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Apr, 2016

Michigan Youth Soccer Association - Heading Rules

To: MSYSA League Presidents & Delegates From: Thomas Faro, MSYSA Executive Director Re: US Soccer Recognize to Recover (R2R) Program Effective immediately, the Michigan State Youth Soccer Association has eliminated heading for players U11 and younger. This directive is to protect players 10 years old and younger regardless of what age group they are playing in. A purposeful header by these players shall result in an indirect free kick awarded to the opponent at the spot of the infraction. This mandate is for all MSYSA affiliated activities, including but not limited to, MSYSA affiliated member organization league play, practices and tournaments. MSYSA’s current Concussion Protocol remains in effect. Note: The Michigan State Youth Soccer Association will post and appropriately disseminate any additional changes to rules, policies, guidelines, etc. when determined and as timely as possible. As you may know, a resolution was reached in concussion litigation (filed in August of 2014) against US Soccer Federation, US Youth Soccer, AYSO, US Club Soccer and California Youth Soccer Association. In brief, and as part of the settlement, US Soccer and the member defendants agreed to work towards specific initiatives with respect to concussions including recommendations on: ·       Modifying substitution rules to allow players who may have suffered a concussion during games to be evaluated without penalty. ·       Eliminating heading for o All players age 10 years old and younger, regardless of what age group program they are playing in. o All players in U11 programs and younger. o Limiting the amount of heading in practice for all players in U12 and U13 programs, no limit on heading in games. o US Soccer also recommends Health Care Professionals (HCP) be on site for major tournaments. For reference, US Soccer’s Recognize to Recover (R2R) program describes the specific initiatives and provides guidelines, resources and information on a variety of other player safety and health related issues. The initial areas of focus for US Soccer’s R2R Program include: ·       Improving concussion awareness and education among youth coaches, referees, parents and players. ·       Uniform concussion management and return to play protocols for youth players. ·       Modifying substitution rules to allow players who may have suffered a concussion during games to be evaluated without penalty. ·       Recommends that players in U11 programs and younger not engage in heading, either in practices or games. ·       Recommends for players in U12 and U13 programs, that heading training be limited to a maximum of 30 minutes per week with no more than 15-20 headers per player, per week. ·       Recommends that all coaches be instructed to teach and emphasize the importance of proper techniques for heading the ball. ·       Recommends an adequate number of Health Care Professionals (HCP) be present at all tournaments with 64 or more teams at U11 and older age groups. Health Care Professionals are considered licensed professionals such as

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