Hello NMYSA Soccer Coaches, Managers and Administrators!
New Mexico Youth Soccer Association, (NMYSA), previously implemented a concussion policy requiring all NMYSA parents and coaches to read and acknowledge the CDC Heads Up in Concussion Parent’s/Coach’s Fact Sheet annually. In addition, all coaches/administrators are required to complete the CDC online Heads Up In Concussion’s course every five years. Many of you have already completed the course and submitted your completion certificate to your club or league. Thank you! If you have not completed the course, please do so as soon as possible and submit your completion certificate to your league/club or email it to our office at email@example.com. The Heads Up In Concussion course link is available on our website at www.nmysa.net or by clicking the link above.
As some of you may know, our national governing bodies, USSF/USYS along with other youth soccer organizations recently settled a class action lawsuit. As a result of the settlement, USSF has implemented some concussion initiatives, effective January 1, 2016. New Mexico Youth Soccer Association will adopt these initiatives immediately. Below is a highlight of some of those initiatives.
The following statement is from US Soccer:
U-11 Youth Player Heading
As part of U.S. Soccer's Player Safety Campaign, players 10 years old (U-11) and younger are prohibited from heading the ball in practice and in games. To this end, when a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick (IFK) should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense. If the deliberate header occurs in the goal area, the IFK is subject to the special goal area ball placement rules for free kicks (on the line at the top of the goal area for attacking IFK, anywhere in the goal area for defending IFK). If a player does not deliberately head the ball, then play should continue.
A key phrase in this statement is 'deliberately heads'. Similar to 'handles the ball deliberately', the referee will have to make a quick decision as to whether the U-11 or younger player intended to head the ball (IFK) or if the ball happened to make contact with the head during the course of play (no foul).
Because this is new, you will probably need to inform players, coaches and parents of this change in the rules of competition for youth soccer.