Risk Manager (Previously CORI Submitter) Information
This web page is designed to help clarify the policies and procedures Massachusetts Youth Soccer and all our affiliated organizations MUST follow regarding new Risk Management laws and policies including criminal background checks.
It is imperative that all leagues/towns/clubs complete the initial Master Service Agreement process, designate a key person as their point of contact for Stack Sports and complete their personal onboarding training. If none of the leaders in your organization have connected with a representative from Stack Sports, please contact Mary Relic at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please read the Mass Youth Soccer June 15th update located on the right-hand side of this page.
Fall 2019 Spring 2020 Soccer Registration Year Risk Manager Information
The role and title of the CORI Submitter has changed due to Federal Law and U.S. Soccer Policies. It is now called the Risk Manager role; it has always been an important role, and now more than ever your help is needed in implementing and enforcing the requirements and policies designed to help keep our children safe. All Risk Manager information can be found in the Risk Manager Procedure Document located on the right-hand side of this page.
Risk Manager – Commonwealth of Mass CORI Policy Information
Every adult associated with all organizations who may have the opportunity to have direct and unmonitored access to children is required by state law to complete the CORI certification process. (Massachusetts CORI Reform - Chapter 385 of the Acts of 2002).
The Criminal Offender Record Information (“CORI”) laws and regulations in Massachusetts were first enacted in the early 1970s. While they have and continue to undergo a number of changes and developments, their primary focus remains intact. CORI is designed to protect the general public from exposure to potentially dangerous individuals with a criminal past. Organizations that serve vulnerable segments of the population such as Massachusetts Youth Soccer are given limited access to information about prospective coaches, administrators, volunteers and employees who may have a serious criminal history and who may pose a significant threat to the children involved in youth soccer across the state. The agency that oversees criminal background checks in the Commonwealth is the Department of Criminal Justice Information Services (DCJIS).
Each youth soccer organization is required to identify a CORI submitter, and Massachusetts Youth Soccer will qualify that person under the State CORI Office guidelines. Risk Managers/CORI Submitters will be responsible, along with their organization’s registrars, for making sure all adults involved in their program are properly registered and CORI and National background check (NBG includes State and National Sex Offender Searches) Approved/Cleared. Hence, each club or team will have one qualified Risk Manager/CORI submitter who will be responsible for collecting every adult's CORI Acknowledgement form and verify identity. Forms and instructions on what is needed to become a Risk Manager/CORI Submitter can be found by clicking on the links located on the right-hand side of this page.
Note: Mass Youth Soccer is still required to collect a completed CORI Submitter Agreement form from all Risk Managers (Commonwealth of Mass Law) and verify the information on that form using a government ID.
NEW - U.S. Soccer Connect info
All participating adults will register with their League, Town or Club via the dedicated registration website their organization was provided with from Stack Sports U.S. Soccer Connect:
League, Town and Club Adult Registration and Administrator URL Directory.
Prior to opening Adult Registrations in U.S. Soccer Connect, make sure that auto-confirm is set to OFF. Once an adult registers, the organizations Registrar, Risk Manager or an Administrator will manually check the participating adult as CONFIRMED. Once the adult is checked as confirmed Mass Youth Soccer will process all Background Checks and Sex Offender Searches and your organization will be billed for those adults. Confirming the adult participant also triggers the registration email to go out to that adult; this email contains the SafeSport Abuse Prevention and Concussion training links; it then also places those training links in the adult’s registration account. A help guide is posted on the right-hand side of this page.
Important – Risk Management Requirements for’ Fall 2019 – Spring 2020 soccer year.
To meet the obligations under the SafeSport Act and help with the implementation of new Policies and Procedures required by U.S. Soccer, all Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association adult members and member organization’s adult members will have to meet the Risk Management requirements below; this will be monitored in U.S. Soccer Connect prior to the adult receiving their required Mass Youth Soccer Adult Credential.
All four requirements listed below must be met prior to an Adult Credential being available for printing.
- CORI Risk Status must be listed as Approved, Conditional or Under 18 Approved. Risk Expire Date must be current throughout the registration year.
- National Background Check (NBG) must be listed as Cleared; the NBG status will only show cleared if; the NBG Check is clear; and State and National Sex Offender Record Searches are all clear. Risk Expire Date must be also be current throughout the registration year.
- SafeSport Abuse Prevention Training must be Approved; a green dot will signify approved status. Adults will take the initial SafeSport Abuse Prevention Training Course; then a refresher course within the next registration year for as long as the adult participates.
- Concussion Training must be Approved; a green dot will signify approved status. Mass Youth Soccer’s Policy is a two-year approval; your Leagues Policy may be a one-year approval, verify with your League.
Note: Abuse Prevention and Concussion (CDC Only), How to Approve adults help guides are listed on the right-hand on this page.
NOTE: CORI and National Background Check, and State and National Sex Offender Searches will have the same Expire Date: The Approved expiration date includes a one-year grace period in which the adult is required to complete the registration process as soon as possible to trigger their background checks and sex offender searches. This will ensure that the adult receives a full three-year Approval from Mass youth Soccer Assoc.
Responsibilities also include reviewing and presenting to your adult members the Risk Management Policies listed below.
- Athlete and Participate Safety Policies, known as MA SAFE SOCCER; this includes Abuse Prevention mandatory reporting information.
- Weather Policy
- Goal Safety
- US Soccer Recognize to Recover
All policy information above can be found on the www.mayouthsoccer.org website under the MA SAFE SOCCER tab.
For Mass Youth Soccer to process your member’s Background Requests; the adults MUST be accounted for on your organization's Fee Submission file as an affiliated member and have completed their Adult Registration and be checked as confirmed.
Administrative access to U.S. Soccer Connect
Administrative (user) access to U.S. Soccer Connect can be provide to your organizations administrators by the Administrator that completed the onboarding process with Stack Sports. If someone in your organization does not already have Association Connect to manage Photos, Abuse Prevention and Concussion training document Approvals, please contact the Mass Youth Soccer CORI/Risk Administrator at CORI@mayouthsoccer.org