ROWAN’S LAW Overview
Rowan’s Law legislation was passed by the Ontario Government in 2018. This legislation is named in memory of Rowan Stringer who tragically died in 2013, of Second Impact Syndrome - the result of suffering multiple concussions playing rugby three times in six days. The legislation is designed to create a safer environment for competitive amateur athletes, children and youth to play sport.
Knowing how to recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion, and what to do if a concussion happens - whether you’re an athlete, a student, a parent, a coach, a team trainer, an official or an educator- saves lives. The Ontario Government is committed to implementing Rowan’s Law by putting concussion safety information in the hands of people who need it most. Increasing awareness and changing conversations in sport, at school and in our homes, will result in transformative change to the way in which concussions are managed in amateur competitive sport and beyond.
Ringette Ontario is committed to being a leader in the support, and implementation of Rowan’s Law. Ringette Ontario, and by association all of our Member Clubs, and registrants are legally bound by the requirements of the Law.
Requirements of Rowan’s Law Legislation
Certain aspects of the Rowan’s Law legislation came into effect on July 1, 2019. Rowan’s Law is applicable to 65 sports in Ontario as well as educational institutions. In summary;
Ringette Ontario Actions to comply with Rowan’s Law Legislation
Ontario Ministry’s Concussion Awareness Resources
There are 3 age variations of the Ontario Ministry’s Concussion Awareness Resources
Players/parents/guardians/coaches/match officials/trainers are to review and sign off on the resources that are relevant to their participation. For example, if a player participates in an Under 13 league, their parents/guardians would need to review and sign off on the Ontario Ministry’s Concussion Awareness Resources for players aged 11 to 14. If a coach coaches an Under 17 or senior team, they would need to review and sign off on the Ontario Ministry’s Concussion Awareness Resources for players aged 15 and above.
The concussion awareness resources also include two posters.
In the case of ANY injury to an athlete or bench staff member, you must report the injury with Ringette Ontario within 10 days. CLICK HERE to report an injury.
For information on Extended Medical Insurance available to registered members, CLICK HERE.
To access the Athletics Medical Claim form, CLICK HERE.
NOTE: The insurer requires originals or else claims will not be processed
Ringette Ontario’s Concussion Codes of Conduct
Part of the requirements of Rowan’s Law is that Ringette Ontario is required to have a concussion Code of Conduct in place for both players and coaches/trainers. All players and coaches/trainers are required to review and sign off on the relevant Code of Conduct at the point of registration each season.
Ontario Government Rowan’s Law Links
For all the information relating to the implementation of Rowan’s Law, please see below the relevant Ontario Government website links.
For further information on Rowan’s Law, please contact Ringette Ontario at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ringette Ontario Concussion Policies and Forms
Concussion Information & Resources