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Safe Sport Information

Safe Sport is the Olympic community’s initiative to recognize, reduce and respond to misconduct in sport.

The U.S. Center for SafeSport is an independent nonprofit organization responsible for responding to and preventing emotional, physical, and sexual misconduct and abuse in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement. The Center also serves as an educational resource for sports organizations at all levels, from recreational sports organizations to professional leagues.

The Center has created the SafeSport Code, which establishes consistent standards of response and resolution to abuse and misconduct claims across the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement, whose affiliated individuals must comply with policies and procedures as defined by the Code.

The Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies (MAAPP) is a collection of prevention and training policies that bind adult participants and organizations in the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Movement.

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.

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 The privilege of membership may, therefore, be withdrawn or denied by USA Wrestling at any time where USA Wrestling determines that a member or prospective member's conduct is inconsistent with the mission of the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.

It is the policy of USA Wrestling that the following Participants shall complete appropriate training about child physical and sexual abuse and other types of misconduct as set forth in the U.S. Center for SafeSport Training:

“Participant” (formally Covered Individual) shall collectively mean: 1. Any individual who is seeking to be, currently is, or was at the time of the alleged Code violation:

a. An adult member* or license holder of an NGB, LAO, or USOC;

b. An employee of an NGB, LAO, or USOC, and/or;

c. Within the governance or disciplinary jurisdiction of an NGB, LAO, or USOC.

d. Authorized, approved, or appointed by an NGB, LAO, or USOC to have regular contact with Minor Athletes.

USA Wrestling has determined that “Participant” within USA Wrestling Safe Sport Policy also includes:

· All persons serving as a member of USA Wrestling’s Board of Directors, on a national level council, committee or section, or in any other similar positions appointed by USA Wrestling.

· Any other Adult that is authorized or appointed by USA Wrestling, or a Member Program, to a) a position of authority over Athletes, or, b) to have regular contact with Minor Athletes, including but not limited to, vendors, media, and volunteer staff.

· The parent or legal guardian of a Minor Athlete who completes their minor athlete’s registration.

You can access training at U.S. Center for SafeSport, https://safesporttrained.org

This training is free to USA Wrestling members.

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

*All athletes 17 or older by September 1 of the season must take the SafeSport training prior to completing their membership.

The Center accepts all reports of sexual abuse and child abuse within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement. Report here if you have reasonable suspicion of sexual misconduct or harassment, child abuse (including child sexual abuse), or intimate relationships involving an imbalance of power. You can all also call the Center's toll-free number, 833-5US-SAFE (587-7233), to report a concern..

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

The Center also accepts reports of emotional and physical misconduct (including but not limited to bullying, hazing, stalking, and harassment) within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement. Reports of emotional and physical misconduct can also be reported directly to your State Safe Sport Coordinator.

Report allegations concerning violations of the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies to your State Safe Sport Coordinator or to USA Wrestling here.