USA Skateboarding is committed to maintaining cooperative work, training and sports environments in which there exists mutual respect for all athletes, filmers, team managers, managers, coaches, judges and other officials, and for all USAS directors, officers, employees, contractors, and volunteers. USAS is committed to creating a safe and positive environment for its athletes and participants involved in sport, free of misconduct.
The USAS Athlete Safety Policy applies to covered individuals, employees, athletes in the USADA registered testing pool, and any other individuals, whether paid or volunteer, formally authorized, approved, or appointed to a position of authority over or to have frequent contact with athletes.
As a member organization of the U.S. Olympic Committee, USAS and its members are required to comply with the U.S. Center for SafeSport Code for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement, the appended Practices and Procedures (Appendix A to the Code), and the Supplemental Rules for SafeSport Arbitrations (Appendix B to the Code) (collectively, the “Code”), including reporting requirements. Except as specifically noted in the Code, the Code applies without respect to age or competitive level. The Code serves as the benchmark by which the U.S. Center for SafeSport or USAS determines whether a SafeSport Code Violation has occurred. For those violations that fall within the jurisdiction of the U.S. Center for SafeSport, the Center will determine resolutions and sanctioning for the violation. Any SafeSport Code Violation that occurs outside the jurisdiction of the U.S. Center for SafeSport will be processed through USAS’s Internal Complaint procedures as outlined in the USAS bylaws (Section 13).
The Code outlines prohibited conduct related to:
• Bullying Behavior
• Emotional Misconduct
• Physical Misconduct
• Sexual Misconduct
• Minor Athlete Abuse
Prevention Policies (MAAPP)
The definitions of prohibited conduct and other defined terms contained in the Code, as amended from time-to-time, are incorporated herein by this reference. The Code in its full form along with reporting guidelines can be found at the U.S. Center for SafeSport website at uscenterforsafesport.org. In addition to engaging in prohibited conduct under the Code, engaging in misconduct which is contrary to USAS policy of equal employment and sports opportunity without regard to age, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship, religion, race, disability or national or ethnic origin, will not be tolerated within the USAS.
Other USAS policies, procedures and codes, including, but not limited to, the USAS Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics, may deal with other forms of conduct that are prohibited and that are subject to action by USAS for violation of such policies, procedures and codes.
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.
All reports of sexual misconduct in the national governing bodies of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Movements must be reported to the U.S. Center for SafeSport. Reports of child abuse require reporting to law enforcement as well as the U.S. Center for SafeSport. All reports of non-sexual misconduct should be reported to the National Governing Body.
The U.S. Center for SafeSport is a national independent non-profit organization. The Center believes that all athletes deserve to participate in sports free from any form of emotional, physical and sexual misconduct. The Center provides response and resolution services within the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Movements and provides education and training to coaches, administrators, athletes, parents and sports organizations.
CLICK HERE to report sexual misconduct to the Center. Reports can also be made to the Center at (720) 531-0340.
The Center encourages you to provide as much information as possible. All information you are able to provide assists the Center in promptly and effectively responding to reported allegations. Under the SafeSport Code, third-party reporters' names and contact information are kept confidential.
You may report anonymously by omitting your identifying information. However, remaining anonymous may limit the Center's ability to investigate and/or respond to the information you provide.
Report non-sexual misconduct to USA Skateboarding using the form below. To make an anonymous report leave the name and email fields blank.
The U.S. Center for SafeSport (the Center) is committed to building a sport community where participants can work and learn together in an atmosphere free of emotional, physical, and sexual misconduct.
Authority: prevention training and policies
Federal law authorizes the Center to address the risk of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse of amateur athletes in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movements. See Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017.
Federal law authorizes the Center to develop training to prevent abuse, including emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, of any amateur athlete. At a minimum, national governing bodies and paralympic sports organizations must offer and give consistent training related to the prevention of child abuse to: (1) adult members who are in regular contact with amateur athletes who are minors and (2) subject to parental consent, to members who are minors.
Federal law also authorizes the Center to develop policies and procedures for implementation by national governing bodies or paralympic sports organizations to prevent abuse, including emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, of any amateur athlete. As a part of these policies and procedures, national governing bodies and paralympic sports organizations must implement reasonable procedures to limit one-on-one interactions between an amateur athlete who is a minor and an adult (who is not the minor’s legal guardian) at a facility under the jurisdiction of a national governing body or paralympic sports organization without being in an observable and interruptible distance from another adult, except under emergency circumstances.
Application and implementation
The U.S. Olympic Committee and national governing bodies (collectively, “Covered Organizations”) are required to follow these Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies. At a minimum, these policies are also strongly recommended for National Member Organizations and Local Affiliated Organizations, and, at a maximum, the NGBs may require said organizations to follow them. Covered Organizations are responsible for implementing and monitoring compliance with these policies.
The policies and procedures set forth herein are promulgated by the Center to assist Covered Organizations in meeting their obligations under federal law. If, in implementing the required components identified here, these Covered Organizations are nonetheless not in compliance with federal requirements, the Organization shall implement policies and procedures sufficient to meet such requirements.
CLICK HERE to report sexual misconduct to the Center. Reports can also be made to the Center at (720) 531-0340.
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The Office of the Athlete Ombuds and its staff (the “Athlete Ombuds”) offers independent, confidential advice to athletes regarding their rights and responsibilities in the Olympic and Paralympic Movement, and assists athletes with a broad range of questions, disputes, complaints and concerns. The Athlete Ombuds’ focus is to serve athletes who represent the United States in international competition. The Athlete Ombuds operates on the core principles of confidentiality and privacy, independence, and impartiality.
No employee, contractor, agent, volunteer, or USA Skateboarding itself shall take or threaten to take any action against an athlete as a reprisal for disclosing information to or seeking assistance from the Office of Athlete Ombuds as protected by the Act in Section 220509(b)(5).
Additional information about, and contact information for, the Athlete Ombuds can be found online at https://www.teamusa.org/athlete-ombuds.
USA Skateboarding announced during our National Team Summit in January 2020 the decision to make helmets mandatory for all American Park skateboarders in Olympic Qualifying events.
USA Skateboarding and its staff are committed to providing education and guidelines for athletes, coaches, and parents regarding the recognition and management of concussions. The safety of skateboarding athletes sustaining head injuries is of paramount importance to the health of all skateboarders.
Concussion is a hot topic in the sports world due to the potential seriousness of the injury. It was for this reason that USA Skateboarding was the first skateboarding NGB in the world to mandate helmet use for all Park Skateboarding Athletes in competition, a move that our international federation soon followed. It is important to recognize a concussion and seek medical attention as the brain is in a “vulnerable” state during this period. Another head injury during the post-injury period can significantly prolong post-concussion symptoms or even be life threatening.
All coaches, officials, athletes, and parents should be familiar with the guidelines and information sheets on the Centers for Disease Control website.
All USA Skateboarding sport performance staff, including coaches and trainers, are required to complete a concussion awareness training course offered by the CDC or National Federation of High Schools.
2022 USA Skateboarding National Team Selection Process: Park and Street Disciplines
The 2022 USA Skateboarding National Team will be comprised of a maximum of sixteen (16) athletes – four (4) athletes per Olympic event (Men’s Park, Men’s Street, Women’s Park, and Women’s Street) based on the following:
1. The winner of the 2021 National Championship in each of the four (4) Olympic events (athletes total) as of 15 November 2021 will be invited to become members of the 2022 USA Skateboarding National Team.
2. The two (2) highest USA Skateboarding ranked athletes in each of the four (4) Olympic events (8 athletes total) as of 15 November 202 will be invited to become members of the 2022 USA Skateboarding National Team.
The USA Skateboarding rankings are sanctioned by USA Skateboarding and are published at https://usaskateboarding.com.
3. Up to one (1) athlete in each of the four (4) Olympic events (4 skateboarders total) will be initially reserved as discretionary selections as described below. If discretionary selection does not apply, then we will select the next highest ranked athlete in the USA Skateboarding rankings. See “Discretionary Selection for National Team” procedures, below.
Eligible athletes who continue to train and remain on the National Team will receive monthly stipends. Athletes who are named to the team in more than one discipline will receive only one stipend per month.
Discretionary Selection for National Team
In order to give American skateboarders the best chance of competing at an elite international level, discretion can be used to select members of the National Team. This allows elite level skateboarders who have had injuries, illness, and other extreme circumstances that would inhibit performance at the highest level (such as equipment failure, travel, or weather complications, and rescheduled / new events which no longer fit within the selection time frame) a chance to be considered for the National Team.
The USAS Athlete Selection Committee will consider a range of performance factors that will include the following in no particular order:
- Athletes who medaled at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
- Athletes with a podium finish at the most recent USA Skateboarding National Championships
- Athletes who demonstrate an overall consistent ability to contribute to podium finishes through reliable execution at the highest-level events within the previous 15 months
- Athlete results from the 202 qualifying events tour for the 2020 Olympics (including National Championships, Dew Tour Iowa, Rome World Championships, and the Tokyo Olympics)
NOTE: In the event a National Team member is removed from the team (either voluntarily or involuntarily), USA Skateboarding will apply discretionary criteria to select a replacement National Team member. This skater will be offered EAHI immediately and will receive a stipend beginning the 1st of the following month.
- All athletes who qualify for Athlete Stipends as of January 1, 2022 will be offered EAHI.
- Athletes named to the National Team who meet the criteria for Athlete Stipends will be offered EAHI during the month of their qualifying performance.
- If at any point the athlete is removed from the National Team, they will be removed from EAHI, effective immediately.
EXHIBIT A: USA Skateboarding Points System
USA Skateboarding rankings based on performances at the 2021 National Championships, 2021 World Skate sanctioned events, and the Tokyo Olympics in both park and street will be used to determine 2 athletes per gender/discipline for the 202 USAS National Team (Reference Section II(B)(2)(b) of the 202 PPA, National Team Selection Process).
The USA Skateboarding rankings are based on this points system.
USA Skateboarding National team athletes receive $500 per month.
July 23 - August 08, 2021
October 14-15, 2019
July 27-28, 2019
As a member of World Skate, the international federation for skateboarding, we follow their regulations for international competition.