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.
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.
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:
A 30-minute Refresher Course is required on an annual basis effective the calendar year following completion of the Core 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 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 SafeSport.org. All other SafeSport violations should be reported to USA Archery at [email protected].
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.
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.
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.
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:
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 Athlete Safety Reporting Form and submit to [email protected].
Instructions for submitting the Athlete Safety Reporting Form:
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.