1.1. All coaches in all activities
are expected to follow the “Saskatchewan Physical Education Safety
Guidelines for Policy Development” or current Board directives, whichever is more restrictive, with a focus on minimizing inherent risks in each activity.
1.2. In tackle football, any coach in charge of drills involving contact
must have acceptable training in teaching contact such as NCCP Level 1
or higher certification in football where a component on teaching
contact was included, completion of a University football class that included a component on teaching
contact, or completion of a HZSD-sponsored and/or approved in-service on
1.3. Coaches are encouraged to C view Football Canada’s “Module 2: Safe Contact” video. The video and manual can be found at Click Here.
1.4. The head coach will be responsible for ensuring all coaches have
the above stated training before allowing a coach to be in charge of
drills involving contact.
1.5. Tackle football teams must have their helmets and shoulder pads inspected annually by a qualified football equipment inspector.
1.6. Tackle football helmets that are more than ten years past their manufacture date shall be destroyed or otherwise decommissioned.
1.7. Equipment fitting in tackle football must be done by a teacher-coach or approved non-faculty coach.
2.1. In all activities, each coach and supervisor for each team must have taken School Sport Canada’s “Concussion in Sports – What You Need to Know”
online course (or similar HZSD-approved resource) prior to the first
practice. “Concussion in Sports – What You Need to Know” is a free
course, takes 15-20 minutes to complete, and is available at Click Here. Proof of completion (e.g. printed completion certificate or completion code) must be presented to the school principal prior to the first practice.
2.2. For tackle football games, the head coach is responsible for ensuring an emergency plan
has been put in place. The emergency plan must include notification to
appropriate emergency-trained personnel of the time and place of the
event so they are aware and on call.
2.3. All schools will print and post (for easy access) in their gymnasium2.3.1. “Concussion Guidelines for the Coach/Trainer” (or similar HZSD-approved resource). The CGCT can be found at Click Here.
2.3.1. “Concussion Guidelines for the Coach/Trainer” (or similar HZSD-approved resource). The CGCT can be found at Click Here.
2.3.2. Football and soccer coaches will be required to have the CGCT or the “Pocket Concussion Recognition Tool” (or similar HZSD-approved resource) on site (e.g. in a coach’s pocket or in the medical kit) for all practices and games. The PCRT can be found at Click Here.
NOTE: Sports Concussion Assessment Tool Version 3 (SCAT3) is for trained medical personnel only.
2.4. If any member of the coaching or training staff suspects a student has sustained a concussion
in a practice, game, or competition, the student shall be removed from
practice, play, or competition at that time. HZSD’s required approach to
any suspected concussion is “when in doubt, sit them out”.
Should a concussion be suspected, the coach will notify the athlete’s
parent/guardian of the occurrence of the injury as promptly and
practicably as possible, and of the need for medical clearance before
returning to activity. Any player who has been removed from practice,
play, or competition due to a suspected concussion may not return to
play until the player has been evaluated by a licensed medical
professional, preferably one with
experience in treating concussions, and receives written clearance to return to the activity.
2.5. Where a student has been diagnosed with a concussion, coaches will follow:2.5.1. Thinkfirst “Return to Play” protocol when reintroducing the student to the activity. This protocol can be found at Click Here.
2.5.1. Thinkfirst “Return to Play” protocol when reintroducing the student to the activity. This protocol can be found at Click Here.
2.5.2. All schools will print and post (for easy access) in their gymnasium the “Return to Play” protocol.
2.5.3. Football and soccer coaches will be required to have the “Return to Play” protocol on site (e.g. in a coach’s pocket or in the medical kit) for all practices and games.