Abuse prevention is an integral part of our roles as youth soccer administrators, coaches, referees, volunteers and parents.
Every adult who may have the opportunity to have direct and un-monitored access to children must successfully complete:
- A comprehensive background screening ; and
- A certified abuse prevention training course and annual refresher course.
As part of the annual registration process, MSYSA manages these risk management elements for all adult registrants electronically within our registration solution platform.
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
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 SEASONAL YEAR (July 31st)
Any athlete or participant who will turn 18yrs old prior to the end of the seasonal year is required to take the SafeSport Core training to ensure they are in compliance when they 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 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 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 parent and youth athlete resources can be found here: https://uscenterforsafesport.org/ngb-services/training/