The safety of our players is paramount to Whatcom County Youth Soccer. On July 24, 2015, Senate Bill 5083 – also known as the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Act – becomes effective. The law mandates that ALL players and parent(s)/guardians annually read and acknowledge an informed consent form relating to the nature and risk of sudden cardiac arrest prior to the use of any school facilities in the State of Washington. Coaches are also required to complete sudden cardiac arrest training every three years on the nature and risk of sudden cardiac arrest prior to the first practice/competition. This education shall include signs and symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest. The new law is an important step in ensuring player safety and mitigating sudden cardiac arrest risk.
FOR PLAYERS: In order to participate in practices/games at school facilities after July 24, 2015, and be eligible for the 2015-2016 soccer season, you will need to acknowledge you and your player have reviewed the information pamphlet on sudden cardiac arrest awareness, then return a signed certificate of compliance form to your club. Until the consent form is read and acknowledged, players will not be allowed to practice or play at school facilities in Washington State.
Follow the below instructions:
- Review the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness information pamphlet (PDF formats)
- Sign Student-Parent Concussion and Sudden Cardiac Awareness Form (PDF format) and return to your club. If your child is not yet able to read, write, or understand the information in the pamphlet, you may sign on behalf of your child.
WCYSA will be working with our online registration provider to integrate this into future registration processes.
After completing the steps outlined above, your local club will have a permanent record that you have done so for this playing season and you are now eligible to practice and play.
FOR COACHES: The law mandates that ALL coaches (paid or volunteer) at organizations using school district facilities in the State of Washington are educated in the nature and risk of sudden cardiac arrest prior to the first practice/competition.
Whatcom Co. Youth Soccer & Washington Youth Soccer is taking the following steps to help educate you and other coaches by:
- Publishing sudden cardiac arrest resources from Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) and the complete law on the Washington Youth Soccer website, including an online pamphlet providing information about sudden cardiac arrest: http://www.washingtonyouthsoccer.org/resources/concussion_and_head_injury/sudden_cardiac_arrest_awareness_compliance/.
- Requiring all coaches to complete an online sudden cardiac arrest prevention program and submit to their club/association a certificate showing completion of the program. WIAA is still working on the training program for coaches; in the meantime, WIAA recommends using the National Federation of State High School Associations (NHFS) online training. The training takes approximately 15 minutes and is available for free at https://nfhslearn.com/courses/61032.
Once you have completed the online training, you must provide your club with a copy of your completion certificate. Coaches need to save the certificate file and then email this to your respective club registrar to show compliance. WCYSA will be emailing out specific details to coaches. This will be done once every 3 years. WCYSA and WYS are working to make this integrated into the online coaches registration.
To read more information on the new sudden cardiac arrest awareness law, as well as the concussion and head injury law, visit http://www.washingtonyouthsoccer.org/resources/concussion_and_sudden_cardiac_arrest_awareness/.
Thank you for your patience as we work through this process in order to be compliant with the new law and more importantly for player safety. If you have any questions, please contact: Lance Calloway 360.255.5007