Education is a key component of any abuse and misconduct prevention strategy. Awareness training provides relevant participants with necessary information to more effectively monitor an organization, minimize the opportunities for physical and sexual abuse and other types of misconduct, and respond to concerns.

Beginning August 1, 2014, USA Diving coaches are required to be fully versed in the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Safe Sport Program and possess the information necessary to more effectively monitor their organization, minimize the opportunities for child physical and sexual abuse and other types of misconduct, and to know how to respond to concerns. The training takes approximately 90 minutes and is combined with four online tests. To become a current coach, one must complete the training and pass all four tests. (Be sure to register by clicking the button in the top right-hand of the page.)

While we understand that this is one more step to the coaching registration process, we also know how important preventing abuse in sport is in youth sports. Receiving the USOC Safe Sport Training will be a benefit to you and your club.

Click here to learn more about the U.S. Center for SafeSport, a national nonprofit organization providing education, resources and training and that serves as the mechanism for reporting SafeSport violations.

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Identifying Misconduct
The six types of misconduct (bullying, hazing, harassment and emotional, physical and sexual misconduct) which are defined below, are prohibited by NGB employees, athletes, coaches and individuals the NGB appoints to a position of authority and anyone who has frequent contact with athletes and will not be tolerated.

The six types of misconduct are defined below:

-          Bullying - Actions that demean or intimidate athletes, either physically or emotionally, may affect performance and team cohesion.

-          Hazing - Additional requirements that get in the way of enjoying sport.

-          Harassment (including sexual harassment) Judging others on items such as race, gender or sexual orientation.

-          Emotional Misconduct- A pattern of behavior that can inflict psychological or emotional harm.

-          Physical Misconduct- Any activity that physically harms an athlete – such as direct contact with coaches or teammates.

-          Sexual Misconduct (including child sexual abuse) – Includes sexual abuse, sexual harassment and rape.

The procedure for reporting sexual misconduct can be found at the U.S. Center for SafeSport website

The procedure for reporting all other types of abuse and misconduct can be found in the Bylaws:
Bylaws Subpart C and D

The enforcement process (grievance procedures) can be found in the Bylaws:
Bylaws Subpart C