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AYSO Section 13

Guidelines On Photography and Publicity

1) If a child’s name is used – do not also include a photograph of that child

2) If a photograph is used – do not include any player’s name

3) Never include addresses or other contact information in materials available to the general public

4) If the region has authorized photos to be taken at an AYSO activity:

Ensure that parents are informed in advance respect requests that someone not be photographed and that posted photos be removed, even if permission was originally given
Ensure no picture appears of anyone who has opted out
Post signs at the event reminding people that photos will be taken
Make certain that regional or vendor photographers wear an I.D. or name badge so others will know they've been authorized pictures may not be re-sold or made available to anyone other than AYSO or the individual parents unless a written release is secured
Do not allow unsupervised photo sessions outside of the playing fields or in a player's home
If a vendor intends to post pictures on a web site not controlled by the region, secure a written acknowledgement that such Web site is compliant with the terms and conditions of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 2000 (COPPA)

5) Encourage parents and others to report suspicious or inappropriate photographic activity to the region, which should immediately investigate.

The best protection against uninvited contact with players is to be sure the region complies with AYSO’s Safe Haven protocols for proper adult supervision. Ensure that adult-player ratios of 1 to 8 are maintained and that at least one member of the opposite sex is present at all times. In the end, there is no substitute for plain old common sense in matters such as these.


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