Athletes 1st

Athletes 1st is an initiative focused on the overall well being and development of All Star athletes that involves owners, coaches, parents and the athletes themselves in making sure athletes remain at the center of All Star.

The foundation of Athletes 1st is an all-encompassing focus on the athlete including sport safety, safety while training, minor athlete abuse and misconduct prevention, and athlete personal development. By creating programs and resources that touch on each of these facets, the USASF strives to keep All Star athletes protected, and therefore able to uncover life skills within themselves that will last beyond cheer and dance.

SPORT SAFETY

  • Rules based on Progression or Development (Age Appropriate)

SAFETY WHILE TRAINING

QUALIFIED COACHES

  • Education or trained in skills, physical development, conditioning, injury prevention
  • Credentialing
  • Trained or Certified in sport related training injuries or risks

PROGRAM RESPONSIBILITIES
Oversight by program with policies:

  • Return to Play
  • Concussion Protocol
  • Responding to Medical Emergencies

MINOR ATHLETE ABUSE AND MISCONDUCT PREVENTION

  • Pro-Active Policies

ATHLETE PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Enrichment

Healthy Athletes

Athletes 1st provides a framework for parents to begin to understand how to value their child’s All Star experience, replacing the reliance on competition outcomes with focus on proper athletic model development, including proper nutrition.

Resources provided by : Coaching Healthy Habits

TIPS FOR PARENTS

As part of the Athletes 1st initiative, the USASF leadership team put together a simple, one-page “tip sheet” for coaches and parents summarizing some of the most important advice that organizations like Darkness 2 Light recommend for safely and thoughtfully posting pictures and video of young athletes.

Tip Sheet for Parents

ATHLETES 1ST CAMPAIGN

Our Role in Athlete Protection

Know the Facts about Athlete Protection

Every child deserves to be safe

Share this video with your kids about athlete protection

Steps for Athlete Protection

The MBF 5 Safety Rules

Discussing Sensitive Topics

Safety Brief

Prevention IS Possible

Trainings and Resources

What next if I suspect?

Reporting Concers of Abuse

Empowerment and Prevention in All Star

Equip yourselves, each other, and your athletes
#usasfATHLETES1st

RESOURCES PROVIDED FROM OUR OFFICIAL PARTNERS

FOR PROGRAM OWNERS
MANDATED REPORTING – KNOWING THE LAW
FOR PARENTS AND EVERYONE

Stewards of Children

Child Sexual Abuse Facts

In March, the Connection Leaders, alongside our partners in athlete protection, Monique Burr Foundation and Darkness to Light, collaborated to gather safety tips for All Star Coaches and Owners and tweeted them daily for the duration of the month.

The following documents are a collection of those tips and were intended to be released prior to the COVID-19 outbreak. The USASF elected to hold their release as we shifted focus to crisis-response resources and tips geared toward the ‘new normal’ we were experiencing. Now that states are beginning to reopen and many of you have returned to the gym or studio, or are putting together plans to return, we encourage you to review these safety tips and include them in your forward-thinking plans.

We’d like to say thank you again to your Connection leaders, Monique Burr Foundation and Darkness to Light for their continued efforts toward protecting our athletes.

Safety Tip Sheet

SafeSport
Darkness to Light
Positive Coaching Alliance
Project Love
National Center for Safety Initiatives
Stewards of Children