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Abuse Prevention

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.


Minor Athletes who become adult athletes

A minor athlete that reaches the age of majority may not be subject to athlete prevention policies if they remain an athlete, and when interacting with minor athletes who are 16 or older. Athlete prevention policies are in effect when this now age of majority athlete interacts with minor athletes 15 or younger. Should a minor athlete reach the age of majority and then obtain a position that presents a potential power imbalance, such as becoming a coach, the individual is subject to athlete prevention policies.


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