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SafeSport

Athlete Safety

U.S. Ski & Snowboard Athlete Safety Policy

U.S. Ski & Snowboard is committed to the safety of athletes. The following information focuses on the application of SafeSport and background screening to support athlete safety. Please also review the Concussion Policy and Athlete Health sections of this site for additional athlete safety information.

SafeSport Code

We encourage every athlete, parent, employee, contractor, volunteer, and fan to read and understand the SafeSport Code.

As a condition of membership, all U.S. Ski & Snowboard members agree to abide by the SafeSport Code.

The SafeSport Code can be accessed through the Resources Section of this page.  Every U.S. Ski & Snowboard employee, and every person that U.S. Ski & Snowboard authorizes or appoints to a position of authority over or to have frequent contact with athletes must comply with the SafeSport Code.

U.S. Ski & Snowboard and the SafeSport Code prohibits the following conduct:

  • Sexual Misconduct
  • Physical Misconduct
  • Emotional Misconduct
  • Bullying, Threats, and Harassment (including sexual harassment)
  • Hazing
  • Willfully Tolerating Misconduct
Reporting of Inappropriate Behavior

Every U.S. Ski & Snowboard member must report suspected violations of the SafeSport Code. If you suspect that an athlete is experiencing misconduct of a sexual nature, call the SafeSport hotline (and local child protection authorities if the athlete is a minor) and report it to the experts who have the skills to investigate the matter.  If you have a doubt on whether conduct is occurring, please err on the side of reporting.  Conduct which does not involve sexualized conduct but which may violate one of the six categories of prohibited conduct may be reported to safesport@usskiandsnowboard.org.

SafeSport Helpline
The Center for SafeSport provides 24-hour support via the SafeSport Helpline or by calling 866.200.0796.

Reporting Suspected Violations of Sexualized Conduct
https://www.safesport.org/report-a-concern

Grievance Process

A grievance process is set forth in Article 9 of U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s Bylaws.
 

SafeSport Programs and Education

The U.S. Center for SafeSport provides a wide range of SafeSport resources, including online education and awareness.  

You can search the U.S. Center for SafeSport’s list of disciplinary records via this link.

Any member of U.S. Ski & Snowboard who is appointed to a position of authority over, or who has frequent contact with athletes must complete initial SafeSport training, and a yearly refresher training. This includes U.S. Ski & Snowboard employees, individuals providing services to U.S. Ski & Snowboard, U.S. Ski & Snowboard members holding a U.S. Ski & Snowboard coaching license, U.S. Ski & Snowboard members holding a U.S. Ski & Snowboard officials license, U.S. Ski & Snowboard members holding a U.S. Ski & Snowboard club volunteer membership and U.S. Ski & Snowboard members at U.S. Ski & Snowboard clubs whom the club formally designates to be in a position of authority over athletes, and the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Governance Board members.

All U.S. Ski & Snowboard coach, official and club volunteer members (those in a position of authority over athletes) are required to take the online initial SafeSport training and refreshers as required.  Information and access will be provided via email following membership registration.

U.S. Ski & Snowboard Fast Start Coaching Course
Understanding the SafeSport environment is an important basic element for clubs, coaches, and officials. The Fast Start Coaching Course, now mandatory for all U.S. Ski & Snowboard coaches, includes SafeSport awareness as a key component. Information on the Fast Start program is available Coach Development section.

U.S. Ski & Snowboard Background Screening
To help ensure SafeSport environment, the U.S. Ski & Snowboard requires all staff, club coaches, club officials, and club volunteers to undergo background screening. Scroll below for more information on the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Background Screening programs.

 

Background Screening

U.S. Ski & Snowboard has implemented a background screening process in support of its commitment to athlete safety.

Any member of U.S. Ski & Snowboard who is appointed to a position of authority over, or who has frequent contact with athletes must clear criminal background screening at least every two years.  This includes U.S. Ski & Snowboard employees, individuals providing services to U.S. Ski & Snowboard, U.S. Ski & Snowboard members holding a U.S. Ski & Snowboard coaching license, U.S. Ski & Snowboard members holding a U.S. Ski & Snowboard officials license, U.S. Ski & Snowboard members holding a U.S. Ski & Snowboard club volunteer membership and U.S. Ski & Snowboard members at U.S. Ski & Snowboard clubs whom the club formally designates to be in a position of authority over athletes, and the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Governance Board members.

The background screening is simple and generally takes about five minutes.  You must have a current, or in process, U.S. Ski & Snowboard coach, judge/official or club volunteer membership to register for the screening.

Once your screening is complete and U.S. Ski & Snowboard receives a ‘green light’ from NCSI, your membership will be finalized and a membership card will be activated.

U.S. Ski & Snowboard appreciates the cooperation and understanding of its members in supporting the commitment to athlete safety.
  

Background Screening Criterion Offenses

Reportable convictions or disclosures of convictions or registrations or pending dispositions, for any of the following criminal offenses or registrations will prompt a determination that an applicant 'does not meet' the criminal background screening criteria and a red light determination will be issued:

Felonies

  1. Any violent felony (any crime punishable by confinement greater than one year.
  2. Any felony within the past ten (10) years involving cruelty to animals.
  3. Any non-violent felony (any crime punishable by confinement greater than one year) within the past ten (10) years not otherwise included above. (i.e., Felony theft or Controlled Substances)

Crimes of a Sexual Nature

  1. Any felony or lesser crime of a sexual nature or classified as a sex offense including but not limited to prostitution, pornography, indecent exposure; and crimes in which sexual relations is an element.
  2. Any crime for which a conviction places the offender on a sex offender registry.

Misdemeanors

  1. Any lesser crime involving force or threat of force against a person within the last ten (10) years.
  2. Any lesser crime involving controlled substances if there was one (1) offense within the past five (5) years, or two (2) or more offenses within the last ten (10) years (not alcohol).
  3. Any lesser crime within the past ten (10) years involving cruelty to animals.
  4. Any lesser crime involving harm to a minor within the past ten (10) years not included above.
  5. Two driving under the influence offenses (alcohol) within the past five (5) years or more than two (2) offenses in the past ten (10) years.

NOTE: Criminal offenses include "Attempted Crimes" in the above classifications.

Resources
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Effective March 21, 2018
Best Practices for U18 Athletes.
Current Background Screening Status.
Workshop Video on SafeSport
U.S. Ski & Snowboard Concussion Policy.
Athlete Health & Sports Medicine

Did You Know?

  • Every U.S. Ski & Snowboard staff member, plus all coaches, officials, judges, and volunteer members undergo background screening before issuance of membership or employment by U.S. Ski & Snowboard.
  • Parents, you can verify the membership and background screening of any club coach, judge, official or volunteer member through the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Background Screening Lookup tool or by calling U.S. Ski & Snowboard Member Services at 435.647.2666 to ensure that the coaches, officials and volunteer members working with your child have undergone background screening.
  • Club leaders, the USOC provides online SafeSport training for your coaches, judges, officials and volunteer members.
Frequently Asked Questions
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The background screening program is similar to programs in place in schools, recreational programs, youth organizations and other workplaces where staff and volunteers work with youth. More than 75% of U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s athlete members are under the age of 18! Background screening of the organization's employees, member coaches, judges/officials and volunteers is one step to help ensure a positive SafeSport environment.