At Knoxville Football Club, we are committed to the safety of our players. We believe every child has a right to participate in a safe environment. To promote a safe environment, our Club has adopted, and is fully committed to, the Code of Conduct adopted by United States Youth Soccer and by the Tennessee State Soccer Association (TSSA) as its Policy 3. All board members, coaches and families in our Club should be familiar with this Code of Conduct, a copy of which can be found here: TSSA Policy 3
A new federal law entitled “Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017” was recently enacted by Congress and is being implemented by youth sports organizations across the country, including our Club. Under this new law, any adult in our Club who interacts with our youth athletes has a legal duty to report child abuse or suspected child abuse. While that legal duty only applies to persons who interact with the youth members of our Club, all parents and volunteers in our Club should report child abuse or suspected child abuse. If an adult who interacts with youth athletes suspects that child abuse has occurred, the adult must report the suspected abuse within 24 hours to the appropriate persons listed below. The legislation defines child abuse as physical or mental injury, sexual abuse or exploitation, or negligent treatment of a child.
Suspected child abuse by any adult associated with our Club or in connection with any Club activity should be reported to the following:
Club Risk Manager:
Tennessee Department of Children's Services:
Knox County Sheriff: (865) 215-2243
Tennessee State Soccer Risk Manager: Don Eubank or Hans Hobson
US Center for SafeSport or 312-528-7004
These obligations are in addition to any state law requirements that an individual may have in a particular jurisdiction. Under Tennessee law, all adults have an obligation to report child abuse to the hotline for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services listed above.
Other Forms of Abuse
The TSSA Code of Conduct clearly provides that all types of abuse, including bullying, harassment and hazing, are violations of the Code of Conduct, whether such actions would constitute child abuse under federal or state law. For example, harassment of a youth referee is a clear violation of the Code of Conduct, which could result in the suspension or expulsion of a player or family from TSSA and Club activities.