USA Skateboarding is the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee-recognized national governing body for Skateboarding in the United States.
USA Skateboarding (USAS) is formally organized and incorporated as Skateboarding's National Governing Body (NGB). USAS has been established to provide direction and governance for the sport of skateboarding, including, but not limited to, enabling United States athletes to achieve sustained competitive excellence in Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American and Parapan American competition and sanctioning competitions resulting in United States National Champions at both the amateur and professional level. USAS is dedicated to promoting and supporting the sport of Skateboarding, while striving to guarantee that Skateboarding continues to provide the unique characteristics important to the sport's participants, and maintaining the integrity and authenticity of Skateboarding as a sport, a passion and a lifestyle.
USA Skateboarding adheres to the basic standards and governance guidelines as approved by the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) Board.
• NGBs should be governed by a board which shall have sole responsibility for governance;
• NGB boards should generally be between 7 and 12 in membership;
• NGB boards should have at least 20% independent directors as well as at least 20% athlete directors;
• NGB boards should have staggered term limits;
• NGBs must have at least the following 3 standing committees: Audit (which shall also have responsibility for ethics matters unless ethics issues are addressed by another committee), Compensation, and Nominating & Governance;
• NGB committees should be of the minimum number and size possible to permit both conduct of the sport and appropriate board governance;
• The role of management and the role of governance should be defined clearly, with each NGB being staff managed and board governed;
• NGBs must be financially and operationally transparent and accountable to its members and the USOPC;
• NGBs must adopt best practices for not for profit organizations; and
• NGBs must comply with all of the requirements for membership as defined in the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act, USOPC Bylaws, and any USOPC Board policies.
20200116 USA Skateboarding Bylaws
2018 Form 990
2017 Form 990
2016 Form 990
2018 Audited Financial Statement
USA Skateboarding (USAS) may terminate membership or relationship with any Covered Entity at any time for Misconduct. The term “Covered Entity” shall refer to any member, employee, board director, or officer of USAS. The term “Misconduct” shall refer to any conduct which materially breaches the terms of membership, team rules, or the laws of any jurisdiction in which the Covered Entity is present, or any conduct which brings disrepute to, or otherwise harms, USAS or which violates the Morals Clause (outlined in the paragraph next following). Prior to termination under these circumstances or otherwise as permitted herein, USAS shall deliver to Covered Entity written warning and the opportunity to cure such conduct unless the breach is (a) of such severity that in the reasonable judgment of CEO of USAS it cannot be cured, or (b) part of a pattern of repeated breaches of which Covered Entity has already been warned.
Morals Clause: If during the Term Covered Entity commits, or involves themselves in any situation or occurrence, including, but not limited to, use or other commission of a crime or use of illegal or illicit drugs (including abuse of prescription drugs), or which otherwise brings themselves or the USA Skateboarding into public disrepute, public contempt, public scandal or ridicule, or tends to shock, or insult or offend a reasonable member of the community (each case using a reasonable person standard of determination), then USAS shall have the right, upon written notice to Covered Entity, to immediately terminate the remaining term of their membership, employment, or elected or appointed relationship with USAS. USAS’s decision on all matters arising under this Section shall be conclusive and binding on the parties. For the avoidance of doubt, conduct occurring prior to the Term that is widely publicly known shall not constitute a Morals Clause violation.
Gary Ream Co-Founder USA Skateboarding
Jamie Foy Athlete's Advisory Council (AAC) Representative | 2020 Men's Street National Team
Dashawn Jordan Street Skateboarding Representative | 2020 Men's Street National Team
Nicole Hause Park Skateboarding Representative | 2019 Women's Park National Team
Oscar Loreto, Jr. Paralympic Skateboarding Representative | Adaptive Skateboarding Paralympic Committee Chair
Don Bostick Audit Committee Chair | World Cup Skateboarding President
Stephanie Murdock Baltimore City Council - 14th District Legislative Director | Skatepark of Baltimore President
Micaela Ramirez Poseiden Foundation, Inc. Founder / President
Bryan Ridgeway Consultant | Educational Engagement Advisor
Steve Rodriguez Erwin Penland SVP / Creative Services Director | 5BORO Skateboards Founder
Lisa Whitaker Women's Skateboarding Alliance (WSA) VP of Sports and Competitions | Meow Skateboards Partner / Owner
Josh Friedberg CEO
Vinicius Tinoco Administrative Assistant
Mimi Knoop High Performance Director | Women's National Team Manager
Jessika Alexander National Team Athletic Trainer
Katie Moses Swope PR / Communications Director
Robert Brink Marketing / Merchandise Director
Joe Krolick Cameraman / Editor
Josh Henderson Cameraman / Editor
USA Skateboarding was founded in 2003 following the International Olympic Committee's request to the skateboarding industry to begin organizing for possible Olympic inclusion. The Founding Members of USA Skateboarding were Gary Ream, Tony Hawk, Don Bostick, Jim Fitzpatrick, John Bernards, Mark Waters, Dave Carnie, Miki Vuckovich, Neal Hendrix, Buster Halterman, Steve Douglas, Bryce Kanights, Andy Macdonald, Chris Miller, Peter Townend, Charlie Wilkins, Jen O’Brien, and the International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC) represented by Tod Swank.
As designed, USA Skateboarding lay dormant while the machinations of Skateboarding's inclusion in the Olympic Games proceeded at the international level for the next 13 years. In the lead up to the International Olympic Committee's August 3, 2016, announcement that skateboarding would appear in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, USAS began to modernize in order to meet the new National Governing Body (NGB) standards as described by the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC).
The USOPC officially recognized USAS application for recognition as the United States Skateboarding NGB on February 14, 2017. The USOPC accepted USAS application for recognition as the United States Skateboarding NGB on June 22, 2018.
The initial USAS Board of Directors was nominated by the Founder's Advisory Committee on May 15, 2017.
The first USA Skateboarding National Team was announced on March 19, 2019.
The 2020 USA Skateboarding National Team was announced on October 20, 2019.