CORONA DEL MAR — At the end of the first day in helmet and pads, Coach Jason Hitchens brought up concussions to his Corona del Mar High football team. He mentioned the new CIF Southern Section rule dealing with head injuries.
Referees can now take players out of games if they believe they have concussion symptoms.
“If you get dizzy, feel nauseous and if you get headaches during the game, you've got to tell us,” Hitchens told his players. “You're coming out of the game if you have these symptoms.”
Hitchens felt similar symptoms in the second half of last season. Nothing alleviated the pain the way CdM closed out the season.
The Sea Kings lost five straight Pacific Coast League games, suffering their first winless league season in 12 years. CdM struggled scoring points and preventing teams from scoring.
Both of these areas must change for the Sea Kings to compete for a league title and return to the CIF Southern Section Southern Division playoffs.