The AYSO Participation (Return to Play) Release Form not only protects AYSO, but more importantly, the participants. Too often injured participants are out playing again before they are physically ready. Players should not participate until they are fit to play gain.
The form requires a parent or guardian signature in order to help ensure a player is well enough to return to participation.
A Participation (Return to Play) Release Form must be signed by parents/guardians whenever there is an injury or illness requiring medical treatment including serious illnesses like hepatitis and pneumonia.
A signed Participation (Return to Play) Release Form is required whenever a player is removed from play for a suspected concussion.
In states that have passed legislation mandating a medical clearance before a player can return to play after a concussion is suspected, a medical release signed by the appropriate medical professional must also be attached to the Participation (Return to Play) Release Form.
The Regional Safety Director should enter the mailing information on a master copy of the form (located at the bottom) each year, and prepare copies for distribution or make the form downloadable from the Region’s website.
Several blank forms should be given to all team coaches as a part of any coach kit provided at the beginning of any season.
Coaches must forward a copy of signed Participation (Return to Play) Release Forms, Medical Releases and corresponding Incident Reports to the Safety Director.
Safety Directors must forward copies of these forms to the AYSO National Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tournament Directors should also have a supply of Participation (Return to Play) Release Forms.