One of the founding principles of Sudbury Soccer is to offer the best program that we can. This requires constant evaluation of our existing programs such that we continue to improve. Feedback from parents, players and coaches is a strong driver of this process. As efforts have been made this offseason, we hope the product displayed on the field this Fall is better than ever.
This past summer we invested in youth safety. The health and welfare of our players and referees is paramount to anything that we do on the field with a ball. Coaches will notice a new and more rigorous CORI program this Fall. This procedure brings us in compliance with the MA state law. It is additional effort for both our coaches and administrators, but it is the right thing to do. The other area of youth safety improvement is our new concussion guidelines. Inspired by new MIAA rules for high school players as well as examples from our professional sports teams, we have developed a simple guideline to educate all our coaches and referees. This material is also available to any parent or player and we strongly suggest taking the time to become more familiar with the topic.
Our partnership with the NE Revolution Academy is entering its second year. Experience from the first year has been absorbed to enhance both our coaching education and our player development programs. Our players will be the primary benefactors either through direct participation in the weekly Five Star Skills Academy Sessions or through better training from their volunteer coaches.
As always feel free to contact me or a Board member with comments and suggestions on how we can improve the program.
See you on the fields,
SYSA Concussion Education Guidelines
We all want to do whatever we can to protect our children from harm. While there is nothing we can do to completely eliminate the risk of concussion in soccer, SYSA has taken steps to ensure that if a concussion is sustained (or is suspected), it is managed properly. With the start of the 2011 Fall season, Sudbury Soccer introduces the Concussion Awareness Program. The focus of this program is to educate Coaches, Parents and Players on the proper response if they suspect a concussion as well as what to expect when returning from a concussion.
What is a concussion?
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head or body, a fall, or another injury that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull. Although there may be a loss of consciousness, cuts or bruises on the head or face, this is not always the case. There may be no other visible signs that a brain injury has occured until the onset of behavioural symptoms which can range from mild to severe and can last for hours, days, weeks, or even months. The brain is a soft organ that is surrounded by spinal fluid and protected by the hard skull. Normally, the fluid around the brain acts like a cushion that holds the brain stable inside the skull. But if the head or body is hit hard, the brain can crash into the skull and lead to bruising and/or swelling of the brain, tearing of blood vessels, and injury to the nerves. When this happens, a person can get a concussion — a temporary loss of normal brain function.
Build a Strong Foundation and the Rest will Come
Daniel (Danny) Jackson is a former Major League Soccer star and captain of the Seattle Sounders. SYSA and Korrio is pleased to bring you a new column with insights into the professional world of soccer with permission from soccernation.com.
Anyone who’s ever coached youth soccer knows what a rewarding experience it can be. Having the opportunity to affect a child’s formative years on the field is a true gift. But figuring out how best to instill an understanding of the game in a young player can also be a challenge. Different kids absorb information in different ways; learning styles vary. So how do you develop a young player from the beginning?