Florida State Law Requires that Independent Sanctioning Authorities for Athletic Teams Adopt Guidelines, Bylaws and Procedures Relating to the Nature and Risk of Concussion and Head Injuries.
CHAPTER 2012-167
Committee Substitute for House Bill No. 291

An act relating to youth athletes; amending ss. 943.0438 and 1006.20, F.S.; requiring an independent sanctioning authority for youth athletic teams and the Florida High School Athletic Association to adopt guidelines, bylaws, and policies relating to the nature and risk of concussion and head injury in youth athletes; requiring informed consent for participation in practice or competition; requiring removal from practice or competition under certain circumstances and written medical clearance to return.
As part of your child’s registration, you will be provided with a copy of a Concussion Educational Parent’s Fact Sheet from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Center for Disease Control and Prevention. It is required that you read this important and educational information to ensure for the safety of your child. Upon signing the back of your child’s League Registration Card, you are consenting to the fact that you have received this information, will familiarize yourself with it and will abide by the League’s Concussion Policy which is provided below. If your child is part of a Complete Team or a Protected Player on a team and your coach is registering for you, your coach is required to provide you with the parental fact-sheet and registration card for signature that are referenced above. If this does not occur, please contact the league office and/or come by to pick up your packet. We have also placed a link on this website to the same educational fact-sheet and more.
Concussion Policy:

Any youth athlete who is suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury in a practice or competition must be immediately removed from the activity. This can and must be done by the coach, umpire, league official or parent that suspects a potential concussion. Once done so, parents must call for emergency assistance or take the youth athlete to seek medical attention. Once a youth athlete is removed due to a suspected concussion, it is both the coaches and umpires responsibility to notify a League Official in the league offices. Notification must be made immediately following the game, either verbally or in writing and include the youth athletes name, team, age and circumstances surrounding the suspected concussion.

A youth athlete who has been removed from an activity may not return to practice or competition until the youth submits to the League Commissioner a written medical clearance to return, stating that the youth athlete no longer exhibits signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a concussion or other head injury. Medical clearance must be authorized by an appropriate health care practitioner trained in the diagnosis, evaluation, and management of concussions