MSYSA upholds the highest standards for participant safety by ensuring all adults engaged in MSYSA's registered and affiliated programs comply with the most rigorous standards for background checks and abuse training.
We do this not just because it’s the law, but because it’s the right thing to do. Abuse prevention is now an integral part of our roles as youth soccer administrators, coaches, referees, volunteers and parents.
We understand these new requirements will necessitate additional steps for all involved, but our kids are worth the effort. Abuse in youth sports is more prevalent than most of us think – and it can happen in any town. We all need to “go the extra mile” to ensure our kids can enjoy the game in a healthy and non-threatening environment.
Therefore, every adult who may have the opportunity to have direct and un-monitored access to children must complete:
- A comprehensive background check and screening process; and
- A certified abuse prevention training course and annual refresher course.
To make complying with these new requirements as easy as possible, MSYSA uses US Soccer Connect from Stack Sports as our state-of-the-art Membership Management Service (MMS). Our member organizations will use the “Club Connect” component as the one-stop-shop for adult registrations, background checks, training program certifications, and player registration uploads.
Learn about the Safe Sport Act of 2017
Learn about Background Check Requirements and Procedures
Learn about Abuse Prevention Training Programs Requirements, Policies and Procedures
Youth Athletes and SafeSport Core Training
One of the common questions that players, parents, coaches and administrators have across the country is how the required SafeSport Act and US Soccer Safe Soccer Framework impacts youth athletes and the expectations placed on them with regards to required and recommended training practices.
Per U.S. Soccer:
"As this question has come up a few times, we felt it beneficial to clarify the need for SafeSport training for players above the age of 18 playing with minor athletes. Please note that this is not, nor should it be construed as, providing any legal advice.
In the Development Academy, we do require that any athlete 18 years of age or older with access to minor athletes (train or play on the same team with minor athletes) complete the core, 90-minute SafeSport training. This was enacted based on guidance from the U.S. Center for SafeSport.
While we can’t mandate or require that you do the same, the SafeSport Act does state that you need to “offer and provide consistent training to adult members in regular contact with minor amateur athletes...” and, anyone over 18 is an adult, even if he/she is still playing with a youth team. As such, you should provide training to those players 18 years and older playing on teams with minor athletes."
In line with this, MSYSA has adopted the following as our guidelines and policy regarding SafeSport for Youth Athletes.
We hope this information will help to provide some clarity in the area of SafeSport for Youth Athletes:
ATHLETES WHO ARE CURRENTLY 18YRS OLD OR OLDER
Any athlete or participant who is 18yrs or older and comes into regular contact with minor athletes (this includes playing on a youth soccer team with other minors – i.e. you are 18yrs old, playing on a 18U or 19U team with players who are 17yrs old or younger) must complete the SafeSport Core training! Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a special code that allows you to complete the course for FREE!
ATHLETES WHO WILL TURN 18YRS OLD PRIOR TO THE END OF THE 2020-21 SEASONAL YEAR (July 31st, 2020)
Any athlete or participant who will turn 18yrs old prior to the end of the current 2020-21 seasonal year are strongly encouraged to take the SafeSport Core training to ensure they are in compliance when they actually turn 18yrs old. These participants MUST have parental consent to complete the training.
ATHLETES WHO ARE 17YRS OLD OR YOUNGER
Athletes who are 17yrs old or younger are encouraged to complete the age appropriate SafeSport training that is applicable to them. The U.S. Center for SafeSport has released give (5) free training modules focused on Youth Athlete Training. The modules are age-based: Preschool, Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Middle School and High School, and are anywhere from 10-20 minutes in length. A parent/guardian must first create an account at www.athletesafety.org in order to give consent for their child to access the training as well as select the appropriate module for their child's age
A full list of available Athlete training modules can be found here: https://athletesafety.org/training/index