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Dec, 2016

OSYSA adopts a 'no heading' policy for all age groups

Dear OSYSA Members,

Please be aware of the recent changes to OSYSA Bylaws 2.1.3 and Bylaw Section 20 regarding heading. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the OSYSA State Office directly at office@osysa.com or by phone at 513­576­9555.

2.1.3 The flexibility of recreational leagues to establish rules different from those within this OSYSA Manual does not include the ability to not comply with:
a) Those Bylaws regarding the OSYSA Risk Management Program.
b) Those Bylaws requiring the registration of all players within the recreational league with OSYSA and US YOUTH SOCCER.
c) Those Bylaws regarding the OSYSA concussion and awareness training program.
d) Those Bylaws prohibiting discrimination as specified in Bylaw 1.3 or the registration of players as specified in 2.1.1.
e) Those Bylaws restricting and/or prohibiting the heading of a soccer ball by youth soccer players in the under­14 age group (.e. 13 years of age), and younger as specified in Bylaw 20.0.

To Be Effective on July 1, 2016

Version 2.2

SECTION 20.0 PLAYER SAFETY 20.1 PURPOSE

This section establishes specific bylaws to provide minimum standards for player safety in regards to the practice of heading of soccer balls during games, practices, tryouts and other activities organized by OSYSA. This section applies to but is not limited to ODP, State Cup, President’s Cup, MRL, other OSYSA competitive programs as well all activities of all OSYSA member leagues and associations, clubs, and teams. In addition, this Section 20.0 shall apply during all OSYSA sanctioned tournaments, tournament guest players, and players rostered on tournament teams.

The bylaws contained within this Section 20, are designed to comply with the specific recommendations established by USSF and adopted by US Youth Soccer.

The reference to the player age groups contained with this Section 20.0 are consistent with the age groups as listed in OSYSA Bylaw Section 3, Addendum #2.

20.2 All players who are registered on or participate with any U­11 or younger team are prohibited from deliberately striking a soccer ball with any portion of their head, (a.k.a. heading), during any game, practice, tryout, or other soccer related activity. If a U­11 or younger player engages in heading a soccer ball during games, practices, tryouts, or other soccer related activities, contrary to the above listed prohibition, the parent(s) / guardian(s) and the player accept the risk and/or peril of doing so.

20.3 If a player 10 years old or younger, (i.e. U­11 and younger) participates on an U­12 or older team, it shall be the responsibility of the player’s coaches and the player’s parents and / or guardians to ensure that the player does not head a soccer ball during any soccer related activity. However, if the parents and/or guardians of a player who is under the age of 10 years (i.e. U­11 and younger) and the player plays on a U­12 or older team and then allows that player to engage in heading during games, practices, tryouts, or other soccer related activities, the parent(s) / guardian(s) and the player accept the risk and/or peril of doing so.

20.4 As recommended and established by USSF and adopted by US Youth Soccer, all players who are U­12 or U­ 13 are prohibited from deliberately striking a soccer ball with any portion of their head, (a.k.a. heading), during any practice 7/12/2016 Gmail ­ UPDATE TO OSYSA BYLAWS CONCERNING PLAYER SAFETY 2/2 session for more than an accumulated maximum total of 30 minutes during any 7 day period and for an accumulated maximum of 15 to 20 headers during any 7 day period. For players who participate on a are U­12 or U­13 team, there are no limits or restrictions on the number of headers that may take place during games.

There are no limits or restrictions on heading in practice or in games for players U­14 and older.

20.5 All coaches of players who participate on a U­12 or older team are to instruct, teach, and emphasize the importance of proper techniques for heading of soccer balls.

20.6 If an OSYSA sanctioned tournament has 64 or more U­11 and older teams, (excluding U­10 and younger teams), registered in the tournament, then the tournament must have one or more Health Care Professionals, (a.k.a. HCP), at each playing site where there are 4 or more soccer fields that are in use for the tournament. A HCP shall be defined as a person who is either a physician, (M.D. or D.O.), an athletic trainer whose work is supervised by a physician, a physician assistant or a nurse practitioner.

20.7 When a player who is rostered on a team playing in an U­11 or younger age group or division deliberately s trikes the ball with his / her head during any league or tournament game, Referees and Assistant Referees of that game must consider the act to be Dangerous Play and handle the matter accordingly as an infraction of the Laws of the Game. 
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