Athletes 1st is an initiative focused on the overall well being and development of All Star athletes that involves owners, coaches, parents and the athletes themselves in making sure athletes remain at the center of All Star. 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.

SPORT SAFETY

  • Rules based on Progression or Development (Age Appropriate)

SAFETY WHILE TRAINING

QUALIFIED COACHES

  • Education or trained in skills, physical development, conditioning, injury prevention
  • Credentialing
  • Trained or Certified in sport related training injuries or risks

PROGRAM RESPONSIBILITIES
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

  • Enrichment

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.
Tip Sheet for Parents
 

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