Competitive Resources

SafeSport

ussa-safesport-logo-lockup-4-color-wide-hi-res

U.S. CENTER FOR SAFESPORT

The U.S. Center for SafeSport is a national independent non-profit organization. The Center believes that all athletes deserve to participate in sports free from any form of emotional, physical and sexual misconduct.

Learn More

Click Here to Report a Concern

What is SafeSport?

Who is Required to Take SafeSport Training?

Mandatory Reporting

Take SafeSport Training

Abuse Prevention Policies

SafeSport Resources

(SafeSport Toolkit)

What is SafeSport?

The U.S. Center for SafeSport (“the Center”) is the independent national organization authorized by Congress to lead the fight against abuse and misconduct within Olympic sport National Governing Bodies in the United States. The Center’s board of directors – as well as its staff and investigators – includes subject matter experts in abuse prevention, child abuse and sexual assault investigation, ethics compliance, and sport administration.

The Center has Congressional authority under federal law to investigate and resolve allegations of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse and related misconduct associated with the National Governing Bodies recognized by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (“USOPC”). Most notably, the Center has exclusive authority to investigate and resolve reports of sexual abuse of minors participating in sports in the United States.

Additionally, the Center collaborates with National Governing Bodies to foster a culture of safety by raising awareness, developing abuse prevention policies and best practices, and providing education and training to promote respect and prevent abuse.

US Sailing’s SafeSport Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Program (“MAAPP”) is a partnership with the US Center for SafeSport and incorporates a comprehensive program of abuse prevention, including:

  1. SafeSport Training
  2. Abuse Prevention Policies
  3. Mandatory reporting requirements for adults.

These measures are informed by experts in the field of child safety and are among the strongest safeguards found in youth-serving organizations.

As a member of the USOPC, US Sailing supports the Center’s mission to create a healthy, supportive environment for all participants by providing education, resources, and training to all of our individual and organizational members.

Who is Required to Take SafeSport Training?

Education is a key component of any abuse and misconduct prevention strategy. US Sailing encourages all members to complete the Center’s SafeSport Trained course.  US Sailing requires adult members who have been authorized, appointed, or approved to have regular contact with or authority over minor sailing participants to take SafeSport Training.  In addition, in accordance with the Center’s Education and Training Policy, US Sailing requires SafeSport Training for adults who are approved by organizational members to have regular contact with or authority over minor sailing participants.  Those individuals required to complete SafeSport Training must take the full “SafeSport Trained” course once every four years and a “Refresher” course in each of the intervening years. Once you complete the online course, your SafeSport Training will be logged on your membership record in the US Sailing database.
SafeSport training is a free online course that provides education on:

  • Sexual Misconduct Awareness
  • Emotional and Physical Misconduct
  • Mandatory Reporting (Understanding Your Responsibilities)

By being better educated and more aware of the various types of misconduct and how to recognize them, each of us can make our sport safer and help end abuse in sport.

Please see US Sailing’s Covered Participant List for more information on who must take SafeSport Training.

Covered Participant

Mandatory Reporting

The following adults are considered mandatory reporters under federal law:

  • Any member, employee, or volunteer of US Sailing or a US Sailing organizational member
  • Any other individuals who have been authorized, approved, or appointed by US Sailing or a US Sailing organizational member to have regular contact with minor sailing participants.

Any adult who falls within these categories who reasonably suspects that a minor sailing participant has suffered an incident of child abuse, including sexual abuse, must immediately make a report of the suspected behavior to both (1) local law enforcement and (2) the U.S. Center for SafeSport.

Take SafeSport Training

You will be redirected to the US Center for SafeSport training homepage. Click Login in the upper right corner of the page.

Special Note For First Time Users of SafeSport’s New Absorb Training Platform: The US Center for SafeSport transitioned to a new training platform hosted by Absorb in April 2021 and your previous SafeSport records have been migrated to the new Absorb training platform. To activate your new account, enter the email address you have previously used for SafeSport, and click Forgot Password. This will send a password reset notification to your SafeSport email address. Follow the instructions to create a new, secure password and log into the training site.

Once logged into your SafeSport Dashboard, select the My Courses tab to view your outstanding SafeSport training requirements and course completion history.

New SafeSport users will be redirected to the US Center for SafeSport training dashboard and prompted to create a personal SafeSport account. During registration, US Sailing members must provide their US Sailing Member ID in the Membership ID box. All users, including those who are not US Sailing members, must list US Sailing as the required Sport Organization.

Once logged into your SafeSport Dashboard, scroll down to your Catalog and enroll in the SafeSport Trained – NGB1course. The course will populate in your My Courses tab and you can begin the curriculum.

Abuse Prevention Policies

Establishing clear boundaries reduces the risk of physical, sexual, and emotional misconduct as well as opportunities for bullying, harassment, and hazing.  Studies show that the majority of child sexual abuse is perpetrated in isolated, one-on-one situations.  By reducing such interaction between children and adults, programs reduce the risk of child sexual abuse.  However, one-on-one time with trusted adults is also healthy and valuable for a child.

Accordingly, the Center has established specific policies concerning one-on-one interactions to balance protecting minor sailing participants while allowing for these beneficial relationships.

For more information about the Center’s Abuse Prevention Policies, please see US Sailing’s SafeSport Handbook.

SafeSport Handbook

ussa-safesport-logo-lockup-4-color-wide-hi-res

U.S. CENTER FOR SAFESPORT

The U.S. Center for SafeSport is a national independent non-profit organization. The Center believes that all athletes deserve to participate in sports free from any form of emotional, physical and sexual misconduct.

Learn More

SafeSport Updates