Effective for 2019-2020 ALL volunteers (including non-coaching Board members) must complete this new process to receive credentials to volunteer and coach. Allow up to three weeks for all background checks to be cleared.
Abuse in youth sports is more prevalent than most of us think—and it can happen even in Sudbury. A recent study published in JAMA Pediatrics found that around 1 million children per year experience some form of abuse in a youth sports setting.
Sudbury Soccer Association seeks to uphold the highest standards for participant safety by ensuring all volunteers comply with the most rigorous standards for background checks and abuse training as required by US Soccer and MA Youth Soccer.
We do this not just because it’s the law, since Congress passed the Safe Sport Authorization Act last year, but because it’s the right thing to do. Abuse prevention is now an integral part of our roles as youth soccer volunteers. Therefore, there are new requirements that every volunteer must complete:
- An expanded background check and screening process
- A certified abuse prevention online training course
- The CDC’s online Heads Up Concussion training course
- Registration in a new administration system replacing Affinity called Stack Sports
To view step by step directions on how to complete these volunteer requirements, please view the instructional file below and visit our MA Youth Soccer Safe Sport Portal here.