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

Novato Youth Soccer Association is comprised of over 1400 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 NYSA Recreation League or North Marin United soccer season, at trainings, games, or other events.

3) SCOPE OF THE APPLICATION
This framework applies:

i.  During the season relative to NYSA Recreation League or North Marin United. 

ii.  To all participants of the NYSA Recreation League or North Marin United. 

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 NYSA Recreation League or North Marin United. 

ii. Participants shall mean any referee, coach, or other individual that is at an NYSA Recreation League or North Marin United 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 NYSA Recreation League and North Marin United. 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 NYSA Recreation League and North Marin United, 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 NYSA Recreation League and North Marin United, 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 North Marin United Competitive Soccer program, and the VP of the NYSA Recreation League.

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

Photo/Video Release Policy

The Novato Youth Soccer Association (NYSA), the North Marin United Competitive Soccer Club (NMU), its staff, coaches, and representatives, may use photos and/or videos related to soccer trainings, games, or events including but not limited to: academies, practices, trainings, games and other league events for the benefit of our players, coaches, and our programs. These photos or videos may be acquired during club events by club representatives, or participant parents, at the request of the NYSA or NMU, its staff, coaches, and representatives. In certain cases, our staff, coaches, or representatives may request that players upload soccer related photos or videos of a participating player completing a training exercise, or game time moment that one of our coaches, or the club, will use for the training of other players, or for the promotion of our teams, or club.

These photos or videos may be published on the league web site, app-based programs that NYSA or NMU uses for player training, social media outlets, printed or digital brochures, printed or digital newspaper, and other youth soccer-related forums at the discretion of the Novato Youth Soccer Association, and the North Marin United Competitive Soccer Club. 
Players depicted under the age of 18 will not be identified by their full name without prior parental consent.  Photos and videos of players will be removed upon request by the parent or legal guardian of the participating player, by contacting NYSA at admin@novatosoccer.com

By registering a player with the Novato Youth Soccer Association, or the North Marin United Competitive Soccer Club, for academies, camps, and club or league play, 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. 

COVID UPDATE

Dear NYSA and NMU families,

NYSA is committed to creating a safe environment for our players and their families. As that the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic are always changing, NYSA is committed to following the guidance of Marin County regarding outdoor youth sports.

As it currently stands, our players are not required to wear masks.

Per coronavirus.marinhhs.org, “unvaccinated children and youth do not need to wear a mask outdoors, even if they cannot maintain physical distancing. However, per CDC recommendations, in areas of substantial to high transmission, people who are not fully vaccinated are encouraged to wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings or during activities that involve sustained close contact (including high-risk contact sports) with other people who are not fully vaccinated.”

NYSA will notify players and their families if Marin County’s face covering/mask guidelines are changed.

For more information please visit:

  • If positive, stay home for at least 5 days:
    • Isolation can end on day 5 if symptoms are not present or resolving AND a test collected on day 5 or later is negative.
    • If no test is taken, isolation can end on day 10 if symptoms are not present or resolving.
    • If fever is present, isolation should continue until fever resolves.
    • If symptoms other than fever are present, continue to isolate until they are resolving OR until after day 10.
    • Here's a quarantine and isolation tracker which is a helpful tool to know when you can end isolation: https://doh.sd.gov/covid/calculator/
  • If you're exposed to a positive individual:
    • If boosted or recently fully vaccinated (within 6 months)
      • You do not need to be quarantined from others.
      • Get tested 5 days after exposure.
      • If you test positive, follow isolation guidance above.
      • If symptoms develop, test and stay home.
      • Wear a well-fitting mask when around others for 10 days, especially indoor settings.
    • If unvaccinated or vaccinated but haven't got booster yet and you're eligible for the booster:
      • You must self-quarantine from others and stay home for at least 5 days, after your last contact with someone who has COVID-19.  The date of your last contact with someone who has COVID-19 is considered "day zero."
      • Test on day 5 after your most recent exposure.
      • Quarantine can end on day 5 if symptoms are not present AND a test on day 5 or later is negative.
        • If no test is taken and no symptoms are present, quarantine can end on day 10.
        • If the test is positive, follow the isolation guidance above.
      • If symptoms develop, test and stay home.
      • Wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days, especially in indoor settings.

Thank you,

Ryan Razavi
Director of Player Safety
Novato Youth Soccer Association