Athlete safety is a top priority among youth sports. Organizations and leagues are increasingly seeking ways to protect kids from injuries as well as to protect them from abuse by adults.
In the wake of the situation, the U.S. government initiated the Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017. With regards to the act, the youth sports organizations can provide training of abuse-prevention for adults interacting with young athletes, in addition to maintaining other compulsory reporting mechanisms.
One of the leading sports relationship management software, SportsEngine forms a part of this. SportsEngine helps in keeping young athletes safe by adopting comprehensive background screening services, abuse prevention training and other safety resources for athletes, fans, coaches and families.
This feature helps sports organizations to not only protect athletes but also helps their league to stay in compliance with federal mandates. Along with its combination of technology platform and other data security measures, SportsEngine helps in providing a holistic and comprehensive outlook for organizations and leagues of all kinds of sizes.
Through the 2017 acquisition of the National Center for Safety Initiatives, the SportsEngine enhanced its ability to protect youth athletes. It has now become a national leader in comprehensive background screening services. NCSI is adopted by more than 50 national governing sports bodies, in addition to being the only endorsed check by the National Council of Youth Sports.
Furthermore, since NCSI is a wholly owned subsidiary of SportsEngine which integrates its software, sports associations and leagues, it can carry out its background checks directly on the platform. Moreover, coaches and volunteers can also complete their safety requirements and can be cleared for the upcoming seasons.
“At NCSI, we know from our nearly two decades of experience that effective background screening has proven to reduce harm and mitigate risks,” commented Trish Sylvia, co-founder of NCSI. “But in addition to background checks, organizations need abuse prevention training, incident reporting and response systems in place through the use of technology to provide a comprehensive and secure approach to athlete safety.”