Safe Sport & Athlete Safety

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 If you have a potential Safe Sport Violation you need to report click here:  Safe Sport Reporting Portal

*Additional information regarding reporting a violation is further down on this page.

 

Safe Sport Training, Certification & Criminal Background Checks

It is the policy of USA Roller Sports that all coaches, officials, club officers, board members, members of committee, professional staff, volunteer staff, and all other members who are over the age of 18, who have frequent contact with athletes complete the U.S. Center for Safe Sport's required training and a personal criminal background check through the National Center for Safety Initiatives before making contact with athletes and in any event within their first 60 days of taking on one of the roles listed.   The training and background check is required every 2 years, and while USA Roller Sports will do everything possible to remind members that re-checks and re-training are required, the responsibility ultimately falls to each individual member to monitor their own status in staying as a current and valid member in good standing.    

 

 

Background Checks are completed through the National Center For Safety Initiatives: To take your background check, either log into your dashboard in the USA Roller Sports Online System (Preferred) or Click Here for NCSI background Check and call USA Roller Sports at 402-483-5771 x207 to inform us you have completed the background check.

*USA Roller Sports will only accept Criminal Background Checks from the National Center for Safety Initiatives

A person may be disqualified and prohibited from serving as a member, employee, director, volunteer, coach, judge, trainer or manager of minors if the person has:

  • Been found guilty entering a plea of guilty, or a plea of nolo contendere (no contest),regardless of adjudication for the following criminal offenses:
  • All sex offenses, murder, or homicide regardless of time limit
  • Felony violence and felony drug offenses.  
  • Any misdemeanor violence offenses. 
  • Any multiple misdemeanor drug and alcohol offenses. 
  • Any other crimes (not listed) against children or related animal abuse. 
  • Being adjudged liable for civil penalties or damages involving sexual or physical abuse of minors or adults.
  • Being subject to any court order involving any sexual abuse or physical abuse of a minor or adult, including but not limited to domestic order or protection.
  • Had their parental rights terminated.
  • A history with another organization (volunteer, employment, etc.) of complaints of child sexual abuse or other sexual misconduct, or physical abuse of minors or adults.
  • Resigned, or been terminated or been asked to resign from a position, whether paid or unpaid, due to complaint(s) of sexual or physical abuse.
  • Has a history of other behavior that indicates they may be a danger to children in USARS or participating in USARS Events or programs.
  • Has been declared a sex offender in any applicable federal or state jurisdiction.
  • Is listed on any federal or state sexual offender list or registry.
  • Has been previously suspended or banned through the US Center for Safe Sport

 

The National Center for Safety Initiatives utilizes a Green Light - Red Light process.    Participation requires a Green Light Status.     

USA Roller Sports also recognizes that some previous crimes may produce a Red Light, but not be a crime that would elevate to non-participation status.   In such cases, the individual's history and timeline of the infraction(s) will be reviewed and a waiver of a Red Light status could potentially be waived through the USA Roller Sports Executive Director.   These cases are rare, and require in depth review, which may include reporting the incident directly to Safe Sport's jurisdiction.    In cases, where a waiver is granted, it is critical to note that USA Roller Sports has no authority to eliminate the Red Light status findings done by the National Center for Safety Initiatives.

 

Safe Sport Training is conducted through the U.S. Center for Safe Sport:  To take your Safesport Training, either log into your dashboard in the USA Roller Sports Online System (Preferred)or Click Here for SafeSport Training and call USA Roller Sports at 402-483-5771 x207 to inform us you have completed the required SafeSport training.

*USA Roller Sports will only accept Safe Sport Training certificates from the Safe Sport system directly, or from other National Governing Bodies recognized by the United States Olympic Committee.

 


The training is free and open to anyone associated with USA Roller Sports, including non-members.    It’s better to Lead and not Follow regarding this most critical of matters, and USA Roller Sports encourages you to be a personal individual leader when it comes to the topic of SafeSports and youth protection.


To complete the training follow the instructions below. 

  • If you are a new to USA Roller Sports, begin the process by creating a membership or non-membership by clicking here:  Join/Renew USARS Membership Link
  • If you are completing the registration for the first time, the system will create a profile within the RSportz Membership System, and upon completion allow you to access our dashboard, which will have links to the www.SafeSport.com training site.   This is critical, because your login will work for both data base systems and thus integrate cleanly with both the RSportz system and the Safe Sport system.
  • If you are renewing your membership in the RSportz system and have already completed Safe Sport Training, the system will not integrate and you will need to notify our Membership Services Director Tina Brendle to complete the integration manually.
  • If you choose not to be a member with USA Roller Sports and use our systems, you may still complete the training by going to the link www.SafeSport.org
  • From there click log in on the top right corner of the page 
  • If you are a new member, click register
  • Fill out all of the personal information
  • When you come to the add membership part, search for USA Roller Sports
  • Click on USA Roller Sports and enter the code TE9X-XP33-S4HE-29JT to join
  • Once you have registered, you will have to check your email, and confirm your new account
  • Once your account is confirmed, you can log in, and start your training

 

It is critical to know that there are start and stop points within the training.  Meaning, you will see that you get a certificate after each section of completion.   YOU MUST HAVE ALL OF THE CERTIFICATES COMPLETED IN ORDER TO BE FULLY RECOGNIZED AND CERTIFIED AS SAFE SPORT TRAINED.   If you do not complete all of the certificates, then USA Roller Sports will not validate you as an active member, and thus your ability to coach, officiate and participate will not be permitted and you will not be posted to the active members list each week during the season.

 

USA ROLLER SPORTS SAFE SPORT POLICY STATEMENT

USA Roller Sports (USARS) is committed to maintaining cooperative work, training and sports environments in which there exists mutual respect for all athletes, coaches, judges and other officials, and for all USARS directors, officers, employees and volunteers. USARS is committed to creating a safe and positive environment for its athletes and participants involved in sport, free of misconduct. Engaging in misconduct, which is contrary to USARS policy of equal employment and sports opportunity without regard to age, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship, religion, race, disability or national or ethnic origin, will not be tolerated within USARS.

For purposes of this Safe Sport Policy (the “Policy”), misconduct is identified as the following six primary types of misconduct:

  • Sexual misconduct (including child sexual abuse)
  • Emotional misconduct
  • Physical misconduct
  • Bullying
  • Harassment
  • Hazing
  • Other USARS policies, procedures and codes, including, but not limited to, the USARS Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics, may deal with other forms of conduct that are prohibited and that are subject to action by USARS for violation of such policies, procedures and codes.

    As a National Governing Body of the United States Olympic Committee, USA Roller Sports is bond and committed to comply with all policies and updated amendments through the Protecting Youth Victims from Sexual abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017.   

    Specifically USA Roller Sports is required to report, without hesitation, any reports related to sexual misconduct (including child abuse, sexual child abuse, emotional misconduct, physical misconduct, bullying, harassment and hazing directly to the U.S. Center of Safe Sport.    

     

      Prohibited Conduct & Definitions 

      It is a violation of USARS policy for any director, officer, employee, volunteer or member to engage in any form of misconduct as identified by this the policy set by the US Center for Safe Sport, including harassment of any kind based on age, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship, religion, race, disability, or national or ethnic origin. It is a violation of USARS policy for any such person to engage in any such conduct towards any person participating in any event, training camp or competition conducted or sanctioned by USARS or the Unites States Olympic Committee (USOC). It is also a violation of USARS policy to retaliate against any person for raising an allegation of misconduct or for filing a complaint alleging any such action.

       

      Definitions and examples of prohibited conduct maybe found by clicking here:   Safe Sport Code, Practices & Procedures

       

      Reporting, Complaints, Investigations & Discipline

      Every person who is subject to this policy and policies set by the US Center for Safe Sport and the United States Olympic Committee must report all violations and suspicions or allegations of misconduct.

      Reporting is available through the following methods:

      • Directly to the US Center for Safe Sport through their Safe Sport Reporting Portal
      • To the USA Roller Sports Executive Director, Eric Steele at 402.483.7551 x210 or ESteele@USARollerSports.org
      • To the local authorities within the jurisdiction for which the offense may have occurred by going through law enforcement, child protective services or other agencies specific to that area.

      USARS recognizes that it can be difficult to report an allegation of misconduct and strives to remove as many barriers to reporting as possible.

      Anonymous reports may be made either of the following options:

      • Directly to the US Center for Safe Sport through their Safe Sport Reporting Portal
      • Calling the USA Roller Sports Compliance Reporting Line at 402.483.7551 x201

      In all cases jurisdiction with regard to investigations and discipline will be dictated by the US Center for Safe Sport.    As a result, the center reserves the right to return cases back to USA Roller Sports to handle.

      For cases that involve law enforcement, child protective services or other local authority based agencies, USA Roller Sports will always cooperate fully.

      It is also important to understand the 3 primary areas that govern how cases are managed and by which body has jurisdiction.

       

      USA Roller Sports Safe Sport Bylaws Reference

      Article X: Section 2:

      As a member National Governing Body of the United States Olympic Committee, USARS is required to adhere to the Safe Sport Rules and Regulations of the USOC. Additionally, USOC Bylaw Section 8.7 (l) provides that, as a condition of membership in the UOSC, each NGB shall comply with the policies and procedures of the independent safe sport organization designated by the USOC to investigate and resolve safe sport violations. The USOC has designated the U.S. Center for Safe Sport as that organization. The current safe sport rules, policies and procedures are available at the offices of USARS or on-line at the following website: www.safesport.org As a condition of membership in USARS and a condition for participation in any competition or event sanctioned by USARS or its member organizations, each athlete, coach, trainer, agent, athlete support personnel, medical or para-medical personnel, team staff, official and other person who participates in USARS or USARS events (whether or not a USARS), agrees to comply with and be bound by the safe sport rules, policies and procedures of the U.S. Center for Safe Sport and to submit, without reservation or condition, to the jurisdiction of the US. Center for Safe Sport for the resolution of any alleged violations of those rules, policies and procedures, as may be amended from time to time. To the extent any USARS rule is inconsistent with the rules of the U.S. Center for Safe Sport, such rule is hereby superseded. If the U.S. Center for Safe Sport declines jurisdiction, USARS would assume jurisdiction and review consistent with its rules.

       

       

      Click here, to explore the vast amount of programs and resources available through Safe Sport:   Safe Sport Toolbox and Resources

      Click here, to explore the United States Olympic Committee's policies and guidelines for Safe Sport and Athlete Safety:  USOC Safe Sport & Athlete Safety

       

      Click here to access: Frequently Asked Questions related to Safe Sport