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Introducing the New AYSO Safe Haven Course- One Size Fits All

This is important news for all volunteers. It is especially important news for Referee Instructors and other Instructors.

The new unified AYSO Safe Haven program officially rolled out July 1, 2011.

A few quick ‘must knows’ here at the top of the message, followed by other great stuff:

– There is only one Safe Haven curriculum. It applies to all disciplines (referee and coach, in particular).

– To be a/the lead instructor for the new Safe Haven course, you first have to become certified to do so.  If you are/were certified to teach the ‘old’ course, you (just) need to complete taking the new course as a student in order to update your instructor certification. Clear?

– AYSO offers fabulous opportunities to take the course (for credit) as a Webinar in July. Your webinar course leaders are Karen Mihara, our AYSO National Safe Haven Administrator, and Tom Bobadilla, our AYSO National Referee Administrator. Schedule and other information is available on our AYSO National website here:  http://www.ayso.org/training/webinars/ayso_safe_haven.aspx 

Tom is teaching in Spanish, Karen in English.

– AYSO “press release” is here


– Our Section 2 Director of Referee Instruction, Holly Bromley, can assist you with any questions/issues about this program. You can reach her at (jhbholly at aol dot com)   The transition period between courses is (just) this month of July. Some of you may already have courses scheduled for this month and want/need to use the ‘old’ curriculum. Holly can advise…

– (New) lesson plan is available at http://www.ayso.org/instructors/aysos_safe_haven.aspx

– The (new) Safe Haven training is available online at http://www.aysotraining.org/aysosafehaven.html

– Safe Haven certifications under the old curriculum remain valid. Note that a volunteer with -only- Referee Save Haven certification is not Safe Haven certified as a coach. Take the current course to ‘upgrade’ to coach.

– The last nugget in this message is: Be advised that Safe Haven training/certification is required for all referee volunteers. Yes, this includes youth referee volunteers.  It is worth repeating:

All youth referee volunteers are required to be Safe Haven trained and certified.

– If you have read this far, you are indeed a dedicated volunteer. Thank you!

4 July 2011


(sra (at) section2 dot org)

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