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Thank you for volunteering to help coach your child’s youth soccer team! We could not do it without you. 

NEW Volunteer Requirements: SafeSport

Abuse in youth sports is more prevalent than most of us think—and it can happen even in Westwood. A recent study published in JAMA Pediatrics found that around 1 million children per year experience some form of abuse in a youth sports setting.


Westwood Youth Soccer seeks to uphold the highest standards for participant safety by ensuring all volunteers comply with the most rigorous standards for background checks and abuse training as required by U.S. Soccer and MA Youth Soccer.


We do this not just because it’s the law, since Congress passed the Safe Sport Authorization Act last year, but because it’s the right thing to do. Abuse prevention is now an integral part of our roles as youth soccer volunteers.


Therefore, there are new requirements that every volunteer must complete:

  • An expanded background check and screening process
  • A certified abuse prevention online training course
  • The CDC’s online Heads Up Concussion training course
  • Registration in a new administration system replacing Affinity called StackSports.
  • Adherence to our Player and Participant Safety Policy which limits an athlete under the age of 18 from being alone with an adult who is not their parent. 

More details and specific instructions on all of the above will be available shortly directly from the WYS Registrar.

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