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Creating a Safe Haven Or… Fulfilling a promise for a safe, fun, fair and positive environment for experiencing the benefits of youth sports.
Creating a Safe Haven The Safe Haven program supports the creation of a “safe haven” by:
Registering and Screening all Volunteers Requiring Training and Certification
Providing Child and Volunteer Protection Guidelines Promoting Safety and Injury Prevention
Headline A 44-year old man who coaches soccer for an AYSO team is accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old, but not a soccer player, police said today. AYSO is not immune from society at large.
Volunteer Requirements For protection under the Volunteer Protection Act and applicable laws, AYSO requires all volunteers to:
– Sign and submit a Volunteer Application every year, – Be authorized to do their job, – Act within the scope of their Job Descriptions and AYSO’s policies, procedures and guidelines, – Complete Safe Haven Training and – Be properly trained in their jobs.
• Volunteer forms-free! Player Forms-25¢ • Parents/Volunteers complete and eSign their Registration/Volunteer Applications online in eAYSO. • eSigned Player and Volunteer forms do not have to be stored at the Region level after the season. • eSigned volunteer forms are available immediately to Safe Haven for background checking and do not have to be mailed to the AYSO National Office. • All Regions should use eSignature!
Volunteer Screening • AYSO’s National Background Check Policy is used to determine volunteer eligibility: • Crimes of a sexual nature – ineligible forever • Crimes of violence – 20 yrs • Substance abuse – 5-10 yrs (Coaching/Officiating) • Theft, fraud – 15 yrs (Board Member-funds) • Miscellaneous crimes – 5 yrs (Coaching) • DUI – 3 yrs (Coaching)
What are the risks? • Unregistered Volunteer? • Sex Offender could be around children
• Volunteer not covered by S.A.I. for an injury • Region not covered by for incident resulting from the un-registered volunteer
• No Volunteer Application on file? • Cannot run criminal background checks • Poses risk to children, volunteers and funds
What are the risks? • Untrained Coach, Referee or Board Member? • Children may not protected
• Volunteers may be vulnerable to liabilities • Region may not be covered by General Liability • The AYSO experience will not be as designed
Headline Assembly Member Lara introduces legislation affecting mandated reporting in non-profit organizations and requiring volunteer training.
AYSO’s Safe Haven One course for all AYSO volunteers. Over 39,000 certifications were earned in 2011. 80% earned online.
Key Messages • Our programming uniquely features our six philosophies and supports the vision of enriching children’s lives. • AYSO is legally required or morally obligated to report suspected abuse. • Abuses can occur between players and supervising adults can be liable. • It takes a village – everyone must role model the types of sporting behavior essential to the AYSO experience and promote safety first.
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Headline STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Joe Paterno, who has the most victories of any coach in major college football history, was fired by Penn State on Wednesday night in the wake of a sexual abuse scandal involving a prominent former assistant coach and the university’s failure to act to halt further harm.
Preventing Abuse • Screening who volunteers in the AYSO program is just the first step. • Training volunteers to recognize abuse and abusive behavior is necessary to report and stop abuse. • It would all be meaningless unless we implement policies and guidelines to prevent opportunities for abuse to occur. • Experts agree that is also important to foster positive self-images, a safe environment and the courage in our players to speak up.
Headline FROSTPROOF--A female color guard coach and paraeducator at Frostproof Middle / Senior High School is facing criminal charges for an alleged Facebook chat with a student. Educator is charged with transmission of harmful material to a minor for the online conversation.
Social Media & Electronic Communications • Volunteers should maintain transparency and not engage in private electronic messages or conversations with minors. • Messages should be conveyed through parents or in the case of older players, copied to parents. This includes emails, text messages, instant messaging and postings on social networking sites. • Protect the identity and privacy of children at all times. Do not post names of players with pictures or rosters on public pages.
Shutterfly Team Sites
Headline CDC Heads Up! Concussion Training Saved My Life “My coach pulled me out of practice (and) then sent me to the school′s athletic trainer. The athletic trainer made an appointment for me to see a neurologist the next day. The neurologist believes this decision (to remove me from practice) saved my life,” Cole said.
Concussion Recommendations • Use the AYSO/CDC Concussion Information Sheet to inform all parents and players. • Encourage ALL coaches, referees, and Section, Area and Region Board Members to take the CDC’s free online Concussion Awareness Training.
CDC Heads Up! Training
Concussion Recommendations • Any player suspected of having a concussion by the coach, referee or parent, must be removed from further participation for at least the remainder of the day, and • Parents should be encouraged to seek professional medical treatment at the time of injury and secure medical clearance before being allowed to return to play.
Concussion Recommendations • In all cases, AYSO will require the parent to sign a new Participation Release Form which includes a concussion waiver confirming that the player has been given the appropriate clearance to return to play.
AYSO’s CDC Action Plan Coming Soon!
Headline Bentonville Fourth Grader Dies After Goal Post Accident Nine-year-old Jonathan Nelson died Wednesday after a soccer goal post at Elm Tree Elementary flipped and hit him in the head.
Goalpost Safety • Goalpost accidents kill at least one child and injure hundreds annually. • Illinois has passed state legislation requiring tipresistant soccer goals by August, 2012. • AYSO recommends use of the Consumer Product Safety Council’s Goalpost Guidelines for portable goals.
Goalpost Safety • Goals must be anchored, staked and counterweighted when in use. • Without counter-weights, the sturdiest of goalposts can be blown over by a gust of wind. • When not in use, goalpost should be dismantled and/or stored securely (locked to fence or face-toface) • Children should never be allowed to climb or play on goalposts.
Headline CASTLE ROCK, Colo. – A teenager was mowing the lawn and listening to his iPod at his home in Castle Rock on Sunday when he was struck by lightning.
Lightning Every AYSO event should have a lightning safety plan. The NCAA and USSF recommend: When thunder is heard it is within striking distance – seek shelter immediately. Lightning can strike as far as 10 miles from where it is raining. Do not restart games until no thunder has been heard for 30 minutes or the ALL CLEAR SIREN has been sounded in areas with a lightning detection system.
Headline Parent's arrest ends Decatur football game Decatur High School's football game ended early Friday night after a parent rushed onto the field to defend his son, officials said. The parent was arrested for disorderly conduct after entering the field of play with 8:52 left on the clock.
AYSO Parent’s Page
AYSO Role Models • Create an environment that enriches children’s lives. • Promote the benefits of soccer and sport. • While performing volunteer duties, remember the reasons kids play sports. • Model and promote good sportsmanship. • Model ethical conduct. • Foster a “safe” learning environment. • Participate in continuing education. 2010
Kids Zone Sidelines Spectators agree to respect the following rules: • • • • • • • • • •
Kids are # 1 Fun, not winning is everything Fans only cheer, only coaches coach No yelling in anger Respect the volunteer referees No swearing No alcohol, tobacco products or other controlled substances No weapons Leave no trash behind Set a proper example of Good Sportsmanship
AYSO Incident Report An Incident Report is required whenever there is a serious incident involving AYSO participants, activities, facilities, or property including: • • • • • • •
Injuries Threats of bodily harm Fighting Property damage Hospitalizations Law Enforcement Lawsuits
Remember, it’s for the Kids
and Great Soccer Starts Here!
Thank you for volunteering to bring a quality youth soccer program to your community and for supporting the AYSO philosophies.
Everyone Plays® Balanced Teams Open Registration Positive Coaching Good Sportsmanship Player Development