Cincy SC is committed to creating a safe, non-discriminatory, and inclusive environment for all of its coaches, athletes, and families – whatever their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, education, or disability. All should feel valued and respected.
As an organization we respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages and want to ensure that all voices are valued and heard. Soccer is the world’s most popular sport and is played and loved by people from all walks of life. In our efforts to make soccer available to all youth in our communities, we are committed to modeling a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, and equitable environment where all of our members (players, parents, volunteers, coaches, referees, and staff) are equipped with the tools, resources, and experiences to ensure equitable treatment for all.
To provide informed, authentic leadership for cultural equity, Cincy SC strives to:
● See diversity, inclusion, and equity as an integral part of our mission and critical to ensure the well-being of our staff and the youth soccer communities we serve.
● Acknowledge and work to dismantle any inequities within our policies, systems, programs, and services, and continually update and report organization progress.
● Explore potential underlying, unquestioned assumptions that interfere with inclusiveness.
● Advocate for and support board-level thinking about how systemic inequities impact our organization’s work, and how best to address that in a way that is consistent with our mission.
● Help to challenge assumptions about what it takes to be a strong leader at our organization, and who is well-positioned to provide leadership.
● Practice and encourage transparent communication in all interactions.
● Commit time and resources to lift up more diverse leadership within our board, staff, committee, and advisory bodies.
● Join with our members in helping to encourage diverse leaders within all of youth soccer.
● Lead with respect and humility. We expect all board members and employees to embrace this notion and to express it in workplace interactions and through everyday practices.
Cincy SC’s Statement on Transgender Athletes
In alignment with the US Soccer Federation (USSF), Cincy SC is committed to providing a safe, non-discriminatory, and inclusive environment for all its athletes. USSF and the club permit all athletes to join a Cincy SC team that matches their gender identity, regardless of their gender assignment at birth, gender expression, or any physical transition or lack thereof.
USSF Policy 601-5—Registration of Amateur Players
Section 6. Inclusion Policy
(A) To clarify the Bylaws, membership of the Federation is open to all soccer organizations and all soccer players, coaches, trainers, managers, administrators and officials without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or national origin.
(B) For the purposes of registration on gender-based amateur teams, a player may register with the gender team with which the player identifies, and confirmation sufficient for guaranteeing access shall be satisfied by documentation or evidence that shows the stated gender is sincerely held, and part of a person’s core identity. Documentation satisfying the herein stated standard includes, but is not limited to, government-issued documentation or documentation prepared by a healthcare provider, counselor, or other qualified professional not related to the player.
(C) This policy shall not apply to the Federation’s National Teams programs, but application of this or a similar policy shall be re-evaluated at such time as FIFA addresses the issue
(D) This policy shall not apply to Professional Leagues.