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USA Archery is Keeping Athletes Safe

USA Archery is committed to providing a safe, healthy and fun learning environment for our athletes. All coaches and club administrators are required to have a Background Screening and current U.S. Center for SafeSport training. USA Archery’s Code of Conduct and Minor Athlete Abuse and Prevention Policy (MAAPP) spells out expectations for adults in coaching and leadership positions.

The U.S. Center for SafeSport is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on ending all forms of abuse in sport. The Center’s primary goals are eliminating misconduct in sport and providing educational resources and prevention programs to prevent sexual, emotional, and physical abuse and misconduct. The dedicated, caring professionals at the Center respond to and resolve allegations of sexual abuse within the Olympic and Paralympic Movement, as well as educate sport organizations of all ages and abilities around the country.

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On and off the field of play, USA Archery is committed to providing training, educational materials and resources for our athletes, coaches, clubs, and parents.

Education is the most important tool for combating misconduct. Use USA Archery’s SafeSport resources to help you understand how abuse occurs and what you can do about it. Learn to recognize signs of grooming behavior and boundary violations and know what to do when you suspect a child’s safety is at risk.

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.

U.S. Center for SafeSport Training

The Core U.S. Center for SafeSport Training is a required 90-minute online course 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 USOPC.

*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:

  1. Log into your USA Archery account (https://usarchery.sport80.com/login)
  2. 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)
  3. Select "Center for SafeSport Training" in the menu under profile (you might have to select Profile to see this dropdown menu)
  4. Click Add Center for SafeSport Training button (right-hand side of screen)
  5. Click Add next to Center for SafeSport Training
  6. 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
  7. Once you click Add, you will see a pop-up window with a link to click to begin the course
  8. 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 Refresher Course is required on an annual basis effective the calendar year following completion of the Core Training

  • Refresher Course 1: Recognizing and Reporting Misconduct
  • Refresher Course 2: Preventing Misconduct
  • Refresher Course 3: Available Fall 2020
  • At the fifth year of involvement, user restarts the four-year cycle by taking Core Training Course

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 protected].

If you see questionable behavior, say something! Report all sexual misconduct to law enforcement and file a report with the U.S. Center for SafeSport at uscenterforsafesport.org/report-a-concern. All other violations should be report to USA Archery at [email protected]. The U.S. Center for SafeSport has exclusive jurisdiction over allegations of sexual misconduct.

U.S. Center for SafeSport Reporting Line: 833-5US-SAFE

Report a Concern to the U.S. Center for SafeSportReport a Concern to USA Archery

For misconduct to take place, an offender needs privacy, access and control. One way to reduce the risk for abuse is to follow USA Archery’s Minor Athlete Abuse and Prevention Policy (MAAPP) which spells out expectations and creates boundaries for one-on-one interactions.

Minor Athlete Abuse and Prevention Policy Resources

The Athlete Safety Procedures for USA Archery Event Organizers outline what steps event organizers must take to pre-authorize field of play access for all volunteers, media, vendors, medical personnel, athlete assistants, coaches and judges, etc. (hereafter, “Event Personnel”). Event organizers are encouraged to plan ahead to make sure all “Event Personnel” who have access to the field of play at a USA Archery sanctioned event, while athletes are present, are authorized.  USA Archery and/or the U.S. Center for SafeSport may audit any USA Archery sanctioned event at any time to verify compliance either in person or through a request for compliance information.

Athlete Safety Procedures for USA Archery Event Organizers Athlete Safety Tracking ToolAthlete Safety Procedures for Event Organizers FAQ

It’s important to establish healthy boundaries between athletes and coaches and have clear expectations about the coach’s role. USA Archery club leaders and coaches agree to USA Archery’s Code of Conduct and are required to follow the SafeSport Code to ensure there are strong and safe boundaries between adults and athletes.

Physical and sexual misconduct can be a hard topic to talk about with your children. It is extremely important to have these to help prevent your child from becoming a victim of abuse. Ongoing and open conversations with children about their bodies and appropriate boundaries will make it easier for them to talk to you if anyone is making them feel uncomfortable.

Parent ResourcesAthlete Resources 

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: uscenterforsafesport.org/report-a-concern

All Other Forms of Misconduct: please complete the USA Archery Athlete Safety Reporting Form and submit to [email protected].

Instructions for submitting the Athlete Safety 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

The U.S. Center for SafeSport’s Centralized Disciplinary Database is a resource designed to keep the public informed when individuals connected with the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Movements are either subject to certain temporary restrictions pending investigation by the Center or are subject to certain sanctions after an investigation found them in violation of the SafeSport Code.

Centralized Disciplinary Database

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