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 U.S. Center for SafeSport training is a required set of three courses for any employee, volunteer, instructor, coach, judge, administrator, athlete or member who is formally authorized or appointed to a position of authority over, or will have frequent contact with athletes within a USA Archery event or club activity. To take the SafeSport course, follow these steps:
- Log into your USA Archery account (https://usarchery.sport80.com/login)
- Select “Center for SafeSport” in the menu directly under your name
- Click “Add Center from SafeSport” on the right-hand side of the screen
- Here you will see all three courses (each take approximately 30 minutes to complete)
- You will need to click “Add SafeSport” to add each course to your account
- Click on the course you wish to take
- Click on the button “Start/Resume Course” to begin course
- You must add and complete all three courses to complete Center for SafeSport Training
- A 30 minute refresher course is required annually
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