The U.S. Center for SafeSport, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, works collaboratively with sport organizations to foster a culture of safety by raising awareness, centralizing best practices, and providing education and training to promote respect and prevent abuse. The Center encompasses two offices – one for education and outreach, and one for response and resolution.
Learn more: https://www.safesport.org
Education & Outreach
The Education & Outreach Office is a national awareness and prevention resource to sports organizations of all levels, from youth to professional. The Center develops and implements programs based on best practices to keep athletes protected from emotional, physical and sexual abuse.
- Center for SafeSport Training: The Core U.S. Center for SafeSport Training is a required set of three courses for the following adults at USA Archery and Local Affiliated Organizations* (Collectively referred to as USAA):
Those individuals USAA (a) formally authorizes or appoints (a) to a position of authority over, or (b) to have frequent contact with athletes, including, but not limited to, any volunteer, coaches, instructor, judge, administrator, board members, trainers, medical personnel (excluding those who only have incidental and observable contact with athletes at events); and,
Other individuals who have regular contact with athletes as determined by USAA, in its sole discretion and/or as required by USOC.
*A Local Affiliated Organization is a State Association or local club that is directly affiliated with USA Archery.
To complete the Center for SafeSport Training, follow these steps:
- Log into your USA Archery account (https://usarchery.sport80.com/login)
- Ensure the correct profile is opened (if you have multiple people on your account, you may need to collapse the profile that defaults to being opened)
- Select “Center for SafeSport Training” in the menu directly under your name
- Click Add Center for SafeSport Training button (right-hand side of screen)
- Here you will see the training course options:
- To complete the Core Center for SafeSport Training (approximately 90 minutes), you will need to Add and complete the following three courses:
- Core Training: Emotional and Physical Misconduct
- Core Training: Mandatory Reporting
- Core Training: Sexual Misconduct Awareness Education
- Once you have added the appropriate course, you will see a pop-up box with additional information to review. Click the Add button at the bottom of the screen
- Once you click Add, you will see a pop-up window with a link to click to begin the course
- The course(s) will remain in a Pending Approval status until complete. You may start a course, stop, logout and come back to your account to complete at a later date
A 30-minute SafeSport Refresher Course (Refresher Course: Recognizing and Reporting Misconduct) is required annually upon completion of the Core Center for SafeSport Training.
Once a course is complete, your account will automatically update (may not be immediate). For more information on how to complete the course please contact email@example.com.
Response & Resolution
The Center’s Response & Resolution Office investigates and resolves alleged policy violations for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movements’ sport national governing bodies. The Center will report allegations or suspicions of child abuse to appropriate law enforcement. There is no statute of limitations on alleged policy violations involving sexual misconduct. If the Center concludes an individual committed a violation, that person has an opportunity to be heard before an arbitration body.
The U.S. Center for SafeSport Code, USA Archery's Code of Conduct and USA Archery's Minor Athlete Abuse and Prevention Policies outline prohibited conduct related to:
- Criminal Charges or Dispositions
- Child Abuse
- Sexual Misconduct
- Emotional and Physical Misconduct, including Stalking, Bullying, Hazing and Harassment
- Aiding and Abetting
- Misconduct Related to Reporting
- Misconduct Related to the U.S. Center for SafeSport’s Process
- Other Inappropriate Conduct
- Violation of Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies / Proactive Policies
SafeSport Reporting: Reporting misconduct is vital to protecting athletes and preventing further incidents.
- Sexual Misconduct: If you have a reasonable suspicion that child sexual abuse or neglect has occurred, the first step should be to make a report to law enforcement. Please also report sexual misconduct to the U.S. Center for SafeSport here: https://www.safesport.org/report-a-concern
- All Other Forms of Misconduct: please complete the USA Archery SafeSport Reporting Form and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SafeSport Reporting Form
- Click the Reporting Form button
- Download and Save the Form to your Desktop
- Open the Form from your Desktop
- Complete the Form
- Re-save and Send the Form
Suspensions and Bans: USA Archery publishes a list of USA Archery members who are currently suspended or banned because of misconduct here.
SafeSport Resources for Parents & Coaches
The U.S. Center for SafeSport has created all new free online parent SafeSport training and toolkits for parents of children of all ages, and resources for coaches. We hope these resources will be valuable to you and encourage all parents to review the below links.
Resources for ParentsResources for Coaches & Club Leaders