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Required Forms
  Every coach, both head and assistance coaches,...
Ohio's Return-To-Play Law
   **Ohio’s  return-to-play  law...
Required Forms
by DonnettaCunningham posted 4/23/2014

Every coach, both head and assistance coaches, is required to:


  • Submit a Background Check request online every 2 years. This step initiates the background check process. If you submitted a background check request in 2016, it is not required for 2017. New coaches are required to go online (click HERE) and submit the requested information. 


  • Complete the a online concussion every 3 years. The State of Ohio allows for the completion of one of two available courses. CYSA is now accepting completion of either course. The NFHS course is geared toward high school players. The CDC course is geared toward all ages. If you submitted a completion certificate in 2015 or later, it is not required for 2017. New coaches are required to complete one of the courses.

To complete the NFHS course click HERE. You will then either register or sign-in if previously registered. Once signed in coaches will then 'Order Course'. Coaches will be given the opportunity to print a completion certification. It is recommended that the certificate be saved to a .pdf file and printed from the .pdf file. A copy of the completion certificate must be submitted to their Division Coordinator.

To complete the CDC concussion course, click HERE. Click on the 'Launch the Course' icon on the right side of the screen. Coaches will be given the opportunity to print the certificate upon completion. It is recommended that the certificate be saved to a .pdf file and then printed from the .pdf file. A copy of the completion certificate must be submitted to their Coordinator.


  • Complete a Coaches Code of Ethics form. Every coach is required to submit this form annually to their Division Coordinator. To print the form, click HERE


Ohio's Return-To-Play Law

 **Ohios  return-to-play  law goes into effect on April 26th, 2013**   


Ohio's Return-to-Play Law: What Coaches & Referees Need to Know –  Youth Sports Organizations (Non-school sports)


Training In Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion


Starting April 26th, 2013, individuals are not allowed to serve as a coach or referee for a youth sports organization, whether volunteer or paid, without:

1)   successfully completing, every three years, an online training program in recognizing the signs and symptoms of concussions and head injuries provided by the Ohio Department of Health


2)   holding a Pupil Activity Permit (PAP) from the Ohio Department of Education.


For those who current hold a Pupil Activity Permit: Starting April 26th, 2013, in order to renew their permit (every three years), coaches with a current PAP will be required to present evidence that they have successfully completed:


  1)   a training program in recognizing the symptoms of concussions and head injuries that is linked on the     Department of Health's web site (www.healthyohioprogram.org/concussion)


 2)   a training program authorized and required by an organization that regulates interscholastic conferences  or events.


Online Training

The Ohio Department of Health has approved the following free online trainings for coaches and referees :

National Federation of State High School Associations Concussion in Sports - What you Need to Know:

http://nfhslearn.com/courses/61037   (This free on-line course is available through the NFHS. You will need to click the “Order Course” button and complete a brief registration form to take the course. However, you do not need to be a member of NFHS to access this course.)  Follow these steps to complete the course:

1) Click on the button that says, please login to order. In the window that appears, click Register Now.


2) When your registration is complete you may "order" the free concussion course offered along the left hand side of the page.  Continue following prompts. Although it may look like you'll be charged for the course, there is no cost.


3) Once you've completed "checkout," you'll be able to take the free online course.


4) When you've completed and passed the course, you have the option of printing a certificate of completion.


Center for Disease Control and Prevention Heads Up Concussion in Youth Sports On-Line Training Program:


PLEASE NOTE: Both courses offer a “certificate of completion” upon successful passage. 


Removal From and Return to Play

1)   Starting April 26th, 2013, coaches, referees, or officials must remove an athlete exhibiting the signs and symptoms of a concussion during practice or a game. These include:

  • Appears dazed or stunned.
  • Any headache or “pressure” in head. (How badly it hurts does not matter.)
  • Is confused about assignment or position.
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Forgets plays.
  • Balance problems or dizziness.
  • Is unsure of game, score or opponent.
  • Double or blurry vision.
  • Moves clumsily.
  • Sleeping more or less than usual.
  • Answers questions slowly.
  • Trouble falling asleep.
  •  Loses consciousness (even briefly).
  • Does not “feel right.”
  • Shows behavior or personality changes (irritability, sadness, nervousness, feeling more emotional).
  •  Confusion
  • Can’t recall events before or after hit or fall.
  • Concentration or memory problems.
  • Sensitivity to light and/or noise
  • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy or groggy.


2)   The athlete  cannot return to play on the same day that he or she is removed.

3)   The athlete  is not permitted to return to play until they have been assessed and receive written clearance by a physician or by any other licensed health care provider approved by the youth sports organization.  It is important  to review your organization’s policy regarding which health care providers are authorized to clear an athlete to return-to-play.


For More Information


Ohio Department of Health - Ohio’s Return to Play Law: www.healthyohioprogram.org/concussion


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Head's Up in Youth Sports:



Ohio Department of Education – Pupil Activity Permit: