Mass Youth Soccer Safe Soccer Platform
The Mass Youth Soccer Safe Soccer platform (“Safe Soccer”), which goes into effect in 2019, follows U.S. Soccer’s Safe Soccer Framework with the aim of providing a safe soccer environment for all players and participants.
Mass Youth Soccer Safe Soccer Statement (from the Mass Youth Soccer website):
The Massachusetts Safe Soccer platform provides all Massachusetts Youth Soccer participants (players, coaches, referees, administrators, volunteers and parents) the tools to make their soccer experience safe, healthy and free from emotional, physical or sexual abuse.
Our Safe Soccer platform includes policies, procedures, background screening of all adults, education and training, reporting, monitoring and enforcement to help all participants, young and old, have the very best soccer experience.
As required by U.S. Soccer, the Safe Soccer platform includes an Athlete and Participant Safety Policy that calls for the implementation of additional education, training, policies and procedures, and protocols. This policy applies to all Mass Youth Soccer member organizations, including Needham Soccer Club, and should be referenced on each organization’s website. The main highlights of the policy include:
- Abuse Prevention Education and Training – as mandated by U.S. Soccer by September 1, 2019, all adults involved in
youth soccer must take an initial Abuse Prevention Training course and an annual refresher. The web-based course will be offered free of charge and more information will be communicated when available on this website and via Mass Youth Soccer
- Expansion of Background Checks – in addition to the CORI search and check that is performed on all adults involved in youth soccer, background screenings will be expanded to also include SORI and National Background search and check. Per U.S. Soccer, this must be completed by September 1, 2019.
- New Membership Management System (MMS) – to support the provisions of the SafeSport Act that was passed in February, 2018, and the additional background requirements, Mass Youth Soccer is switching to a new MMS called U.S. Soccer Connect, which is offered by Stack Sports, the same provider used by U.S. Soccer. The new service will handle all adult and player registrations as well as all the newly-required background screenings.
- New Safe Soccer Platform – a new website with lots of resources on player and participant safety, such as:
- abuse prevention
- head injury-relates policies
- injury prevention
- weather policies
- goal safety
Click HERE to access the entire Massachusetts Youth Soccer Athlete and Participant Safety Policy.