03 Jun Letter from CEO Kevin Payne: US Club Soccer announces Player Health and Safety initiatives for registered staff members
June 3, 2016
US Club Soccer is committed to being a leader in Player Health and Safety, one of the five pillars of our Players First philosophy. As such, I’m proud to announce that US Club Soccer is taking its biggest steps ever to help ensure the best and safest environment for our players.
First, we are launching the Sideline Sports Doc-US Club Soccer online course, which is designed to improve on-field triage of key injury situations. The course also incorporates U.S. Soccer’s “Concussions in Soccer” video and other Recognize to Recover content. Effective July 1, all coaches and staff members registering with US Club Soccer must complete the course each time a background check is required (approximately every two years).
In addition, we are substantially increasing our background screening standard. Our new standard will be implemented by July 1 and include, among other facets, a direct county/state of residence criminal record search for all counties in which an individual has lived within the past seven years. This is a responsible step in facilitating a safe sports experience, and by implementing youth sports screening best practices, we are leading by example.
Details on both initiatives are below, and further information is available on the Staff Registration page.
Combined, these initiatives will cost an additional $23 every two years. That’s less than $1 per player per team.
US Club Soccer is building a holistic club culture that puts Players First, emphasizes the development of each player to his or her full potential, and helps parents make better choices about where their children should play. These new programs are important steps aimed at enhancing Player Health and Safety.
As always, thanks for your commitment and support.
CEO, US Club Soccer
Sideline Sports Doc:
Sideline Sports Doc (SSD) is a customized, scalable training program that includes a six-chapter online course, as well as downloadable .pdf/e-book and .mp3 products.
The chapters are: 1) The SAFE Method – initial evaluation of an on-field injury, 2) Ankle and foot injuries, 3) Concussion, 4) Fractures, 5) Heat illness, and 6) Knee injuries. It will be kept up-to-date on medical mandates, response protocols and best practices.
The course takes approximately an hour to complete, but it does not need to be done all at once. Users may save their progress and pick-up where they left off at a later time.
The cost is $5 per person and can be paid by the person taking the course, or clubs/leagues may cover the cost for some or all of their staff members by purchasing access in bulk.
This course must be completed within the 120 days preceding submission of one’s background screening application. Users will receive a confirmation number when the course is complete, which must then be entered into the corresponding background screening application.
The course will be launched shortly, at which time staff members will be notified by email.
More stringent background screening:
Beyond a variety of national sources, our new level of screening includes a direct county/state of residence criminal record search for all counties in which an individual has lived within the past seven years, regardless of whether any “hits” appear on the national database searches.
This new standard exceeds FCRA requirements.
In conjunction with a higher standard, the screening will be conducted by NAPBS-accredited firms via SportsEngine’s Verify platform.
The additional background screening charge is $18, and applicants may pay directly at the time of application (default method), or the applicant’s club may choose to be billed for screening costs for their respective staff members.
We will notify you via email when the new background screening application is launched, which will be prior to July 1. In the meantime, please instruct your club/organization’s coaches and staff members who are due to complete a background check and register for the 2016-17 registration year to not do so until the new application is launched.
UPDATE (June 29): The background screening application is now live.