This page contains US Club Soccer’s Prevention Policies as they appear in Policy 13.06. It is part of US Club Soccer’s Participant Safety/Risk Management Policies.
Soccer is a team sport. Although appropriate physical contact and one-on-one interaction between Minor Athletes and Adult Participants may be conducive to improving physical skills, US Club Soccer believes prudent limitations on one-on-one interactions can reduce the potential for abuse and misconduct without negatively impacting player development or unnecessarily limiting one-on-one time with trusted adults that is healthy and valuable for a child.
These policies set forth in this Appendix B (“Prevention Policies”) apply to all Participants (as that term is defined in Policy 13.01). This Policy has been adopted from and is consistent with U.S. Soccer policies and the SafeSport MAAPP.
A. ONE-ON-ONE INTERACTIONS/MEETINGS:
The majority of child sexual abuse is perpetrated in isolated, one-on-one situations. By reducing such interactions between children and adults, the risk of child sexual abuse is reduced. However, one-on-one time with trusted adults is also healthy and valuable for a child. Policies concerning one-on-one interactions protect children while allowing for these beneficial relationships.
The Adult Participant providing the individual training must obtain the written permission of the minor’s legal guardian at least annually, which may be withdrawn at any time. Parents, guardians, and other caretakers must be allowed to observe the training session.
B. ATHLETIC TRAINING MODALITIES, MASSAGES AND RUBDOWNS:
C. LOCKER ROOMS AND CHANGING AREAS:
D. ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS:
”Transportation” consists of travel to training, practice and competition that occurs locally and does not include coordinated overnight stay(s).
“Lodging” is team travel to a competition or other team activity that US Club Soccer or a Member Organization plans and supervises, and that requires an overnight stay or use of a hotel.
G. MINOR ATHLETES WHO BECOME ADULT ATHLETES:
All athletes turning 18 who still meet the threshold for Regular Contact must comply with the Prevention Policies herein, absent the Close-in-Age Exception, which applies to the enforcement of Prevention Policies only.