Mustang Soccer’s Player Protection Policies
Mustang Soccer takes great pride in the quality of our adult leadership. Being a volunteer in Mustang Soccer is a privilege, not a right. The quality of the program and the safety of our youth members call for high-quality adult leaders.
Mustang Soccer screens coaches and adult volunteers. Adult applications request background information and will be checked by the league before accepting an applicant for leadership. While no current screening techniques exist that can identify every potential child abuser, screening can reduce the risk by increasing what we know about an applicant for a leadership position.
Barriers to Abuse Within Mustang Soccer
Mustang Soccer has adopted the following policies to provide additional security for our members. These policies are primarily for the protection of our youth members; however, they also serve to protect our adult leaders from false accusations of abuse.
· Two-deep leadership. Two registered adult leaders or one registered adult leaders and a parent of a participant, one of whom must be 21 years of age or older, are required on all activities.
· No one-on-one contact. One-on-one contact between adults and youth members is not permitted. In situations that require personal conferences, such as a Coach’s conference, the meeting is to be conducted in view of other adults and youths.
· Respect of privacy. Adult leaders must respect the privacy of youth members in situations such as changing clothes, and intrude only to the extent that health and safety require. Adults must protect their own privacy in similar situations.
· Separate accommodations. When on the road, no youth is permitted to sleep in the accommodations of a Mustang League registered adult leader, other than that of their own relative or guardian.
· Proper preparation for physically challenging activities. Activities with elements of risk should never be undertaken without proper preparation, equipment, clothing, supervision, and safety measures.
· Transparency. All aspects of the Mustang Soccer program are open to observation by parents and leaders.
· Appropriate attire. Proper clothing and equipment for activities is required.
· Constructive discipline. Discipline used in Mustang Soccer should be constructive and reflect Mustang Soccer ’s values. Corporal punishment is never permitted. See disciplinary procedures for specific details.
· Hazing prohibited. Physical hazing and initiations are prohibited and may not be included as part of any Mustang Soccer activity.