Concussion Awareness

NFHS Concussion Course Required by Massachusetts Law

Massachusetts State law now requiring all game officials to take the on-line course on Concussion. Click here to obtain the full 10 page Department of Public Health regulations. Of particular, interest to PVSOA member are the following

  • 201.005 (page 2-DEFINITIONS): “Game Official means a person who officiates at an extracurricular athletic activity, such as a referee or umpire including but not limited to persons enrolled as game officials in Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association. “
  • 201.007 (page 6-TRAINING): “Game officials shall complete one of the training programs approved by the Department as specified on the Department’s website annually and shall provide independent verification of completion of the training requirement to schools or school districts upon request.”

PVSOA and MIAA recommends you take your concussion training at the following web site:

Click the Link below so you can take the NFHS Concussion Course.

The course takes about 30 minutes to complete. After completing the course, print out a copy of the certificate. Email the certificate to Dave DelBuono @ Schools are allowed to ask officials for a copy of the certificate. Bring a copy to your game site.

The NFHS Course listed above is the course the MIAA schools are using to certify their coaches, and all school personnel required to train. The MIAA and PVSOA do not have the jurisdiction to interpret the DPH regulations. If there are any questions about the Game Officials training requirement, they should be addressed to the MA DPH.