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Rowan’s Law & Your Legal Requirements

Rowan’s Law & Your Legal Requirements

(from www.Ontario Sailing.ca)

Certain aspects of Rowan’s Law are coming into effect on Monday, July 1st, 2019. This is what it means for you as a club or regatta host:

  1. Any participant who registers with your organization, or enters your regatta, after July 1st 2019 needs to do the following two things:
    1. Confirm they have read a Ministry Approved Concussion Awareness Resource.
    2. Confirm they have reviewed, and committed to, the Ontario Sailing Athlete Concussion Code of Conduct.
  2. Participants that register/enter prior to July 1st can continue to participate in activities. They will need to confirm both items next time they register. As we move forward, all participants will need to confirm both items once in a 12 month period.
  3. Coaches/Instructors need to also do both items below. They have until August 30th to complete those confirmations. Once again, moving forward, they will need to provide confirmation once every 12 months.
    1. Confirm they have read a Ministry Approved Concussion Awareness Resource.
    2. Confirm they have reviewed, and committed to, the Ontario Sailing Coach Concussion Code of Conduct.
  4. If you have a team trainer, which is defined as below, they are also required to meet the same requirements as coaches … “team trainer” means an individual who is assigned by a sport organization to respond to athlete injuries.

Below are the Ministry Approved Concussion Resources. There are three options based on age that we are sharing …

Concussion Awareness Resources Ages 10 and under – CLICK HERE.

Concussion Awareness Resources Ages 11 to 14 – CLICK HERE.

Concussion Awareness Resources Ages 15 and up – CLICK HERE.

 

Below are updated Ontario Sailing Concussion Codes of Conduct. They have been adjusted to meet some new specifics of the legislation. All member organizations are to use these Codes of Conducts as attached.

Ontario Sailing Concussion Code of Conduct – Athletes

Ontario Sailing Concussion Code of Conduct – Coaches

 

These are also available at https://ontariosailing.ca/concussion-information/

 

FAQ’S

Q1:  Can we do our own Codes of Conduct? Can we just change the Ontario Sailing ones to make them our own?

A1:  The updated Codes of Conduct are based on templates provided by the Ministry. Ontario Sailing is strongly encouraging all Ontario Sailing member organizations use the exact Concussion Codes of Conduct we have presented. If you alter the Codes of Conduct you risk not being legally compliant. If all Member Organizations use the same Codes of Conduct, this will eliminate the need for coaches and athletes to have to sign multiple codes when participating at regattas hosted by other Member Organizations.

 

Q2:  Can we continue to use the Concussion Resources Ontario Sailing provided in the winter or other Parachute or recognized Resources? OR The coach has completed training on concussions can that count as the Resource?

A2:  The law very clearly states that the Concussion Awareness Resource has to be a Ministry Approved item. At this point the Ministry has only produced these e-booklets, however we understand a video and module are coming from them at some point over the summer. They have indicated they are not planning on approving any other resource, training or qualifications under this legislation. As more resources become available from the Ministry, or if their position changes, we will communicate that with all our member organizations.

 

Q3:  Do we have to hold onto everyone’s signed Code of Conduct?

A3:  There is no rules within the law about how you collect that information. You do need to keep a record in some format that the participants and coaches have completed the requirements. We are suggesting a check box on your registration forms that has this statement: “I (and my parent/legal guardian if I am under 18) confirm that I have reviewed the provided Concussion Resources and I acknowledge and commit to the Ontario Sailing Concussion Code of Conduct.”

 

Q4:  We have St. John’s or a registered nurse etc. at our regatta to provide first aid, are they considered a Team Trainer?

A4:  Based on the definition within the regulations of the law, we believe that someone providing first aid at a regatta, or if it is their role at the club, would fit this definition. We have asked for further clarification however believe it does fall under their definition so suggest your comply with having your First Aid person confirm review of both items.

 

Q5:  What about all the procedures around removing participants with suspected concussions and return to sport?

A5:  At this time only parts of the law are coming into force, given the short time frame the Ministry has provided, we wanted to focus on the July 1st2019 implementation pieces. Updates about Removing and Return will be coming out in the fall. Those components of the law come into effect July 1st2020.

 

Q6:  I am a 25 year old adult do I need to do this?

A6:  Legally, all participants under 26 years of age and all participants in a college or university program need to participate in all aspects of the Law. Certain aspects (Removal & Return to Sport) will apply to all ages. Ontario Sailing, and other sports, have decided for overall safety, as well as ease of administration for our clubs, coaches, officials and other volunteers, to have our policies and procedures implemented for participants of all ages.

 

Other questions? Don’t hesitate to contact Lisa Roddie, COAST Manager (lisa@ontariosailing.ca)

Rowan’s Law – Your Legal Requirements

Rowan’s Law – Your Legal Requirements (Ontario Sailing.ca)

Some aspects of the Rowan Act come into force on Monday, July 1, 2019. This is what it means to you as a club or regatta host:

  1. Any participant who registers with your organization, or participates in your regatta, after July 1, 2019 must do the following two things:
    1. Confirm that they have read a ministry-approved resource for concussion awareness.
    2. Confirm that they have reviewed and committed the Ontario Sailing Athletes’ Concussion Code of Conduct.
  2. Participants who register or enter before July 1 can continue to participate in the activities. They will have to confirm both articles the next time they register. As we move forward, all participants will be required to confirm both elements once in a 12-month period.
  3. Coaches/instructors must also do the following two items. They have until August 30 to complete these confirmations. Again, in the future, they will have to provide confirmation once every 12 months.
    1. Confirm that they have read a ministry-approved resource for concussion awareness.
    2. Confirm that they have reviewed and committed the Ontario Sailing Coach Concussion Code of Conduct.
  4. If you have a team coach, which is defined as below, they are also required to meet the same requirements as coaches… “team coach” refers to a person who is assigned by a sports organization to respond to athletes’ injuries.

Below are the resources approved by the ministry for concussions. There are three age-based options we share…

Concussion Awareness Resources 10 and under: CLICK HERE.

Concussion Awareness Resources Ages 11-14 – CLICK HERE.

Concussion Awareness Resources 15 and over – CLICK HERE.

Below are the Ontario Sailing Concussion Codes of Conduct. They have been adjusted to meet new details of the law. All member organizations must use these codes of conduct as attached.

Ontario Sailing Concussion Code of Conduct – Athletes

Ontario Sailing Concussion Code of Conduct – Coaches

These are also available at https://ontariosailing.ca/concussion-information/

FAQ’S

Q1: Can we make our own codes of conduct? Can we just change the Ontario Sailing ones to ours?

A1: The updated codes of conduct are based on models provided by the department. Ontario Sailing strongly encourages all Ontario Sailing member organizations to use the exact codes of conduct we have presented. If you change the codes of conduct, you may not comply with the law. If all member organizations use the same codes of conduct, this will eliminate the need for coaches and athletes to sign multiple codes when participating in regattas organized by other member organizations.

Q2: Can we continue to use Ontario Sailing Concussion Resources provided in winter or other parachute or recognized resources? OR Can the coach complete the concussion training count as the resource?

A2: The law makes it very clear that the concussion awareness resource must be an element approved by the department. At this point, the department has only produced these e-books, but we understand that a video and a module come at some point during the summer. They indicated that they did not intend to approve other resources, training or qualifications under this Act. As the department has more resources or changes their position, we will share this information with all of our member organizations.

Q3: Do we have to keep the Code of Conduct signed by everyone?

A3: There are no rules in the law on how you collect this information. You must keep a record in a certain format as the participants and coaches have met the requirements. We suggest a checkbox on your registration forms that includes this statement: “I (and my parent/legal guardian if I am under 18) confirm that I have reviewed the concussion resources provided and I recognize and commit to comply with the Ontario Sailing Concussion Code.

Q4: We have St. John’s or a registered nurse, etc. to our regatta to provide first aid, are they considered a team coach?

A4: Based on the definition in the regulations of the act, we believe that someone who provides first aid at a regatta, or if that is his or her role at the club, would fit that definition. We have asked for further clarification, but we believe it falls within their definition, so suggest that you comply with your first responder confirming the review of both sections.

Q5: What about all the procedures surrounding the removal of participants suspected of concussions and the return to sport?

A5: Right now, only parts of the legislation come into force, given the short time frame that the department has set, so we wanted to focus on the implementation clauses of July 1, 2019. Updates on deletion and return will be coming in the fall. These elements of the act come into force on July 1, 2020.

Q6: I’m a 25-year-old adult do I have to do this?

A6: Legally, all participants under the age of 26 and all participants in a college or university program must participate in all aspects of the law. Some aspects (Abduction and return to sport) will apply to all ages. Ontario Sailing, and other sports, have decided for overall safety, as well as ease of administration for our clubs, coaches, officials and other volunteers, to have our policies and procedures implemented for participants of all ages.

Any more questions? Please contact Lisa Roddie, COAST Manager (lisa@ontariosailing.ca)

 

 

 

  

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