Risk Management is a method for identifying risks in all areas, and developing and implementing a plan to protect an organization and prevent loss. ASA follows guidelines under US Soccer, USYS, and local governances to protect both our affiliated clubs and their players. Each seasonal year, our coaches, managers, and administrators within our ASA affiliated clubs are required to have a background check, SafeSport Certification, CoachSafely Certification, and follow Safe Soccer Framework.
The U.S. Center for SafeSport is an independent nonprofit committed to building a sport community where participants can work and learn together free of emotional, physical and sexual abuse and misconduct. For ASA, every adult who is working with children is required to take the Sexual Abuse Awareness Training-Youth Sports program each year.
The CoachSafely Foundation made history in 2018 when its advocacy, designed to create a new standard in youth sports safety, led to a breakthrough in public policy. The Coach Safely Act (Alabama Code 2018-496) – passed by the Alabama Legislature and signed by Gov. Kay Ivey – became the first law in the United States requiring youth coaches to be trained in a comprehensive course of injury recognition and prevention. The Foundation created the CoachSafely training course, which has been approved by the Alabama Department of Public Health, to meet the law’s mandate. While focusing on education and research to train youth coaches to keep their players safe, the Foundation continues to advocate for similar legislative mandates in other states in the Southeastern Conference footprint and beyond.
For ASA, CoachSafely is another layer of risk management required for our coaches, managers, and administrators in our clubs to help keep our players in a safe environment.
U.S. Soccer has developed the Safe Soccer Framework as a foundation from which all participants in the soccer community, be they athletes, coaches, referees, administrators or volunteers, play an active role in creating an environment free from emotional, physical or sexual abuse. The Safe Soccer Framework is a comprehensive program of policies and process, screening, education and training, reporting, monitoring and enforcement designed to help participants detect and report abuse, respond to it, and prevent future occurrences.
On top of the Safe Soccer Framework, US Soccer has also developed the Recognize to Recover–US Soccer’s comprehensive player health and safety program. It was developed with the help of medical experts and aims to provide coaches, players, parents and referees with information, guidance and educational materials to improve the prevention and management of injuries.
Andrews and Encore Sports Medicine are the official sports medicine partners of Alabama Soccer Soccer Association.