Athlete Safety Policy


Prohibited Conduct
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.

Criminal Background Checks
All coach and official members, as well as staff members, board members, life members serving as officials and other individuals participating in training camps, international trips and other USA Diving-sponsored activities are required to have a criminal background screening completed. For the complete background check policy, click here.

Education and Training
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. To become a current coach, one must complete the training and pass the test.

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.

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

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.

Enforcement

The procedure for reporting all other types of abuse and misconduct and the enforcement process (grievance procedures) can be found in the Bylaws:
Bylaws Subpart C and D

Additional Terms of This USOC Policy
This USOC policy may be amended from time to time by vote of the USOC Board of Directors.

In implementing its athlete safety program consistent herewith, NGBs shall be guided by the principle that supporting the health and safety of its athletes is a key element of its managerial capabilities.

All NGB policies must comply with NGB requirements under the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act.

Limited exceptions to this USOC policy may be granted by the USOC on a case-by-case basis where appropriate, provided that such exceptions do not materially impact athlete safety.