USA Karate SafeSport Program

Athletes will perform better, soar higher, and get more from Karate if they feel safe. The USA Karate Safe Sport Program, in partnership with the US Olympic Committee and USA Center for SafeSport, seeks to create a healthy, supportive environment for all participants. Through education, resource, and training, we help members of the USA Karate community recognize, reduce, and respond to misconduct.

REPORTING

If you know of or suspect a violation of any of the SafeSport Policies or Procedures you are required to report the incident.  Reports can be made at:

Sexual Misconduct Involving a Minor:

  • U.S. Center for SafeSport - SafeSport.org or 720-531-0340
  • USA Karate Ethics website - USAKarateEthics.com or 844-598-1865
  • You should also report sexual misconduct involving a minor to local law enforcement

All Other Violations:

  • USA Karate Ethics website - USAKarateEthics.com or 844-598-1865
  • Report via an incident report form emailed to the CEO or Ethics Committee Chairperson
  • Contacting the CEO or Ethics Committee Chairperson directly

CEO Contact: Phil Hampel – phampel@usankf.org, 719-309-6030

Ethics Committee Chairperson Contact: Sasha Gerritson – sgerritson@usankf.org

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the National Office for additional assistance. We look forward to partnering with each of you as we work together to ensure a Safe Sport! 

Click here to download the incident report form

 

SAFESPORT PROGRAM

The USA Karate’s SafeSport Program will provide training regarding the establishment of safe environments for competition and training, will ensure that each USA Karate Official, Coach, Adult National Team Member, Committee Member, Staff and Board Member has passed a comprehensive background check, completed the SafeSport Training and reviewed the Participant Safety Handbook. This compliance is a condition of membership per our bylaws for official and coach members.

 

PROGRAM COMPONENTS 

The SafeSport Program will consist of a background check and online education sessions. Both of these items must be completed as a condition of membership for Officials and Coaches and required to participate as a Referee, Judge, or Credentialed Coach at Signature Events. Those who have not completed both will not be allowed to participate in any capacity at any USA Karate Signature Event. 

BACKGROUND CHECK

Background checks must  be completed every 2 years. The National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI) is our vendor and will recheck each applicant annually. The cost of the background screening is approximately $30 depending on your state. To complete the background check, you will simply need to do the following: 

  1. Visit www.ncsisafe.com and click on Background Screening Self Registration 
  2. Enter Self Registration Number 26244495 
  3. Enter Your Information as Requested 

ONLINE TRAINING SESSIONS 

All required members over the age of 18 will be need to complete the FREE training course supplied by the U.S. Center for SafeSport. This course replaces the material previously found on the TeamUSA Training site. The training course consists of the following topics:

  1. Mandatory Reporting
  2. Sexual Misconduct Awareness Education
  3. Emotional and Physical Misconduct

Training is available to individuals 18 years of age and older.  Individuals under the age of 18 will require parental consent in order to take the training. 

SafeSport training must be completed every year. Therefore, anyone who is due to renew their SafeSport training or is completing training for the first time will need to complete the new courses.

The website to take the new course is SafeSport.org. Users will have to create an account using the code that is available on the membership portal at USAKarateMembership.com by logging in where the instructions for completing the training will be available to members. You will need the code in order for your results to be linked to USA Karate – if you do not use this code, USA Karate will not be notified of your compliance, so please take care when signing up.

Click here to download the SafeSport and Background Check compliance FAQ

YOUTH ATHLETE TRAINING COURSES

These free online trainings are designed as an introduction for minor athletes and their parents or other caregivers to understand the importance of positive, welcoming environments in sports, where misconduct like bullying or abuse is less likely to happen, and to know where to report abuse, should it occur.

Each course is hosted on athletesafety.org and requires parental consent in order to complete registration. Not sure which course is right for you? Download the course options: Youth Training Flyer

View the SafeSport Youth Training FAQ 

 

PARTICIPANT SAFETY HANDBOOK

The collection of all SafeSport Policies and procedures for you to review are found in the Participant Safety Handbook. The latest version can be found here.

 

MINOR ATHLETE ABUSE PREVENTION POLICIES

USA-NKF Minor Athletes and Officials Abuse Prevention Policies are in compliance with the requirements from the U.S.Center for SafeSport's Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy to cover both our minor athletes and minor regional officials. Review these policies: USA-NKF Minor Athletes and Officials Abuse Prevention Policies

 

RELATED LINKS & RESOURCES

USA Center for SafeSport

www.safesport.org

National Center for Safety Initiatives (Background Screening)

www.ncsisafe.com

US Government Anti-Bullying Program

www.stopbullying.gov

National Boys Town Hotline (24/7 Counseling Services)

www.yourlifeyourvoice.org

 

For 24/7 crisis support, contact the SafeSport helpline for crisis interventions, referrals and emotional support. This confidential and secure helpline is operated by RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization.

www.safesporthelpline.org

NCA represents the national network of Child Advocacy Centers (CAC). CACs host a multidisciplinary team of law enforcement, child protective services, victim advocates and mental health practitioners who investigate instances of child abuse and neglect.

www.nationalchildrensalliance.org

This national hotline serves people affected by sexual violence. To search for local centers, visit www.rainn.org/about-national-sexual-assault-telephone-hotline or call the hotline phone number, 800.656.HOPE.

The National Suicide Prevention LifeLine provides a national network of 160 local crisis centers and provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

SafeSport PSA

SafeSport Overview Letter

Participant Safety Handbook

USA-NKF Minor Athlete and Official Abuse Prevention Policy

Background Screening Self Registration Letter

Sign in for Online Training

Participants

U.S. Center for SafeSport Launches Victim Services

2017 USOC SafeSport Audit

Parent Resources

Other SafeSport Resources