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Information on Compliance with Senate Bill 5083 - "Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Act"


The safety of our players is paramount to South Sound Baseball. Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death for youth athletes, with as many as 1 in 250 youth athletes having a heart disorder that may increase the risk of sudden cardiac arrest. On July 24, 2015, a new State of Washington law regarding sudden cardiac arrest awareness will go into effect. SB 5083 – referred to as the Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Awareness Act – was passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor with the intent of making youth athletes, their families, and coaches aware of sudden cardiac arrest.

Similar to the Zachery Lystedt Law (HB 1824) for concussion awareness passed in 2009, SB 5083 specifically outlines requirements for private nonprofit groups, such as youth baseball leagues, to comply with prior to their first use of school facilities in Washington State by the private nonprofit group. This means that each coach must comply with SB 5083 before you can participate in any league activity.  Parents will be required to read and accept a waiver each year regarding the risks of SCA.

Requirements for South Sound Baseball Coaches.

In order to comply with SB 5083, coaches will be required to complete and obtain a Coach Training and Certificate of Completion Every Three Years, each South Sound Baseball coach and assistant coach must complete an online sudden cardiac arrest prevention program and submit a certificate showing completion of the program to the club/association. WIAA is still working on the training program for coaches; in the meantime, WIAA recommends the use of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NHFS) online training. The training takes approximately 15 minutes and is available for free at

Register to Coach

All coaches must complete the online registration process, you can do this when registering your player.  See the FAQ below for instructions.

How do I register to coach?

Method 1
You can fill out the coaching questionnaire during the participant registration process.   Carefully work your way through the registration process, when you reach the volunteer section you are in the coach registration.  Select the role of coach and complete the questionnaire.  We have received many emails from coaches stating the registration is not an option,  but we assure you it is. 

Method 2
Log in to your account and click the My Account Button.  Click the Volunteer tab and then click Add/Remove Volunteer Roles.    Click the View More Volunteer Positions and then select spring 2015.  Be sure to select the correct division and fill out the questionnaire completely.   

Registering online is the first step, you MUST present your Sudden Cardiac Arrest certificate at the annual all coaches meeting at check in.  You cannot coach unless this certificate has been validated.

Practice Fields

Contact your district director. 

Team Roster

Your team roster will be published once teams are finalized. To view/download or print your roster go to your team home page and click the link titled Print Roster.  From here you can export, preview or print the roster.

Returning Managers/Coaches

What do I need to do as a returning manager?  
The great majority of our managers and coaches return for many years.   
As well as we know you, you still have to register online by the deadline.  
You should also check in with your District Director.   
Call your previous year's players; ask them to register if they are planning to play, and then follow up to be sure it gets done.

New Managers/Coaches

How can I become a manager or coach?   
Talk to your District Director (see the web page). 
If you bring a substantial number of players with you, the league can often fill out your team. 
If you have few or no players, there may still be opportunities to manage or coach. 
If a league-approved manager asks you to coach, you can apply online and indicate the manager you wish to assist.
All managers and coaches must consent to a background check.


What happens if I don't register? 
A team will only be recognized when the manager has registered.  
If your team is not recognized, uniforms will not be ordered and you will not be scheduled to play. 
End of season.  
Players who request managers who do not register will be reassigned.

Do coaches have to provide equipment?  No.
Many coaches do provide extra balls for practice (especially wiffle or pickle balls which the league does not provide), and other training equipment they are familiar with. 
The league provides a limited selection of bats, catcher's gear, throw down bases, and balls for practice and games. 
Do not use your game balls for practice. 
If you do, it will be up to you to replace them at around $35.00 per dozen.

How can I bring new players onto my team?  
Work with your District Director regarding any player who is from a different SSB district or who was assigned to a different team last year.  If there are no restrictions on team placement, ask the player to request you as a coach when they register.  
The league determines player assignments - not managers or coaches.  
Any movement of players between teams or placement of a player on an out-of-district roster who was not previously rostered out-of-district is subject to league review and approval. 

Promises made by managers or coaches to a parent or player are not binding on the league.  

Coaches (and those interested in coaching) only, may send inquiries to [email protected]

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