Whether you are a coach, player, or parent of an athlete, you are aware that Abuse in youth sports is a topic of intense discussion nation-wide. How do we begin to tackle the problem? Where do we go to report it when we see it? What does it look like? KC Athletics uses SafeSport as its guide to meet our families' needs.
There has a been a lot in the news in recent years about the abuse by players, parents, and coaches in sports. Most recently, the NWSL has taken center stage after an article was published in The Athletic highlighting a process that allowed abuse to happen over a prolonged period of time and how an organization was setup to cover it up. It's not an easy topic to discuss, but it's one we don't take lightly. Did you know KC Athletics coaches are all Safesport trained and must re-certify every year? What is Safesport and how can parents and coaches benefit from Safesport?
ENDING ABUSE IN SPORT.
As reports of sexual abuse in amateur sport made headlines in the 2010s, it had become clear: America deserved a safer sport culture.
To achieve this, a new paradigm anchored by a new organization was needed. One that was authorized by Congress to help abuse prevention, education, and accountability take root in every sport, on every court. One that was dedicated solely to ending sexual, physical, and emotional abuse on behalf of athletes everywhere.
From this need, the U.S. Center for SafeSport was created.
While all coaches and administrators that are carded for participation in Heartland, NLMC, and ECNL are required to be SafeSport certified, KC Athletics extends that to all of our parents and coaches, paid or unpaid, who work with our youth. So how do we view the policies and standards put forth by Safesport?
At KC Athletics we have four club Values as established by our coaching staff: Passion, Compete, Integrity, and Respect. Inherent in our definition of Respect, we seek to provide environments that are Safe and build Trust between the players, coaches, and parents. It is only through environments based in Safety and Trust that development of the whole child can occur.
Director of Coaching- Missouri Regional Teams (U12 and below)
Director of Coaching- Kansas Regional Teams (U12 and below)
Director of Coaching- ECNL & ECRL Girls
Director of Coaching- Academy Elite and Premier Boys, Academy Select Girls
Director of Goalkeepers