Crofton takes your players health serious and has developed the following policy to safely return you player to the game. All paperwork has to be received by ME not your COACH prior to return to play. 


  • If an injury occurs that has your player removed from the game you MUST see a doctor to determine if you have suffered an concussion.
    • If the doctor states your player did not suffer a concussion and can return to play your player can return.  Prior to this I must have a copy of the doctors note stating the diagnosis
    • If your player does suffer a concussion then you will also file that papers with me and follow your doctors instructions.  Once your doctor has decided you can return to play, you will file that paperwork with the commissioner and then start Croftons return to contact protocol


The below is a minimum standard for return to Football.  You coach is authorized to lengthen the 24 hr period between stages to any length of time he feels is appropriate.  If during any of these stages your player shows signs or symptoms he will be returned to Stage 1


  • Stage 1: (NO PADS - NO CONTACT), LIGHT AEROBIC ACTIVITY: Begin stage 1, when the player has provided the CFC with clearance for activity from a Medical Doctor
    • Player can run warm up laps with the team at a moderate pace (take into account the temp at the time of activity) with frequent water breaks, no activity aerobic activity should last more than 2-3 minutes and no more that 10 min may pass without a water break (in excessive heat this time duration should be 5 minutes.)
    • DURING STAGE 1 AND 2 THERE WILL BE NO FOOTBALL SPECIFIC ACTIVITY UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.  ALSO ANY ACTIVITY THAT CREATED A POTENTIAL FOR CONTACT WITH ANOTHER PLAYER IS PROHIBITED.
  • Stage 2: (NO PADS - NO CONTACT), HEAVY AEROBIC AND STRENGTH ACTIVITY: Begin stage 2 when: a minimum of 24 hours have passed since player began stage 1 AND he has not experienced any return of symptoms in the previous 24 hours. Any return of concussion symptoms with result in the player being removed from activity and the process starts over.
    • Player can participate in warm up exercises to include aerobic activity and non-weighted resistance strength activity ex. Pushups, Leg Lifts, Lunges, non-weighted squats.
    • DURING STAGE 1 AND 2 THERE WILL BE NO FOOTBALL SPECIFIC ACTIVITY UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.  ALSO ANY ACTIVITY THAT CREATED A POTENTIAL FOR CONTACT WITH ANOTHER PLAYER IS PROHIBITED.
  • Stage 3: (NO PADS - NO CONTACT) FUNCTIONAL, INDIVIDUAL, SPORT SPECIFIC DRILLS WITHOUT RISK OF CONTACT:  Begin stage 3 when: a minimum of 24 hours have passed since player began stage 2 AND he has not experienced any return of symptoms in the previous 24 hours. Any return of concussion symptoms with result in the player being removed from activity and the process starts over again.
    • Player can participate in warm up exercises to include aerobic activity and non-weighted resistance strength activity ex. Pushups, Leg Lifts, Lunges, non-weighted squats AND sport specific drills that do not create a risk of contact with another player. For example, coming out of 3 or 4 pt stances, running specific routes or O-Line drills, D-Line drills, Gassers, Sprint Drills...etc.
    • DURING STAGE 3 ACTIVITY THAT CREATES A POTENTIAL FOR CONTACT WITH ANOTHER PLAYER IS PROHIBITED. This is the first practice back that the player is really going to exert himself parents should be extra diligent with monitoring for post practice symptoms.  Ensure the player is fully hydrated AFTER practice and the next morning.
  • Stage 4: (HELMET & PADS - NO CONTACT): Begin stage 4 when: a minimum of 24 hours have passed since player began stage 3 AND he has not experienced any return of symptoms in the previous 24 hours. Any return of concussion symptoms with result in the player being removed from activity and the process starts over again
    • a) Full NON-CONTACT participation
    • b) Player can participate in warm up exercises to include aerobic activity and non-weighted resistance strength activity ex. Pushups, Leg Lifts, Lunges, non-weighted squats.
    • c) Player can participate in sport specific drills that do not create a risk of contact with another player. For example, coming out of 3 or 4 pt stances, running specific routes or O-Line drills, D-Line drills, Gassers, Sprint Drills...etc.
    • DURING STAGE 5 THE PLAYER IS PROHIBITED FROM ACTIVITY THAT INVOLVES A SLED OR "JARRING" MOTIONS.  THE PLAYER ALSO WILL NOT BE INVOLVED IN A DRILL THAT CREATES A POTENTIAL FOR CONTACT WITH ANOTHER PLAYER IS PROHIBITED. This is the first practice back that the players neck is going to have to hold up a helmet and support the weight of pads while exerting himself. Again, parents should be extra diligent with monitoring for post practice symptoms.  Ensure the player is fully hydrated AFTER practice and the next morning
  • Stage 5: (HELMET & PADS - FULL CONTACT PRACTICES): Begin stage 6 when: a minimum of 24 hours have passed since player began stage 5 AND he has not experienced any return of symptoms in the previous 24 hours. Any return of concussion symptoms with result in the player being removed from activity and the process starts over again.
    • Unrestricted participation in practice and games. The importance of monitoring the player at this stage for any post practice/game symptoms can not be stressed enough.  Ensure the player is fully hydrated AFTER practice and the next morning.