Member Conduct Recommendations

The following is US Club Soccer Policy 13.05 – Member Conduct Recommendations:

While the following are considered guidelines, failure to establish or comply with these or similar internal US Club Soccer policies and procedures may be considered as evidence of non-compliance with the US Club Soccer Risk Management Policies.

(a) Buddy System:  It is recommended that every activity sanctioned by US Club Soccer establish a “Buddy System”.  Each youth participant should be assigned a buddy during sponsored activities. No child should go anywhere – to the bathrooms, locker rooms, or other location – without his or her buddy.

(b) To further protect youth participants, as well as coaches, officials and volunteers, it is strongly recommended that no adult person allow him/herself to be alone with a child (unless their own child) or with any group of children during games, practices, or other sponsored activities. In particular, it is recommended that coaches or other staff members registered with US Club Soccer abide by the following guidelines:

(i) Do not drive alone with a youth player in the car.

(ii) Do not take a youth player alone to the locker room, bathrooms or any other private room.

(iii) Private conversations with youth players should occur within the view of others, in the gym or on the field, instead of a private office.

(iv) Coaches and other adult members of US Club Soccer should not socialize individually with youth players outside of sponsored activities, except when specific permission is granted by the club and parent/guardian.

(v) Physical contact with players should be limited to that necessary to teach a skill, treat an injury, console or congratulate a player, or greet or say goodbye.

(c) Supervision/Chaperone ratio: It is recommended that for any sponsored activity, especially on overnight trips, the ratio of adults to youth participants be 1:8, or 1 adults for every 8 children, with a minimum of 2 adults for every activity.

(d) When traveling overnight with youth participants, children should be paired up with other children of the same gender and similar age group, and with chaperones in separate, but nearby rooms. It is the responsibility of the chaperones to supervise the activities of the players at all times.

(e) No child should be left alone at a training session or at any other time until they are picked up by their parent, older sibling, or other designated adult. It is recommended that the last adult in addition to the coach or trainer wait at the site as well until the child is picked up.

(f) We want to empower our players to trust their feelings and let them know that their concerns, fears and hopes are important by listening to them. Open communication between children and parents, or between children and other adults in the organization, may help early warning signs of abuse to surface.