U.S. Center for SafeSport

SafeSport.org

The U.S. Center for SafeSport is an independent nonprofit committed to ending all forms of abuse in sport. This includes bullying, harassment, hazing, physical abuse, emotional abuse, and sexual misconduct and abuse. The Center is the first and only national organization of its kind. The Center provides services to sport entities on abuse prevention techniques, policies and programs and provides a safe, professional and confidential place for individuals to report sexual abuse within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movements. Visit our Response and Resolution, and Education and Outreach pages to learn more about our work.

Mission

Our mission is to make athlete well-being the centerpiece of our nation’s sports culture. All athletes deserve to participate in sports free from bullying, hazing, sexual misconduct or any form of emotional or physical abuse.

Vision

Our vision is that every athlete will be safe, supported, and strengthened through sport.

Safe: Athletes are protected from emotional, physical, and sexual abuse.
Supported: Athletes enjoy welcome, respectful environments and diversity is actively embraced.
Strengthened: Athletes use the skills they’ve learned in sport to contribute to the well-being of their communities. Every athlete thrives, on and off the field of play.

Age Specific Training

Per U.S. Center for Safe Sport requirements, USA Shooting has identified the following categories of individuals who are required to complete and pass the SafeSport training and Background Check:

  • All USA Shooting adult 18+ members having regular contact with athlete minors
  • All adult 18+ athletes participating in any event, training, or match being held at USA Shooting’s range at the Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
  • All USA Shooting Team Athlete adults 18+
  • USA Shooting staff (to include contractors and interns) and national coaches
  • USA Shooting named national assistant coaches and coaches at sanctioned USA Shooting events
  • USA Shooting officials/referees
  • USA Shooting volunteers
  • USA Shooting Certified Training Center (CTC) coaches, staff, volunteers, and board members working directly with the CTC Olympic shooting sports
  • USA Shooting Board Members
  • Medical staff, trainers, sports psychologists, massage therapists, etc. having regular contact with USA Shooting athletes or working on behalf of USA Shooting

US Center for Safe Sport Youth Athlete Training Courses

The U.S. Center for SafeSport Youth Athlete Training courses are now live! These resources include courses for children ages 5-12 and 13-17. These free online trainings are designed as an introduction for minor athletes and their parents or other caregivers to understand the importance of positive, welcoming environments in sports, where misconduct like bullying or abuse is less likely to happen, and to know where to report abuse, should it occur.

Each course is hosted through the membership platform and can be accessed once you log into your membership profile. Parents can choose which course is best for their child based on their actual or developmental age. Each course will take less than 30 minutes to complete. A writeable PDF certificate is available at the conclusion of each training, and parents are encouraged to write their child’s name on the printed certificate.

Ineligibility

USA Shooting maintains a list of individuals who are ineligible to participate within USA Shooting sanctioned events. All our affiliate programs are encourage to reference this list when conducting or hosting an event, in an effort to maintain safety for all parties involved. In addition, organizations should perform their own background checks with their own disqualifying factors. This list is updated regularly, and can be found here.

Please contact Brent McPherson, with any questions or concerns regarding athlete safety at Brent.McPherson@USAShooting.org.