Head Injuries & Concussions in Sports
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI), caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. Concussions can also occur from a blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly back and forth. Even a "ding," "getting your bell rung," or what seems to be mild bump or blow to the head can be serious.
Concussions can occur in any sport or recreation activity. So, all coaches, parents, and athletes need to learn concussion signs and symptoms and what to do if a concussion occurs.
The Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has created free tools for youth and high school sports coaches, parents, athletes, and health care professionals that provide important information on preventing, recognizing, and responding to a concussion.More information on concussions in Youth Sports (CDC)
More information on concussions in High School level sports (CDC)
CDC Website: Head Injuries & Concussions in Sport
FINA Rule WP 5.4
Players shall wear non-transparent costumes or costumes with a separate undergarment and before taking part in a game shall remove any articles likely to cause injury.
What this means is that although we have established some guidelines as to what is acceptable, the referee still has total discretion as to what may be allowed during a game and should inspect all players prior to the start of any game for those articles. We all know that jewelry, (including body piercings), wrist bands, and the like must be removed before play, not only to prevent injury to the wearer, but to their teammates and opponents as well.
It gets a little trickier with some other medical equipment such as prescription eyewear, splints, braces and protective face masks.
The guidelines for such devices are relatively simple and are along the same lines as the most recent FINA interpretations.
Articles (ie. facemasks and goggles) must be flexible with no hard or sharp edges that could cause injury to the wearer or others in the pool.
Finger splints must be padded and covered with no hard or sharp edges.
Player safety is first and foremost. If you intend, or are required, to wear a protective device it is recommended you get it checked out by the head referee in your zone prior to any competition to avoid not being allowed to wear that particular device in a game.
USA Water Polo has implemented a photo ID check at all sanctioned events to guarantee all members participating are current USAWP members and are eligible to participate.
Single Game - 15 minutes prior to start of game
Tournament - Immediately after previous game ends
Camp/Clinic - Before the getting into the water
Other - Use best judgment
1.) Coach(es) will have athletes available at check-in time determined by official on deck.
2.) Coach to provide copy of team roster to officials. Roster will be given to desk and will be attached to official scoresheet. It will not be returned.
3.) Participants (including coaches & team managers) should line up on pool deck in numerical order with acceptable form* of photo ID in hand.
4.) Referee will call each athlete and coach forward to begin participant check-in. Referee should match the picture with the participant as they are called forward. If picture is not very easily recognizable (as determined by the ref) please ask participant to confirm date-of-birth.
If picture is not recognizable at all, member will not be able to participate in that game until they can provide a proper photo ID. The athlete must provide their assigned cap to the scoring table until they are able to show proper photo identification.
If NO picture is on ID and athlete is 12 years old or younger, a parent must show their ID to vouch for the member. Parent should also confirm date of birth of the athlete with the official.
If no picture is on ID and member is OVER the age of 12, they will not be able to participate in that game until they can provide a photo ID. The athlete must provide their assigned cap to the desk until they are able to show proper photo identification. Parents ID voucher will not suffice.
If ID does not match player on roster, or no photo ID is provided, member will not be able to participate even if you personally know them. The member cannot be added back to the roster until they can provide a clear, acceptable form of photo ID. The athlete must give their assigned cap to the scoring table until a proper form of photo identification is received and accepted. If this occurs during the course of play, member is to check in with the scoring table during the next quarter break. Compliance is mandatory. Any violation is subject to immediate disqualification.
*Acceptable forms of ID (headshot photos must be clear)
- Driver's License
- State - or Government-Issued Identification Card
- USA Water Polo Membership ID (permanent or temporary; temp available online)
- School-Issued ID
If a game cannot be continued for safety, (as in no light), severe weather, or any other environmental or facility condition that would keep the game from being completed the game should be suspended until such a time that the game can resume, (ie, lightning passes by, lights are repaired or come back on, etc.) When and if the game is able to continue, it is resumed at the point of play when the game was halted.
If it is determined by the tournament committee or tournament director that the game cannot, for whatever reason, be completed, the game shall be declared abandoned and the score at the time of the stoppage stands.
This does not apply to a game being forfeited or abandoned for conduct or unsportsmanlike play.