#20 – Protecting Our Kids From Predators_Youth Protection

This episode made me sad to have to deliver, but this is a subject that is important to talk about. Better now than after another child is abused. Violations of youth protection result in pain that can last a lifetime. It’s important to talk about the pain that’s already happened, but it is equally important to talk about making it harder for this kind of abuse to happen in the future.

Today’s kids are tomorrow’s victims – unless we do something to prevent that from happening.

In this episode, we reveal the system that we put in place to prevent abuse in our Club. Learn how we do it, and share what best practices you may be aware of.

In this Episode

[spp-timestamp time=”01:08″] Framing my perspetive on Youth Protection

[spp-timestamp time=”01:38″] Assumptions: Predators are on the Hunt

[spp-timestamp time=”03:06″] Predators are (and have been) among us

[spp-timestamp time=”03:46″] Our 4-step process for protection

[spp-timestamp time=”03:54″] Step 1: Creating and being clear about the rules

[spp-timestamp time=”04:22″] Two-deep leadership

[spp-timestamp time=”04:48″] Use the school system

[spp-timestamp time=”05:13″] Darkness to Light

[spp-timestamp time=”06:21″] Leverage other clubs

[spp-timestamp time=”7:02″] Mandatory items for all coaches and adult volunteers who work with children

[spp-timestamp time=”07:24″] National Centers for Safety Initiatives (NCSI)

[spp-timestamp time=”08:24″] Getting arrested vs creating a record

[spp-timestamp time=”10:48″] After the offense

[spp-timestamp time=”12:21″] Background checks alone are not enough

[spp-timestamp time=”14:06″] Step 2: Communicate often with parents and coaches

[spp-timestamp time=”16:08″] Counseling players safely

[spp-timestamp time=”18:41″] Two-way communication

[spp-timestamp time=”20:04″] Step 3: Reinforcing the rules as often as possible

[spp-timestamp time=”21:58″] Step 4: Review the rules each year during annual planning

[spp-timestamp time=”23:14″] Prevent the news from happening (Summary)


  • Feinstein, and Dianne. “Text - S.534 - 115th Congress (2017-2018): Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017.” Congress.gov, 14 Feb. 2018, www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/534/text.
  • “National Center For Safety Initiatives - Protecting Vulnerable Populations.” National Center For Safety Initiatives - Protecting Vulnerable Populations, www.ncsisafe.com/.
  • “Homepage.” Darkness to Light, www.d2l.org/.
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Soccer Dad, Coach, and Club President who is devoted to developing kids and their families. With a diverse background in leadership in other settings, David is focused on empowering parents, players, and coaches to focus on the stuff that really matters in youth sports.