PURPOSE OF NEW LAW 

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.

​​Under the SafeSport Act, all members of District VIII are required to provide the following:

  • "offer and provide consistent training to all adult members who are in regular contact with amateur athletes who are minors, and subject to parental consent, to members who are minors regarding prevention and reporting of child abuse..."  The training is to include the recognition of grooming techniques, and abuse recognition.  There is no mandated training provider.
  • Creation of reasonable procedures to limit one-on-one interactions between an adult and an amateur athlete who is a minor, who is not in an observable and interruptible distance from another adult.
  • Organization must establish an internal mechanism for reporting abuse to it, which protects the reporter from any form of reprisal/backlash, incorporates/documents an identified mechanism for reporting, and safeguards the incident information.
  • Mandates that all abuse incidents must be reported within 24 hours, to 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.

  • Must develop and distribute to staff/coaches/parents, an organizational abuse policy.


  • Serve as the Independent national safe sport organization and be recognized worldwide as the independent national safe sport organization for the United States
  • Exercise jurisdiction over the corporation, each national governing body, and each Paralympic sports organization with regard to safeguarding amateur athletes against abuse, including emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, in sports.
  • Maintain an office for education and outreach that shall develop training, oversight practices, policies, and procedures to prevent the abuse, including emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, of amateur athletes participating in amateur athletic activities through national governing bodies and paralmypic sports organizations.
  • Maintain an office for response and resolution that shall establish mechanisms that allow for the reporting, investigation, and resolution.
  • Ensure that the mechanisms existing for reporting provide fair notice and an opportunity to the heard and protect the privacy and safety of complainants.

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.














  1. Created a new subset of required 'mandatory reporters', amending existing law, and naming sports coaches and youth sport organizational staff as being a  'covered individual', defined as follows:
    The term 'covered individual' means an adult who is authorized by a national governing body, a member of a national governing body, or an amateur youth sport organization that participates in interstate or international amateur athletic competition, to interact with a minor or amateur athlete at an amateur sports organization facility or at an event sanctioned by a national governing body, a member of a national governing body, or such an amateur sports organization.
  2. Created categories of responsible organizations, with defined abuse responsibilities, and prescribed their operational and abuse reporting duties/obligations.
  3. Requires adoption of a reasonable policy to ensure that an athlete under 18 is not left alone with an adult.
  4. Mandated widespread abuse educational teaching requirements for the defined organizations and their members.  All adults having contact with youth athletes under the age of 18 must take abuse training, which includes learning 'grooming' techniques, and recognition of all forms of abuse.  Youth athletes who are minors must be educated on child abuse, with permission of their parents.
  5. Established the U.S. Center for Safe Sports, which has the following functions:

                           



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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.


     Amended Laws

                  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

 WHAT ARE THE ELEMENTS OF THE LAW 

 ORGANIZATIONS COVERED BY THIS NEW LAW 

 RESOURCES

 REQUIREMENTS FOR DISTRICT VIII ORGANIZATIONS 

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.


 LAW CONSTRUCTION 

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.