Baseball Ontario Removal-from-Sport Protocol

The following outlines a process for immediate removal of a participant who is suspected of having sustained a concussion.

For the purpose of this Protocol, “Participant” shall mean any individual taking part in a Baseball Ontario sanctioned activity, including athletes, coaches, umpires and volunteers.

1. Remove the Participant

Designated person(s) to immediately remove the participant from further training, practice or games if the participant has sustained a concussion or is suspected of having sustained a concussion regardless of whether the concussion or suspected concussion was sustained from an activity associated with Baseball Ontario

2. Call 9-1-1 if Emergency

Designated person(s) to call 9-1-1 if in their opinion, doing so is necessary (e.g., if there is an emergency and any red flag signs and/or symptoms appear).

3. Inform

If the participant is 18 years of age or younger, Designated person(s) to inform the participant’s parent or guardian about the removal from further training, practice, or games.

Designated person(s) to advise the participant, or the parent or guardian if the participant is 18 years of age or younger, that the participant is required to undergo a medical assessment by a physician or nurse practitioner before the participant will be permitted to return to training, practice, or games.

A medical assessment determines whether the participant has a concussion. An participant will not be permitted to return to training, practice, or games until they receive medical clearance by a physician or nurse practitioner to do so.

4. Give Protocols

Designated person(s) to provide the participant or, if the participant is 18 years of age or younger, the participant’s parent or guardian Baseball Ontario Removal-from-Sport and Return-to-Sport protocols as soon as possible after the participant has been removed from further training, practice, or games.

5. Record the Incident

Make and keep a record of incidences where an athlete is removed from further training, practice, or games because they are suspected of having sustained a concussion regardless of whether the participant is later diagnosed with a concussion.

The sport organization must limit the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information to that which is reasonably necessary for the purpose of carrying out the sport organization’s protocols, and to limit access to such personal information to only those individuals who require it for the purpose of fulfilling their duties or obligations under the Act. Personal information collected under this protocol shall be retained, disclosed, and disposed of in a secure manner and in accordance with the sport organization’s personal information retention policy. The sport organization shall create a retention policy for personal information.

6. Returning to Training, Practice or Games

Once removed, the participant is not permitted to return to training, practice, or games, except in accordance with Baseball Ontario Return-to-Sport protocol.