FEDERAL MANDATES ABOUT REPORTING CHILD ABUSE AND CONCUSSIONS
As it relates to the conversation last night about the new law S.534 as well as the bill (concussions) that moved out of committee here in CT, I would like to provide you the following;
1. S.534 - Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017
On February 14, 2018, the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 was signed into law and became effective immediately. The legislation is available for download HERE. The U.S. Center for SafeSport has released a fact sheet about the legislation which can be found HERE.
In addition to the U.S. Center for SafeSport’s factsheet, which provides information regarding the entire law, we wanted to provide additional detail on the specific mandatory reporting of child abuse requirements included in the new legislation because these requirements may impact you immediately:
The bill amends the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990 to extend the duty to report suspected child abuse, including sexual abuse, within 24 hours to all adults who are authorized to interact with minor or amateur athletes by a national governing body, a member of a national governing body, or an amateur sports organization that participates in interstate or international amateur athletic competition. These individuals are called “covered individuals” in the new legislation.
Child abuse is defined as physical or mental injury, sexual abuse or exploitation, or negligent treatment of a child.
Per current federal regulations, reports of child abuse should be made to the local law enforcement agency or local child protective services agency that has jurisdiction to investigate reports of child abuse or to protect child abuse victims or to the FBI. These regulations have not yet been updated to reflect the recent change in the law. Until such time as the regulations are updated, U.S. Soccer will make reports to (1) local law enforcement where any alleged incident took place to the extent it can be determined and the incident occurred in the United States, (2) local law enforcement where the victim resides if different than (1), and (3) the FBI.
An individual who is required, but fails, to report suspected child sexual abuse is subject to criminal penalties including fines and up to one (1) year in jail.
These obligations are in addition to any State law requirements that an individual may have in a particular jurisdiction.
In the next day or so i will be submitting everyone's (BOD) email into https://abusepreventionsystems.com/ which is the US Youth Soccer FREE training for your review. I will send more detailed instructions at that time.
To require youth coaches of youth athletic activities conducted on fields, courts and recreational areas owned, operated or managed by municipalities to annually view an informational video regarding concussions.
In an effort to have all thoughts in one place I have created a feedback form, should you have any, please leave there and I will push out to group as needed.
These are the training sessions available to clubs and registrars to start the turnover to the Blue Star system. If you are a club president or registrar or even a club administrator, please review the dates for the live seminars and the webinars and register for one of them.
U.S. Soccer and Connecticut Junior Soccer Association are proud to announce the launch of four new in-person Grassroots License Courses as well as the updated D License Course. Each of these educational opportunities are hosted by U.S. Soccer member organizations and are tailored around the four new Grassroots game models: 4v4, 7v7, 9v9, and 11v11. These course options will offer coaches the chance to learn more about how to develop a player-centered approach to coaching.
Spanning four hours in length, each in-person course consists of both classroom and field-based sessions. Coaches will learn more about U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Education Philosophy, Play-Practice-Play Methodology and the Six Tasks of a Grassroots Coach, among other topics. The newly revamped D License is a culmination of all four game models and an extension of the Grassroots courses. After completion of the course, coaches will have the knowledge and tools to positively impact their players and the environment in which they interact.
“Grassroots is where soccer begins. It is these early experiences that spark a child’s love for the game. As a parent or coach, these courses will help further improve those experiences,” said U.S. Soccer Director of Coaching Education Nico Romeijn. “If you are completely new to coaching or the game of soccer, this is a tremendous opportunity to further your knowledge of how to teach children to learn and love the game. For the experienced coach or former player, this is an opportunity to provide a more structured approach based on the needs of the players. In both cases, the focus is on the player and how to ensure that player is able to learn, grow and have fun playing soccer.”
Together with U.S. Soccer, Connecticut Junior Soccer Association is committed to improving the experience and level of our players through empowering coaches with low barrier and easily accessible education.
For information regarding schedule, please contact Connecticut Junior Soccer Association Director of Coaching, Mario Prata, email@example.com
SOCCER ENTRY LEVEL REFEREE COURSE TO OPEN JANUARY 15
Grade 8 Referee - 2nd Entry Level Training session registration and access to the online modules will open 1/15/18 and will close 3/18/18.
Once the online modules are complete you will register for and attend one required "in-person" session. The required "in-person" 2nd sessions will start 1/30/18 and run through 4/8/18.At least one "in-person" session will be available on a first come first serve basis almost every weekend somewhere in the state in that time period. Check the CSRP Event Calendar for dates.
The CT Cup is a Travel Team Competition - $75 entry fee per team if entry and fee are received on or before 3:00pm 4/6; $150 entry fee per team if entry and fee are received after 4/6 and before 4/13 3:00pm (U19 deadline is 4/13 3:00pm);
Rosters Frozen: 4/20, except U19, which freezes 1 week prior to the start of cup play for that age group. Cup Draw: 4/24 results will be posted online at www.cjsa.org.
ROSTERS ARE UPLOADED INTO THE CJSA REGISTRATION SYSTEM (NOT GOTSOCCER)AND SUBMITTED FOR SPRING CT CUP. Possible 1st round for age brackets with over 32 teams and under 64 teams is May 5th.
Note: A club may withdraw a team from this competition on or before the deadline with only the loss of the entry fee, no additional penalty. Any withdrawal or forfeit after the deadline date will result in a $100 fine per team. CT Cup Finals are slated for June 16th at Curtiss Fields, Simsbury
The Northwest District Soccer Board has released the calendar for the upcoming 2018 spring and fall seasons:
Spring 2018 Travel Soccer Season:
First day of games will be Saturday, April 7th. Season will run through Sunday, June17th. No games Memorial Day Weekend.
Registration system will open February 1st for all clubs to register teams. It will close March 4th at midnight. Fees are $75 per team. There is a late fee period that will extend until March 9th at midnight if space allows. Registration fees during that time will be $150 per team. Only clubs and designated club personnel can register teams, not individual coaches.
January 17th: Monthly district meeting at 7:30 pm
March 14th: Monthly district meeting AND league scheduling meeting at 7:30 pm.
March 28th: Spring coaches meeting to receive schedules and handbook. Boys teams at 6:30 pm. Girls teams at 7:30 pm
May 16th: Monthly district meeting at 7:30 pm
June 20th: Monthly district meeting at 7:30 pm
Fall 2018 Travel Soccer Season:
First day of games will be Saturday, September 8th. Season will run through Sunday, November 18th. No games Columbus Day Weekend.
Registration system will open July 1st for all clubs to register teams. It will close August 5th at midnight. Fees are $75 per team. There is a late fee period that will extend until August 10th at midnight if space allows. Registration fees during that time will be $150 per team. Only clubs and designated club personnel can register teams, not individual coaches.
August 15th: Monthly district meeting AND league scheduling meeting at 7:30 pm.
August 27th: Fall coaches meeting to receive schedules and handbook. Girls teams at 6:30 pm. Boys teams at 7:30 pm
September 19th: Monthly district meeting at 7:30 pm
November 14th: Monthly district meeting and holiday dinner at 6:30 pm
All district meetings are held at the Wyndham Hotel in Southbury.