CONCUSSION & PLAYER SAFETY

Cal South recognizes the need for increased awareness about concussions, head injuries and brain trauma. In order for Cal South to be compliant with State of California Assembly Bill No. 2007, new procedures have been implemented that require on a yearly basis, a concussion and head injury information sheet to be signed and returned by the athlete and athlete’s parent or guardian before the athlete’s initiating practice or competition. These provisions apply to athletes participating in youth sports organizations, as defined to include organizations, businesses, nonprofit entities, or local governmental agencies that sponsor or conduct amateur sports competitions, training, camps, or clubs in which persons 17 years of age or younger participate.

The links below ensure compliance and also provide additional information and resources for all Cal South members. Please familiarize yourself with the documents below, beginning with the Cal South Concussion Information Fact Sheet for Parents which is required reading and completion as of June 1, 2017.

HEADS UP to Youth Sports: Online Training – HEADS UP Concussion in Youth Sports is a free, online course available to coaches, parents, and others helping to keep athletes safe from concussion. It features interviews with leading experts, dynamic graphics and interactive exercises, and compelling storytelling to help you recognize a concussion and know how to respond if you think that your athlete might have a concussion.

Once you complete the training and quiz, you can print out a certificate, making it easy to show your league or school you are ready for the season.

CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL (CDC) HEADS UP CONCUSSION RESOURCES:

For Parents
For Coaches
For Athletes
For Sports Officials
Conmoción Cerebral en el Deporte Juvenil

National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) – National Federation of High Schools has partnered with the Center of Disease Control (CDC) to offer Concussion in Sports courses. Your admins can create a profile within that website and will quickly be able to order a course. It is free of cost and can be started right away. Their certificate will always remain within that account and can be printed as well. An added feature to this website is the ability to order this free course for others to take. At that point you can then monitor their progress and view when they have completed it.

Recognize to Recover Campaign by US Soccer

SafeSport

U.S. CENTER FOR SAFE SPORT POLICIES & PROCEDURES

US Soccer formally adopted new Athlete and Participant safety policy on February 16, 2019. Subsequently, Cal South and Affiliate Members must ensure that all Coaches, Administrators and other Covered Individuals complete the required U.S. Center for Safe Sport training and education online course.

Cal South has secured an access code to complete these requirements at no expense to our affiliates. To obtain the specific access link and code for the online course, please contact the Cal South administrative offices at 714-778-2972 or administrativeservices@calsouth.com

SAFESPORT UPDATE

Effective Monday, April 15, the U.S. Center for SafeSport amended the SafeSport Code, which you can find in its entirety here and here.

The key changes are:

  • Expanded Personal Jurisdiction: the term “Covered Individual” has been replaced with “Participant.” This term is important because it defines the Center’s potential jurisdiction over an alleged Respondent. The revised definition of “Participant” has the effect of including within the personal jurisdiction of the Center, for purposes of Response & Resolution, anyone who qualifies as a “Participant.” “Participants,” in turn, include: (a) a member or license holder of an National Governing Body (NGB), Local Affiliated Organization (LAO), or USOC; (b) an employee of an NGB, LAO, or USOC, and/or; (c) within the governance or disciplinary jurisdiction of an NGB, LAO, or USOC; or (d) authorized, approved, or appointed by an NGB, LAO, or USOC to have regular contact with Minor Athletes. An LAO is “[a] regional, state or local club or organization that is directly affiliated with an NGB or that is affiliated with an NGB by its direct affiliation with a regional or state affiliate of said NGB. LAO does not include a regional, state, or local club or organization that is only a member of a National Member Organization of an NGB.”
    • Impact: State Associations qualify as LAOs and may immediately begin making reports to the Center regarding their Participants, in keeping with the Center’s exclusive jurisdiction as defined in the Code (e.g., but not limited to, sexual misconduct). National Member Organizations (NMOs) do not fall under the Response & Resolution jurisdiction but nonetheless remain responsible for training. We continue to review the issue, and we encourage NMOs to provide feedback to U.S. Soccer regarding whether they would be interested in voluntarily submitting to the Center’s jurisdiction.
  • Temporary Measures: The term “Interim Measures” has been replaced with “Temporary Measures”, which are covered in section (see XII, pg. 27) The Code now states that if/when an LAO imposes a Temporary Measure prior to the Center exercising jurisdiction over a particular matter, those measures will now be “automatically and immediately adopted by the Center as its own, and will be applicable throughout all Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American and Para Pan sports in the United States, and will remain in effect unless and until the Center modifies those measures.” (pg. 28) A Respondent may challenge the Center’s imposition of Temporary Measures only when those measures “materially affect the right to participate (e.g., suspension).” (pg. 28)
    • Impact: if an Organization Member has a reason to report to the Center (e.g., an allegation of sexual misconduct), we would encourage you to consider whether it is also appropriate to issue a Temporary Measure concurrent with reporting to the Center (and prior to the Center formally accepting jurisdiction). Temporary Measures can include a number of actions up to and including a suspension or interim disqualification pending Center review.
  • Violation of Prevention Policies Now Constitutes a Code Violation: It is now an express violation of the Code “for a Participant to violate any provision of the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies (MAAP) or other proactive policies adopted by the USOC, NGBs, and/or LAOs.” (pg. 18) These policies are the prevention policies required by Section 5 of USSF Policy 212-3 and for which template policies were previously provided to Organization Members in the Fall of 2018.
    • Impact: So, for example, it is now a violation of the Code for Participants to violate your organization’s policies designed to limit one-on-one interactions between adults and minor athletes, such as your social media and electronic communications policy.
  • Additional definitions:
    • “Other Inappropriate Conduct.” This section specifically parsing out other types of inappropriate conduct of an intimate/sexual nature.
    • “Aiding and Abetting.” This section makes it a violation of the Code for a Participant to facilitate, promote, or encourage the commission of a Code violation. For example, permitting a suspended or otherwise ineligible individual to participate violates the Code. (pg. 15)

Additionally, you can download the US Soccer Federation’s Athlete & Participation Policy here.

Cal South Staff Contacts

For additional information or inquires related to concussion requirements, please contact Administrative Services at 714-778-2972 or at administrativeservices@calsouth.com. For additional information or inquires related to the Player Development Initiatives, please contact Steve Hoffman at (805) 331-1522 or at shoffman@calsouth.com, or submit questions to PDI@calsouth.com.