SafeSport

 

The U.S. Center for SafeSport, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, works collaboratively with sport organizations to foster a culture of safety by raising awareness, centralizing best practices, and providing education and training to promote respect and prevent abuse. The Center encompasses two offices – one for education and outreach, and one for response and resolution. Learn more: https://www.safesport.org.

Education & Outreach

The Education & Outreach Office is a national awareness and prevention resource to sports organizations of all levels, from youth to professional. The Center develops and implements programs based on best practices to keep athletes protected from emotional, physical and sexual abuse.

  • SafeSport Training: SafeSport is a required set of three courses for any employee, volunteer, instructor, coach, judge, administrator, athlete or member who is formally authorized or appointed to a position of authority over, or will have frequent contact with athletes within a USA Archery event or club activity. To take the SafeSport course, follow these steps:
    • Log in to your USA Archery member account: https://usarchery.sport80.com/login 
    • Select SafeSport in the menu under your profile 
    • Click on the course you want to take
    • Click on the button “Start/Resume Course” to begin the course

Response & Resolution

The Center’s Response & Resolution Office investigates and resolves alleged policy violations for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movements’ 47 sport national governing bodies. The Center will report allegations or suspicions of child abuse to appropriate law enforcement. There is no statute of limitations on alleged policy violations involving sexual misconduct. If the Center concludes an individual committed a violation, that person has an opportunity to be heard before an arbitration body.

  • The U.S. Center for SafeSport's Code outlines prohibited conduct related to:
    • Bullying Behavior
    • Emotional Misconduct
    • Harassment
    • Hazing
    • Physical Misconduct
    • Sexual Misconduct
  • SafeSport Reporting: Reporting misconduct is vital to protecting athletes and preventing further incidents.
  • Suspensions and Bans: USA Archery publishes a list of USA Archery members who are currently suspended or banned because of misconduct here

Background Screening

At a minimum of every two years, any employee, volunteer, instructor, coach, judge, administrator, athlete or member who is formally authorized or appointed to a position of authority over, or will have frequent contact with athletes within a USA Archery event or club activity must clear a USA Archery approved background screening (“Background Screening”) and successfully complete the U.S. Center for SafeSport’s training (“SafeSport Training”).

In USA Archery's discretion it may bypass the Background Screening requirement for those people who are under 18 years of age. 

As to members of who are subject to Background Screening and/or SafeSport Training requirements and that are newly taking a role, USA Archery requires that the Background Screening and SafeSport Training (if applicable) prior to contact with athletes begins, and in any event within sixty (60) days of the commencement of the new role.

USA Archery will track all Background Screening and SafeSport Training and perform periodic checks to ensure compliance with this policy.