What is the Safe Sport Act?
The Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 was created in reaction to the abuse found in various youth sports organizations, including USA Gymnastics. This act created a new standard of care that affected youth organizations across the country.
Who is Impacted?
The law is written in a way that will likely affect all states nationwide. At a minimum, any organization involved in youth sport will be held to an increased “standard of care” regarding reporting, training, policies and procedures, and periodic safety system reviews. It is imperative you speak with your legal counsel to determine the specific impacts of the new law on your organization.
Are New Policies Required?
The Safe Sport Act requires sports organizations to establish reasonable procedures to limit one-on-one interactions between an adult and an amateur athlete who is a minor…without being in an observable and interruptible distance from another adult.
What Steps Do I Need To Take
The policy requires each adult to submit an annual background check to the organization, review the Code of Conduct, and complete the Abuse Prevention Training.