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Forest Lake Area Fastpitch Association

Concussion Training Requirement – IMPORTANT!!

The Minnesota Legislature passed a "Concussion Law" which requires any municipality, business, school district or nonprofit organization that organizes a youth athletic activity and charges a fee to follow the statute's requirements, including implementing concussion training and education to improve player safety and establish safe return-to-play policies for athletes who sustain a concussion.

The law mandates that:

  • All coaches (head and assistants) and officials receive concussion training and education by September 1, 2011, and then at three-year intervals thereafter.
  • Coaches must remove an athlete from activity if they exhibit signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion and/or are suspected of sustaining a concussion.
  • The law also requires an appropriate health care professional's signature to return to play if an athlete is removed due to a concussion or is showing signs or symptoms of a concussion.
We recommend for coaches and officials is the online video training session developed by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Federation of State High Schools. This course requires registration but is free. Over 200,000 coaches and officials have already successfully completed this course. The training process involves watching a video and then successfully completing a quiz. The entire training module can be completed in a little over a half an hour and then participants can print out a certificate on their desktop or print and scan the certificate to create a digital file. 

NFHS - Concussion Awareness Training

Click on this link to go to the National Federation of High schools Training page.

Coaching Tips

4 Stages of Buy-In

What are you selling? Everyone is selling themselves on why they should or why they should not succeed. Coaches are selling their programs to recruits and their systems to their current athletes, and athletes are always selling themselves for opportunities to compete. Coaches and athletes MUST understand that there are “4 Stages of Buy-in” that EVERYONE GOES THROUGH when trying to be “ALL IN” for the program. Those two words - “ALL IN” - are used ALL THE TIME. Here are the 4 stages of buy-in you must take people through to get ALL IN.

Dr. Andrews

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A Must Read

The link below has local ties and is an amazing story about how athletics can prepare you for the unthinkable!

3 Steps to Confidence

Players and Coaches, Every coach and athlete I work with says confidence is a huge part of successful performance. Then I ask them how they develop confidence and train confidence. That is when the room goes quiet. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that confidence is a feeling. It is an ACTION ! You DO NOT have to feel confident to act with confidence. My Mentor in Mental Conditioning, Dr. Ken Ravizza, taught his students that Confidence is a choice. Some sport psychologists will argue this, and I believe that is because they have not spent enough time in the trenches with high-level competitors like you. In the video below I teach you 3 Keys to Confidence that will change your career. These three simple keys will unlock your confidence and get you competing like you are 10 feet fall and bulletproof.

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