Child Safety and Abuse Awareness
UpdatedThursday March 4, 2021 byTerry Eby.
ABR is committed to the emotional and physical development and safety of all our players. This includes preventing child abuse and reporting any suspected instance of child abuse to law enforcement. ABR is committed to complying with the federal Safe Sports Act, which imposes requirements on certain youth athletic organizations aimed at preventing and reporting abuse.
Babe Ruth League, our chartering organization, recently established a new policy on child abuse prevention, which guides ABR's approach. Babe Ruth League's policy can be found here: Babe Ruth Leagues
More specifically, to promote awareness, in 2019, ABR began requiring all of our coaches and other volunteers who work directly with children to complete an on-line training course provided by USA Baseball. The training is designed to raise awareness of child abuse, give practical pointers on identifying and preventing it, and emphasizing the importance of reporting suspected abuse to law enforcement. The free training, called "Abuse Awareness for Adults," takes approximately 30 minutes and can be found here through the link in the attachment.
ABR also requires all of our coaches and volunteers who work directly with children to complete a background check, which includes screening through national criminal databases and sex offender registries. Information about completing background checks was provided to coaches at our annual coaches meeting. Instructions for submitting a background check can be found in the attached page.
Finally, ABR will report any instances of suspected child abuse--emotional, physical, or sexual--to law enforcement immediately. Coaches and volunteers are required to report suspected abuse to the ABR Board, which will immediately inform law enforcement.
At bottom, ABR's most powerful tool to keeping our players safe is you. As a community, we need to be vigilant about identifying potential abuse and reporting it. If you suspect that a child may be in an abusive situation, report it right away -- either directly to law enforcement or to the ABR Board, which will pass on the report. It is the responsibility of our entire community to protect our children. ABR takes that responsibility seriously, and we urge all of our parents, coaches, and volunteers to support us in that.
The ABR Board