In The Headlines: Reminders of the Importance of Volunteer Screening
“Youth sports treasurer accused of embezzlement - Corona man has been charged with embezzling $100,000 from a youth sports program that receives money from the city.”
“Montgomery County police arrested a longtime soccer coach on Thursday and charged him with inappropriate contact with a juvenile six months ago.”
“New Jersey — Referee James Clay, a 50-year-old with seven years of officiating experience, was slugged in the head and neck after ejecting a Clayton High School player.”
Unfortunately, these headlines are much too common in youth sports today, making the role of CVPA all the more important in creating a safe haven for all AYSO participants. Screening volunteers by requiring an application form, checking references and running background checks is an important first step.
Remember, federal law requires a signed volunteer form before AYSO can run criminal background checks. Wouldn’t it be nice to know that someone convicted of embezzling $100,000, assault and battery, inappropriate sexual conduct with a juvenile or possession of controlled substances for sale is not in a position to inflict harm in AYSO?
Volunteer training and certification is also important. Safe Haven certification identifies child and volunteer protection guidelines that protect children by preventing opportunities for abuse to occur, as well as to protect volunteers from misunderstandings and false accusations. Job training ensures that volunteers understand and follow procedures and guidelines while performing their specific responsibilities.
Training can prevent accidents, injury and loss of resources. Are your volunteers trained and certified? Are our Region’s resources safe? Learn more about CVPA training here