The U.S. Center for SafeSport is an independent nonprofit committed to building a sport community where participants can work and learn together free of emotional, physical and sexual abuse and misconduct.
The US Center for SafeSport provides training resources, help and best practices for coaches, parents, athletes, youth and amateur sports organizations to create a safe playing environment for youth athletes.
The Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 codified the U.S. Center for SafeSport, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, as the nation’s safe sport organization. It gave us the scope and authority to resolve abuse and misconduct reports for more than 11 million individuals throughout the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement—from whom we are fully independent.
The Act also charged the U.S. Center for SafeSport with developing and enforcing policies, procedures, and training to prevent abuse and misconduct. The Center’s SafeSport Code governs all participants in the Movement, and their oversight authority helps ensure all Olympic & Paralympic national governing bodies (NGBs) adhere to Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies (MAAPP) that support athlete safety.
The Morris United Soccer Club maintains specific policies to address the expected behaviors, of parents, players, volunteers and coaches to maintain a safe playing environment for our athletes which is free from abuse and misconduct.
Morris United set these policies under the guidance of NJ Youth Soccer and the U.S. Center for SafeSport, and to meet the requirements set forth by Public Law 115-126 Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act (the "SafeSport Act").
The Morris United Soccer Club has zero-tolerance for abuse and misconduct. All participants in the soccer community must play an active role in creating an environment safe from emotional, physical, or sexual abuse. In that regard the below policies are set forth to help all participants detect and report abuse, respond to abuse and to prevent abuse.
Morris United "SafeSport" policies include:
IF YOU SUSPECT CHILD ABUSE OR NEGLECT REPORT IT TO YOUR LOCAL AUTHORITIES, IN ADDITION TO (AND BEFORE) REPORTING IT TO THE MORRIS UNITED SOCCER CLUB, THE NJ YOUTH SOCCER ASSOCIATION, US SOCCER AND/OR THE U.S. CENTER FOR SAFESPORT.
Mandatory Reporting Requirement
The Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 makes it a mandatory obligation for covered individuals (e.g. coaches, administrators, and officers of the Morris United Soccer Club) who become aware of information that gives reason to suspect a child has suffered an incident of child abuse.
Child abuse includes physical or mental injury, sexual abuse or exploitation, or negligent treatment of a child. Sexual Abuse is defined to include the employment, use, persuasion, inducement, enticement, or coercion of a child to engage in, or assist another person to engage in, sexually explicit conduct or the rape, molestation, prostitution, or other form of sexual exploitation of children or incest with children. Mental Injury means harm to a child's psychological or intellectual functioning which may be exhibited by severe anxiety, depression, withdrawal or outward aggressive behavior, or a combination of those behaviors, which may be demonstrated by a change in behavior, emotional response or cognition.
In the event that the reporting obligation is triggered, a report must be made, within 24 hours, to appropriate law enforcement authorities, as governed by applicable federal and NJ state law.
The following resources are available to assist with reporting.
1) Local Law Enforcement
i. If the child is in immediate danger reports should be made to 911, or
ii. Morris Township Police Department: (973) 539-0777, or
iii. Morristown Police Department: (973) 292-6614, or
iv. Morris Plains Police Department: (973) 538-2284, or
2) State of New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF)
3) NJ State Central Registry (SCR): (877) 652-2873
4) NJ Mandatory Reporting Guidelines: https://www.nj.gov/dcf/reporting/how/index.html
1) Any executive officer of the Morris United Soccer Club may be contacted regarding a report of child abuse, but it is preferred that initial reports to MUSC be made to the President.
2) Reports should be supported by completing a MUSC misconduct report.
3) Individuals who are not comfortable making a report to the Morris United Soccer Club may make a direct report to the NJ Youth Soccer Association.
1) Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org, or
2) Online report at: https://playershealthprotect.com/50370437-9ea8-4fca-b9e4-53a6ee8a392b
3) Individuals who are not comfortable making a report to the NJ Youth Soccer Association may make a direct report to the US Soccer Federation at: https://www.ussoccer.com/report-a-concern.
4) Individuals who are not comfortable making a report to the US Soccer Federation may make a direct report the U.S Center for Safeport at: https://uscenterforsafesport.org/ngb-services/
Goal safety is of paramount importance to the Morris United Soccer Club. Adult participants must always ensure goals are in safe condition and secured to prevent tipping.
Policy XIX Goal Safety Policy of the Morris United Soccer Club Policies manual addresses goal safety.
Policy 18.02 "Lightning Safety" covers Morris United Soccer Club's polices on adverse weather conditions which include the possible presence of lightning. The focus of the policy is to keep participants safe.
US Soccer's recognize to recover program has published guidelines, which Morris United follows, to prepare coaches, referees and players to participate in soccer during extreme temperature conditions.
These guidelines provide actions individuals should follow to remain safe while playing soccer in cold weather:
Please refer to the US Soccer Cold Weather Guidelines for details.
Extreme heat can impact players' health and safe play. Proper hydration and knowing when you need to drink are critical, to help prevent many injuries and illnesses, from muscle cramps to heat stroke. Players should drink water before, during and after a game or practice, which means coaches should make sure there is adequate water available.
U.S. Soccer’s Recognize to Recover program gives players, parents, coaches and referees information and guidelines to make sure the desire to play does not cloud the decision-making process when it comes to evaluating environmental conditions to ensure the safety of those on the field.
Please refer to US Soccer's Heat Guidelines for details.
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI— caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth. This fast movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging the brain cells.
Children and teens who show or report one or more of the signs and symptoms listed below—or simply say they just “don’t feel right” after a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body—may have a concussion or other serious brain injury.
Signs Observed by Parents & Coaches
Symptoms Reported by Children and Teens
After being diagnosed with a concussion, Morris United players may only return to play following approval from a health care professional. There are five gradual steps to help safely return an athlete to play:
Baseline: No Symptoms
As the baseline step of the Return to Play Progression, the athlete needs to have completed physical and cognitive rest and not be experiencing concussion symptoms for a minimum of 24 hours. Keep in mind, the younger the athlete, the more conservative the treatment.
Step 1: Light aerobic activity
The Goal: Only to increase an athlete’s heart rate.
The Time: 5 to 10 minutes.
The Activities: Exercise bike, walking, or light jogging.
Absolutely no weight lifting, jumping or hard running.
Step 2: Moderate activity
The Goal: Limited body and head movement.
The Time: Reduced from typical routine.
The Activities: Moderate jogging, brief running, moderate-intensity stationary biking, and moderate-intensity weightlifting
Step 3: Heavy, non-contact activity
The Goal: More intense but non-contact
The Time: Close to typical routine
The Activities: Running, high-intensity stationary biking, the player’s regular weightlifting routine, and non-contact sport-specific drills. This stage may add some cognitive component to practice in addition to the aerobic and movement components introduced in Steps 1 and 2.
Step 4: Practice & full contact
The Goal: Reintegrate in full contact practice.
Step 5: Competition
The Goal: Return to competition.
Resources from the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) Heads Up on concussions.
All coaches are required to complete this CDC Heads Up to Youth Sports: On-Line Training
US Soccer recognize to recover program on head and brain injuries.
US Center for Disease Control fact sheet on concussions for parents.
US Center for Disease Control fact sheet on concussions for athletes.
US Center for Disease Control fact sheet on concussions for coaches.
Injury prevention is central to safe play. U.S. Soccer’s "Recognize to Recover" program provides resources and guidance to help players fight off injury so they can stay on the field. Not all injuries can be avoided, but the severity and probability of injury can be reduced through proper conditioning, training routines and good sportsmanship, making the game of soccer safer for all who participate.
Please refer to the U.S. Soccer "Recognize to Recover" program to learn more.
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