The Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 was created to address abuse found in various youth sports organizations across the United States. Perhaps the most well-known situation to the general public involved USA Gymnastics and has resulted in not only numerous guilty verdicts for the prosecution, but ongoing litigation involving the organization’s liability.
If there is a suspicion of child abuse, it needs to be reported to local law enforcement. Here is a Guide on Mandatory Reporting Requirements per State and on mandatory reporting requirements per S.534, The Protecting Young Victims from Child Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017.
One of the primary purposes of the SafeSport Act is to expand existing mandated reporting laws to all youth sport organizations that participate in interstate sporting events, mandating that AERC adopt those sections of SafeSport which apply to our organization. First and foremost is to protect our membership, but also through this process we are protecting our organization.
At the 2019 midyear meeting, the AERC Board of Directors approved a motion to require:
Each AERC ride in the U.S. must have a designated SafeSport ride management representative who has passed the SafeSport online training prior to the ride. The SafeSport representative must be in camp during the ride and available if necessary, not riding the ride. The AERC office must have proof of SafeSport training before the ride occurs. (Reimbursement is available for one management team representative per ride.)
Link to AERC’s SafeSport policy
AERC members in the U.S. (age 18 or older) are invited to take the 90-minute online SafeSport training course, which may be taken at once or in segments. Cost is $20. (USEF Members: You may take this course through the USEF website.)
Refresher Course. AERC members who completed the Safe Sport training prior to the current season may enroll in the Safe Sport Refresher Course. Cost is $10. AERC will reimburse the refresher course cost if the enrollee is serving as a Safe Sport ride representative during the current ride season.