Athlete Safety Policy

Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies
The Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies are now available from the U.S. Center for SafeSport. These policies are meant for USA Diving members with an emphasis on Education and Training, Prevention Policies and policies pertaining to One-on-One Interactions. 

Part 1 Education and Training: Outlines the current training policies and upcoming training requirements.
Part 2 Prevention Policies
: Identifies the areas of focus as it pertains to one-on-one interactions.
Part 3: One-on-One Interaction Policies
: Best practices for coaches and clubs as it pertains to specific one-on-one interactions such as meetings, team travel, social media, locker rooms and medical.  

Please see the following links to assist your club in implementing these policies:

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.

If you prefer to send your Safe Sport complaint to USA Diving or you need to report a violation of the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention policies, please contact Taylor Payne, Director of Athlete Safety at USA Diving at taylor.payne@usadiving.org.

Prohibited Conduct

The six types of misconduct (bullying, hazing, harassment and emotional, physical and sexual misconduct) 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. For definitions of these types of misconduct and to learn more, please click here.

Criminal Background Checks
The following individuals are required to complete a criminal background screening complete:
All coach and judge/official members
All National Office staff, board members and medical staff
All individuals supervising training camps, international trips and other USA Diving-sponsored activities.
Meet directors and hosts, and volunteers who have direct contact in a supervisory role with minor athletes, or consistent and regular contact with covered persons as a part of team operations.

Both a criminal background check and Safe Sport training are required to be completed by covered individuals before any contact with athletes occurs. Both the criminal background check and Safe Sport training processes are automated but will also include periodic checks for compliance purposes.

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.

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 following individuals are required to complete the Safe Sport training:
All coach and judge/official members
All National Office staff, board members and medical staff
All individuals supervising training camps, international trips and other USA Diving-sponsored activities.
Meet directors and hosts, and volunteers who have direct contact in a supervisory role with minor athletes, or consistent and regular contact with covered persons as a part of team operations.

Both a criminal background check and Safe Sport training are required to be completed by covered individuals before any contact with athletes occurs. Both the criminal background check and Safe Sport training processes are automated but will also include periodic checks for compliance purposes.

Other individuals required to take Safe Sport training are athletes age 18 and above.

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

Jurisdiction to the Center

As a member organization of the U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Diving and its members are required to comply with the U.S. Center for SafeSport Code for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement, the appended Practices and Procedures (Appendix A to the Code), and the Supplemental Rules for SafeSport Arbitrations (Appendix B to the Code) (collectively, the “Code”), including reporting requirements. Except as specifically noted in the Code, the Code applies without respect to age or competitive level. The Code serves as the benchmark by which the U.S. Center for SafeSport determines whether a SafeSport Code Violation has occurred. For those violations that fall within the jurisdiction of the U.S. Center for SafeSport, the Center will determine resolutions and sanctioning for the violation. Any SafeSport Code Violation that occurs outside the jurisdiction of the U.S. Center for SafeSport will be processed through USA Diving’s Internal Complaint procedures as outlined in the USA Diving bylaws (Subpart C).

Retaliation/Whistleblower:

Regardless of outcome, USA Diving will support the complainant(s) and his or her right to express concerns in good faith. USA Diving will not encourage, allow or tolerate attempts from any individual to retaliate, punish, allow or in any way harm any individual(s) who reports a concern in good faith. Such actions against a complainant will be considered a violation of USA Diving’s SafeSport Policy (handbook, etc.) and grounds for disciplinary action.

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.