To promote the welfare of youth players Arkansas State Soccer Association (ASSA) has adopted the US Youth Soccer KidSafe program. KidSafe is designed to identify all coaches, referees, administrators, volunteers and other persons that may have contact with our youth players. It is intended to identify all persons who have been convicted of crimes of violence or crimes against persons and to exclude them from participation in any US Youth Soccer sanctioned event. Further, it is the intent of ASSA to exclude anyone convicted of any other violation of the law that we deem detrimental to the health and safety of our youth players.
To that end, each ASSA member organization must appoint a Risk Management Director (RMD). The RMD is responsible for insuring that every club officer, coach, assistant coach, manager, referee, assistant referee, trainer and any volunteer who have regular contact with any players complete the ASSA online risk management disclosure questionnaire every year. The ASSA online risk management process is accomplished through GotSoccer, our registration platform provider.
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In addition to facilitating criminal background checks on those individuals who wish to work with and around our young players, each organization's RMD shall develop and maintain relevant Risk Management Policy for his/her organization and communicate risk management information to their members as appropriate. Risk management policies may include, but are not limited to, the required background checks; severe weather safety guidelines; first aid guidelines; facilities (including goals and fields); proper use of social media and electronic communications; and tournament/travel.
On February 14th, 2018, the President signed the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 which is aimed at protecting amateur athletes* from sexual abuse. What exactly does the Law state? Please click on the link above to read further information.