The Montana Safe Soccer platform provides all Montana Youth Soccer participants (players, coaches, referees, administrators, volunteers and parents) with the tools to make their soccer experience safe, healthy and free from emotional, physical or sexual abuse.
Our Safe Soccer platform includes policies, procedures, background screening of all adults, education and training, reporting, monitoring and enforcement in our desire to help all participants, young and old, have the very best soccer experience.
Consistent with U.S. Soccer Bylaw 212, Members Clubs are required to, among other obligations, 1) comply with applicable law and, in particular, the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act (the “Sports Act”); 2) if the member recruits, trains, fields or funds soccer players, establish a risk management program to promote the safety and protect the welfare of participants; and 3) adopt policies prohibiting sexual abuse. Effective February 14, 2018, Public Law 115‐126, the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 (the “SafeSport Act”), amends the Sports Act, and requires applicable amateur sports organizations (as such term is defined in the SafeSport Act, 36 U.S.C. § 220530(b)) to:
Comply with the SafeSport Act’s reporting requirements and prohibit retaliation by the applicable amateur sports organization against any individual who makes a report (36 U.S.C. § 220530(a)(1));
Establish reasonable procedures to limit one‐on‐one interactions between an amateur athlete who is a minor and an adult (who is not the minor’s legal guardian) at a facility under the jurisdiction of the applicable amateur sports organization (36 U.S.C. § 220530(a)(2));
Offer and provide consistent training to adult members in regular contact with minor amateur athletes and, subject to parental consent, to members who are minors, regarding prevention and reporting of child abuse (36 U.S.C. § 220530(a)(3)); and
The purpose of the Montana Youth Soccer Athlete and Participant Safety Policy is to require an Athlete and Participant Safety/Safe Soccer program as part of each Member Club’s risk management program and establish standards for such a program.
Montana Youth Soccer looks forward to working with our Member Clubs to ensure their compliance toward these safety Policies and procedures.