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Alaska Youth Soccer Association (AYSA) zero tolerance for abuse, (AYSA) encourages a culture of communication regarding matters that place athletes at risk. (AYSA) supports a culture of communication related to abuse or suspected abuse of athletes. If you see or suspect inappropriate interaction with or between athletes, or an athlete and volunteer it is your responsibility to report the inappropriate interaction to a Club Official / Representative and Alaska Youth Soccer.
REPORTING:
The report must be within a 24-hour Period of Awareness. Federal regulations state that reports should be made to a) local law enforcement and b) local/state child protective services, c) US Soccer, and d) the US Center for SafeSport. EVERYONE IS A MANDATORY REPORTER. Reporting organizations contact information and phone numbers can be found below and on the (AYSA) Contact Numbers Sheet.
REPORTING AGENCIES: (Reporting Contacts Below- All 4 Steps Must be Taken)
1) LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT: (Agency near you) a) Alaska State Troopers b) Child Protective Services: (800) 478-4444
2) ALASKA YOUTH SOCCER: (AYSA) Representative Immediately a) (907) 887-6550 or b) alaskayouthsoccer@gmail.com
3) NATIONAL GOVERNING BODY (NGB)- US Soccer Integrity Hotline: a) (312) 528 -7004 or b) https://www.ussoccer.com/integrity-hotline
4) SAFE SPORT (US Center for SafeSport): https://www.safesport.org/report-a-concern
* SafeSport Helpline
(AYSA) Code of Conduct Policy is set to protect those who make a report of a violation of the Code of Conduct. Retaliation against individuals making good faith reports of misconduct is expressly prohibited. (AYSA) takes any and all reports of inappropriate misconduct, behavior, bullying, or suspicions of abuse seriously.
Code of Conduct provides evidence of (AYSA) commitment to the lawful and ethical conduct of its members/participants to protect those who report violations consistent the Whistleblower Policy; AYSA090109. Policy is intended to supplement but not replace any applicable state or federal laws governing behavior.
Federal Law: (Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017) was signed and immediately put into effect on February 14, 2018. Individual who fails to report suspected child sexual abuse is subject to criminal penalties including fines/ up to one (1) year in jail.
Alaska Youth Soccer Association (AYSA): The policy requires each adult to submit an (AYSA) annual background check, review the AYSA Code of Conduct, and complete the Protecting Young Victims training. If an affiliate member is found to be not in compliance with the Adult Verification Policy; they will be referred to the (AYSA) Compliance and Disciplinary Committee. The Committee can place the member on a probationary period to correct the non-compliance issue. Continued non-compliance with (AYSA) Policies may result in the members suspension or removal as a member.Any person accused of committing a prohibited act or any act considered to be harmful to a child will be immediately suspended from all Alaska Youth Soccer Association (AYSA) activities.
Any person in violation of US Soccer, US Youth Soccer and/or (AYSA) policies will be subject to the current (AYSA) Procedures for Disciplinary Actions and Appeals & Grievances and Complaints and Appeals. Suspension will continue during any investigation by law enforcement or child protective agencies.