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Safe Sport Information

What is Safe Sport?

SafeSport is the Olympic community’s initiative to recognize, reduce and respond to misconduct in sport. The US Center for SafeSport (Center) was created pursuant to Federal Legislation and the USOC. The Center has created the SafeSport Code for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement. www.safesport.org . USA Wrestling has adopted a Safe Sport Policy and a Safe Sport Program Handbook to guide our members in this important movement. https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling/Membership/SafeSport-Program.

It is also important to understand what is not included in Safe Sport. Safe Sport is not about equipment safety, concussion protocol, or matters covered under the USA Wrestling Rule Book and Guide to Wrestling.

Why does USA Wrestling have a Safe Sport Policy?

The mission of USA Wrestling, as guided by the Olympic Spirit, is to provide quality opportunities for its members to achieve their full human and athletic potential. Our goal is to encourage participation and the pursuit of excellence in all aspects of wrestling. USA Wrestling has long had systems in place to protect its participants from physical abuse, sexual abuse and other types of abuse and misconduct that can be harmful to youth athletes and other participants. The safety of its athletes, coaches, and volunteers is of paramount importance to USA Wrestling. This includes both on-mat and off-mat safety.

USA Wrestling is committed to creating the safest possible environment for participation in wrestling. We pledge to protect, support, and empower our athletes through this Safe Sport Program. USA Wrestling grants the privilege of membership to individuals and Member Programs committed to its mission. The privilege of membership may, therefore, be withdrawn or denied by USA Wrestling at any time where USA Wrestling determines that a member or prospective member's conduct is inconsistent with the mission of the organization or the best interest of the sport and those who participate in it.

Who must be trained in Safe Sport?

It is the policy of USA Wrestling that those participants who (1) have regular, routine or frequent access to or supervision over minor participants (e.g., coaches, officials, volunteers authorized to have regular interactions with minor athletes, vendors, media etc.), (2) are responsible for enforcing child abuse and misconduct policies, (3) are in managerial or supervisory roles of USA Wrestling State Affiliates or Chartered Clubs, and (4) are new and current employees and/or volunteers of a USA Wrestling Programs, shall complete appropriate training about child physical and sexual abuse and other types of misconduct as set forth in the USCSS Safe Sport Training, https://www.safesport.org/what-we-do.

You can access training at USCSS Safe Sport Training, https://www.safesport.org/what-we-do.

This training is free to USA Wrestling members.

This training must be completed before any adult has interaction with an athlete.

Where do I report a potential violation?

  1. The U.S. Center for SafeSport has exclusive jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute allegations of Sexual Misconduct. You may report a complaint of sexual misconduct here.

    All Covered Individuals must report the incident to law enforcement within 24 hours of learning about the allegations.

  2. Report of Non-sexual Misconduct (emotional, physical, harassment, bullying, hazing) allegations can be made to your State Safe Sport Coordinator or to USA Wrestling here.