In an effort to increase concussion awareness, the Ontario Government has enacted Rowan’s Law (Concussion Safety), 2018, S.O. 2018, c. 1 (“Act”). Ontario Regulation 161/19, the Act requires all sport organizations as defined in the Regulation (“Sports Organization”), which includes City of Ottawa Ringette Association (“CORA”), to have a Concussion Code of Conduct.

Pursuant to legislative requirements under Rowan’s Law, Ringette Ontario has implemented a new policy (effective July 1, 2019) requiring bench staff, parents and players to sign an acknowledgement saying that they have reviewed certain information and resources about concussions before they will be allowed to register for ringette or set foot on the ice.

No player is allowed on the ice this year without having signed the Ringette Ontario Rowan’s Law Acknowledgment Form – a signature from both the player and a parent (if the player is under 18) is required. Please print and bring the signed form with you for your first ice.

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO!

1. Please read the information below that pertains to the age of the player.

2. Once you have done that then print and fill out the ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FORM. Both the player and the parent (if player is under 18 years of age) must sign the form.

3. Bring the form with you to your first tryout/ice session and hand it in. This must be handed in before a player may take the ice for any tryout or practice.

What is Rowan’s Law?

Rowan Stringer was a 17-year old Ottawa varsity rugby player who died from sustaining multiple concussions resulting in a catastrophic swelling of the brain – second impact syndrome. On March 7, 2018, Ontario passed Rowan’s Law (Concussion Safety), 2018 and related amendments to the Education Act. However, it is important to understand that this applies to all Sport Organizations, schools, programs and businesses in the province. This is not a ringette ‘thing’ – it is legislation (Ontario Regulation 161/19) from the Government of Ontario.

For more on the Ringette Ontario Sport Injury Information please click here.

Please read the information below on Rowan’s Law and the legislative requirements:

10 and Under Concussion Awareness Resource

11-14 Concussion Awareness Resource

15 and Over Concussion Awareness Resource

Please direct any questions to your team manager, convenor or the CORA Risk and Safety officer (Jodi Murray – click to contact)