Since 2001, player safety has been the cornerstone trademark of the VSSA. Registration is mandatory for all VSSA affiliated league players and brings with it a number of benefits that non affiliated leagues may fail to provide.
As a registered player in any VSSA affiliated league your $20 annual association fee provides the following coverage and benefits:
- Medical Participant Accident Insurance (PAI). Primary medical insurance is provided to uninsured players, and secondary medical insurance coverage is provided for all insured players, with a $400 deductible and a $5,000 maximum benefit. The majority of your membership fee goes to providing this important medical coverage. Please see the USASA website for more details. Registered players will have access to this medical insurance coverage for league play, as well as game play in all affiliated VSSA competitions, anywhere in the United States.
- Partnership with USSF certified referees and assignors. Referees and officials have a major impact on league quality and player safety. All game officials working VSSA-affiliated matches are USSF certified. This means they have undergone training to reach at least Grade 7 and are qualified to manage your match.
- Should you ever have a case of referee or player abuse or assault in your league, you can turn to the VSSA and the Vermont State Officials organization to handle the disciplinary hearing—and any enforcement actions would carry association-wide for that referee or player. In that capacity, the VSSA protect the interests of the referees, leagues, and players.
- Entry into regional and national tournaments. Although Vermont has not fielded a team for any regional or national tournament play, there are opportunities in men’s, women’s, and co-ed competition outside of Vermont. We also have the opportunity to host tournament play. This is a benefit that VSSA is actively developing.
- League Directors & Officers (D&O) Liability Insurance. This is a general liability insurance policy offered to your league’s directors and officers at no cost through USASA. What this means is that your league directors and officers, who often are volunteers, have a general liability policy behind them if claims are made against them. For a player this could mean the difference of an available insurer in the event a claim is successfully made against the league. Without such policy there is no insurance.
PLAYER INSURANCE (PAI)
HOW TO FILE AN INSURANCE CLAIM
If you are hurt or injured during a VSSA affiliated match you are urged you to file a Participant Accident Insurance (PAI) claim. To do so please contact your league official or director or VSSA Insurance Verification Officer (IVO) for information.
You may also click here to access the USASA/VSSA claim form.
Please note, this form must be signed by the VSSA IVO. For assistance in filing a claim please visit USASA's website click here or contact the VSSA IVO.