Recent abuse scandals have changed the landscape of youth sports nationwide forever. The details of these cases, and others since, have shocked us all. Federal and State laws are now in place that all of us have to follow. Accordingly, the Ohio Soccer Assocation Board of Directors has chosen to upgrade many of its operating systems and Risk Management processes to meet and comply with these regulations and laws. .
It is something we do willingly as a service to our members and for the safety of all of the children involved in our organization.
Our focus is to improve the safety of the playing environment for all youth soccer players in Ohio Soccer Assocation.
The following four Risk Management requirements, called SafeSoccer by Ohio Soccer Association (OSA), are required by Federal law, State law and/or OSA for all member rec and competitive leagues, competitive clubs, and all designated cited adults below involved in OSA.
1. Lindsay's Law
All players and cited adults below as required to register will also be required to sign off on Lindsay's Law. This is done during registration in Demosphere. Member leagues and clubs will no longer have to collect the physical paperwork for this.
2. Ohio Concussion Law: Return to Play
All players and cited adults below as required to register will also be required to sign off on Ohio Concussion Law. This is done during registration in Demosphere. Member leagues and clubs will no longer have to collect the physical paperwork for this.
3. SafeSport Online Training
All adults cited below as required to register will also be required to complete SafeSport Training and Education.
This will be completed in the Players Health system.
4. Background Checks
All adults cited as required to register in item (1) will also be required to complete a background check. OSA uses JDP to run background checks, and necessary adults will submit their check to JDP through Players Health. This is another of our system wide upgrades and investments.