In a recent survey of USASF athlete parents, we asked what was most important to you. You put athlete protection at the top of your list and we agree. Since our beginning, the overall health, safety and well-being of athletes stands alone as our top priority.
The US All Star Federation, has long been committed to fostering safe environments for our athletes. In 2008, we implemented a detailed athlete protection policy that focuses on procedures intended to reduce the risk of potential abuse for athletes. In 2015, we were among the first youth sports organizations to require background screenings for all coaches and adult members. Two years later we made SafeSport’s athlete protection education a mandatory requirement for all coaches and adult members.
Our partners at Safe@AllStar have developed a multi-layered child protection program that provides personalized training, materials and resources to help protect athletes and create environments that encourage safety, openness and disclosure. This model will educate, empower and enhance self-awareness among athletes, parents, coaches, club owners and event producers. Simply put, Safe@AllStar provides free training that is relevant to each USASF member type to help them:
In addition, Safe@AllStar now provides a helpline from 8:00am EST - 8:00pm EST to speak to a child protection expert about a concern of abuse and/or misconduct, or to receive a free consultation about other questions related to athlete safety or security. IF A MINOR IS IN IMMEDIATE DANGER OR ABUSE IS OCCURRING, CALL 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY.
Safe@AllStar’s child protection plan starts with teaching athletes about PASS:
Free, online age-appropriate training and certification that covers
Our world’s constant stream of news delivers reports of frightening and tragic events but worrying does not make our children safer. Instead of using fear to teach about danger, Safe@AllStar’s experienced professionals make it positive and empowering for athletes to learn how to stay safe and get help. The Safe@AllStar team provides training and resources for athletes of all ages and abilities.
We utilize the most elite and knowledgeable minds in safety, security and technology to educate, empower and promote self-awareness. We instill confidence, skill and learned behaviors needed to make good decisions and keep children out of dangerous situations when and if they arise.
As a parent, it can be hard to set boundaries or ask for help when it comes to resolving problems between your child and authority figures in their lives. You’ll leave the Safe@AllStar online program with skills and strategies you can use right away to help these conversations be respectful, productive, effective, and more emotionally safe. In addition, Safe@AllStar’s Child Protective Program workshops will help you gain the education and confidence to protect your child from sexual abuse – without taking away their innocence.
While the USASF coaches and club owners are already required to be trained in abuse education, we want them to be the most informed and proactive leaders in youth sports. Topics covered in Safe@AllStar’s comprehensive coach certification include: