U.S. Center for SafeSport
On February 14, 2018, a new law went into effect, S .534, the “Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and SafeSport Authorization Act of 2017 .” The Act designates the U .S . Center for SafeSport (The Center) as the independent national safe sport organization responsible for delivering education and resolving allegations of misconduct within the U .S . Olympic and Paralympic Movements; additionally, the law requires the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and U .S . Olympic national governing bodies (NGBs) to report child sexual abuse to law enforcement .
If your child participates in a sport organization that is a member of a national governing body recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee (such as US Sailing), the U.S. Center for SafeSport Code and definitions apply. Sexual misconduct should be reported directly to the Center, and other forms of misconduct should be reported to the NGB .
The Project Play Parent Checklists
When you become a parent, your favorite athlete becomes the child that you’re raising. Yet navigating youth sports can be confusing and frustrating. Parents and caregivers often don’t know what questions to ask of themselves, their child and their sports provider to make sports a great experience.
The Project Play Parent Checklists provide 10 simple questions that parents should ask depending on the child’s age and activity level with sports. Find the checklist most relevant to your child, watch the preview video, click the View My Checklist button to take a test, and find all of the resources you need to build an athlete for life.
Building A Strong Foundation
What parents can do to build a strong foundation, by Jessica M. Mohler, Psy.D., CC-AASP Clinical and Sport Psychologist, United States Naval Academy.
I am a sailor. I started at sailing camp at the age of 10. I competed in Lasers during high school and as a varsity sailor in college. I went on to teach and coach the sport to children and adults. My current sailing endeavors include crewing on a J-22. Along the way I became a clinical and sport psychologist. I have now taken on my most challenging role, being a parent of a child who is interested in sport, including sailing.
If you are reading this, there is a good chance you are a parent who enjoys the sport of sailing and wants the best for your child, whether that means simply learning how to sail, or competing in sailboat racing.
Winning the Race to the Right Finish Line
Kevin McLaughlin, USA Hockey’s Director of Youth Hockey Development, was not looking forward to opening his email in January 2009. He knew it was going to be full of angry posts. He knew he and his colleagues at USA Hockey would be accused of destroying the game and taking the toughness out of the sport. He knew that the haters would be out in full force, trying to run the leaders of USA Hockey’s youth development team out the door.
But, USA Hockey’s leadership also knew they were in the right. They knew that in order to survive, grow, and improve, youth hockey needed to change. They needed kids to play cross-ice hockey in order to get more touches, interactions, and enjoyment out of every game.
They knew that body checking was not a necessary component of 10-year-old hockey, as growing children were more susceptible to injury and less likely to develop skillfully if the game was overly physical.
They knew that there was no need for a 12 and Under national champion to be crowned, as this title served the egos of the adults watching far more than the needs of the children playing.
They knew they needed a new model. Youth sports was on a race to the bottom, and hockey was about to pull out of that race.
They knew they needed to win the race to the right finish line.