¨ Per U.S. Soccer’s Concussion initiative, if a player is suspected to have a head injury the referee* is instructed to stop play to allow for treatment/evaluation as needed
¨ If the player leaves the field of play for additional evaluation, a substitution can be made in that moment
¨ The player with the suspected head injury may not return to the game unless a Health Care Professional (HCP) or Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) has cleared the player
¨ Any coach or parent insisting on returning the player to the game without approved clearance with result in the referee* ending the game
¨ Deliberate heading is not allowed in 4V4 games
¨ If a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense
¨ In a controlled and individual environment (where heading is an isolated skill being taught away from any form of opposition or other aspects of the game), the use of lightweight balls (foam, balloon, etc.) would be acceptable for teaching heading techinique.
District VIII has a playing rule for all games played. This rule is named the 'Spirit Rule'. No team is to score more than eight goals over their opponents goal score.
(1) An athlete who is suspected of sustaining a concussion or other head injury in an athletic activity shall be immediately removed from the athletic activity for the remainder of the day, and shall not be permitted to return to any athletic activity until he or she is evaluated by a licensed health care provider. The athlete shall not be permitted to return to athletic activity until he or she receives written clearance to return to athletic activity from a licensed health care provider. If the licensed health care provider determines that the athlete sustained a concussion or other head injury, the athlete shall also complete a graduated return-to-play protocol of no less than seven days in duration under the supervision of a licensed health care provider.
(2) If an athlete who is 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 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.
(3)On a yearly basis, the youth sports organization shall give a concussion and head injury information sheet to each athlete. The information sheet shall be signed and returned by the athlete and, if the athlete is 17 years of age or younger, shall also be signed by the athlete’s parent or guardian, before the athlete initiates practice or competition. The information sheet may be sent and returned through an electronic medium including, but not necessarily limited to, fax or electronic mail.
(4)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.
(5) Each coach and administrator shall be required to successfully complete the concussion and head injury education offered pursuant to paragraph (4) at least once, either online or in person, before supervising an athlete in an activity of the youth sports organization.
(6) The youth sports organization shall identify both of the following:
(A) Procedures to ensure compliance with the requirements for
providing concussion and head injury education and a
concussion and head injury information sheet, as contained in paragraphs (3) to (5), inclusive.
Individuals can be expected to be asked if their dog is a service animal, when seen at a field. If a party portrays a dog as a service animal, when it is not, they are violating state law, and have committed 'service dog fraud'. Under California law, this is a misdemeanor, with up to six months in jail, and a $1,000 fine. Any individual found misrepresenting their dog as a service animal will be reported to authorities. Their ability to attend District VIII games/practices will be directly affected by their misrepresentation.
1. DO NOT argue with the referee/referees. They are ALWAYS right, even when they are “wrong”. NO coach has ever won an argument with a referee. Do not put yourself at risk of being suspended because you confronted a referee before, during, or after a game.
2. It is YOUR responsibility to keep your players AND spectators under control before, during,
and following all Cal North sanctioned games.
3. All referees WILL make mistakes during the course of a game, that is part of the game.
4. Your “view” of a specific play will usually be exactly the opposite of what the center referee’s view is (Usually the referee is in the “center” of the field and you are on the “side” of the field). The referee will see fouls that you will not see and vice versa. Expect this and “live” with it.
5. Accept the calls, they will usually even out UNLESS one team is playing more aggressively than the other team.
6. If you observe one of your players beginning to play more aggressively than what is called for or at a more aggressive nature than what the other players are playing at OR your player is becoming “mouthy” towards the opposing player/players OR referee you should take action to control the player before the referee does.
7. Be sure that your players understand that DISSENT towards the referee is NOT ACCEPTABLE conduct from any player or team official at any level of Cal North sanctioned play.
8. IF, the referee is not calling fouls properly and those non-calls put your players in danger of being injured because of the referee’s “lack of control” of the game. You should ask the nearest assistant referee to you to request that the center referee “Tighten Up” the game. If the center referee does not comply in a reasonable amount of time with your request after being notified by the assistant referee of your concerns you should “abandon” the game by removing your team from the field and write a brief one or two page report to: Shirley Thompson, D8 Commissioner @ 1239 Adam Street, Tracy, CA 95376 . as to what your reasons were for abandoning the game. If you choose to abandon the game because the referee does not in your opinion have control of the game DO NOT get into a discussion with the referee about it after the game is over. STAY AWAY from the referee after the game, he/she does not want to hear your comments on their officiating ability. DO NOT abandon a game because of disputes/dissatisfaction about referee judgment calls regarding: Who’s throw in it is when the ball goes out of bounds; Whether it is a goal kick or a corner kick; Whether a player was off side or no, etc. You should only abandon a game when you feel the playing environment is dangerous for your players.
9. DO NOT discuss anything that took place during a game with the referee after ANY game: Stay away from the referee/referees after a game. The referee does not want your opinion of his/her skills as a referee. (If you have negative comments about a referee they should be sent in writing to Shirley Thompson, D8 Commissioner @ 1239 Adam Street, Tracy, CA 95376 . If you choose to write a letter about the referee’s actions be specific in your letter as to what technical mistakes were made by the referee (Be sure that you know the rules of play before you write the letter). Give the date, time, age/gender group, location of the game, and the level of play. (I need to be able to find out who the referee was). Your remarks or actions towards a referee before, during or AFTER a game may lead to your suspension as a coach. Do not let your spectator/parents confront a referee during or after a game. You are responsible for their actions as well as your own behavior and you could be suspended for not controlling your spectator/parents.
Shirley Thompson, Cal North District 8 Commissioner
Sue Gonzales,Treasurer/ODP Coordinator
A player suspected of having a concussion must be removed from play and may not return to play unless examined by a medical doctor/athletic trainer, who is qualified in concussion handling. The Concussion Notification Form is to be filled out in duplicate and signed by a team official of the player’s team. The document should be emailed to MedicalClaims@calnorth.org.
If a parent/legal guardian of the player is present, have the parent/legal guardian sign and date the Form, and give the parent/legal guardian one copy of the completed Form. If the parent/legal guardian is not present, then the team official is responsible for notifying the parent/legal guardian ASAP by phone or email and then submitting the Form to the parent/legal guardian by email or mail.
When the parent/guardian is not present, the team official must make record of how and when the parent/legal guardian was notified. The notification will include a request for the parent/legal guardian to provide confirmation and completion of the Concussion Notification Form whether in writing or electronically.
The team official must surrender the player pass to a League representative upon injury. The player pass will not be returned until a Medical Release has been received by CalNorth.
League must send copy of Medical Release to Cal North office (1040 Serpentine Lane, Suite 201, Pleasanton, CA 94556).
Players may wear their jersey, but must not be in full uniform until the League has received the Medical Release and the pass has been returned to the team official.
The following concussion policies all center around the same theme, if a player is suspected to have a concussion, they are to be removed from play. A player may only return to play if they are examined by a licensed doctor, or certified Athletic Trainer, and found free from concussion factors. If concussion evidence is found, they must be medically treated, and must go through a 'return to play' program, and released to play by the treating doctor.
District VIII has a no animal policy for all games and practices. This is for the safety of players and parents, and helps to protect all from liability issues, due to an incident with a pet. Officials/league representatives will suspend a game, until a dog is removed from the fields. The party may be subject to ejection, if they do not remove their dog.
The policy is focused at dogs, as this is the animal type that most people will bring to the fields. Within this policy, District VIII allows for parties with registered service dogs to bring their dogs to the field.
Assembly Bill - AB2007
The following states the Cal North Heading Policy. Take note that Cal North uses the U12 age group and down. Some leagues use U14 and down for a no heading policy. Contact your league to find out which they are using.
These rules apply to District VIII play in District Cup, and BML games.