Playing in the
State of Washington Soon?
On July 26, 2009, House Bill 1824 - also known as the Zackery Lystedt Law - went into effect. The law will directly affect youth sports, head injury policies and future Washington Youth Soccer player registration processes, along with Oregon teams playing in Washington.
Since the law has passed, all Washington Youth Soccer Clubs and Associations must follow all steps outlined below to ensure they are compliant with the law. The two requirements that directly affect registration processes include:
- Annually requiring all players and the parent(s)/guardian(s) of those players to sign and return an informed consent form relating to the nature and risk of concussion or head injury. This information sheet shall include the signs and symptoms of concussion/brain injury.
- Ensuring that all coaches (paid or volunteer) are educated in the nature and risk of concussion or head injury prior to the first practice/competition. This education shall include signs and symptoms of concussion/brain injury. Resources for this education are available in both English and Spanish.
Click here for more info and for the required player/parent consent form.