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If you know of or suspect a violation of any of the SafeSport Policies or Procedures you are required to report the incident.

Sexual Misconduct Involving a Minor:

All Other Violations:

  • USA Karate Ethics website - USAKarateEthics.com or 844-598-1865
  • Report via an incident report form emailed to the CEO or Ethics Committee Chairperson
  • Contacting the CEO or Ethics Committee Chairperson directly

CEO Contact: Phil Hampel – phampel@usankf.org, 719-309-6030

Ethics Committee Chairperson Contact: Chris Hodgin chodgin@usankf.org

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the National Office for additional assistance. We look forward to partnering with each of you as we work together to ensure a Safe Sport! 

 

Click here to download the incident report form

 

Reporting

If you know of or suspect a violation of any of the SafeSport Policies or Procedures you are required to report the incident.

SafeSport Program

The USA Karate SafeSport Program will consist of online SafeSport™ Training, background screening and a collection of policies to protect our members. SafeSport™ Training and background screening must be completed for each USA Karate Official, Coach, Adult National Team Member, Committee Member, Staff and Board Member.

Compliance is required to participate as a Referee, Judge, Credentialed Coach, Event Staff, Club Press Pass holders and Medical Staff at Signature Events. Athletes 18 years and over are required to complete SafeSport™ Training. Volunteers and Vendors are required to have reviewed the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies At-A-Glance and the Reporting At-A-Glance. Those who have not completed the program requirements or who are on the banned list will not be allowed to participate in any capacity at any USA Karate Signature Event. 

Program Components

Background Check 

To be completed every 2 years.  National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI) is our vendor and will recheck each applicant 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. Go to the membership platform usankf.sport80.com and log in to your account.

  2. Select the Background Screening.

  3. The system will display your status.

  4. If lapsed, you be able to renew your training or if it is the first screen you will add a background screen.

Online Training Sessions 

SafeSport training must be completed every year for participants 18 years of age and older

To complete the free SafeSport Training, you will simply need to do the following: 

 

 
  1. Go to the membership platform usankf.sport80.com and log in to your account. 

  2. Select the US Center for SafeSport Training

  3. The system will display your status

  4. If lapsed or missing you will be able to access training

The collection of all SafeSport Policies and procedures for your review are found in the Participant Safety Handbook and the Minor Athlete and Official Abuse Prevention Policies. 

 

 

 

Additional Information

PARTICIPANT SAFETY HANDBOOK

The collection of all SafeSport Policies and procedures for you to review are found in the Participant Safety Handbook. The latest version can be found here.

 

MINOR ATHLETE ABUSE PREVENTION POLICIES

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 can review these policies at the following link: USA-NKF Minor Athletes and Officials Abuse Prevention Policies. Additionally, please see the How to Report a Concern, MAAPP at a Glance and Team Travel Policy resource documents. 

 

USA KARATE MEMBER COMPLIANCE SEARCH

You can look up a member over the age of 18 to verify their compliance with SafeSport requirements of USA Karate.  Only certain athlete members are required to be compliant with SafeSport requirements as defined in the Participant Safety Handbook.  All official, coach, regional referee and club participants are required to be SafeSport compliant.

 

SafeSport compliant means they have completed the annual SafeSport training from the US Center for SafeSport and have completed a background check with NCSI and have a clear check or an approved exception. See background check policy in the Participant Safety Handbook.

 

Individuals with an expired membership or Compliance Incomplete are not authorized by USA Karate to be in a position of authority or to have regular contact with athletes.

 

Search for SafeSport compliance here

 

USA KARATE MEMBER SUSPENSION AND INELIGIBLE LIST

USA National Karate-do Federation Banned Members: 

Individual Year of Action Action
Michael Ritter 1997 Permanently Ineligible by USA-NKF
Michael Shimabukuro 2010 Permanently Ineligible by USA-NKF
Frank Pugarita 2017 Permanently Ineligible by the US Center for SafeSport
Michael Ford 2017

10-year Suspension with 3 years abated -
5-year probation by the US Center for SafeSport

James Buchen 2018 Ineligible by the US Center for SafeSport
Ernest Bolen 2018 Permanently Ineligible by the US Center for SafeSport
Walter Arevalo 2018 Permanently Ineligible by the US Center for SafeSport
Patrick Martin 2019 Permanently Ineligible by the US Center for SafeSport
David Crosby 2020 Ineligible by the US Center for SafeSport

The U.S. Center for SafeSport’s Centralized Disciplinary Database is a resource designed to keep the public informed when individuals connected with the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Movements are either subject to certain temporary restrictions pending investigation by the Center or are subject to certain sanctions after an investigation found them in violation of the SafeSport Code.

See SafeSport's Centralized Disciplinary Database list. 

Individuals listed as USA Karate Suspended or Ineligible Members or found in the US Center for SafeSport’s Centralized Disciplinary Database are precluded from participation in USA Karate, including: serving on the Board of Directors, Committees or as a member of a Task Force; participating in any manner at our signature or sanctioned events; being credentialed as a guest, VIP, athlete, coach, official, companion or vendor at signature or sanctioned events; traveling with the Senior or Junior National Team in any capacity.

Related Links and Resources

USA Center for SafeSport 

Report a Concern

National Center for Safety Initiatives (Background Screening) 

US Government Anti-Bullying Program

National Boys Town Hotline - 24/7 Counseling Services

 

For 24/7 crisis support, contact the SafeSport helpline for crisis interventions, referrals and emotional support. This confidential and secure helpline is operated by RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. 

 

NCA represents the national network of Child Advocacy Centers (CAC). CACs host a multidisciplinary team of law enforcement, child protective services, victim advocates and mental health practitioners who investigate instances of child abuse and neglect.

 

This national hotline serves people affected by sexual violence. To search for local centers, visit www.rainn.org/about-national-sexual-assault-telephone-hotline or call the hotline phone number, 800.656.HOPE.

 

The National Suicide Prevention LifeLine provides a national network of 160 local crisis centers and provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, seven days a week.