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NYSA Policies


Photo/Video Release Policy

The NYSA may use photos and videos taken at NYSA team soccer games and related events for promotional, non-commercial purposes.  These may be published on the league web site, in brochures, newspapers, and other youth soccer-related forums at the NYSA’s discretion.  Players depicted under the age of 18 will not be identified by name without prior parental consent.  Photos and videos of players will be removed upon request by contacting the NYSA at nysa.admin1@gmail.com.  By registering a player into the NYSA recreational or select soccer programs, you agree to the terms of this Photo/Video Release Policy.

 


Grievance Policy

If you have a concern or complaint of a serious nature that you want brought to the attention of the Board of Directors, please review the Formal Grievance Policy.  This document will detail the steps for you to take to prepare and forward your concern or complaint, as well as the review procedures that you can expect to be followed once it is received.  

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The names and contact information for the Board of Directors members can be found on the Board of Directors page.

 


Player, Parent, Spectator, Coaching (Behavior) Policy for Novato Youth Soccer Association

Novato Youth Soccer Association is comprised of over 1350 youth soccer players and hundreds of volunteers, interested in providing a positive and enjoyable educational environment for our players, families, coaches, and referees. The Novato Youth Soccer Association Board of Directors shall reserve the right to suspend any player, parent, spectator, coach, team assistant, or other related team associate, for actions that the Board of Directors finds to be detrimental to an opposing player, parent, spectator, coach, or referee. The Novato Youth Soccer Association Board of Directors shall reserve the right to ban any player, parent, spectator, coach, team assistant, or other related team associate, for actions that the Board of Directors finds to be excessively detrimental to an opposing player, parent, spectator, coach, or referee.

General Policy

I.All participants involved in any NYSA event, shall act in a professional manner, respecting their competitors, the officials, and any other league staff.

II.All participants shall refrain from using crude, vulgar, or abusive language, under any circumstance, and or directed at any competitor, official, spectator, and or other league staff.

III.All participants shall refrain from grabbing, striking, or other in an aggressive manner, their competitor, the officials, spectator, and other league staff.

IV.The NYSA Board of Directors reserves the right to make a determination on other acts of verbal or physical abuse not mentioned in this General Policy, based on incidents that have not yet occurred.

 


Violation of Policy; Determinations of Suspension, Bans

I.In the event that a player, coach, parent or spectator, acts in a manner that is found by the Board of Directors to be abusive either verbally or physically, the NYSA Board of Directors reserves the right to suspend or ban that person from any NYSA event, training, practice, or game.

II.Players, Coaches, Parents, or Spectators, found to be in violation of this policy shall be suspended for a minimum of two weeks from the date of the incident, from participating in any activity with their team.

III.The NYSA Board of Directors, in accordance with its formal Grievance Policy may allow suspended, or banned persons, the opportunity to file a request for hearing with the NYSA Board of Directors.

IV.The NYSA Board of Directors reserves the right to seek the advice of legal counsel on all verbal or physical incidents involving players, parents, spectators, officials, or other persons participating in a game, or at an event related to Novato Youth Soccer Association.

V.The NYSA Board of Directors reserves the right to request information obtained by the local police or sheriff based on what is permissible by law within the State of California.

VI.The NYSA Board of Directors reserves the right to make a determination including the suspension or ban of a person, on other acts of verbal or physical abuse not mentioned in this Violation of Policy, based on incidents that have not yet occurred.

 


Novato Youth Soccer Association Framework For Safeguarding Youth Soccer Athletes and Other Participants From Harassment and Abuse

 

1) PREAMBLE

This framework has been established by the Novato Youth Soccer Association (NYSA) Board of Directors, to safeguard our youth soccer players and other participants from physical or mental abuse, participating in either the Novato Youth Soccer Association Fall Recreation League (NYSARL), or in the North Marin United Competitive Soccer (NMU) program.

This framework shall create clear and defined guidelines for reporting claims or incidents of physical or mental abuse.

2) OBJECTIVE

This framework is intended to help safeguard athletes and other participants from harassment or abuse in sport, during the NYSARL or NMU soccer season, at trainings, games, or other events.

3) SCOPE OF THE APPLICATION

This framework applies:

i. During the season relative to NYSARL or NMU

ii. To all participants of the NYSARL or NMU

iii. To alleged incidents of harassment or abuse

For the purpose of this framework:

i. Players shall mean any youth soccer player participating in the NYSARL or NMU

ii. Participants shall mean any referee, coach, or other individual that is at an NYSARL or NMU training, game or event.

iii. “Harassment” or “Harassment or Abuse” includes psychological abuse, physical abuse, sexual harassment and neglect. These forms of harassment and abuse may occur in combination or isolation.

“Psychological Abuse” means any unwelcomed act including confinement, isolation, verbal assault, humiliation, intimidation, or any other treatment which may diminish the sense of identity, dignity, or self worth.

“Physical Abuse” means any deliberate and unwelcome act – such as for example punching, beating, kicking, biting, and burning – that causes physical trauma or injury. Such an act can also consist of forced or inappropriate physical act such as, for example, inappropriate training loads or excessive running as punishment, forced training or playing when injured or in pain, etc.

“Sexual Harassment” means any verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, which is unwelcomed, or where the consent is coerced, manipulated, or cannot be given. Sexual harassment can take the form of sexual abuse.

“Neglect” within the meanings of these guidelines means the failure of a coach or another person with a duty of care for the athlete or participant to provide a minimum level of care to the athlete or participant, which is causing harm, allowing harm to be caused, or creating an imminent danger of harm.

Harassment and abuse can be based on grounds including race, religion, color, creed, ethnic origin, physical attributes, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, socio-economic status, and athletic ability. It can include one isolated incident, or a combination of incidents. Harassment may be deliberate, unsolicited, and coercive. Harassment and abuse often result from an abuse of authority, meaning the improper use of a position of influence, power or authority by an individual against another person.

4)  PREVENTITIVE MEASURES

i. NYSA shall require that all Head Coaches for both NYSARL and NMU, complete the US Center for Safesport program, in compliance with US Club Soccer governing body guidelines.

ii. NYSA shall require that all Head Coaches for both NYSARL and NMU, complete the Livescan program, in compliance with the US Department of Justice, and in conjunction with the NYSA Livescan Policy, dated January 8, 2015.

iii. NYSA will assist any person interested in finding additional information using online sources, specifically relating to the Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017.

5) SAFEGUARDING OFFICER

Due to the number of coaches, players, and geographical size of the NYSARL and NMU, NYSA shall require that any member of the NYSA Board of Directors be identified as a SAFEGUARDING OFFICER. This shall mean that any person interested in reporting an incident or concern, feels comfortable and confident that they may report the incident to the Board Member. This Board Member will then report the incident or concern in compliance of the Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017.

The SAFEGUARDING OFFICER shall:

i. Document all reports of harassment or abuse during the season.

ii. Determine whether a follow-up is warranted, and if so, following up accordingly;

iii. Recommend whether a case should be:

a. Submitted to the NYSA Disciplinary Commission; and

b. Notify local authorities, as appropriate and necessary pursuant to local law.

For clarity, the local authorities are responsible for determining whether to conduct a criminal investigation in relation to an alleged incident; and

c. Provide support to any concerned persons.

6) REPORTING AND PROCURE FOR ADDRESSING INCIDENTS OF HARASSMENT AND ABUSE

i. Anyone may report an incident of harassment or abuse.

ii. In all cases, the reporting party may at their discretion, report the incident to local law enforcement officials, for example the Novato Police Department, or the Marin County Sheriff’s Department, prior to reporting the incident to the NYSA.

iii. In all cases, the reporting party shall report the incident or concern to the NYSA board of directors as stated in this document.

iv. In all cases, the reporting party shall report the incident within (24) hours of the incident.

v. Any person making a report of harassment or abuse, may report the incident or concern to any NYSA Board of Director, in-person, by phone, or via email.

vi. All reports through any reporting channel will be referred to the NYSA President, VP of The NMU Competitive Soccer program, and the VP of the NYSARL.

vii. Reports may be made in-person, by phone, or email; however the NYSA President, VP of The NMU Competitive Soccer program, and the VP of the NYSARL, shall create a written account of the filed complaint immediately.

7) TEMPORARY SUSPENSION DURING INVESTIGATION

Out of an abundance of caution for our players, considering the importance and severity of harassment or abuse claims, NYSA shall:

i. Immediately suspend the person alleged to have committed the harassment or abuse, without clarifying the reasoning or necessity for the suspension to that person, during the period of the investigation by law local enforcement.

viii. NYSA shall conceal the identity of the reporting party, or youth player (accuser), with the exception of providing all pertinent information to local law enforcement so that they may complete their investigation.

ix. NYSA shall reserve the right to consult with local law enforcement, the District Attorney representing the county where the incident occurred, legal counsel retained by NYSA to provide guidance relating to the specific claim of harassment or abuse, or federal law enforcement.

8) DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURE OR ACTION

Any claim of harassment or abuse, found to be true, in part or in whole;  may result in the permanent suspension or ban of the person committing the offense from any and all NYSA, NYSARL, or NMU events, including but not limited to practices, trainings, games, academies, camps, tournaments, or promotional events.

Under all circumstances, NYSA shall ensure their players safety by involving local law enforcement in ensuring that these bans are upheld.

9) CONFIDENTIALITY

All matters pertaining to alleged incident of harassment or abuse, in particular reports of harassment or abuse, personal information of the concerned persons, other information gathered during investigations and results of investigations, shall be regarded as confidential.

The NYSA may disclose confidential information to appropriate persons or authorities if:

i. A failure to disclose such information may cause harm to someone, or

ii. Such information as it relates to a potential criminal act that comes to the attention of the NYSA.

Under no circumstance shall NYSA disclose publicly the identity of the reporting party, alleged victim, the victim, the alleged perpetrator, the perpetrator, or any facts or details relating to the claim or incident of harassment or abuse.