USA Water Ski & Wake Sports

SANCTIONED EVENT SAFE SPORT REQUIREMENTS

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 Requirements 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 required for all USA Water Ski & Wake Sports members 18 years and older to complete SafeSport training prior to the start of any sanctioned event or practice.

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

Requirement: Event organizers must communicate to all event personnel and participants that they will be required to adhere to the MAAPP for the duration of the event. Event organizers must also communicate information on how to report violations of the MAAPP. 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 and participants 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 (link below) for this communication: 

Click Here for Sample Language

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
Electronic Communications
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
     • Lodging
     • Transportation
• Meeting and Training Sessions

Day of Event Registration & Check-In Procedures

Requirements:

Communications: Event organizers must ensure that any day-of registrants or volunteers receive both the MAAPP requirements and information on how to report violations of the MAAPP.

 • Consider printing our MAAPP Poster and QR Code to have at your registration table - same day registrants and volunteers can scan this QR code to view the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports MAAPP and information on how to report violations of the MAAPP.

Verification: Event organizers must verify that any day-of registrants or volunteers:

1. Have completed the Center's SafeSport Training

2. Are not listed on the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Suspended and Banned Members List.

Tracking: Event organizers must maintain a list of all individuals who register or volunteer on the day of the event.

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