SafeSport Changes 2018

Nov. 08, 2018, 3:31 p.m. (ET)

The Center for SafeSport has updated their policies to so as to comply with the passing of S.534 - Protecting Youth Victims from Sexual Abuse and SafeSport Authorization Act of 2017 by the U.S. Congress on February 14, 2018.

The Center for SafeSport offers free training for members of USA Racquetball and parents of junior athletes. The SafeSport Trained course is geared toward coaches, team volunteers, officials or team staff members (athletic trainer, team doctor, etc.). If you are a part of the U.S. Olympic or Paralympic movement, you are eligible to take the training through your sport's National Governing Body. The access code for USA Racquetball members and parents can be found in a member's profile.

The following changes will take effect January 1, 2019:

  • Annual completion of SafeSport training for all covered individuals
  • Annual completion of SafeSport training for all National Team athletes
  • Completion of SafeSport training for parents of Junior National Team members
  • Age-appropriate training for all Junior National Team members

Covered Individuals Include:

  • USAR Staff and Contractors
  • All State Association Board Members
  • All Instructor Program Members
  • High school board, coaches and and commissioners
  • Collegiate council, coaches and commissioners

While the covered individuals are required to take the SafeSport training, we highly encourage every member to complete the training.

Full Training vs. Refresher:

If you completed the SafeSport training on the TeamUSA platform, you will need to take the full training on the Center for SafeSport's website. Training must be completed yearly. You have up to 30 days after your expiration to complete the training.

Background Checks:

Background checks are still required every 2 years. A supplemental check is provided from SSCI on the off year. Background checks costs $20 and can be submitted to SSCI via your membership profile. For more information on how to complete a background check, visit www.usaracquetball.com.

Examples of new due dates for full or refresher training:

  • SafeSport Trained on 12/27/16 - Full training due by 1/27/19
  • SafeSport Trained on 11/20/17 - Full training due by 12/20/19
  • SafeSport Trained on 5/1/18 - Refresher training due by 6/1/19

Parent's Guide to Misconduct in Sport:

If you are a parent looking for resources on keeping your athlete safe, you can access the Parent Training at no cost. Simply create an account at www.athletesafety.org, add the parent training to your bag, and you'll be able to access the training.

Our Parent's Guide to Misconduct in Sport is designed for the parents of athletes of all ages. This course explains the issues of misconduct in sport and helps parents ensure their children have a positive and safe sport experience.

Questions:

Please contact USA Racquetball's SafeSport Coordinator, Renee Gundolff, with any questions related to the SafeSport training or changes at 719-635-5396 ext. 125 or via email: rgundolff@usaracquetball.com.