Below is a copy of a memo released by EPYSA yesterday concerning new policies in place and discussed a couple of months ago in the the meeting notes.

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To:        Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Affiliates
From:    Chris Branscome, Chief Executive Officer
Date:     May 8, 2013
RE:       Risk Management and Background Checks

In January, the Board of Directors approved an amendment to the risk management policy making background checks mandatory for everyone 18 years old and older who will come in contact with children.  The original policy, drafted in 1996 as part of the national Kidsafe program mandated each individual to submit a volunteer disclosure statement.  As per the 1996 policy, each member and affiliate is required to be in full compliance.  This was originally a hard copy document that evolved into our current on-line system of “risk management.” The current process of completing the disclosure statement remains in place.  The background checks will then be administered by the state office.

The fee was discussed and approved at the Annual General Meeting in March and the final copy of the policy document was reviewed by the board this past Monday.  The reason for this process needs no further explanation given the climate we live in, however, I am pleased to report that we are able to provide this service at a rate far below what our neighboring associations or what other services can provide.  Please review the policy which can be found on the website; www.epysa.org.

The important thing to notice here is that everyone must comply.  Regardless of age group, gender, travel or intramural, board member or team manager, etc…volunteer or compensated,  if you come in contact with the children, you need to complete the process.  It is a privilege to work with children and our collective responsibility to do our best to ensure their safety.

For additional information, please visit the website or contact Membership Services Manager, Beck Kleinert.

Thank you for your continued cooperation and support of our 130,000 children playing soccer in Eastern Pennsylvania.

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