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Nov, 2019

Lindsey Law

As you may have heard, there has been a law passed in Ohio, Lindsay’s Law, that requires all youth athletes, parents/guardians, and coaches to annually complete a set of requirements prior to participating in any organized sports activity. 

Effective immediately, and in accordance to Senate Bill 252, all members must follow and adhere to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Youth Athletes Law (Lindsay’s Law).


For Frequently Asked Questions and Answers, click here. (updated September 2017)


What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

A Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) occurs when the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating, cutting off blood flow to the brain and other vital organs. Sudden cardiac arrest is fatal if not treated immediately, most often by a defibrillator.

Lindsay’s Law

Lindsay’s Law, Ohio Revised Code 3313.5310, 3707.58 and 3707.59 went into effect on August 1, 2017.  In accordance with this law, the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio High School Athletic Association, the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Cardiology and other stakeholders jointly developed guidelines and other relevant materials to inform and educate students and youth athletes participating in or desiring to participate in an athletic activity, their parents, and their coaches about the nature and warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest.

The following resources were developed to assist with the compliance of Lindsay’s Law:

Ohio South is aware that many teams are in the process of registering for competition, or have already been activated and approved to play. At this time leagues, clubs and tournaments must have their members/participants do the following:

Parents/Guardians 

- Watch Required Video
- Download and/or be handed the SCA Informational Handout
- Sign the Required Signature Form

Athletes

- Sign the same Required Signature Form that your parent/guardian has signed Coaches
- Watch the Required Coach Video
- Download and/or be handed the SCA Information Handout specifically for coaches
 Club Recommendation
- Collect the signed Parent/Athlete Signature Forms and have on file for Leagues and Tournaments
          
 Playing League’s Responsibility
- Collect the signed Parent/Athlete Signature Forms and have on file

Sanctioned Tournament Responsibility
- Verify participating teams have Signature Forms and have on file (Out of state teams also need to be in compliance). 

Ohio South takes on the legal responsibilities of our membership for this law through the use of the U.S. Soccer Connect/Stack Sports registration and risk management (SafeSoccer) system. Our member leagues and clubs no longer need to collect the physical paperwork otherwise necessary for this law.

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