Athlete Safety & Anti-Doping

Athlete Safety Requirements

All U.S. participants in this competition are subject to the requirements outlined in the USOPC Athlete Safety Policy available at: http://teamusa.org/USOPCAthleteSafetyPolicy. Adult Participants are required to comply with the Mandatory Components of the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies (MAAPP) as formally incorporated in Section 4.3 of the USOPC Athlete Safety Policy, and available at: http://teamusa.org/maapp. Participating in our events also comes with certain responsibilities, such as requirements to report Prohibited Conduct, to include violations of the MAAPP, as outlined in Section 6 of the USOPC Athlete Safety Policy, as well as completing training as outlined below.


U.S. Center for SafeSport Training

All U.S. athletes (18 years and older), coaches, and support staff requesting accreditation must complete, or have completed within the last calendar year, the U.S. Center for SafeSport’s Core training, or applicable Refresher training course if they have previously taken the Core training. The training must be completed prior to arrival at the event and must be valid through the conclusion of the event. Please note, USA Track & Field membership with SafeSport training that is valid through the conclusion of the event will be accepted. Please submit proof of completion and expiration date of your most recent SafeSport training to Reagan Folaron at Reagan.Folaron@usopc.org.


The training can be found at the link below:


https://safesport.org/useractivities/index


Depending on the required course, it will take between 30 to 90 minutes to complete the training, and it is free for registered event participants. Please email Reagan Folaron if you need help accessing the training and email a copy of the certificate of completion to Reagan Folaron at Reagan.Folaron@usopc.org by June 1 or at least two weeks prior to the event.


If you are a minor athlete, completing the training is not required, but we recommend you work with your parent/guardian and take one of the free youth training courses offered by the U.S. Center for SafeSport. The U.S. Center for SafeSport also makes resources available to parents regarding abuse prevention in sport, to include the Parent Toolkit, and free online training. Training for both minor athletes and parents is available at: https://uscenterforsafesport.org/training-and-education/training-and-education-services/.

 

USOPC Background Check

All U.S. participants requesting a Team Staff accreditation for this competition are required to undergo a background check utilizing the National Center for Safety Initiatives as further described in the USOPC’s Background Check Policy & Procedures (which can be viewed on the Team USA Athlete Safety Page at https://www.teamusa.org/team-usa-athlete-services/safe-sport) and Exhibit C. The background check must be completed prior to the start of competition. Any individual receiving a “Red Light” may be precluded by the USOPC from participating in the competition. Please note, USA Track & Field membership with a background check that is valid through the conclusion of the event will be accepted.  Please submit proof of completion and expiration date of your most recent background check to Reagan Folaron at Reagan.Folaron@usopc.org.

Anti-Doping

All Athletes, Athlete Support Personnel and other Persons, by virtue of their participation in the Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American, Parapan American or Youth Olympic Games, participation in an Event or Competition organized or sanctioned by the USOPC or an NGB, an International Federation (“IF”), the International Olympic Committee (“IOC”), the International Paralympic Committee (“IPC”) or other Major Event Organization, participation on a national team, utilization of an Olympic and Paralympic Training Center (“OPTC”), receipt of benefits from the USOPC or an NGB, inclusion in the Registered Testing Pool (“RTP”)or Clean Athlete Program (“CAP”), or otherwise subject to the Code agree to be bound by the USOPC National Anti-Doping Policy and by the USADA Protocol. It is the duty of Athletes, Athlete Support Personnel and other Persons to comply with all anti-doping rules of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the IPC, the USOPC National Anti-Doping Policy, and of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), including the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing (USADA Protocol) and all other policies and rules adopted by WADA, the IPC, the USOPC and USADA. Athlete participants agree to submit to drug testing by the IPC and/or USADA or their designees at any time and understand that the use of methods or substances prohibited by the applicable anti-doping rules make them subject to penalties including, but not limited to, disqualification and suspension. If it is determined that an individual participant may have committed a doping violation, the participant agrees to submit to the results management authority and processes of USADA, including arbitration under the USADA Protocol, or to the results management authority of the IPC, if applicable or referred by USADA. More information about the USOPC National Anti-Doping Policy can be found at https://www.teamusa.org/Footer/Legal/Anti-Doping.


More information about banned substances and doping control can be found by visiting: www.usada.org. All athletes who compete in the U.S. Paralympic Team Trials are subject to drug testing. If athletes are notified for drug testing they must bring an ID with them and are allowed and strongly encouraged to have one representative to accompany them through the drug testing process.