The major organizational types covered by this new law were distinguished as Olympics Sports Organizations, Paralympic Sports Organization, 'Non-NGB' organizations, and 'NGB' organizations. The term 'NGB' standing for 'National Governing Body'. As 'Paralympic Sports'/Olympic Sports do not apply to District VIII, this will not be discussed. The distinction between Non-NGB organizations and NGB organizations was defined by the manner in which play was conducted. Non-NGB organizations were defined as those that do not participate in interstate, or international competitions, while NGB organizations are those that do participate in interstate and international play.
For all leagues/clubs/associations within Cal North, District VIII, they belong to California Soccer Association North, which is a sanctioned member of the organization, U.S. Soccer, and USYS, who are NGB organizations. All requirements in the SafeSport Act, required for members of an NGB organization, are mandated for all District VIII leagues/clubs/associations.
6. Extends the abuse reporting time deadline to ten years after the alleged incident, or ten years after the athlete turns 18 years of age.
7. Established that an abuse incident must be reported within 24 hours after discovery.
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The law was designed to ensure that a solid platform existed for ensuring abuse protection, recognition and education, with a defined mechanism for incident handling and reporting. The new law incorporates a mandatory 24 hour reporting period for an abuse incident. The inclusion of a ten year extension for an athlete to report an abuse incident was included to ensure that a victim's right to report and seek adjudication was maintained. The new law focuses on the key aspect of recognizing abuse grooming techniques, to help prevent an actual abuse situation from happening, as well as recognizing the signs of abuse. The law seeks to push the preventative aspect of a potential abuse situation, rather than being reactive to an abuse situation which has already occurred. For this purpose, the law dictates that all adult parties that come into contact with youth athletes must be educated in grooming techniques, and recognition of abuse signs. This same education must be provided to youth, with consent from parents. Sports organizations must design, and publish an abuse policy to all parties within their organization, staff, and parents.
On February 14, 2018, the Safe Sport Authorization Act was signed into law. This law is a mixture of new legislation, combined with modifying existing law, to form a broad new mechanism for protecting youth sports players from emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. Currently existing laws, which this act modified, will have to be modified to include the provisions stated in this new federal law.
Section 226 of the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1998 (34 U.S.C. 20341)
Section 2258 of title 18, United States Code
Section 2255 of title 18, United States Code
Section 220503 of title 36, United States Code
Chapter 2205 of title 36, United States Code
Subchapter II of chapter 2205 of title 36, United States Code
Under the SafeSport Act, all members of District VIII are required to provide the following:
U.S. Center for Safe Sport: https://safesport.org/report-a-concern
U.S. Soccer integrity hotline: https://www.ussoccer.com/integrity-hotline
(Phone: 312 528-7004 )
Local Police/Sheriff Dept.
The U.S. Center for SafeSport is an independent nonprofit committed to ending all forms of abuse in sport. This includes bullying, harassment, hazing, physical abuse, emotional abuse, and sexual misconduct and abuse. The Center is the first and only national organization of its kind.