Synopsis As Introduced Amends the School Code. In provisions regarding student athletes and concussions and head injuries, requires a school board to adopt a policy limiting tackling in football practice to once a week. Effective immediately.
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Creates the Football Practice Hitting Limitation Act. Beginning May 31, 2014, requires the coach of a football program to limit full-contact hitting practice; specifies the limitations. Defines "football program" as the organized football program of a public or non-public elementary or secondary school or organized youth football league. Requires a coach of a football program to complete a certified, online concussion training program on or before May 31, 2014. Sets forth what the training program must include. Provides that, on or before December 31, 2013, the Illinois High School Association's Football Advisory Committee and Sports Medicine Advisory Committee shall work together to create a supplemental, online training program designed to prevent concussive and subconcussive brain injuries; provides that this program shall be considered a certified, online concussion training program. Effective immediately.