Abuse Prevention Training Request
US Youth Soccer and Abuse Prevention Systems provides sport-specific awareness training to all adults involved in youth soccer. Abuse Prevention Systems provides the most sophisticated, comprehensive, easy-to-use, online resources proven to reduce the risk of child sexual abuse in children’s programs. The training will be utilized by all registered with AYSA.

Alaska Youth Soccer; Awareness Training is required for all individuals over eighteen years of age participating in the programs of the Association or the Affiliate Member Associations. The training and renewal every two years must be done prior to interaction with athletes and sports activities.

Required Individuals Include; Affiliate Member adult coaching staff, directors, administrators, employees, BOD Members, volunteer coaches, team managers, trainers, chaperones, club volunteers, and certified referees. The same policy will be used for all AYSA employees, contract staff, contract coaches, and BOD Members please refer to the AYSA Policy; Adult Verification: POLICY NO AYS082217-A for more information.

New Federal Law
Federal Law; (Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017) was signed and immediately put into effect on February 14, 2018. The new law requires all National Governing Bodies (i.e. U.S. Soccer Federation) and its members, including State Associations, to immediately report suspected child abuse, including sexual abuse, within 24 hours to all adults who are authorized to interact with minors or amateur athletes. Any individual who is required, but fails, to report suspected child abuse will now be subject to criminal penalties.

The new legislation is certainly a step in the right direction and AYSA will continue to ensure that we access the available resources, education, and procedures to follow the appropriate requirements which are critical to holding individuals that work with youth in the state of Alaska accountable for protecting the youth athletes.

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Zero Tolerance for Abuse
Once you submit the form you will receive an email from Abuse Prevention Systems within forty-eight hours; the email will include a training link. Please log in and complete the training. The training must be completed prior to interaction with athletes. Alaska Youth Soccer has zero tolerance for abuse; the policy and guidelines are intended to create a safe and nurturing environment in which athletes may receive the benefits unique to sports participation, preparation, and competition.The training will provide better understanding of the risk of child sexual abuse, information necessary to protect athletes from sexual abuse, and the adult responsibility to act in the best interest of the athlete.

Contact Linda Burke at the AYSA State Office for requirements or questions.

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