Safe Sport

Athlete Safety Policy: 

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


•  Harassment


•  Hazing


•  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.

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SafeSport Policy:

As a sport league that always puts the safety and wellbeing of athletes first. USA Skateboarding voluntarily adheres to U.S. Center for SafeSport rules. The current SafeSport rules, policies and procedures are available at the offices of USA Skateboarding, online at SafeSport and via the links below. As a condition of membership in USA Skateboarding and a condition for participation in any competition or event sanctioned by USA Skateboarding, each USA Skateboarding member and each athlete, coach, trainer, agent, athlete support personnel, medical or para-medical personnel, team staff, official and other person who participates in USA Skateboarding or USA Skateboarding events (whether or not a USA Skateboarding member), agrees to comply with and be bound by the SafeSport rules, policies and procedures of the U.S. Center for SafeSport and to submit, without reservation or condition, to the jurisdiction of the U.S. Center for SafeSport for the resolution of any alleged violations of those rules, policies and procedures, as may be amended from time to time. To the extent any USA Skateboarding rule is inconsistent with the rules of the U.S. Center for SafeSport, such rule is hereby superseded.

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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.

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Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies (MAAPP):

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.

Prevention Training
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.

Prevention Policies
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.

2022 Safe Sport USA Skateboarding Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies

 

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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USA Skateboardings Commitment to Safety:

USA Skateboarding is committed to creating a safe and positive environment for athletes’ physical, emotional and social development, and to ensuring that it promotes an environment free of misconduct. USA Skateboarding is committed to improving the development and safety of athletes and participants involved in sport. Unfortunately, sport can be a high-risk environment for misconduct, including child physical and sexual abuse. While child physical and sexual abuse is one type of misconduct, it is important to remember that this policy covers many inappropriate behaviors that do not involve children at all. This policy applies regardless of the ages of the individuals involved in the alleged activity. Six primary types of misconduct addressed in the SafeSport Policy: Sexual Misconduct, including Child Sexual Abuse Emotional Misconduct Physical Misconduct Bullying Harassment Hazing USA Skateboarding utilizes the definitions of these forms of misconduct as defined by the U.S. Center for SafeSport in the SafeSport Code link here. All forms of misconduct are intolerable and in direct conflict with USA Skateboarding ideals.

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While USA Skateboarding is tasked with implementing the Center’s Policies and Procedures, any report of allegations of abuse will be sent to the Center.
To report a violation of the MAAPP or SafeSport Code, make a report to the Center directly using an online form, CLICK HERE.
U.S. Center For Safe Sport
Safe Sport Code
USA Skateboarding SafeSport Handbook