Updated: Dec 5, 2019
MARTINSBURG – After the American athletic landscape has been wracked by abuse scandals, one relatively new program will attempt to protect children from the dark side of youth sports.
The United States Center for SafeSport has issued new guidelines governing the behavior of adults around young athletes, which officials hope will change the narrative surrounding youth sports.
“This is the critical issue, this issue and concussions, that are going to define youth sports going forward,” said Dave Laraba, executive director of the West Virginia Soccer Association.
Laraba was in Martinsburg on Sunday afternoon, meeting with representatives from local soccer clubs at an information session about the new SafeSport guidelines that will become mandatory starting next week for all youth sports organizations that are affiliated with the United States Olympic Committee.
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The U.S. Center for SafeSport's vision is that every athlete will be safe, supported, and strengthened through sport.
Safe: Athletes are protected from emotional, physical, and sexual abuse.
Supported: Athletes enjoy welcome, respectful environments and diversity is actively embraced.
Strengthened: Athletes use the skills they’ve learned in sport to contribute to the well-being of their communities. Every athlete thrives, on and off the field of play.
WVFC Panhandle is proud to inform our parents and players that 100% of our coaches and staff have completed SafeSport training and support the mission to make athlete well-being the centerpiece of our nation’s sports culture through abuse prevention, education, and accountability.
We have copies of the handouts Mr. Laraba provided that include websites, phone numbers, and much more information for parents to learn more about how the program protects their players. If you would like to have a copy mailed to you, email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents can download:
Information will also be available at our FALL KICKOFF OPENING CEREMONIES on September 6th at 7:00 PM at the Ridge Road Fields.