Sudden Cardiac Arrest / Concussion Education

Links for Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Youth Sports Concussion trainings are provided below. Note, for the NFHS site you will need to create an account, but the actual SCA and Concussions classes are free. This is recommended as you can actually store your result and go back and re-print your certificate if necessary. For concussions, the CDC training site is also provided but note, your result is not stored so you would need to re-complete the training if needing to re-print your certificate.

Concussion Training (choose one):
NFHS – Concussion in Sports
CDC – Concussions in Youth Sports

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Training:
NFHS – Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Concussion and Sudden Cardiac Arrest Policies and Forms

Links to the Concussions and Sudden Cardiac Arrest policies and associated forms as adopted by Tennessee State Soccer Association are provided below.  As a member of the TSSA, we provide these links to the policies (and associated forms) for the benefit of our Parents, Players, and Volunteers.


TSSA Policy 31: Concussions

Concussion Acknowledgement Form – Athlete/Parent/Guardian
Concussion Acknowledgement Form – Coach/Manager/Board Member
Concussion Acknowledgement Form (Spanish) – Athlete/Parent/Guardian
Concussion Acknowledgement Form (Spanish) – Coach/Manager/Board Member


TSSA Policy 32: Sudden Cardiac Arrest

SCA Acknowledgement Form – Athlete/Parent/Guardian
SCA Acknowledgement Form – Coach/Manager/Board Member
SCA Acknowledgement Form (Spanish) – Athlete/Parent/Guardian
SCA Acknowledgement Form (Spanish) – Coach/Manager/Board Member



Changes coming to Gallatin Soccer Club

It has been a busy off season for youth soccer and with that comes changes from  the US Soccer Federation and the Tennessee State Soccer Association.  Included in these changes are new player development initiatives which involves changes to the cutoff used for age grouping and format of play, new concussion policies related to heading a soccer ball, and requirements for awareness on Sudden Cardiac Arrest.


Here are a couple of TSSA links regarding the stance of our state soccer association:

TSSA Age and Small Sided game changes

TSSA Concussion Initiative (Heading)

TSSA Policies


To align with the new policies and mandates as passed down from US Soccer and TSSA, the Gallatin Soccer Club will look to start implementing some changes over the next couple of year.  Some change that Gallatin Soccer Club WILL be adopting for the upcoming Fall 2016 season are:

  1. Birth Year cutoff used for age group determination.  Chart provided in links above which can be extrapolated out to U4 (Kickeroos).  Note, GSC still plans on having two groups combined together as previously.  So, U5/U6 = U6, U7/U8 = U8, etc.  Kickeroos are an exceptions and will now be a single year age group.
  2. Changes to policy regarding heading of a soccer ball.  Per TSSA stance, all heading at U11 and below is banned.  At GSC since U11 and U12 are grouped together as U12 we have voted to adopt banning heading at U12 and lower ages groups.  This applies to games and practice.
  3. There will be new information sheets and acknowledgement forms for both parents and coaches to comply with TSSA policy 32 about Sudden Cardiac Arrest.  This is similar to the concussion acknowledgement forms that were implemented in the last couple of years.
  4. To begin aligning our formats of play more closely to the new US Soccer initiatives, there will be changes to ball sizes in some age divisions.  U8 will now use size 3 and U12 will now use size 4.  All other divisions remain the same.


We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we adapt to meet the new US Soccer Federation mandates.

Concussion Policy


Tennessee Sports Concussion Law and
Tennessee State Soccer Association (TSSA) Concussion Policy

In accordance with the Tennessee Public Chapter 148 Legislation and the TSSA Policy 31, it is mandatory that the Gallatin Soccer Club (GSC) informs and educate coaches, youth athletes and their parents and require them to sign respective concussion information forms before competing. More information on this is available at Tennessee Sports Concussion Law and TSSA Concussion Policy.

Parent (with child under the age of 18) or Player (age 18)
In compliance with the legislation, the GSC issued the Parent Athlete Signature Form when registering for the Fall 2015 season.

Online registration required review and acceptance of this form in order to complete registration and no further action is required.

If you did not register online, you were provided the form to review and sign during the registration process. No further action is required.

In compliance with the legislation, the GSC requires:

1.) Review and sign the annual Coach Signature Form. Please print, review, and return the signed form to your division Director at the Coaches Meeting on August 22nd.

2.) Be familiar with the Concussion Checklist.

3.) Complete a Concussion Recognition and Head Injury safety education course approved by the Tennessee Health Department. This is a video that takes approximately 25 minutes to complete. Please print the certification provided upon completion of the course and return to your division Director at the Coaches Meeting on August 22nd.

Following a Suspected Concussion
In accordance with the with Tennessee Public Chapter 148 Legislation and TSSA Policy 31 it is the policy of the GSC:

a.) To require removal of a youth athlete who appears to have suffered a concussion from play or practice at the time of the suspected concussion.

b.) To require a youth athlete to be cleared by a licensed health care professional before returning to play or practice. The Return to Play Form contains specific instructions that must be followed before an athlete can return to sports. This will be provided at the Coaches Meeting on August 22nd.

Volunteer Background/Risk Management link




You will need a user name and password. If you registered your child on-line it will be the same one you set up then. Our club in the drop down menu is “Gallatin Area Soccer Club.” Your DOB may be wrong, so make sure you change it when filling in your form.If you have problems call the 800 number.


All Head and Assistant coaches must go to this web site and complete a back ground check before the coach’s meetings on August 22nd. You will receive an email confirming you’ve completed the application for a background check. Please print this and bring to coach’s meeting. Let your director know when you have completed this so we can print your completion report.