Rowan’s Law (Concussion Awareness)
Parents of players under the age of 18 need to review and understand concussion management. Please review these resources every time you register your child. When you register online, a waiver will be presented to you, which you need to accept (you do not need to provide the Confirmation Receipt in paper form if you register using our online system).
- MSA booklet for players ages 10 and under: MSA-Operational-O.126.0-rowans-law-booklet-ages-10-and-under-EN-2019-05
- MSA booklet for players ages 11-14: MSA-Operational-O.127.0-rowans-law-booklet-ages-11-to-14-EN-2019-05
- MSA booklet for players ages 15 and over: MSA-Operational-O.128.0-rowans-law-booklet-ages-15-and-up-EN-2019-05
- MSA Parent and player Code of Conduct: MSA-Form-F.106.0-Rowan’s-Law-Player-Parent-Concussion-Code-of-Conduct
- MSA Coaches, Team Officials Code of Conduct: MSA-Form-F.107.0-Rowan’s-Law-Coach-Technical-Staff-Concussion-Code-of-Conduct
- MSA Return to Play Concussion Management: MSA-Operational-O.82.1-Concussion-Management-and-Return-to-Play-Rev1
The following is an excerpt from Ontario Soccer regarding this law and is for information only.
The Province of Ontario, at the present time, is the only Province in Canada to enact Concussion Safety legislation throughout its sport system.
“Rowan’s Law” (Concussion Safety) received Royal Assent on March 7, 2018, and Section 5 of the Act, proclaiming a “Rowan’s Law Day” was the only section that came into effect at that time.
However, in 2019, the remaining parts of the Act and the regulation have now come into effect in the following phases;
Requirements for Sport Organizations
Ontario is a national leader in concussion management and prevention. Rowan’s Law (Concussion Safety), 2018 makes it mandatory for sports organizations to:
- Effective July 1, 2019, ensure that athletes under 26 years of age, parents of athletes under 18, Coaches, Team Trainers and Team Officials confirm every year that they have reviewed Ontario’s Concussion Awareness Resources. The Concussion Awareness Resources can be accessed free of charge at the following web location. A Confirmation Receipt for review of Concussion Awareness Resources must be completed by each registered participant and managed by the community sport organization for athletes under 26 years of age, parents of athletes under 18, Coaches, Team Trainers and Team Officials before participating in their sport. The Confirmation Receipt Form can be found here. [Note from MSA: when you register online, a waiver will be presented which you need to accept; you do not need to provide the Confirmation Receipt in paper form]
- Effective July 1, 2019, establish a Concussion Code of Conduct that sets out rules of behaviour to support concussion prevention. Each year, Athletes, Coaches and Team Trainers must review and sign off on their applicable Codes of Conduct. Included with this Bulletin you will find Code of Conduct Templates that can be used or adopted within existing community sport organization codes of conduct.
- Effective July 1, 2020, establish a Removal-from-Sport and Return-to-Sport protocol. Further information and sample templates will be made available online here when finalized by the Province of Ontario.
The purpose of Rowan’s Law legislation is to promote culture change and make participation in amateur competitive sport safer. There are no enforcement or monitoring provisions in Rowan’s Law.
For a full review of the Rowan’s Law provincial legislation, please click here.