USA Pentathlon Committed To A Safe Sport Environment

Feb. 11, 2018, 12 a.m. (ET)

USA Pentathlon is committed to a Safe Sport environment. We – coaches, athletes, parents, officials, volunteers, team leaders, and sport leaders – can commit to prevention and we can commit to speaking up. We can commit to Safe Sport. 

 

Safe Sport is something we do, every day. The key to prevention is to create an environment where all members know the rules, are comfortable talking about it, and are empowered to recognize and report red flag behavior, boundary violations, and misconduct. The USA Pentathlon Safe Sport Policy can be viewed here.

 

How do you create a Safe Sport environment? What does it mean to have a culture of safety? 

 

How do you ‘do’ Safe Sport?

 

Simple.

 

Set. Direct. Protect.

 

Set. Be intentional. Learn how to make your team a Safe Sport team.

           ·     Know who you’re working with! Conduct thorough screening of employees and volunteers.

·     Learn the risks and address them with your team’s rules. Familiarize yourself with the Safe Sport Code and adopt the Safe Sport Best Practices as team rules. Make your team’s policies and response procedures easily available to all team members on your website.

 

Direct. Use enthusiastic and frequent communication to teach your team’s members about Safe Sport. Talk about your team’s values and the behaviors that support and reinforce them.

·     Name a Safe Sport Club Coordinator for your team to oversee the Safe Sport effort, communicate with coaches, parents, and athletes, and be connected to national Safe Sport volunteers for support and resources.

·     Make talking about Safe Sport with athletes a regular conversation. Use monthly meetings with athletes age 11 and over to facilitate discussion around specific situations and how to report concerns. Discuss Safe Sport basics and encourage positive team culture with your athletes under age 11.

·     Create a Safe Sport environment at competitions. At your competition plan to keep coaches, athletes and spectators up to speed during the meet with announcements.

 

Protect. You have spent time and energy to create a culture of safety – Protect it! When something comes up, address it and correct it right away.

·     Recognize. Red flag behaviors and boundary violations are small chips in your team’s culture that can become big problems if left to fester. Call out and correct these behaviors immediately and encourage all team members to do the same.

·     Respond. When a club policy violation comes to your attention, take appropriate action. Be quick to acknowledge the report and take immediate steps to restore safety. Then, diligently collect all the information necessary to determine a thoughtful, informed course of action consistent with your team’s policies.

·     Report. If you become aware of misconduct or abuse, you are required to report it. Know what to report where. Child abuse or neglect, including child sexual abuse, should be reported immediately to local law enforcement. Sexual violations of the SafeSport Code must be reported to the US Center for SafeSport. Other violations of the USA Pentathlon Code of Conduct should be reported here.

              

Great planning.

Great communication.

Great accountability.

 

Set. Direct. Protect.

 

For more information and resources, go to https://www.teamusa.org/usa-modern-pentathlon/athletes/safe-sport.  

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