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Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse
and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017
On February 14th, 2018, the President signed the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport
Authorization Act of 2017 which is aimed at protecting amateur athletes* from sexual abuse. What exactly
does the Law state?
The Law has a three-pronged approach:

1. Any adult interacting with amateur athletes in the program has a duty to report abuse and or suspected
abuse within a 12 hour period (Connecticut). EVERY adult is a mandatory reporter.
2. The statute of limitations in CT is extended 30 years after the minor reaches the age of 18.
3. Limits an athlete under the age of 18 from being alone with an adult who is not their parent.
*What is an amateur athlete? Any child or minor under the age of 18. Legislation is available for download
(click here).
What are the requirements for NGB's and NGB-Affiliated?

Reporting: A mechanism that allows a complaint to be easily reported for a reasonable suspicion of Sexual or
Physical abuse/neglect, within a 12 hour period of awareness. Federal regulations state that reports should be
made to a) local law enforcement and b) local/state child protective services c) US Soccer, and d) the US Center
Mechanism for Reporting: Everyone listed below MUST be contacted when physical or sexual abuse is
1. Local Law Enforcement Number (call resident trooper)
2. State Department of Children and Families (DCF) 1-800-842-2288 (TDD: 1-800-624-5518)
3. Club Risk Manager Contact Information (Club President)
4. State Association's Main Office - Josh Krusewski, Executive Director, executivedirector@cjsa.org
5. National Governing Body (NGB)
US Soccer Integrity Hotline Number: (312) 528 - 7004
US Soccer: https://www.ussoccer.com/integrity-hotline
US Center for SafeSport: https://www.safesport.org/report-a-concern
Mechanism for Reporting (cont.): Other forms of misconduct such as emotional abuse, bullying, hazing, or
1. Club Risk Manager Contact Information (every club should have a point person for reporting)
2. Club or BOD Review/Hearing - There should be a process in place to document and address this other
misconduct. The decision of the Club or BOD should be sent to the State Association's State Office (Josh
Krusewski, Executive Director, executivedirector@cjsa.org )

Reasonable Procedures: Policies and procedures aimed at PREVENTING one-on-one interactions between an
amateur athlete who is a minor and an adult.
An individual who is required, but fails, to report suspected child sexual abuse is subject to criminal penalties
including fines and up to one (1) year in jail.
What are the requirements for NGB's and NGB-Affiliated?

Prevention Training: Offer and provide consistent training to adult members who are in contact with amateur
athletes who are minors. Currently there is no mandated training provider. Several program options currently
exist for awareness/prevention training of sexual abuse. Until there is a mandate or law change, you may use
whatever program your organization deems will meet this training requirement. Some programs are currently
available at no cost to the adult or organization. Most programs will take between 75 to 90 minutes to
The US Center for SafeSport is one example:
• US Center for SafeSport: To enroll in this program just click on the link below, click on "Sign In," click on
"Register." When prompted make sure to select US Soccer as your NGB and then enter the access code
proved below.
o To register or learn more: https://www.safesport.org/
o Access code: YC3E-6P5G-YYIL-CS2M
• In order to complete your course registration you will receive an email to confirm your email address.
You must respond to this email to activate your account.
• Upon completion, print out your certificate and keep on file.
Prohibit Retaliation: Include in your club policy that there can be no retaliation from the club toward those who
are reporting.
What is being done next?

Both US Soccer and US Youth Soccer are developing a strategy to help all State Associations understand,
communicate and manage their abuse prevention programs.
This communication, which follows up on previous communications from both US Soccer and US Youth Soccer,
provides a summary of the new law and the requirements for mandatory reporting. The new law states that The
Center for Safe Sports shall develop training, oversight practices, policies and procedures for implementation by
a NGB. This work is in progress and will be communicated when available.
What else is important to know about this Law? How might my club be impacted?

There are additional and more specific requirements for several categories of youth sports providers listed as
'Applicable Entity' within the Bill. Those listed under this category include:
• National Governing Body (NGB) - Such as the United States Soccer Federation
• Amateur Sports Organization (sanctioned by NGB) - Such as your local State Association and Member
Affiliates (town programs, clubs and leagues)
• Amateur Sports Organizations (NOT sanctioned by NGB) - Such as YMCA, Church Leagues, Municipal
Leagues, Independent Recreation Leagues, Camps, all others
U.S. Center for SafeSport fact sheet: https://www.safesport.org/files/details/78
  • Fall Registration is OPEN!

    Posted May 28, 2019
    This Fall we are offering Programs for players from Pre-K to 8th grade.  We have opportunities for all skill and commitment levels
    Intown Programs:
    Pre-K Various times available
    K Clinic (U6) Satirday Mornings
    U8 Clinics/League (1/2 Graders) Wed evenings/Sat Mornings
    Travel Programs
    Upgraded Services will include:
    * Travel Teams will be assigned a weekly session with a Professional Coach.
    * Professionally Coached Monday night Training Clinics for Player Development and Goal Keeper Training (extra fee)
    * Private 1 on 1 training session with a Professional Coach (extra fee)
    * Weekly Ball skills clinic run by a Professional Coach (part of registration)
    * If enough interest an after-school program at Lyman, Brewster, and Memorial Schools - 1 day a week .
    * Player and Coach evaluations (if requested)
    * The Uniforms have not changed
    * If your current uniform still fits wear it until it does not.
    * New uniforms and Coginchaug Swag can be purchased from the ONLINE STORE
    * NUMBERS have NOT changed.  The list is available on the store.
    * If you can not find your number email: coginchaugsoccer@gmail.com (mailto:coginchaugsoccer@gmail.com)
    Don't miss out on the Coginchaug Soccer Club International Soccer Camp! - Secure your spot TODAY!
    If your child enjoyed our British or Tetra-Brazil programs, they will love our NEW AND IMPROVED Challenger International Camp curriculum!
    Each age group will be trained by a professional international soccer coach & players will receive a camp Jersey, T-shirt, Soccer Ball, Poster & Full Camp Report.
    The Coginchaug Soccer Club Soccer Camp/s will run July 15th - 19th &/Or August 12th - 16th at the Peckham Park in Middlefield, CT.
    Find Out More (http://www.coginchaugsoccer.org/freecamp)


  • Welcome to Coginchaug Soccer Club!!!

    Posted May 5, 2019


    Welcome To Coginchaug Soccer Club (CSC) Connecticut, USA

    Promoting the Love of Soccer for All Ages and All Levels!

    Please Join Us For The Monthly General Membership Meeting

    The Meeting is Open to ALL MEMBERS.

    Please Come, Listen and Share.

    The Meeting is typically the 1st Sunday of the Month at 7:00 PM !

  • Commitment to Culture

    Posted January 14, 2019
    Commitment to Culture

    Coginchaug Soccer Club Announces Pledge

    To Build Unique, Positive Soccer Culture




    Durham, CT—January 15, 2019: Coginchaug Soccer Club has announced its pledge to build a unique, positive soccer culture by adopting the United Soccer Coaches “Commitment to Culture.”


    “Coginchaug Soccer Club is committed to exemplifying and embracing the Commitment to Culture and its seven cornerstones in growing the culture of soccer,” said Kevin Merrill. “We will serve the game that we love so much by embracing these cornerstones and demonstrating them with our players, families, coaches, referees and fans.”


    All of Coginchaug Soccer Club coaches are signing the online pledge at https://unitedsoccercoaches.org/culture. Players, parents and all of our stakeholder are also encouraged to sign the pledge.


    The United Soccer Coaches “Commitment to Culture” was developed by coaches of all levels to build a culture that celebrates what is best about soccer and helps it transcend from not only what happens on the field but also to what happens in the lives of players, coaches, administrators, referees, families and friends. As the unifying voice, advocate and partner for coaches at all levels, United Soccer Coaches launched this effort on October 10, 2018.

    The Commitment to Culture adopted by Coginchaug Soccer Club reinforces the following beliefs about our game:


    We Believe…


    1.      Soccer unites us. We embrace and celebrate our differences because the game makes us one.

    2.      Character first. We honor, teach and develop the core values of honesty, loyalty, responsibility, selflessness, compassion and discipline.

    3.      The rule of fun. Fun is the lens that can make every soccer player a success. Fun takes many forms and always concludes with “I want to do it again.

    4.      The game is the teacher. We are all responsible to ensure that soccer teaches the skills of a well-lived life. Teamwork, leadership, hard work, communication and creativity are just the beginning of its lessons.

    5.      Well-being. A safe, healthy, welcoming experience in body, mind and spirit is the right of every soccer stakeholder.

    6.      We are family strong. Family in all its forms – team, club, community, relatives – is the greatest asset that soccer has. Take time to connect and appreciate.

    7.      Soccer is the player’s game. Soccer is a personal journey for every player. It is for the player to see, decide, create and win or lose. It is their game.


    By demonstrating these cornerstones in all facets of the game, Coginchaug Soccer Club will be a change agent in strengthening the culture of soccer in the United States.






    About United Soccer Coaches
    Founded in 1941, and headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., United Soccer Coaches is the trusted and unifying voice, advocate and partner for coaches at all levels of the game. The largest community for soccer coaches in the world, we unite coaches of all levels around the love of the game and we elevate the game through advocacy, education and service. To learn more, visit UnitedSoccerCoaches.org.


  • Become a Referee

    Posted July 9, 2018

    The club pays $20 - $50 per game and it's a great way to be involved and learn more about the game.

    To enroll in this training you must be 13 years old by December 31, 2017. Parents and any adult are also encouraged to certify! if you become a ref this spring, your liscence will be good until the end of 2018

    The club will provide a bonus to any new ref from Durham or Middlefield who refs 8 games in 2018 (any level of games) equal to the tuition of the referee class

    Training is done via online self taught sessions followed by an online open book test. Once the online session is completed, you will need to register for 2 sessions. The first session is a classroom session, the second a field session, both are taught by CJSA instructors. Each session is 3 hours, most sessions are held on the same day back to back. See the www.ctreferee.net website for full instructions

    IF you become a Referee:

    The club will work around your schedule: you will not be forced to choose between playing and referee'ing. You will work only when you are available

    If you think you could be an AR but not sure about becoming a center, that is fine, every game needs 2 AR's and 1 center, some ref's specialize in being AR's and rarely center a game. You will not be given a center until you feel you are ready

    You can only be a center for age groups 2 yrs younger than you, so if you are 14 yrs old, you can only center u12 and under games

    You can only be AR games for age groups 1 yr younger than your age

    For more information on the program, visit www.ctreferee.net.


    For specific questions, please contact CSC Referee assignor John Bugai at jbugaisoccer@gmail.com