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Definitions for Terms Included in Program

For the purposes of NJYS's Athlete and Participant Safety Program, we recognize the following definitions for terms used:

  1. Adult Applicant: For the purposes of the Background Screening Policy within NJYS's Athlete and Participant Safety Program, an Adult Applicant includes any individual aged 18 or older who is a coach, assistant coach, team manager, assistant team manager, team trainer, team official, NJYS employee, NJYS board member, NJYS committee member, NJYS independent contractor, Club or League President, Club or League Delegate, Club or League Official, Club or League Representative, Club or League Administrator, Club or League Volunteer, or referee, or any other individual aged 18 or older seeking affiliation with NJYS or NJYS affiliated member organizations, who has regular contact with or authority over an amateur athlete who is a minor.
  2. S. Center for SafeSport: The U.S. Center for SafeSport is an independent 501(c)(3) authorized pursuant to the SafeSport Act, with jurisdiction over the USOC and NGBs with regard to safeguarding amateur athletes against abuse, including emotional, physical and sexual abuse, in sports, and which has been further tasked with certain duties in the areas of education and outreach, policy development, and response and resolution.
  3. Core SafeSport Training: The U.S. Center for SafeSport's online training, which consists of three modules: (1) Sexual Misconduct Awareness Education; (2) Mandatory Reporting, and (3) Emotional & Physical Misconduct, or the U.S. Center for SafeSport's in person PPT approved training.
  4. Covered Adults: This policy uses the term "Covered Adults" to refer to those adults (aged 18 and older) to whom these policies apply. Covered Adults are required to follow all policies included in NJYS's Athlete and Participant Safety Program. Covered Adults include adult individuals (aged 18 and over) who are authorized directly by NJYS or indirectly by a club/league that is directly affiliated with NJYS to have regular contact with or authority over an amateur athlete who is a minor. Examples of Covered Adults include but are not limited to:
    • NJYS board members;
    • NJYS committee members;
    • NJYS employees and independent contractors;
    • Club and League Presidents, Club and League Delegates, Club and League Representatives, Club and League Administrators, and Club and League Volunteers;
    • Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Team Managers, Assistant Team Managers, Team Officials, and Team Trainers; and
    • Referees*
    • *While Referees, Referee Coaches, Referee Mentors, Referee Assignors, and other Referee Program-Affiliated Personnel are expected to adhere to these policies due to referee involvement in NJYS sanctioned activities and competitions, it is understood that these individuals are also subject to any policies set forth by the Michigan Referee Committee and/or U.S. Soccer Policy.
  5. Minor Participants: Any participant, whether athlete, referee, or otherwise, who is under the lesser of (1) the age of 18; or (2) the age of majority in the applicable state, and who is participating in NJYS sanctioned activities and competitions.
  6. National Governing Body (NGB): A U.S. Olympic National Governing Body, Pan American Sport Organization, or Paralympic Sport Organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee pursuant to the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act, 36 U.S.C. ยงยง 220501-220529. U.S. Soccer is a National Governing Body.
    • Routine and/or regular contact with an amateur athlete who is a minor: Recurring, repeated or periodic contact between an adult and a minor.
    • Authority over those adults who have routine and/or regular contact with an amateur athlete who is a minor: Supervisory or decision-making authority over an adult who has recurring, repeated, or periodic contact with minors.
  7. SafeSport Refresher Course: The U.S. Center for SafeSport's online training course(s) designed for those who have completed the initial "Core SafeSport Training" or the Center's in person PPT approved training designated as "refresher" courses.
  8. The SafeSport Act: Public Law 115-126, the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017.
  9. USOC: The United States Olympic Committee.

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Phone: 609-490-0725
Email: [email protected]

New Jersey Youth Soccer

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East Windsor, New Jersey 08520

Phone: 609-490-0725
Email: [email protected]
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