USASF: Athlete Protection Messaging

Dear USASF Members:

The USASF Board of Directors held their annual in-person meeting on November 6-7, 2017. One of the key discussions at the meeting was a thorough review of USASF policies and resources targeted at athlete protection.

The USASF mission includes “strive for a safe environment for our athletes.” To the USASF, safety extends beyond our Cheer and Dance safety rules for performance. We’re committed to equipping our members with the tools to create the safest overall environment for every All Star athlete, so we’ve established membership requirements and made resources available that are aimed directly at athlete protection.

As we enter the 2017-18 competition season, the Board strongly urges that all USASF members review membership requirements regarding athlete protection and make it a priority to implement the resources provided. The Board will continue to review our efforts to ensure that the most timely policies and resources are in place.

Membership Requirements

Professional Responsibility Code

The “PRC” contains the terms and conditions that all members agree to upon joining the USASF. From sportsmanship to a code of ethics to athlete protection, membership expectations are clearly defined here.

Athlete Sexual Abuse Prevention

The USASF requires that all member Programs have clear, written guidelines that prohibit adults who have contact with minors from engaging in conduct that is either inappropriate and/or illegal. We’ve partnered with the Positive Coaching Alliance to provide an applicable policy and protocol.

Electronic Communications Policy

The USASF recognizes the need to address the prevalence of inappropriate messaging between adults affiliated with a USASF Member program and athletes via email, texting, and social media. It is required that all member Programs adopt a clear and concise policy regarding Electronic Communication.

Addressing Bullying

USASF member programs are required to have an action plan to address bullying.

Background Screening

Implemented in 2015, the USASF requires background screening for anyone age 18 or older who accompanies a team into a warm up room at all USASF Sanctioned Events.

In close partnership with event producer, program owner and coach members, the USASF takes seriously our collective responsibility of the protection of the athletes in our care. The membership requirements and associated additional resources for implementation show our commitment to safeguarding All Star participants.

USASF Regional Directors conduct regular webinars to educate members on the protocols, policies and resources available to them. It’s true teamwork and takes diligent effort by all of us to ensure that All Star is, and remains, a safe and wholesome sport.

Thank you for standing together in support of our athletes!

In Review – July 2017

As summer continues the news cycle is slow, but here’s what’s going on:

USASF: New for 2017-18 Membership Requirements

Dear USASF Members:

Please click below to learn about NEW and important USASF Membership Requirements for the 2017-18 season. These updates include a new required membership status for personnel that accompanies teams into warmup rooms at events, acceptance of membership terms, program definition and additions to the Professional Responsibility Code.

Click Here for details.

USASF Member Management System Launch

USASF Member Management System Launch is Near! The USASF is excited to announce the Launch Schedule for the new Member Management System:

  • Monday, July 24th – Open to all Program Owners and Event Producers
  • Thursday, July 27th – Open to all Coaches
  • Tuesday, August 1st – Open to all Athletes or Parents of Athletes

The member management system is a complete re-build of the previous system.  We were able to migrate close to 90% of the existing profiles into the new system.  Those members (program, coach, athlete) that had a UNIQUE EMAIL entered in their member information should have a smooth transition to the new system.

Usernames & Passwords

For security purposes, usernames and passwords were not transferred to the new member management system.  Be sure to clear any saved or cached usernames and passwords from your computer and internet browser.

In the new system, the user structure utilizes the EMAIL of the member as their login ID/username.  When the site opens, from the login screen you will enter your email address and click FORGOT PASSWORD and be guided through the login process.

Additional Details

On each of the launch dates for Program Owners, Event Producers and Coaches, we will be sending emails DIRECTLY to each of the user emails that are in the system with additional instructions.

Support & Assistance

Any time you need assistance with the login process or using the new member management system, we are a click away!  Simply select the CHAT button on any of the website screens OR email [email protected].

USASF Member Database Update

Dear USASF Member,

Our Member Database will be closed for maintenance beginning May 17, 2017 and will reopen prior to the new membership term that begins August 1, 2017. Watch for announcements in July.

If you need any member information, such as member ID numbers, please email [email protected] for assistance. Your Regional Director will be available for all other membership questions.