Beginning this year (2015-16) for contests of all levels, middle school, high school, varsity and sub-varsity in which WOA (Washington Officials Association) registered officials are being used:
At the pre-contest conference between the coach and officials, the official will ask the coach if he/she has a licensed health care provider that is authorized to evaluate possible concussions on site.
If the answer is yes, the health care provider must be on site and able to be summoned to evaluate a potential concussion.
If the team does have an approved health care provider with them and an official removes an athlete from play for possible concussion signs or symptoms, that athlete could return to play provided they are cleared by that on site health care provider.
If the team does not have an approved health care provider available and the official removes an athlete from play for possible concussion signs or symptoms, that athlete will not be allowed to return to play during that contest.
For more information on Concussion Management visit the Concussion Management Guidelines section.