Participant Welfare Policy & Safesport Training:
US Speedskating is pleased to announce the implementation of its safe sport initiative, The US Speedskating Participant Welfare Policy. We all have a role to play in creating a healthy setting for speed skating. Our SafeSport program will help raise awareness about misconduct in sport, promote open dialogue, provide training and resources, and to assist members with potential allegations. USS is focused on providing a safe environment to protect the health and well-being of our athletes.
The US Speedskating Participant Welfare Policy is designed to ensure safe, positive experience for all members of USS. The policy outlines organizational expectations and relevant areas of potential concern, with a goal of a healthy environment for all participants in our sport. This policy applies to, and is in force, for all USS members, participants, athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and staff within all speed skating disciplines. Please review the US Speedskating Participant Welfare Policy below.
SafeSport offers training regarding misconduct in sport and the measures we can all take to protect athletes. Learning about the six types of misconduct is an important step to recognize, reduce and respond effectively to inappropriate and potential harmful behavior. The following groups are required to complete Safesport training: USS Board of Directors, Staff, Certified Coaches, and Level 3, 4 & 5 Officials. It is recommended that all USS Athletes listed in the USADA pool take this training, but it is not required. The SafeSport training is available at: http://safesport.org/take-the-training. There are also SafeSport Parent courses available for any parents interested in this program, as well as a SafeSport refresher course for anyone who originally took the training and feels the need for review.
Should an allegation or inquiry regarding abuse need to be made either initially by phone or by submitting "Form A: Abuse Reporting Form" (found in the Participant Welfare Policy) , the individual reporting the abuse, misconduct or policy violation is encouraged to contact the USS National Office. USS will list here on this webpage both one male and one female staff designee and one male and one female athlete representatives at all times as reporting recipients for such matters.Male: Dale Schoon, USS Director of Finances, email@example.com, (801) 417-5372
Male: Matt Plummer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Female: Katherine Reutter, email@example.com
Before becoming an elected USS Board member, USS staff, USS contractor that has frequent or regular contact with athletes, certified USS coach and level 3, 4 & 5 officials assigned by USS to USS races, you must have a background check completed. You will be instructed on how to complete this process when going through the various procedures as outlined by USS Staff and through the USS website.
Relevant Forms and Policies: