USA Karate SafeSport Policy Updates

June 20, 2019, 12 p.m. (ET)

Attention all referees, coaches, instructors and club owners:

 

Some changes have recently occurred as part of the SafeSport initiatives which we partner with the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee and the U.S. Center for SafeSport to develop.  As a result of these changes some changes have been implemented in our SafeSport Program.  Latest Information on the program, the Safe Sport Code and Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies can be found on our website at SafeSport.usankf.org and the U.S. Center for SafeSport website at SafeSport.org

 

Summary of the changes:

1. We have renamed the covered individuals to participants. The following individuals are covered under U.S. Center for SafeSport’s Disciplinary Jurisdiction (the most current list of participants can be found at SafeSport.usankf.org):

 

  • Board of Directors
  • Staff (employee, contractor or volunteer)
  • Interns
  • Contractors with access to athletes
  • Operational and Governance Committee Members
  • Volunteer Event Staff
  • Event and National Team Medical Staff and Trainers
  • Photographers and Videographers with access to competition floor
  • Senior and Junior National Team Athletes over 18 yrs of age
  • Coach members
  • Official members
  • Athletes over 18 yrs of age 
  • Volunteers over 18 yrs of age

     

2. SafeSport Training is now required annually. Policies around training can be found in the USA-NKF Minor Athletes and Officials Abuse Prevention Policyand Participant Safety Handbook. Training is available to participants 18 years of age and older. Individuals under 18 years of age can take the course with a signed approval from their parents.  The SafeSport Training is available at  SafeSport.org

 USA-NKF Minor Athletes and Officials Abuse Prevention Policies are in compliance with the requirements from the U.S. Center for SafeSport's Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy to cover both our minor athletes and minor regional officials. You should review these policies here:  USA-NKF Minor Athletes and Officials Abuse Prevention Policies

All members over the age of 18 can complete the FREE training course supplied by the U.S. Center for SafeSport. This course replaces the material previously found on the TeamUSA Training site. The new training course consists of the following topics:

  • Mandatory Reporting
  • Sexual Misconduct Awareness Education
  • Emotional and Physical Misconduct
  • Background checks will be completed every 2 years with our vendor NCSI rechecking annually. 

Training is available to individuals 18 years of age and older.  Individuals under the age of 18 will require parental consent in order to take the training. 

SafeSport training must be completed every year. Once you have completed the full course subsequent years will only require a refresher course.

The website to take the new course is https://safesport.org/. Users will have to create an account using the code below prior to being able to take the course. You can create your account at https://safesport.org/authentication/register?token=387667f7-f3dc-4285-af8b-5fd23af7201b

This also applies for those that have taken the TeamUSA training course before.

3. Background checks will be completed every 2 years with our vendor NCSI rechecking annually.

The cost of the background screening is approximately $30 depending on your state. To complete the background check, you will simply need to do the following: 

  1. 1. Visit www.ncsisafe.com and click on the Background Screening Self Registration

     2. Enter Self Registration Number 262443495

    3. Enter Your Information as Requested

4. We have updated the Participant Safety Handbook which defines the SafeSport Policies for USA Karate. You should review these policies.

The Handbook includes:

  • Training and Education
  • Criminal Background Check Policy
  • Athlete Protection Policy
  • Physical Contact with Athletes Policy
  • Electronic and Social Media Policy
  • Travel Policy
  • Reporting Policy
  • Disciplinary Rules and Procedure

5. We have added the USA-NKF Minor Athletes and Officials Abuse Prevention Policiesin compliance with the requirements from the U.S. Center for SafeSport’s Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy to cover both our minor athletes and minor regional officials. You should review these policies. The Policy includes:

  • Training and Education Policy
  • One on One Interactions Policy
  • Massages and Rubdown/Athletic Training Modalities Policy
  • Locker Rooms and Changing Areas Policy
  • Social Media and Electronic Communication Policy
  • Local Travel Policy
  • Team Travel Policy

     

6. Training and resources for parents have been developed. Parent toolkit is available on the resources page of the safesport.org website and training resources are available at athletesafety.org

7. Training and resources for minor members have been developed. Youth toolkit is available on the resources page of the safesport.org website and training resources that are age specific for minors will be available soon at athletesafety.org

 

USA Karate is concerned about the safety of all our members and has worked diligently to comply with the standards established by the U.S. Center for SafeSport. United States Olympic Committee and federal law. If you have questions on the policies please contact me. If you believe there is a violation to the policies or you have a concern please report that concern. Ways to make a report including anonymous reports can be found at SafeSport.usankf.org 

 

 

Information on USA Karate’s SafeSport Program can be found on our website https://www.teamusa.org/usa-karate/member-resources/safe-sport-program

 

If you have any questions, please contact USA Karate Membership Manager Elizabeth Sottile at esottile@usankf.org or USA Karate CEO Phil Hampel at phampel@usankf.org