Do I need to take SafeSport Training?
A: U.S. Ski & Snowboard requires the following individuals complete training provided by the U.S. Center for SafeSport:
Individuals associated with Member Clubs
Adult athlete members of Member Clubs, except Short Term Athlete Members due to their limited participation and Master Athletes who do not i) have regular contact with minor athletes or ii) have authority over minor athletes
Adult members (who are not athletes) of Member Clubs who i) have regular contact with athletes or ii) have authority over athletes
Employees and Board Members of Member Clubs
Individuals providing services to Member Clubs, including but not limited to contractors, volunteers, interns, who i) have regular contact with athletes or ii) have authority over athletes
Individuals associated with U.S. Ski & Snowboard
Adult athlete members of U.S. Ski & Snowboard, except for Short Term Athlete Members due to their limited participation and Master Athletes who do not i) have regular contact with minor athletes or ii) have authority over minor athletes
Employees and Board Members of U.S. Ski & Snowboard
Individuals providing services to U.S. Ski & Snowboard, including but not limited to, contractors, volunteers, interns, who i) are regularly at the Center of Excellence or ii) have regular contact with athletes or iii) have authority over athletes
U.S. Ski & Snowboard requires athletes who will become 18 years of age during the upcoming membership year, complete the U.S. Center for SafeSport training on or before their 18th birthday, provided that such athletes under 18 have the consent of their parents or legal guardians.
What is the process for SafeSport Training?
When a person applies for membership with U.S. Ski & Snowboard, the person will receive instructions for registering at www.safesport.org, and completing the training. Prospective employees who have accepted positions, subject to completion of the training will receive instructions from the Human Resources team for registering at www.safesport.org, and completing the training.
How much time does it take to complete SafeSport Training?
A: The amount of time varies based on each individual, but generally we suggest that you expect to spend 90 minutes. You may start the training, exit the system, and return to the training where you left off, allowing you to complete the training in more than one session. The Refresher training is about a 20-minute session.
How often do I need to complete a SafeSport refresher course?
A: A refresher course is required on an annual basis, and must be completed on or before July 1, immediately subsequent to the one-year anniversary of the completion of the initial core training or the most recent refresher course.
I'm a parent, can I take SafeSport Training?
A: Yes! If you are a parent looking for resources on keeping your athlete safe, you can access the Parent Training at no cost. Simply create an account at www.athletesafety.org, add the parent training to your bag, and you'll be able to access the training.
The SafeSport Parent's Guide to Misconduct in Sport is designed for the parents of athletes of all ages. This course explains the issues of misconduct in sport and helps parents ensure their children have a positive and safe sport experience.
What is the SafeSport Code?
A: The SafeSport Code is issued by the U.S. Center for SafeSport. The Code describes prohibited conduct and gives definitions for bullying, harassment, physical and emotional misconduct and other prohibited behavior. Requirements for reporting misconduct are specified in the Code. The Code also describes the authority of the Center and the processes the Center follows. U.S. Ski & Snowboard encourages all members to read and become familiar with the Code and requires its members to follow the Code.
Why does a Board Member from a Member Club need to take SafeSport Training?
A: Protecting athletes and creating and maintaining a skiing and snowboarding community free of all forms of emotional, physical, and sexual misconduct is the responsibility of U.S. Ski & Snowboard and all member clubs.
The U.S. Center for SafeSport oversees two components: 1) education/training for recognizing prohibited behavior/misconduct, and 2) investigating and adjudicating reports for such behavior/misconduct.
The U.S. Center for SafeSport has exclusive authority over reports of sexual misconduct. The Center has discretionary authority on a case-by-case basis over any other form of misconduct, including bullying, harassment, physical and emotional abuse.
When the Center delegates jurisdiction of investigating the report to U.S. Ski & Snowboard, it is often necessary for U.S. Ski & Snowboard to reach out to the applicable entity to assist with the investigation as well as any actions that need to be taken to address/respond to the report. [For instance, if there is a report that an athlete is hazing other athletes, the Board may be involved in the investigation and any disciplinary actions that it takes with its coaches. Remember, willfully tolerating misconduct such as hazing between athletes is misconduct under the SafeSport Code.]
It is important that Board Members are SafeSport Trained so that they can recognize prohibited behavior and misconduct, and assist with and take action on such misconduct, when needed.
Additionally, Board members should understand reporting requirements under the law [—i.e., all reports of child abuse (including sexual abuse) of a minor must be reported to local authorities].