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Louisiana Youth Concussion Act

Louisiana Youth Concussion Act

During the 2011 legislative session, ACT 314, “Louisiana Youth Concussion Act”, was signed into law by the governor.  The Department of Health and Hospitals is excited about the Louisiana Youth Concussion Act (ACT 314), which is aimed at helping coaches, parents, and athletes reduce the risk of sports-related concussion and head injury and creates a uniform education, training and return-to-play protocol for concussions in youth athletes, 7 through 18 years of age. Visit www.lern.la.gov/concussions for your “one-stop-shop” for easy access to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Heads UP: Youth Sports Concussion” educational materials, trainings and forms which can be used by school administrators, coaches, volunteers, parents, and athletes to meet these new requirements. Click HERE to view the…

USA Football Field Building Grant Program

USA Football has launched its Field Building Grant Program for youth and high school programs. For the record, the NFHS is not endorsing FieldTurf, we are just sharing information from USA Football with you and your member schools. Click HERE to read more about the Field Building Grant Program

Eligibility of Virtual School Students

With BESE's approval of two virtual schools, Louisiana Connections Academy and Louisiana Virtual Charter Academy, the eligibility of students who participate in this new type of education has been raised with the LHSAA and, in particular, if these students are eligible to participate at LHSAA member schools as home school students.   Caroline Wood, the principal of Louisiana Connections Academy, states in her recent editorial, "Virtual public schooling is not homeschooling."   Both of these schools are recognized by the Louisiana State Department of Education as "charter" schools and not "home" schools.  Based on this, virtual schools do not meet the definitions and criteria outlined in R.S. 17:236.1, the state law regarding the eligibility of home schooled students, and therefore…

NHFS Coach Education / Certification Program

Sportsmanship, the online course for coaches, players, parents, fans, and officials, is now available.  It is free and takes 15 minutes to complete and should be required of every person connected to interscholastic sports.  This course presents what sportsmanship is, why it is important in the interscholastic environment and explains each stakeholder's role in promoting positive behavior.  Outlines and informational flyers on all courses can be printed from the "Locker Room" at www.nfhslearn.com.

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