HVAA depends of volunteer coaches to assist with the running of our sports. With each season, we seek motivated, conscientious volunteers to assist us with the task of coaching our players. Your assistance is solicited for this task. Our newly formed Coaches Committee has been tasked selecting the best of the volunteers, and then providing them with guidance and resources to increase their value to our programs.
HVAA is also committed to providing a safe and rewarding atmosphere for our players, and will begin conducting background checks on our volunteers to insure that this goal is achieved. These checks will be strictly voluntary, but we will not select coaches for our activities that have not agreed to these measures.
We do appreciate the offer of all parents and interested individuals that offer to coach for HVAA. However it isn’t always possible to accept all of the volunteers that we get. Please don’t be discouraged if we can’t accommodate your request to assist us each and every season. Our goal is as always to provide the best coaching staff that we can to each and every team.
Sign up to be a coach for any of our sports by volunteering to coach during your child's online registration for that season and sport.
WHAT IS A CONCUSSION?
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that alters the way the brain normally functions. It is caused by a bump or blow to the head that forces the brain inside the skull to move back and forth. Appropriate rest from activities and schoolwork is necessary to ensure that the brain heals properly.
Softball and Baseball: Batters, helmets with face masks must be worn.
Softball: Pitchers, wear field masks
Soccer: Mouth guards are recommended
All coaches must take a free online Concussion in Sports certification program at
The program certificate should be uploaded to “Background Manager” to prove completion.
If this link is not working the website may be temporarily down so please use the link at the bottom of this page under resources for coaches.
At the beginning of each season a mandatory meeting with the distribution of information to parents of concussion materials.
If a situation occurs, the coach meets with the child and does an on-field assessment and records the child’s current symptoms. The child must be removed from the field immediately. Parents must be informed and should be referred to a physician immediately for all head injuries. Each week the coach meets with the parent to review and adjust physical accommodations.
• Has headache
• Appears dazed or stunned
• Is confused about assignment or position
• Forgets an instruction
• Is unsure of game, score, or opponent
• Moves clumsily
• Answers questions slowly
• Loses consciousness (even briefly)
• Shows mood, behavior, or personality changes
Step 1: Parent must take their child to a healthcare professional for evaluation and clearance.
Step 2: The coach must provide the parent and child with concussion awareness educational materials. This can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/headsup/pdfs/youthsports/parent_athlete_info_sheet-a.pdf
Step 3: Sign (for youth players, have parent/legal guardian sign) a head injury information/awareness sheet before returning to practice or game play (last page of the PDF above).
At the beginning of each season a meeting with the distribution of information where all coaches and volunteers are introduced to the basic principles of First Aid, and are therefore prepared to administer First Aid at all activities, including practices, games and tournaments.
The certificate can be out into a PDF and then uploaded to Background Manager.