OHIO HOUSE BILL 143
In April of 2013 the General Assembly of the State of Ohio enacted Ohio House Bill 143 - aimed at making youth sports safer. The bill requires all coaches and referees involved in youth sports to receive training in how to recognize the symptoms and signs of a concussion or head injury or hold a current Pupil Activity Permit (PAP) obtained through the Ohio Department of Education. Training in the recognition of a concussion or head injury is offered online by the Ohio Department of Health. In order to obtain a PAP, applicants are required to complete concussion and head injury recognition training.
Copley Township welcomes this new law because any regulation that improves safety for the young players who use township fields can only be seen as a positive. Players and their families can be assured that the authorities on the field during a game have the knowledge and training to recognize when a player may have sustained a concussion or head injury even though the player themselves may not realize it. Some players may try to hide symptoms so they can continue in the game but having more personnel on the field that can recognize when something isn't right with a player can prevent that from happening. In addition to the coaches and referees being more informed, a Parental Information Sheet is available (SEE THE LINK BELOW) for family members to read and download that can help them recognize injury symptoms as well. Having all these trained and informed eyes watching the players during a game increases the chance of spotting an injury situation much sooner before it becomes worse.
CLICK HERE to download and print a copy of the Parental Information Sheet. Carry it with you to your loved one's games and refer to it if you see something that doesn't look right with a player. Don't be afraid to speak up. Causing a delay in the game of a few minutes to make sure a player is uninjured could save their life.
YOUTH SPORTS ORGANIZATIONS AND TEAMS
With the passing of Ohio House Bill 143 Copley Township will no longer allow coaches and referees to participate in organized sports activities on Copley Township-owned fields without verification from the youth sports organization or youth sports team that those individuals serving during play are in compliance with the new law. A signed statement is required to be submitted at the time of field reservation requests along with current insurance policies. The Township may request individual certification of compliance. No field reservation requests will be accepted without submitting this signed document.
House Bill 143
Parental Information Sheet
Ohio House Bill 143 Form
Return the required form to:
1540 S Cleveland-Massillon Road
Copley, OH 44321
or fax to: 330-670-4720 or email to Mark Mitchell, Copley Service Director, at
Please call 330-666-0365 with any questions or concerns.