Concussions (Rule 10-3-5)

Concussion Training Required for High School Coaches as of January 1, 2013

As per Roger Blake, Executive Director of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) AB 1451, Concussion Training, was signed into law by Governor Brown that will now require coaches when renewing their CPR/FIRST AID certification to also complete training in signs and symptoms of concussions. The on-line class is FREE and available on the CIF web site through the NFHS at The new law took effect January 1, 2013. The CIF was in support of this bill.

CIF Rule 313 states: “A student-athlete who is suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury in a practice or game shall be removed from competition at that time for the remainder of the day. A student-athlete who has been removed from play may not return to play until the athlete is evaluated by a licensed health care provider trained in education and management of concussion and receives written clearance to return to play from that health care provider. (Approved May 2010 Federated Council, National Federation of State High School Associations ).  For CIF rules see (This is more strict than NFHS rule 10-3-5Follow California law NOT the NFHS rule book!)

The State CIF has an online course that coaches must complete.  If any of your Unit members need hours, you could provide this opportunity for them.  Free online course - Concussion in Sports

If a player is suspected of having a concussion during the match be sure to file an incident report for injury with the appropriate section office.

CIF STATE DIRECTIVE 2017/18: In case of injury (NFHS - Point of Emphasis Rule 11-4 ): Read this section

Officials are responsible for identifying concussion symptoms, and even if the coach wants the player to play after the 30 seconds, if he/she is dizzy, disoriented etc., we can exclude her from the contest.