We have received a number of questions regarding the implementation of Lindsay’s Law. Please see below for frequently asked questions and their answers.
Q1. To whom does Lindsay’s Law apply?
A1. Ohio law, Revised Code 3313.5310, “Lindsay’s Law,” applies to the following:
- (a) Any school operated by a school district board of education; (b) Any chartered or nonchartered nonpublic school that is subject to the rules of an interscholastic conference or an organization that regulates interscholastic conferences or events.
- (2) As used in this section, "athletic activity" means all of the following:
- (a) Interscholastic athletics;
- (b) An athletic contest or competition that is sponsored by or associated with a school that is subject to this section, including cheerleading, club-sponsored sports activities, and sports activities sponsored by school-affiliated organizations;
- (c) Noncompetitive cheerleading that is sponsored by school-affiliated organizations;
- (d) Practices, interschool practices, and scrimmages for all of the activities described.”
Lindsay’s Law (Revised Code 3707.51) also applies to a: "Youth athlete" [which] means an individual who wishes to practice for or compete in athletic activities organized by a youth sports organization” [see below].
Q2. Who in the community must participate in Lindsay’s Law training?
A2. Ohio law (Revised Code 3707.51) defines a youth sports organization as: “a public or nonpublic entity that organizes an athletic activity in which the athletes are not more than nineteen years of age and are required to pay a fee to participate in the athletic activity or whose cost to participate is sponsored by a business or nonprofit organization.” If this describes your organization, then your coaches, parents and youth athletes all must complete the Lindsay’s Law requirements.
Q3. Are out of state teams required to do this?
A3. Any team participating in athletic competition in Ohio must comply, regardless of where the athletes live.
Q4. Who has access to the Ohio Department of Education’s Learning Management System (LMS) to complete the sudden cardiac arrest training?
A4. Only individuals who have an active license issued by the Ohio Department of Education may access the LMS to complete the training video and related materials through their Department of Education SAFE accounts.
Q5.How do volunteer coaches for youth athletics complete the certification test without signing up for a SAFE account?
A5. Individuals including coaches, parents/guardians and youth athletes may access the required
training videos and handouts through the Ohio Department of Health website.
Q6. Will the course on the ODH website print out a completion certificate so that we will have proof that coaches have taken the course?
A6. No, the training resources on the ODH website do not provide a certificate of completion.
Q7. I have Ohio Department of Education credentials, but am still having difficulty accessing the training through my SAFE account. What do I do?
A7. The Ohio Department of Education suggests that any individuals having difficulty accessing the LMS review the video and related materials on the Ohio Department of Health website. As with all other requirements listed on the Coaching Permits webpage, local school districts are responsible for verifying completion of training. Licensure e-signers will need to provide an electronic signature verifying that each applicant has met all training requirements before the permit may be issued. You may also contact the ODE Office of Licensure directly if you need more assistance at 614-466-3593 or by email Educator.Licensure@education.ohio.gov .
Q8. What are the training requirements for scholastic coaches?
A8. Ohio law (Revised Code 3313.5310) states: “No individual shall coach an athletic activity unless the individual has completed, on an annual basis, the sudden cardiac arrest training course
approved by the department of health.”
The approved training includes (1) viewing the coach video and (2) reading the coach handout. Training must be completed annually.
While the handouts and training videos for parents/youth athletes and coaches are similar, they are not identical. The resources for the coaches include the information shared with the parents/youth athletes and include responsibilities of the coaches.
Q9. What are the training requirements for community youth sports organization coaches?
A9. Ohio law (Revised Code 3707.58) for youth sports organizations states: “No individual shall coach an athletic activity organized by a youth sports organization unless the individual has completed, on an annual basis, the sudden cardiac arrest training course approved by the department of health.”
The approved training includes (1) viewing the coach video and (2) reading the coach handout found at https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/lindsays-law/. Training must be completed annually. While the handouts and training videos for parents/youth athletes and coaches are similar, they are not identical. The resources for the coaches include the information shared with the parents/youth athletes and also include responsibilities of the coaches.
Q10. How often each year must a parent and youth athlete complete the training?
A10. Ohio law (Revised Code 3313.5310) for scholastic parents/youth athletes states: “A completed form shall be submitted each school year …for each athletic activity in which the student participates in an athletic activity.” Please note: effective September 29, 2017, a completed form shall be submitted each school year as defined in 3313.62 of the Revised Code, in which the student participates in an athletic activity. Ohio law (Revised Code 3707.58) for youth sports organization parents/youth athletes states: “A completed form shall be submitted each calendar year for to each youth sports organization that organizes an athletic activity in which the youth athlete participates.” Please note: effective September 29, 2017, a completed form shall be submitted each calendar year to each youth sports organization that organizes an athletic activity in which the youth athlete participates.
Q11. Who collects and holds the signed forms?
A11. The school or youth sports organization is responsible for documenting that all coaches, parents and youth athletes have complied with the requirements of Lindsay’s Law. They are not to be submitted to the Ohio Department of Health.
Q12. Can we use electronic signatures?
A12. Ohio law (Revised Code 1306.06) states: “If a law requires a signature, an electronic signature satisfies the law.”
Q13. The video for the course does not appear to be closed captioned. Will the video be provided in other languages?
A13. YouTube will automatically caption the video. When you click on the link and the video starts playing, look in the lower right corner of the player and click on the "cc" button and it automatically starts the closed caption. If you prefer to view the closed caption in a language other than English, click on the settings icon on the YouTube video and click on the Subtitles/CC link. This will generate a list of languages from which you may choose. Lindsay’s Law handouts are available in English only.
Q14. Do the coaches have an obligation to learn the medical histories of the players?
A14. Lindsay’s Law does not require coaches to obtain the medical histories of youth athletes and/or their family members. If coaches become aware of warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest, then they must remove the youth from participation and refer the youth athlete and family to be cleared for participation.
Q15. Are community youth athletic programs required by Lindsay’s Law to have an AED at their site?
A15. Lindsay’s Law does not have requirements for AEDs.
Q16. Is there any clarification you can provide on how to deal with the young children and this law?
A16. Ohio law (Revised Code 3707.58) states that Lindsay’s Law applies to youth sports organizations defined in Ohio Revised Code 3707.51 in which: “athletes are not more than nineteen years of age.” The law does not provide a lower boundary for age. Your organization may wish to consult with an attorney for recommendations on how to meet the requirements of the law.
Q17. What if a league or association is doing nothing to comply with Lindsay's Law? Is there a reporting procedure or agency that a parent may contact?
A17. Lindsay's Law did not include a mechanism for enforcing compliance.
Q18. Can I put a direct link to your site in my materials?
A18. Yes. The home for the up-to-date resources for Lindsay’s Law.
Q19. The Lindsay’s Law training states that SCA is the leading cause of death among student athletes under 19 years of age. Is this accurate?
A19. Confusion may arise because SCA is the leading cause of SUDDEN death in youth athletes-- not all causes of death. In other words, motor vehicle crash deaths are more common than SCA, but cardiac arrest is the most common cause of sudden death in athletes (not in athletic activities). A reference for this may be found at Maron et al. Sudden Deaths in Young Competitive Athletes Analysis of 1866 Deaths in the United States, 1980-2006 Circulation. 2009; 119:1085-1092.