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Protecting Youth Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017

The Minnesota Youth Athletic Services, Trusted Coaches, and the Wisconsin Sports Services have been committed to providing our partners, the parent-volunteer youth sports associations, the best practices and standards in youth sport since 1991. Today is no different! In response to the Protecting Youth Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017, we are working on a solution to meet the needs of this Act through our Trusted Coaches platform. Members of the MYAS/Trusted Coaches staff have been determining the scope of this federal law and whether it does in fact affect the community based parent-volunteer youth sports associations and not just national governing bodies for youth sports. As more education is provided about this law, it is our belief that every association with youth athletes participating in their programs must abide by the Safe Sport Act. This means having in place a protocol for reducing the risk of child abuse and instructions regarding how to report it. The law mandates that anyone who suspects abuse must report it to the authorities within 24 hours, or steep civil penalties may be levied against that individual or organization. MYAS/TC/WSS is committed to implementing a solution. Since the Act just went into effect in February, it is currently not included in Trusted Coaches offerings, but are working to have it available by 2019. Keep checking back for more information.

If your association is planning to implement this type of training for the 2018-2019 season, we may have some options for your organization to consider. Please contact brian@trustedcoaches.org for more information.

Resources:

Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017

Positive Coaching Alliance Sexual Abuse Prevention Policy & Procedures

Youth Sports Done Right