Safe Haven Program

This exciting program puts your AYSO organization in the lead nationally for youth sports organizations in the protection of both our children and our volunteers.

To protect our volunteers and our childen, Safe Haven is a mandatory requirement for all Region 88 AYSO referees, coaches and assistant coaches. You must take the Safe Haven course before the new season begins. If you have previously taken the course, you do not need to take it again.

To protect our children, Safe Haven introduces a more extensive registration and certification of our key volunteers who work most closely with the children; coaches, board members, team parents, referees.

To protect our volunteers, Safe Haven promotes job training and certification of the volunteers working in these key roles.

What’s behind all this? To support the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act of 1974 and the Child Protection Act of 1993, AYSO has implemented programs and policies to provide the proper level of intervention and prevention education to all our volunteers.

To support the Volunteer Protection Act of 1997, AYSO has implemented training and certification programs to ensure that all of our volunteers are covered under this important legislation while they are performing their specified volunteer job according to AYSO policies, procedures and guidelines.

In addition, AYSO has created a new mandatory board position, the Child Volunteer Protection Advocate (CVPA) whose job it is to ensure that the Safe Haven program is properly instituted in each region, that volunteers are trained and certified, and that no abuses of the program, its participants, or our children are occurring.

Be proud to belong to an organization that is leading the nation!

For more information, please see the Safe Haven FAQs page.