LA/SB District Concussion Protocol
CONCUSSIONS IN YOUTH ATHLETES - CALIFORNIA
On October 26, 2016, the Governor of California signed California Assembly Bill 2007 into law. The law, titled
“Youth Sports Concussion Protocols”, is effective January 1, 2017 and is found in the California Health Safety Code
under the section referencing “Adolescent Health” (Cal Health and Safety Code §124235).
Who It Pertains To
The new law applies to “youth sports organizations” which includes any organization, business, non-profit entity or
local government agency that sponsors or conducts amateur sports competitions, training camps, or clubs in which
persons seventeen (17) years of age or younger participate (such as Little League Baseball and/or ASA/USA Softball).
How Does The Law Affect Me As A Coach or League?
Youth sports organizations are required to immediately remove an athlete who is suspected of sustaining a concussion or other head injury in an athletic activity for the remainder of the day. The athlete shall not be permitted to return to the athletic activity until being evaluated by, and receiving written clearance to return to athletic activity from, a licensed health care provider.
How Does The Law Affect A Player?
An athlete who has sustained a concussion shall complete a graduated return to play protocol of not less than seven (7) days
in duration under the supervision of a licensed health care provider. If an athlete seventeen (17) years of age or younger
has been removed from athletic activity due to a suspected concussion, the youth sports organization shall notify a parent or
a guardian of that athlete of the time and date of the injury, the symptoms observed and any treatment provided
to that athlete for the injury.
What Training Is Required For Coaches and League Administrators?
On a yearly basis, the youth sports organization shall offer concussion and head injury education, or related
educational materials or both, to each coach and administrator of the youth sports organization.
Each coach and administrator shall be required to successfully complete the concussion and head injury education
offered at least once, either online or in person, before supervising an athlete in an activity of the youth sports organization.
North Torrance Girls Softball League will be utilizing the free on-line CDC Heads-Up program for the
Concussion Protocol Training which can be found at:
Simply Log In and take the class and test at the end and print your certificate. It takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.
To read the entire packet or to download click HERE
Remember, it is a law, not a suggestion that this class be completed on an annual basis.