Resources for Regions and Clubs

SafeSport for Regions

Regions have many responsibilities: strengthen sport, extend opportunities to participate, and instill the values of fair play, respect and hard work. Creating conditions that promote the performance and well being of athletes is a fundamental component of these goals, which require effective policies and monitoring, as well as the collaboration and collective energy of our entire sport community.

SafeSport developed these materials and resources to help organizations create a culture that encourages safety, openness and disclosure. By implementing appropriate policies and procedures, clubs can fulfill their obligations to coaches, athletes and parents. Although every sport and organization is different, this information can serve as a starting point for designing an effective plan.

Resources

USAV SafeSport Model Policy Team Travel

Model Policy For Junior Club Volleyball Programs

USA Volleyball junior clubs are now required to implement a team travel policy. The following download is a model team travel policy and is provided to assist USA Volleyball member clubs with developing their own policies. If a club chooses not to, or is unable to, create a written travel policy, the following model policy will become the default policy for that club. Once a customized set of policies is developed and approved by the club, the default policy will no longer apply.

Each member club has the responsibility for approval and implementation of its own set of travel policies, and to provide these policies to all players, parents, coaches and other adults who will be traveling with a team. It is strongly recommended that a signature by each adult acknowledging receipt of and agreeing to the travel policy be obtained by each club.

Team Travel Policy (PDF)

USAV SafeSport Model Policy: Social Media and Electronic Communications

Model Policy For Junior Club Volleyball Programs

USA Volleyball junior clubs are now required to implement an electronic communication policy. The policy must be reviewed with and agreed to by all athletes, parents, coaches and other adults affiliated with the club. The following download is a model policy for appropriate electronic communications between adults and athletes, and is provided to assist USA Volleyball member clubs with developing their own policies.

If a club chooses not to, or is unable to, create a written electronic communication policy, the following model policy will become the default electronic communication policy for that club. Once a customized set of policies is developed and approved by the club, the default policy will no longer apply. Each member club has the responsibility for approval and implementation of its own electronic communication policy.

Social Media and Electronic Communication Model Policy (PDF)

Define the Risks

One of the challenges of addressing misconduct in sport is the multitude of variables and components that contribute to a healthy setting. But before a club can develop an effective strategy, it needs to define the risks it faces across at least three areas:
  • The sport
  • The amount of physical handling required for coaching
  • The sport’s professionally accepted training methods
  • The extent of youth involvement (including youth athletes, referees, officials, and support staff)
  • Where training and competition take place
  • Travel away
  • How the athletes and/or team travels
  • Whether there are any special needs within the group
  • The ages of the athletes and other sport participants
  • Whether there is mixed-gender participation
  • Whether there are mixed-age groupings
  • The sport-specific opportunities (e.g., locker rooms and changing areas) for misconduct to occur
Once a club has engaged in the hard work of developing and implementing its plan, the next step is for all participants to understand the policies and know what actions to take. With the sheer number of individuals involved in sport programs, minimizing the incidence of misconduct in sport is truly a team effort. Each group – from coaches and staff to parents and athletes – has an important and unique role to play.