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Course set for coaches

Concussion info is on their agenda

By Bob Holmes
Globe Staff / October 6, 2010

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FRANKLIN — When will the state’s new concussion law take effect? At least for one aspect of the law, the answer is Nov. 29.

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association’s Board of Directors voted, 12-0, yesterday to make it mandatory for all high school coaches to take an online concussion course starting with the winter season. The first day of practice is the Monday after Thanksgiving.

In July, Massachusetts passed a concussion law that is scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1. Part of that law mandates that parents and coaches participate in a head injury safety-training program. But with continuing discussions between the MIAA and the state that could push implementation back to the 2011-12 school season, the MIAA stepped in to make the educational aspect of the law mandatory in the form of an online course.

The MIAA’s Sports Medicine Committee recommended Oct. 1 that the board consider mandating the course, which is available on the National Federation of State High School Associations website. Calling it, “the right thing to do,’’ Monson principal Jim Peters supported the idea, and fellow members agreed.

Apparently, the process has already started. MIAA executive director Dick Neal said that, as of yesterday, 4,774 Massachusetts residents had taken the course.

Road to Foxborough?
With the Super Bowls just two months away, the MIAA still doesn’t have a signed contract to play championship games at Gillette Stadium. The initial three-year agreement to hold the games in Foxborough expired last year. Negotiations have been slow, but the MIAA isn’t looking elsewhere, and Neal believes an agreement will be reached soon. The news was not as good about using the Tsongas Center at UMass-Lowell for the Super 8 hockey tournament. UMass-Lowell has scheduled other events there on the two Saturdays the MIAA needed. The North Sectional basketball tournament, however, will return to Tsongas after being held last year at Emmanuel College and TD Garden . . . The board voted to increase its membership dues in 2011-12. The MIAA put off dues increases the past two years because of the poor economy. Currently, member schools pay a base fee of $350 plus $77 per sport. The new figure is $400 base and $88 per sport . . . The start time for tomorrow’s football game at White Stadium between Dorchester and Hyde Park has been changed to 6 p.m.

Roundup
Sophomore Caio Mitre scored with six minutes left to give Barnstable a 2-1 win over visiting Dartmouth in an Old Colony League boys’ soccer game yesterday. It was Mitre’s¦sixth goal of the season and came off a rebound of Gui Camposi’s shot.

The Red Raiders improved to 2-0-1 in league play. Mitre also opened the scoring, converting a feed from Campos.

“We have good passing and control,’’ said first-year Barnstable coach William Altieri. “Our guys up front are explosive . . . I’m very happy with the outcome.’’

Hamilton-Wenham 1, Georgetown 0 — Russell Gregorian scored the winning goal off a nifty feed from Max Montanari for the 6-0-2 Generals.

Boston Latin 3, Lincoln-Sudbury 3 — Boston Latin (2-5-1) overcame a 3-1 deficit with just six minutes remaining to tie fifth-ranked Lincoln-Sudbury (5-3). Senior Ryan Connelly scored a pair of goals in that span, in addition to his assist on Kyle Wells’s goal.