The US Youth Futsal (USYF) Code of Conduct applies to all staff, volunteers, members and participants who are involved or engaged with any sanctioned US Youth Futsal program, event, activity or competition. The USYF Code of Conduct Policy is intended to provide guidance in addition to but not replace any applicable state or federal laws. At USYF, we observe high standards of conduct, and we expect all those participating with us to help maintain such high standards and assist in creating a safe environment.
All athletes deserve to play futsal and develop their skills in a positive environment which fosters their love of the game.
Zero Tolerance — It is extremely important to US Youth Futsal (USYF) that players are able to participate in sports free from bullying, hazing, sexual misconduct or any form of emotional or physical abuse.
At USYF, we are proud to work with U.S. Center for SafeSport — Safeguarding our athletes is our highest priority and is ingrained in our philosophy. We are proud of our efforts to create a true, long-lasting positive impact on athlete well-being.
Definition of Harassment and Abuse:
Harassment and abuse can be expressed in five forms which may occur in combination or in isolation.
Harassment may be deliberate, unsolicited and coercive. It may be in person or online. 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. These include i) psychological abuse, ii) physical abuse, iii) sexual harassment, iv) sexual abuse, and v) neglect.
These forms of abuse are defined here as:
Psychological abuse — means any unwelcome act including confinement, isolation, verbal assault, humiliation, intimidation, infantilisation, or any other treatment which may diminish the sense of identity, dignity, and self-worth.
Physical abuse — means any deliberate and unwelcome act that causes physical trauma or injury.
Sexual harassment — any unwanted and unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, whether verbal, non-verbal or physical. Sexual harassment can take the form of sexual abuse.
Sexual abuse — any conduct of a sexual nature, whether non-contact, contact or penetrative, where consent is coerced/manipulated or is not or cannot be given.
Neglect — within the meaning of this document means the failure of a coach or another person with a duty of care towards the athlete to provide a minimum level of care to the athlete, which is causing harm, allowing harm to be caused, or creating an imminent danger of harm.
Harassment and abuse can be based on any grounds including race, religion, colour, creed, ethnic origin, physical attributes, gender, sexual orientation, age disability, socio-economic status and athletic ability.
The SafeSport online training covers the following subjects: sexual abuse, hazing, bullying, emotional misconduct, physical misconduct, harassment (non-sexual) as well as reporting obligations. USYF adheres to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Code of Ethics and Abuse-Prevention Standards and follows the protocols for the Sexual Abuse Prevention and Reporting Procedures.
The SafeSport Trained course has three modules and covers the following topics in-depth:
To enroll in the free course, please click here to register by email and receive an auto-reply with the link, U.S. Soccer access code, and instructions to take the course. (The U.S. Center for SafeSport does not want the code to be posted publicly.)
You can take the course all at once, or over a period of time as SafeSport will save your progress.
Once the SafeSport 3 modules are completed, you will have earned a master “SafeSport Trained” certificate. Please download this and save as USYF will require you to upload your certificate in U.S. Soccer Connect.
SafeSport Technical support: Contact the U.S. Center for SafeSport Technical Support Help Desk at (720) 676-6417 Link: SafeSport.org.
The U.S. Center for SafeSport is the first and only national organization of its kind focused on ending all forms of abuse in sport while carrying out its mission of making athlete well-being the centerpiece of our nation’s sports culture through abuse prevention, education and accountability.
As an independent non-profit headquartered in Denver, CO, the Center provides services to sport entities on abuse prevention techniques, policies and programs and provides a safe, professional and confidential place for individuals to report sexual abuse within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movements.
The Center has the exclusive authority to investigate and resolve sexual allegations and misconduct within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movements and its 49 national governing bodies (NGBs). Any finding the Center has must be upheld and enforced across the Movements and by the NGBs.
More than 367,000 people completed our online SafeSport Training.
For more information please visit www.safesport.org.
Parent's Guide to Misconduct in Sport:
If you are a parent looking for resources on keeping your athlete safe, you can access the Parent Training at no cost. Simply create an account at www.athletesafety.org.