USA Weightlifting
Statement of Consolidated Athlete Safety & Athlete Protection Responsibilities for Members
Updated 12/29/2017
Revised 6/28/2018

Overall Responsibilities and Rules regarding SafeSport

Per the USA Weightlifting bylaws, adopted 6/26/2017, section 5.6 all Members of USA Weightlifting are bound by the policies, rules and procedures of the US Center for SafeSport. For a full and up to date SafeSport rules please see https://safesport.org/files/index/tag/policies-procedures

The rules, policies and procedures of the US Center for SafeSport supersede any previous USA Weightlifting rules and regulations as of 6/26/2017 onwards. In the event that the US Center for SafeSport are unable to adjudicate a case, the USA Weightlifting Ethics Committee will have jurisdiction in accordance with the US Center for SafeSport rules.

Membership Requirement to Report

USA Weightlifting members are required to report suspected instances of abuse in any category to the relevant body. If there is doubt over the appropriate body, the report should be made to the US Center for SafeSport.

How to make a Report

You can report a SafeSport issue by visiting the following portal: https://www.safesport.org/report-a-concern - Sexual Misconduct.

For other forms of conduct, please report to the CEO Phil Andrews at phil.andrews@usaweightlifting.org

Current and Finalized Sanctions regarding SafeSport:

Those individuals who are sanctioned for any reason, inclusive of SafeSport can be found at:

https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Weightlifting/Membership/Sanctioned-Members

Revision and Review of these Policies & Responsibilities

USA Weightlifting, with advice from outside counsel and the USA Weightlifting Independent Ethics & Judicial Committees, will review these policies in June of each calendar year.

Age Requirements for Athlete Requirements & Background Responsibilities

USA Weightlifting views that requirements are assigned to role not by age, therefore you are required to submit to these requirements regardless of age, unless otherwise stated below.

USA Weightlifting Compliance Checks

USA Weightlifting will check weekly for compliance and will email issues for each individual to that person’s registered email address. Where the issue affects a certification, the member will be considered a “In Progress” (Provisional) member until such time as the requirement is satisfied.

Requirement before Athlete Interaction

An individual, covered by the below requirements, must complete their requirements as stated below

(Safe Sport Training and Background check) prior to interacting with an athlete in the role, and no later than 60 days of taking on any role in any circumstances. Every reasonable effort must be made that the background check is completed before the role begins. If a background check is not completed within 60 days, it is considered a Red Light Background Check.

Additional responsibilities specific to USA Weightlifting Members:
All Members

  • -  Coaches and any adult member of USA Weightlifting are also required to not be alone with a minor in a private setting or in a place that is inappropriate to the professional coaching relationship. It is not considered a private setting if another adult is present and a meaningful opportunity for interruption is present.

  • -  An adult USA Weightlifting member may not share overnight accommodation with an athlete of another gender, unless such athletes are a married couple, or with any minor athlete that is not the coach’s immediate family.

  • -  Video and Photography may only be taken if generally accepted standards of decency are observed and if it is in the best sporting interests of the athlete, and with the consent of the athlete (or parent/guardian in the case of a minor). The athlete may revoke their permission at any time, including after public posting of any photo or video. For any video or photography to take place at least one more adult must be present. Photography

  • -  Athletes aged 13 and Under inclusive, must weigh in using a singlet in any USA Weightlifting competition.

  • -  The use of saunas, sauna suits, or other weight cut inducements is prohibited for athletes aged 17 and under in USA Weightlifting competition.

  • -  In the case of a weigh in for a minor, at least two adults of the same gender as the athlete must be present at all times during the Weigh In.

  • -  Communications between athletes (including but not exclusive to adult athletes) and any adult must be professional and related to the sport of Weightlifting only. Such communications should be suitable to be shared with a 3rd party if required. In the case of a minor, parent/guardians must give permission for electronic communication to take place. Such permission may be revoked at any time.

  • -  Physical contact between any adult and any athlete, including but not exclusive to adult athletes, must be with the consent of the athlete (and the parent/guardian in the case of a minor), and must be appropriate to the position of the adult. The athlete (and/or parent and/or guardian) may withdraw permission at any time. At no time is touching of any genital area or the bottom acceptable.

  • -  Physical contact between any athlete (adult or minor) must be with a second adult present where a legitimate opportunity for interruption exists.

o Physical contact with the intent to teach, coach or demonstrate sport skill, or to lessen injury is acceptable. Infrequent, non-intentional physical contact that may occur out of an error of judgement on the part of an athlete, coach or any adult is not an issue.

o Parents who are concerned about the level of physical contact between their minor and any adult must immediately consult USA Weightlifting or the US Center for SafeSport.


Athletes
National Team Selection

- Athletes selected to be a part of an international squad at all levels excluding Masters, regardless of if they will lift in the competition or not are required to submit themselves to:

  • -  A USA Weightlifting Background Check. Such a background check will be funded by USA Weightlifting where the event is also 100% funded by USA Weightlifting, for non-funded events the Athlete will be responsible for the cost of the background screening.

  • -  See USA Weightlifting Path to the Podium Selection system, or relevant documentation for USOC governed events for more details.

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  • Coaches

    - Coaches are required to complete US Center for SafeSport training at least once every 2 years AND submit to a USA Weightlifting background check at their own expense to take any of the following actions:

  • -  Accompany an international team in any capacity.

  • -  Register for a USA Weightlifting-hosted event.

  • -  Hold a National, International or Senior International coach certification.

  • -  Be the President or affiliated coach of a USA Weightlifting club.

  • -  Be listed on the USA Weightlifting Coaching Directory.

  • -  Coaches must additionally adhere to the following rules:

o Coaches are also required to not be alone with a minor in a private setting or in a place that is inappropriate to the professional coaching relationship. It is not considered a private setting if another adult is present and a meaningful opportunity for interruption is present.

o A coach may not share overnight accommodation with an athlete of another gender or with any minor athlete that is not the coach’s immediate family.

Technical Officials

- Technical Officials are required to complete US Center for SafeSport training at least once every 2 years AND submit to a USA Weightlifting background check at their own expense to take any of the following actions:

  • -  Accompany an international team in any capacity.

  • -  Maintain certification as a National or International Technical Official.

    Club Presidents, LWC Board Members, Club Administrators, Club Coaches, Staff, Board of Directors and any Elected Volunteer.
    - Individuals wishing to hold any of the above positions are required to complete US Center for SafeSport training at least once every 2 years AND submit to a USA Weightlifting background check at their own expense in order to stand for election and/or maintain such a position.

Sports Medicine Personnel

- Individuals wishing to hold any of the above positions are required to complete US Center for SafeSport training at least once every 2 years AND submit to a USA Weightlifting background check. Where the background check is purely for volunteering as a USA Weightlifting Sports Medicine volunteer and for no other purpose, the expense will be that of USA Weightlifting. In addition, Sports Medicine individuals must:

  • -  Maintain membership in USA Weightlifting.

  • -  Adhere to the USA Weightlifting Sports Medicine All Athlete Safety Policy.

  • -  Keep credentials up to date with USA Weightlifting

    Any Adult accompanying a National Team

    - Any adult accompanying a National Team, whether or not a member of USA Weightlifting (for example, a parent) must submit to US Center for SafeSport training at least once every 2 years and must submit to a USA Weightlifting background check at their own expense.