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Concussion Education

In order to protect young athletes, the State of Ohio has passed a law regarding concussions in youth sports, commonly called the “Return to Play” law. This law, similar to laws enacted in most other states, imposes training, safety, and awareness requirements on youth sports organizations, like Hamilton Youth Athletics (HYA), and its leagues, associations, tournaments, coaches, referees, officials, and athletes and their families. 

A concussion is a brain injury and all brain injuries are serious. A concussion may be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or by a blow to another part of the body with the force transmitted to the head. A concussion can range from mild to severe and can disrupt the way the brain normally works. Even though most concussions are mild, all concussions are potentially serious and may result in complications, including prolonged brain damage and death, if not recognized and managed properly.

Because of the significant health concerns posed by the risk of concussions and because of the Return to Play laws enacted by the State of Ohio, HYA has developed a Concussion Policy that is applicable to all players, coaches, parents/guardians, referees, and league officials. 


Training Requirements

All of HYA's program directors are responsible to monitor and track their coaches’ compliance with the concussion training requirements of the Return to Play law. Each coach must receive concussion training prior to receiving their roster for the season and that training must be renewed every three years. (See O.R.C. 3707.511 (C)(1).) Coaches must provide a copy of their certification to their program director as evidence of compliance with the training requirement.
 
All referees for HYA events and HYA-sponsored events must also be able to demonstrate that they have complied with the training requirements of the Return to Play law. Each referee must receive concussion training prior to the start of the season, and that training must be renewed every three years. (See O.R.C. 3707.511 (C)(1).) Referees must be able to produce evidence of compliance with the training requirement.
 
Coaches and Referees may choose training from either the Center for Disease Control (CDC) or the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). Both programs are free of charge. The NFHS requires a user to login but allows leagues to track coaches progress and allows coaches to log in and print their certification should they require a new certificate.
 
Step by Step Guide for Completing CDC Concussion Training          Step by Step Guide for Completing NFHS Concussion Training          http://www.osysa.com/assets/956/15/OSYSA_Concussion_NFHS_Video.pdf

Information For Leagues and Parents/Guardians

All HYA coaches are responsible to provide a Youth Sports Concussion Information Sheet, supplied by the Ohio Department of Health, to the parent or other guardian of each athlete who wishes to practice for or compete in the league. (See O.R.C. 3707.511 (B)). This information must be provided each season. Program Directors must be able to produce evidence of compliance with this obligation.

Consequences of Failure to Comply with Ohio’s Return to Play Law

If a coach, referee, or official is knowingly not compliant with the Return to Play law, including training requirements and removal from play requirements, he or she could face civil liability (see O.R.C. 3707.511 (F)(1)) should a child become injured due to his failure to follow the law. Additionally, coaches, referees and officials who fail to follow the law may be rendered ineligible to participate in HYA events and HYA-sponsored events.
 
More Information
 
More information about the Return to Play law, training materials, information about the identification, treatment, and prevention of concussions, and the Youth Sports Information Sheet can be found at the Ohio Department of Health website (http://www.healthyohioprogram.org/concussion).

Removal From Play

Ohio’s Return to Play law features three key rules that its leagues, coaches, referees, officials, and athletes and their families must abide by:
 
  • Rule One: Coaches, referees, or officials must remove from play an athlete exhibiting the signs and symptoms of a concussion during practice or a game. (See O.R.C. 3707.511 (D)(1).
  • Rule Two: The athlete cannot return to play on the same day that he or she is removed after exhibiting symptoms of a concussion. (See O.R.C. 3707.511 (E)(1).
  • Rule Three: The athlete is not permitted to return to play until he or she has been assessed by a physician or licensed health care provider approved by the youth sports organization and received written clearance. (See O.R.C. 3707.511 (E)(1).) Leagues must be able to produce evidence of compliance with this obligation, which may require the league to retain the written clearance form and/or otherwise demonstrate that the league verified that the athlete was cleared to return to play.

HYA Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Hamilton Youth Association (aka HYA)?

We are a non-profit organization run completely by volunteers with a mission to serve the community and surrounding areas the opportunity to play various levels of soccer & baseball. 
 

Do I have to live in Hamilton Township or within the Hamilton Local School District to participate in one of HYA’s programs? 

No you do not.  

What programs do HYA offer? 

  • Spring & Fall Recreational Soccer
  • Recreation & Travel Baseball 
  • Recreation & Travel Softball

How can I register? 

Attend a scheduled registration session or complete an online registration during the posted sign-up timeline.

How do I pay? 

Cash or Check made payable to Hamilton Youth Athletics. Online registration will allow for Visa/MasterCard payments or ACH.

Are there refunds of any sort given? 

There are NO refunds given for ANY reason except if we cannot place a child on a team. We DO NOT give refunds for injuries, religious reasons, conflicts, carpooling issues, etc.

Do you grant requests for placement on a team or with another player? 

Requests can be made, but are not guaranteed.

If I volunteer to coach in one of the parent coached programs will my child be on my team? 

Yes. Head coaches are eligible for a $25 rebate. 

How do I volunteer? 

You can volunteer when registering your child for a program. 

What night are practices?

Practices are determined by the coaches of the teams for soccer. Coaches may submit a request for baseball practices, but due to diamond availability, HYA will assign diamonds for baseball practices.

What about uniforms/equipment needed? 

Each program has their own uniform unique to the program.  Please go to the Programs tab to read more about each program and its equipment and uniform requirements. 

How do I learn more about the programs that HYA offers? 

Please go to the Programs tab to read more about each program.

Where do the programs practice and play games? 

Please go to the Programs tab to read more about where each programs practices/plays games.  Also visit the Fields tab to view the layout of the fields.

What is the youngest age you permit to participate? 

Each program and age division has their own requirement. Please go to the Programs tab to read more about minimum ages for each program.

How do I know if a practice or training session is canceled? 

You can check on the Home page of this website, our Facebook page to see if the field is open. Also, your coach will contact you if the practice/training is canceled.  

What if I lose something at one of the fields? 

HYA has a lost and found bin located in the concession stand.  Please check there first. You can also check with a board member to share about the lost item in case someone has contacted us about finding it.

May I attend an HYA Board meeting?

Yes you can. The board meeting information is on our web site under the About Us tab.

How can I contact someone from HYA?

[email protected] or check the Board Information page for each member's contact information.