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Suggested Guidelines for Coaches for Pre-Season Parents' Meetings

July 23, 2016 11:01 AM



Suggested Guidelines for Coaches for Pre-Season Parents’ Meeting (Priority is to promote your football program with all safety precautions taken into account.)

1. Emphasize the benefits of playing football (discipline, teamwork, increased focus on academics, etc.).

2. Emphasize that safety is first and foremost in your program. Your son’s health is a top priority.

3. Discuss the training your coaches receive (head coaches certification, Heads Up, ASEP, Keep the Head Out of Football, etc.).

4. Review your pre-season and in-season practice policy (amount of contact, full pads, etc.).

5. Discuss your coaches training through your state’s High School Coaches Association (PDC Lecture Series, Head Coaching Academy, Concussion Training, On the Field/Court Emergency Training).

6. Thoroughly review your Concussion Management Policy and protocols, e.g., removed from practice or game, no participation until cleared by Concussion Oversight Team, etc.

7. If applicable, discuss your baseline concussion testing program.

8. Discuss your helmet and equipment safety standards and procedures (i.e., quality helmets that are certified every year and fitted by trained a professional).

9. Discuss the critical importance of a quality mouthpiece (invest in a mouthpiece for better protection).

10. Inform them of the safety personnel available at practices and games (physicians, trainers, ambulances, etc.).

11. Discuss and review your emergency management plans and protocol concerning major injuries, lightning, etc.

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