The Ohio General Assembly passed the "Return to Play Law" in 2013 that affects WASA coaches, referees and parents. This law requires that all WASA coaches and referees take a free, online concussion course and must re-certify every three years by retaking the course. There are also requirements for parents if their child sustains a concussion or is suspected of sustaining a concussion during a WASA soccer game. Please see the Ohio Department of Health site for more information about this law.
Coaches and referees must take one of the following free, online Concussion Management Training classes. Either course is acceptable and each provides a certificate upon completion of the course. Please send a copy of the certificate to your league/referee coordinator.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention Heads Up Concussion in Youth Sports
Click on "Take the Free Online Concussion Training" button and follow the prompts. When you have completed the course, print the certificate of completion.
National Federation of State High School Associations Concussions in Sports
Select the state of Ohio in the dropdown box and click on the Order Course button. Once you have completed "checkout", you will be able to take the free course. When you have completed the course, print the certificate of completion.
Coaches must give their parents this concussion information sheet, provided by the Ohio Department of Health.
Coaches must get their parents to sign this form indicating they have received the above concussion information sheet.
The following documents give more information about concussions and what parents/guardians need to know about the Ohio Return to Play Law.
Read An Athletes Guide to Concussions to learn more about concussions..