The STYSA KidSafe (Risk Management) Committee, whose responsibility it is to address STYSA Risk Management policies and procedures, including the use of criminal background checks and other investigative tools, is made up of volunteers from across the state appointed by the Executive Committee. You may contact the committee by email by sending a message to KidSafe@stxsoccer.org
The STYSA KidSafe Program, which was introduced on a voluntary compliance basis in 2002 and fully implemented in 2003, provides the parents of children involved with youth soccer in South Texas a measure of security regarding the adults charged with responsibility for their children. At soccer practice, games, and trips back and forth to practice and games, children are sometimes entrusted to adults who, as coaches, take on an authority role granted them by their desire to volunteer and be active with coaching. Beginning with the 2004 – 2005 seasonal year STYSA expanded the efforts to protect our youth players and began utilizing the new US One national background check offered by Backgroundchecks.com.
In the three years after full implementation in 2003, less than 1 percent of these applications produced a result requiring permanent suspension of individuals from all activities in STYSA. The fees for the background checks are paid for by the clubs or associations through which the adult volunteer registers and it is money well spent.
We know that the thousands of adult participants in the program appreciate the safeguards that are now in place for our hundred thousand plus soccer players and, individually, we want to thank each of you for your support and compliance with this important program by wearing the pass whenever you are at the fields. We know it was a big change, but the children are well on the way to being much safer now because of this program and your dedication to its implementation.
The KidSafe background check submission process is fully integrated within the GotSoccer adult registration process. To register as a coach, trainer, team manager or volunteer contact your local Club or home Association for instructions.
The authority for the actions of this committee is derived from State and National Law, the policies and procedures of the United States Youth Soccer Association, STYSA Registration Rules and Policies, and....common sense.