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What is SafeSport?

On February 14, 2018, the President signed the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 which is aimed at protecting amateur athletes* from sexual abuse. 

What exactly does the Law state?

The Law has a three-pronged approach:
1. Any adult interacting with amateur athletes in the program has a duty to report abuse and or suspected abuse                              within a 24 hour period. EVERY adult is a mandatory reporter.
  2. The statute of limitations is extended for up to 10 years after a victim realizes he or she was abused. 
3. Limits an athlete under the age of 18 from being alone with an adult who is not their parent. 

*What is an amateur athlete?  Any child or minor under the age of 18. 

Legislation is available for download (click here).

Who is the U.S. Center for SafeSport?
The U.S. Center for SafeSport is an independent 501c(3) non-profit organization focused on ending all forms of abuse in sport. They endeavor to make athlete well-being the centerpiece of the nation’s sports culture through abuse prevention, education, and accountability.

The Center is a trusted educational resource for all sport entities at all levels of sport from grassroots amateur sports organizations to professional leagues. 

SafeSport Certification

Education and awareness are the most critical components to creating safe and respectful sporting environments, free of abuse and harassment. Nebraska State Soccer is committed to ensuring all administrators have the proper training to protect athletes from all forms of abuse that can occur in sports. 

 The 90-Minute SafeSport™ Core training is an initial training requirement across all NGBs with additional refresher trainings available after one year.  Adults who have regular contact with amateur athletes who are minors are now required to take this training.

To take the SafeSport Training -

Reach out to your club to assist with setting up your Demosphere profile to initiate the Player's Health training. This will give you access to complete SafeSport and the other required risk management trainings.



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