Wyoming Soccer Association's Player Safety Policy was recently updated to reflect changes to US Soccer’s SafeSport framework and USSF Policy 212-3. These changes are required by the US Center for SafeSport and become effective January 1, 2022. Further, please note that these required changes apply to all US Soccer members (i.e. including US Club Soccer, SAY, and AYSO).
On February 14th, 2018, the President signed the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 which is aimed at protecting amateur athletes* from sexual abuse.
The Law has a three-pronged approach:
- Any adult interacting with amateur athletes in the program has a duty to report abuse and or suspected abuse.
- The statute of limitations is extended for up to 10 years after a victim realizes he or she was abused.
- Limits an athlete under the age of 18 from being alone with an adult who is not their parent.
*What is an amateur athlete? Any child or minor under the age of 18. Legislation is available for download (click here).
This page provides information for each of the required categories:
- All Amateur Organization Members coaches must complete the Center's "SafeSport Trained" Core Training and refresher course(s) on an annual basis.
- All Amateur Organization Member board members and employees must complete the Center’s “SafeSport Trained” Core training.
- All Amateur Organization Members with minor athletes must offer the Center for SafeSport’s Parent Training on an annual basis.
GENERAL COURSE ACCESS INFORMATION
The following instructions can be used for coaches, managers, volunteers and/or board members taking the training.
Please use the following instructions to access SafeSport Trainings:
- Log into your GotSport account and go to the "Requirements" tab.
- Click on the "Safesport" requirement and complete information on “Sign Up” page.
- If prompted, log in to the new account you just created.
- Click on “Menu” and select “Catalog.”
- Click the Start button for “SafeSport Trained – U.S. Soccer Federation” to complete the course.
- Upload your certificate of completion to the WSA Gotsport Registration Platform.
Accessing the training through GotSport (click HERE for detailed instructions) will automatically enroll the user in US Soccer Federation’s SafeSport course offerings upon completion of the sign-up process. An “Enrollment Key” is not needed, nor provided for training access.
parent and minor athlete training offerings
Amateur Organization Members with minor athletes must offer the Center for SafeSport’s athlete training on an annual basis.
The Center’s Parent Training is available free of charge; however, an account must be created by the parent prior to accessing the course.Please follow the 'General Course Access Information' instructions on this page to create an account. Once an account is created, click HERE to access the Parent's Guide to Misconduct in Sport course.
Minor Athletes that wish to take SafeSport training, may only do so after Wyoming Soccer Association has received written parental consent, which can be done by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For instructions on completing the training as a minor, see the "Player Training Requirement" section of the website.
PLAYER TRAINING REQUIREMENT
The 2017 SafeSport Act requires all 18-year-old and older players, on a team with minors (17 years of age or younger), to complete the SafeSport Trained Core training. This training is accessible through the SafeSport Platform.
About the Requirement
Players are required to complete the training to continue participating and competing in Wyoming Soccer Association sanctioned activities after turning 18 years old if they are participating on 18U/19U youth teams with minors. Per Wyoming Soccer Association's Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies (MAAPP), 17-year-old players seeking to complete the training in advance of their 18th birthday, and limit disruption to their participation, may only access to the training after their parents/guardians submit written consent to Wyoming Soccer Association via email at email@example.com.
Implementing the Requirement through Wyoming Soccer Association
Upon completion of the training through the SafeSport platform, players must upload the certificate for verification by Wyoming Soccer Association.
All players, regardless of age, will have the option to upload a SafeSport certificate for verification by Wyoming Soccer Association. To be clear, this training does not need to be completed by individuals under the age of 18, but it is optional.
How to Access the Training
(1) Email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the private course link.
a. Complete information on “Sign Up” page.
b. Click on “Menu” and select “Catalog.”
c. Click the Start button for “SafeSport Trained – U.S. Soccer Federation” to complete the course.
d. MINOR ATHLETES: A parent/guardian must submit written permission for their child to participate in SafeSport's Abuse Prevention Training via email to email@example.com.
(2) Complete the SafeSport Core Training or Refresher Course
(3) Download the PDF Version of the SafeSport Trained Certificate
(4) Upload the certificate to GotSport.
Note: Individuals under the age of 18 must log-in utilizing the parent’s account and email address. For account access assistance, please contact Wyoming Soccer Association at (307) 742-2306 M-F 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
All Adult Participants of WSA are mandatory reporters of any known or suspected child abuse and sexual misconduct (irrespective of the age of the individuals involved) to the US Center for SafeSport.
All reports must be made to the appropriate law enforcement authorities within 24 hours. The abuse does not need to be confirmed. Adult Participants should never seek to conduct their own investigations.
AFTER receiving guidance and direction from law enforcement and/or the Division of Child Protection & Permanency, please also make a report to WSA. This will assist WSA in taking any appropriate action.
WSA is required to have a mechanism for all individuals (adults and minors) to report abuse (not just abuse in sexual nature as abuse can be defined as any of the prohibited behaviors outlined under Prohibited Conduct in the WSA Safe Soccer Policy), all are encouraged to report abuse through WSA digital compliance platform below.
adults & Board Member training requirement
All Amateur Organization Member board members and employees must complete the Center’s “SafeSport Trained” Core training.
The Center now requires all employees and board members of LAOs complete Center for SafeSport abuse prevention training (the “SafeSport Trained” Core), regardless of whether those individuals have regular contact with or authority over minor athletes. U.S. Soccer’s Policy requires all Amateur Organization Members, including National Association members, to comply with the training requirement.
See the "click here" button in the section above of this page to take the course.
safesport course cycle
SafeSport training runs on a four-year cycle. Only one training per year needs to be completed. Wyoming Soccer Association requires the training date be current for the 2023-2024 seasonal year.
- Year One: SafeSport Trained Core Course (1.5-2 hrs)
- Year Two: SafeSport Core Refresher 1 Course (15-20 mins)
- Year Three: SafeSport Core Refresher 2 Course (15-20 mins)
- Year Four: SafeSport Core Refresher 3 Course (15-20 mins)
- Year Five: SafeSport Trained Core Course (cycle repeats)