USA Water Ski & Wake Sports

SANCTIONED EVENT SAFE SPORT EXPECTATIONS

The following requirements must be adhered to at all sanctioned USA Water Ski & Wake Sports events, including local, state, regional, national and international events.

The Sanctioned Event Safe Sport Expectations outline what steps event organizers must take when hosting a USA Water Ski & Wake Sports sanctioned event to ensure that all participants have a safe and enjoyable experience. Procedures explain how to pre-authorize access for all athletes, volunteers, media, vendors, medical personnel, athlete assistants, coaches and officials, etc. (hereafter, “Event Personnel”). Event organizers must make sure all Event Personnel who attend a USA Water Ski & Wake Sports sanctioned event are authorized.

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports and/or the U.S. Center for SafeSport may audit any USA Water Ski & Wake Sports sanctioned event at any time to verify compliance either in person or through a request for compliance information.

It is the responsibility of each USA Water Ski & Wake Sports event organizer, club and/or sport discipline association to monitor and enforce the requirements set forth in these procedures, as agreed upon in the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Event Sanction Agreement. Please reference the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Safe Sport Handbook, which includes provisions for adhering to the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Background Screen Policy, SafeSport Code and Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy, for further explanation of the policies.

Safe Sport CertificationSafeSport Training and Background Screens

Requirement: Event Personnel are expected to adhere to SafeSport Training and Background Screen requirements laid out in the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Compliance Chart. All applicable participating Event Personnel are expected to be Safe Sport Trained and/ or Background Screened through the duration of the event. Event Personnel with training or screening expiration dates that falls on or during the event will NOT be compliant. It is the responsibility of the event organizer and chief judge to ensure that compliance is being met by all applicable participants. Any Event Personnel found not to be in compliance of this policy may not be allowed to participate at the sanctioned event.

It is essential that all participants with regular contact and/or authority over minor athletes be SafeSport Trained prior to the start of the sanctioned event.

Communication of the Minor Athlete Abuse and Prevention Policy (MAAPP)

Requirement: Event organizers must communicate to all Event Personnel that they will be required to adhere to the MAAPP for the duration of the event. This information must be communicated to all Event Personnel within 30 days prior to the start of the event.

Event organizers will be required to provide proof of MAAPP communication to Event Personnel upon request from USA Water Ski  & Wake Sports and/or the U.S. Center for SafeSport. Event Organizers are also highly encouraged to post the MAAPP Communication in any published event information. 

It is the responsibility of the event organizer to ensure that all Event Personnel have received this communication. Protocol must be put into place to communicate this message to those who attend the event but did not receive prior communication. Please utilize the example language below for this communication:

"To Whom It May Concern,
In preparation for the upcoming [Insert Event Name]. This email is a formal reminder that as a registered participant in a USA Water Ski & Wake Sports sanctioned event, you are required to adhere to the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies for the duration of the event.

{Insert language pertaining to how any specific policies will be implemented at your event}

SafeSport Reporting: Reporting misconduct is vital to protecting athletes and preventing further incidents. If you see something, know how to say something.

* Sexual Misconduct: If you have a reasonable suspicion that child sexual abuse or neglect has occurred, the first step should be to make a report to law enforcement. Please also report sexual misconduct to the U.S. Center for SafeSport here: https://www.safesport.org/report-a-concern or call (833)-5US-SAFE.

* All Other Forms of Misconduct: please contact Executive Director Nate Boudreaux, at nboudreaux@usawaterski.org or (863) 508-2095, with copies to USA-WSWS’ President and the chair of USA-WSWS’ Judicial Committee.

Please contact USA Water Ski & Wake Sports at compliance@usawaterski.org for more information.

Kind Regards," 

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Suspension and Banned List – Verification

Requirement: No Event Personnel can be currently listed as suspended or banned from USA Water Ski & Wake Sports. The current Suspended Members List can be found here. It is the responsibility of the event organizer to ensure that this requirement is met prior and during the event. Protocol should be put into place to guarantee the absence of suspended or banned member of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports at the sanctioned event.

Adherence to the MAAPP

Requirement: Event organizers should proactively complete a risk assessment related to the MAAPP criteria and eliminate all vulnerabilities that may exist. Event organizers and Chief Safety Directors should actively review the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Event Risk Assessment Guidelines prior to each event to mitigate and/or eliminate applicable risks for:
One on One Interactions
Massage and Athletic Training Modalities
Locker Rooms/Changing Areas
Social Media/Messaging (Includes Texts and Emails)
o No event communication should be sent to an individual minor athlete, but rather use group communications only and copy other adults, including the minor’s parents.
Local and Team Travel

For more information on these procedures, please contact compliance@usawaterski.org.