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.
- Rules based on Progression or Development (Age Appropriate)
SAFETY WHILE TRAINING
- Education or trained in skills, physical development, conditioning, injury prevention
- Trained or Certified in sport related training injuries or risks
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
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.
ATHLETES 1ST CAMPAIGN
- Our Role
- Know the Facts
- Safety Matters
- Prevention is Possible
- Reporting Concerns
Our Role in Athlete Protection
Know the Facts about Athlete Protection
Share this video with your kids about athlete protection
Steps for Athlete Protection
Discussing Sensitive Topics
Prevention IS Possible
What next if I suspect?
Empowerment and Prevention in All Star
Equip yourselves, each other, and your athletes
RESOURCES PROVIDED FROM OUR OFFICIAL PARTNERS
Stewards of Children
Darkness to Light
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.