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June 11, 2013

USA Archery Introduces SafeSport

Blog post by Mary Emmons, Outreach Director

Whether an archer is participating in a recreation program, JOAD or Adult Club, camp, event - or training as an elite athlete - USA Archery (USAA) is committed to making sure all participants have access to a safe and healthy setting in which to participate. USAA is proud to introduce the SafeSport Program to ensure all members have the awareness, tools and support structure they need to create a safe environment in which to enjoy archery. 

SafeSport, founded by the United State Olympic Committee (USOC), serves to address misconduct in sport by providing information, training and resources to parents, clubs, coaches and athletes to help members of the sport community to recognize, reduce, and respond to misconduct in sport.

There are three key components of SafeSport:

1.)  Recognize: Learn about the different types of misconduct in sport.

2.)  Reduce: Develop a strategy to ensure athlete well being.

3.)  Respond: Know how to take action before there's a problem.

You may visit the SafeSport website at www.SafeSport.org to access toolkits that includeresources, templates, and standards to create effective policies tailored to your club or team. Additionally, USAA encourages all parents, volunteers, club leaders, coaches and athletes to take the free online SafeSport training.

Through the USOC Make the Commitment: Stop the Abuse in Sport! Campaign http://www.teamusa.org/StopAbuse.aspx you can sign up for free monthly newsletters, access supporting resources and webinars.

To learn more about the SafeSport program and to access additional resources please visit www.usarchery.org and click on "programs".

Please join USAA today in promoting SafeSport! 

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