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Building the best youth sports safety program

Building the best youth sports safety program

Youth Sports Safety Program Components 

Youth sports are a great way for kids to stay active, learn teamwork, and find camaraderie with their peers. To keep these experiences positive, it’s crucial to have a strong sports safety program centered around keeping the athletes safe and supported. A comprehensive youth sports safety program not only protects the physical health of athletes but also fosters a positive and secure environment that encourages participation and growth. 

Program elements typically fall into three main categories: athlete safety, safeguarding and compliance, and risk management. These components work best when expectations and protocols are clearly communicated throughout the organization to all administrators, coaches, coordinators, volunteers, and parents. By proactively addressing potential risks and establishing clear guidelines, youth sports programs can ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all participants. 

Below are some key components to consider adding to your organization’s current youth sports safety program to keep your athletes healthy and thriving: 


  • Injury Reporting Protocols 
  • Concussion Management Protocols 
  • Communication Plan 
  • Athletic Trainers covering all events 
  • Mental Health Strategy 


  • Background check 
  • Sexual abuse/misconduct training 
  • Federal Law Education 
  • Additional Education 
  • Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Strategy 
  • Emergency Action Plan (EAP) 
  • Preparticipation Physical Evaluation (PPE) 
  • Medical Review Board 


  • Organizational Insurance 
  • Event Insurance 
  • Codes of Conduct 
  • Waivers/Releases 
  • Organizational Policies 
  • Refund 
  • Participation 

 Each of these elements contributes to creating an impactful and supportive environment for your organization and its athletes. By implementing these components, youth sports programs can provide a secure and enriching experience that allows young athletes to thrive. For more information on how to build up your sports safety program, contact us at 

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