Overview of the Federal Safe Sport Act

Signed into law in February 2018, new federal legislation has expanded the requirements around sexual abuse reporting and prevention policies for organizations that arrange or sponsor youth sports competitions. The Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017, commonly referred to as The Safe Sport Act, was created in response to recent revelations of ongoing abuse within USA Gymnastics. The new requirements affect organizations that arrange interstate or international amateur athletic competitions for minors, as well as the adults working with minor amateur athletes on behalf of those organizations.
YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) recommends all YMCAs that offer youth sporting activities take steps to ensure their policies and procedures for abuse prevention and reporting align with the law. If you have specific questions about if and how the legislation applies to your YMCA, please consult legal counsel to assist with interpreting the law and its implications for your YMCA.

The following resources are available from the YMCA of the USA:

Safe Sport Act Overview

Safe Sport & the YMCA Webinar (11/27/18) - features Katie Hanna from the U.S. Center for Safe Sport and includes helpful Q&A session

Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies

Y-USA Child Protection Page

If you have additional questions for Y-USA, please email childprotection@ymca.net or call Praesidium’s helpline at 855-347-0751.