Safety Policies, Forms, & Insurance
Safe Haven™ is a program designed to address a growing need for child and volunteer protection. There are four elements in the Safe Haven™ intervention cycle: Create Policies, Screen Volunteers, Train Volunteers, and Promote Education and Awareness. These are intended to stop child abuse and its agents before they get into the program.
The Volunteer Protection Act of 1997
This law grants immunity from certain types of prosecution for volunteers who meet its requirements. In order to receive full protection under the law, AYSO volunteers must: 1. be properly trained and certified; 2. be performing duties as laid out in a position description; 3. act within the scope of AYSO’s Policies, Procedures, and Guidelines.
AYSO’s goal is to provide training certification for all its volunteers. Certification offers the hope that every AYSO child will be treated with understanding, compassion, and respect.
The national media has focused on the negative, even violent, behavior of players, coaches and parents involved in youth sports. Kids Zone™ is a dynamic program targeted to eliminate negative sideline behavior. Kids Zone™ buttons and signs are distributed throughout the Region and parents are asked to sign the Kids Zone™ Pledge promising to behave within the guidelines of the program.
The Volunteer Protection Act of 1997 was passed by Congress to promote volunteerism. It provides protection from certain liabilities for those volunteers who meet its requirements including when an authorized volunteer acts within the scope of their position responsibilities and in accordance with their training.
For the protection of both players and volunteers, AYSO requires all volunteers to:
- Complete and eSign a volunteer application each and every year.
- Be authorized to perform their job by an AYSO Region, Area, Section, National Board or other AYSO authority.
- Act with the scope of their job descriptions, AYSO’s policies, procedures and guidelines.
- Complete AYSO’s Safe Haven (child, volunteer protection) training, and
- Be properly trained for their job (job training).
These requirements help ensure that volunteers receive all the protection they are entitled to under the Volunteer Protection Act and any Good Samaritan laws while providing for the protection of players and complying with municipal, state and federal legislation.