USA Water Ski & Wake Sports

SAFE SPORT

WHAT MEMBERS ARE SAYING

"If there are members who do not want to give one hour of their time to protect the children in the sport, I am not sure I want people like that at a tournament. I have been a high school coach for 11 years. I can tell you this training has helped many people prevent bad actors from doing something or be sanctioned. Understanding what to look for, what to do and how to act is a main part of the training." – John

"This is so important for all sports. I’m happy our sport is on board with it." – Debbie

"I took the Safe Sport training as part of driver certification and found it very informative. The more people who follow it the fewer possibilities will exist for abusers. Seems like a win to me." – Ali

Safe Sport Training Requirements"As a mom of two little female skiers and a professionally trained counselor who has worked with victims of abuse, I see this as a win and a step forward. I am disheartened to see the number of people who are camping out in ‘this just makes membership more difficult’ versus seeing the potential for growth as we can promote our sport as a ‘safe sport’ to our communities and demonstrate care for those around us and due diligence in protecting our youngest members. It is about education and awareness for all in our sport."  Deanna

"I think most are missing the point of Safe Sport. It’s an educational tool. For those that just turned 18, it may help them understand it even more. It helps every single person understand what to look for to help prevent these types of issues and what to do when it does occur. Some members may have had no idea what type of behavior bullying (for example) is until they went through Safe Sport. All it takes is one incident and it ripples through the entire sport. For me, it is about keeping our sport and our children safe."  Tommer

"I don't generally like getting things shoved down my throat, but in this case, I don't see the downside to consenting to an hour of training on such an important topic. Even if you are busy. Even if you have had the training for another purpose. Even if you are not a coach. And especially if you are a good and trusting person who would never engage in abusive behavior and cannot understand how someone else could engage in such conduct. There are hundreds of other things to complain about more deserving than this type of training." – No name attributed to message board post

"I have not had time to do the training yet but our club is requiring it so I will. Instead of looking at this as a negative, maybe we could look at it as a positive thing for our sport. Seems like it could be something to brag about in our communities." – Tim

"I’m looking at this as a positive and a strength for the kids and parents on our team.  We are not the only sport that is bringing in this mandate. We are a sport that is very hands-on, and we have times that we are placed into situations of vulnerability with someone of authority. To me, we are creating a safe avenue of reporting something if it doesn’t feel right." – David

"I found the training instructive. At the time when I took the first training, I had been corresponding with an underage girl about babysitting via text message. The training made me realize that I needed to move all my correspondence to her to email and CC her parents. I was not doing anything inappropriate, but the training pushed me in a direction that protected mefrom any misunderstandings or accusations." – John

"As a board member, I've taken Safe Sport twice – the core course and a refresher. I learned something things each time. Since (hopefully!) none of us are perpetrators of these horrible things, it may be helpful to get some more information on what can happen and how it can happen. And as I said, having the tools to do something, say something or otherwise prevent it is important. Seems like a pretty 'low price to pay' for some positive potential."  – Keith