The Safe Stars Initiative


Safe Stars is a collaboration between the Tennessee Department of Health and the Vanderbilt Youth Sports Health Center.

The Safe Stars Initiative recognizes youth sports leagues throughout Tennessee for providing the highest level of safety for their young athletes. Safe Stars consists of 3 levels: Gold, Silver, and Bronze, and involves implementation of policies around topics such as concussion education, weather safety and injury prevention.

Safe Stars’ goal is to provide resources and opportunities for every youth sports league to enhance their safety standards. The criteria for achieving recognition as a Safe Stars league has been developed by a committee of health professionals dedicated to reducing sports-related injuries among youth. 

The Three Levels of Safe Stars

To reach the initial level of recognition, Bronze, a league must adhere to the following safety standards:

(Complete all Bronze criteria) and adhere to the following safety standards:

  • AED available at hosted events
  • Completion of Safe Stars Parents/Guardians Code of Conduct
  • Plus, any two criteria from “Additional Criteria List” below

(Complete all Silver and Bronze criteria) and adhere to the following safety standards:

  • AED on site for all hosted practices and games
    (Available within 3-5 minutes of site)
  • Plus, any four criteria from “Additional Criteria List” below

Safe Stars Application

To become a Safe Star Organization, click here.

The application recommends that various documents supporting completion of criteria for Safe Stars be uploaded (i.e. CPR/AED certification, inclement weather policies, etc.), so be prepared before beginning the application. Uploading all documents will shorten your application review process.    

  • Review the criteria and resources page before applying to make sure your organization is qualified
  • Pending application acceptance, your organization will receive a certificate of recognition along with a digital copy of the Safe Star logo to display.
  • If you do not achieve a Safe Star level, you may reapply at any time.
  • Your Safe Star recognition will be in effect for 5 years, after which time you must re-apply.
  • You may apply for a higher level star at any time (i.e. your league can qualify for gold instead of silver).

For questions please contact:

Current Safe Star Leagues

Click on the links below to see the leagues that have achieved Safe Star status.

Alvin C. York Institute

Backfield In Motion Inc

Blackman High School

Blackman Middle School

Central Magnet School

Christiana Middle School

Clarksville Parks and Recreation

Dobyns-Bennett High School

Eagleville High School

Eagleville School

Gallatin Soccer Club

Gatlinburg-Pittman High School

Grainger High School

Grassland Middle School 

Hendersonville Parks and Recreation

Hendersonville Soccer Club

Houston High School

Jefferson County High School

Joe Shafer Middle School

John Overton High School

Kingston Parks and Recreation Center

Knox Doss Middle School

Lakeway Christian Academy

LaVergne High School

LaVergne Middle School

Legacy Middle School

Lenoir City High School

Merrol Hyde Magnet School

Midway High School

Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Center

Nashville Youth Encouragement Services

Northview Academy

Oakland High School

Oakland Middle School

Percy Priest Ducks Youth Program

Pigeon Forge High School

Powell High School

Pride Lions Lacrosse

Riverdale High School

Rock Springs Middle School

Rockvale High School (NEW)

Rockvale Middle School

Rocky Fork Middle School (NEW)

Sevier County High School

Seymour High School

Siegel High School

Siegel Middle School

Smyrna High School

Smyrna Middle School

Spring Station Middle School

Station Camp High School

Stewarts Creek High School

Stewarts Creek Middle School

Tellico Plains High School

Tennessee School for the Blind

The Kings Academy

The Webb School

Thompson’s Station Middle School 

Thurman Francis Arts Academy

Union County High School

Upper Cumberland United Soccer Club

Washburn High School

White House Middle School

Whitworth-Buchanan Middle School 

Coming Soon.

Cheatham Soccer


Printed copies of the following brochures are available free of charge by emailing

Browse the following topics to learn more:

·  CPR & AED Training – NFHS/Vanderbilt Sports Health Center (NEW! – NFHS Press Release 9-21-23)

·  AED Training - Project Adam

·  Project ADAM Middle and West TN Chapter: AED Training - Project ADAM (Middle TN)

·  Project ADAM East TN Chapter: AED Training - Project ADAM (East TN)

·  CPR Training - American Red Cross

·  CPR Training – CPR Choice (Nashville)

·  CPR/AED Training - American Red Cross

·  Funding Opportunity for AEDs - Got AED Crowdfunding Site

·  TDH Application for free AED upon Safe Stars recognition*

*Organizations must meet qualifications for BRONZE level and demonstrate need.

American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists

Belmont University Athletic Department

Brain Links

Children’s Hospital Alliance of Tennessee

Children’s Hospital at Erlanger

Cumberland Pediatric Foundation

East Tennessee Children’s Hospital

LeBonheur Children’s Hospital

Lipscomb University Athletic Department

Memphis Grizzlies

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

Nashville Coaching Coalition

Nashville Predators

Nashville Soccer Club

Nashville Sounds

Nashville Sports Council

National Football League Players Association - Nashville Former Players Chapter

Niswonger Children’s Hospital

Office of Tennessee Attorney General

Program for Injury Prevention in Youth Sports at Vanderbilt

Safe Kids Cumberland Valley

Special Olympics - Tennessee

Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians

Tennessee Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance

Tennessee Athletic Trainers Society

Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Tennessee Children's Emergency Care Alliance

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development

Tennessee Department of Health

Tennessee Governor’s Children’s Cabinet (

Tennessee Medical Association

Tennessee Nurses Association

Tennessee Orthopedic Society

Tennessee Osteopathic Medical Association

Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association

Tennessee Physical Therapy Association

Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association

Tennessee State Soccer Association 

Tennessee Tech University Athletic Department

University of Tennessee Athletic Department

Vanderbilt University Athletic Department

Vanderbilt Sports Medicine

Vanderbilt University Medical Center