US Biathlon SafeSport and MAAPP FAQ

(updated April, 7 2020)

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Q: Who is REQUIRED to complete SafeSport training under USBA membership policies?
A: USBA requires safe sport education and training for (a) all individuals USBA formally authorizes, approves or appoints to (1) serve in a position of authority over or (2) have frequent contact with athletes, and (b) all USBA staff. This includes all Coach and Official members, USBA staff and Board Members, Regional Coordinators and Club Administrators. Additionally, any athlete named to a national training team/group or named to an international competition team (IBU Cup, World Cup, etc.) must complete the training. Any athlete over the age of 18 who trains at an Olympic and Paralympic Training Center or Training Site will also be required to complete training. We encourage all members over the age of 18 to complete the training.

Q: If older athletes or parents are acting as coaches and regularly interacting with athletes under the age of 18 but are not technically coaches, do they need to be SafeSport trained?
A: YES. The easiest way to make sure this is completed is to have anyone in a coaching role sign up for a US Biathlon Coach membership. All Coach and Official members must complete SafeSport training before their membership becomes active. All USBA members have access to SafeSport training, regardless of whether it is required. Follow the SafeSport link on our website to complete the training. See Resources below.

Q: Our club hosts races with the help of local volunteers who are over 18. Do these people need to be SafeSport trained?
A: While we encourage as many people as possible to complete SafeSport training, if the work these volunteers are doing is happening in “open and interruptible” settings, they are not required to be trained. If, however, a volunteer is working regularly with your club, they should be SafeSport trained. All USBA Officials must be USBA trained.

Q: What if I’m not a USBA member and don’t have regular contact with athletes but would like to complete SafeSport training anyway?
A: Anyone can complete the SafeSport training by going to the Center for SafeSport’s website www.uscenterforsafesport.org . We especially recommend all parents of athletes take the free parent course! In order to become “SafeSport Trained” and certified, you will need to complete the full training, which is included with your USBA membership. For all others, training is $20.

Q: I completed SafeSport Training last year, do I need to do it again?
A: The Center for SafeSport has created a refresher course for those already trained. There are three refresher courses and in the fourth year, you’ll need to complete the full training again. For example, if you completed SafeSport Training in 2018, you’ll do Refresher 1 in 2019, Refresher 2 in 2020, Refresher 3 in 2021, and the whole SafeSport course again in 2022.

US Biathlon SafeSport and MAAPP FAQ

 

Resources:

Full SafeSport/MAAPP link and Forms for Consent:

https://www.teamusa.org/us-biathlon/resources/safesport

SafeSport Training:

https://www.athletesafety.org/

US Center for SafeSport:

https://uscenterforsafesport.org/

For other questions, please contact Sara Studebaker-Hall, USBA Director of Operations -

sara@usbiathlon.org