The NCSOA concussion protocol has been developed based off of direction from NFHS, CIF and the State of California: If the referee observes any player exhibiting signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion, he or she shall immediately remove that player from the contest and the player shall not return to play. The referee shall inform the head coach of this decision and verify the name of the player so that he/she can include accurate information in the post game report to the assignor.
It is best to remind the coaches of this before the game starts. It may be best to do so before the pre-game conference so you can clarify the policy or answer the coach's questions without the other coach and the captains waiting.
Stop play and require the team to substitution the player from the game. Inform the coach what you observed and confirm the player's name and number so you can report the information to the assignor?
Report the information (including the time of the removal of the player) to the assignor via Arbiter and/or email.
The assignor notifies the school and starts the CIF mandated return to play protocol.
NCSOA recommends that you should use something similar to this statement when reminding coaches about the concussion protocols: "If a player takes a knock to the head and shows the signs, symptoms or behaviors of a concussion, we are going to stop play and remove the player from the game and not allow him/her to return."
NCSOA recommends that you avoid making definitive statements like "If a player has a concussion" and instead use language that is consistent with the NFHS rule book "If a player shows signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a concussion".
Additionally, you may find it useful to use the "head injury" instead of "concussion" and to remind coaches that the safety of the players is more important than the outcome. Also, only a physician can diagnose a concussion, not a school trainer.
Use as much or as little information from the trainer as you (the referee) wants, but according to the NFHS and the State of California it doesn't matter.
The NFHS Soccer Rule book states: "Any player who exhibits signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion (such as loss of consciousness, headache, dizziness, confusion, or balance problems) shall be immediately removed from the contest and shall not return to play until cleared by an appropriate health-care professional" (3.3.2.b.3). The state of California passed a law (effective 1/1/2012) that dictates the athlete shall not be permitted to return to the athletic activity until he or she receives written clearance to return from a physician who is trained in the management of concussions and is acting within the scope of his or her practice (CA Education Code § 49475).
Explain the rules and laws that apply to the situation and if that doesn't diffuse the situation, have them or their AD contact the Executive Board (firstname.lastname@example.org) after the game and if it still hasn't been resolved to the point you can restart the game, you'll have to deal with the dissent as you deem fit.
Yes. By not following this policy you are not following NFHS rules or state law. The safety of all players should be the priority of everyone involved in high school sports. Also, by not following these procedures, you are making it more difficult for other officials to properly officiate future games.
According to the NFHS Soccer Rule Book:
Common Signs and Symptoms of Concussion Include:
. *RED FLAGS: Go to emergency department if any red flag present.
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