What is the U.S. Center for SafeSport?
The Center, headquartered in Denver, was established by Congress under the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017. The Center is a separate and independent organization from the USOC, and provides a central source for education, reporting, investigation, and tools for U.S. Ski & Snowboard (our National Governing Body (NGB)) and the other national governing bodies. More than 525,000 individuals have completed the SafeSport Training. To learn more about education and reporting please see the following links: SafeSport Education; report-a-concern.
We are all responsible to provide for a safe culture. Creating that culture begins with understanding the rules and taking the training but goes far beyond that foundation in order to create a culture of safety. We all need to pay attention, listen to those around us who are expressing concerns, and be willing to step up to make sure our culture is one of respect and a safe place. All of us have easy access to report inappropriate behavior, report-a-concern.
On 4/15/19 the U.S. Center for SafeSport provided both an updated SafeSport Code and Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies (MAAPP). These two important documents are listed below and effective April 15, 2019:
What is the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy?
The MAAPP is based on a model policy designed by the U.S. Center for SafeSport (Center). US Ski & Snowboard modified the MAAPP to apply to our sport and the Center has approved the US Ski & Snowboard MAAPP. As a US Ski & Snowboard club, NENSA will also follow these newly updated policies. The MAAPP provides policies on the following areas:
- Athlete Travel
- Athlete Lodging
- One-on-One interactions with athletes
- Social Media
- Locker Rooms
- SafeSport Training
The MAAPP applies to all of us – our clubs and affiliated organizations. All National Governing Bodies are required to have a MAAPP that is approved by the Center.
The purpose of the MAAPP is to provide specific policies to support athlete safety. Please read the MAAPP so that you know your responsibilities.
What is the SafeSport Code?
The SafeSport Code is issued by the U.S. Center for SafeSport and contains specific rules that apply to athlete safety and the processes for the Center. You will find in the Code some of the following important information:
- Obligations for reporting child abuse or other inappropriate conduct
- Definitions of bullying, emotional misconduct, harassment, hazing, physical misconduct, and sexual misconduct
- Aiding and Abetting inappropriate conduct is a new section of the Code
- Retaliation is defined
All of us must comply with the Code, so we encourage you to read it and take the time to understand the requirements.
As a condition of membership, all NENSA members agree to abide by the SafeSport Code.
NENSA prohibits the following conduct:
- Sexual Misconduct
- Physical Misconduct
- Emotional Misconduct
- Bullying, Threats and Harassment
- Willfully Tolerating Misconduct
- Aiding and Abetting inappropriate conduct
Any member of NENSA, who is appointed to a position of authority over, or who has frequent contact with athletes should clear criminal background screening and complete SafeSport training every two years with a refresher required every other year. This includes NENSA member coaches and NENSA members in a club whom the club formally designates to be in a position of authority over athletes, as well as the NENSA Staff & Board members. Any athlete 18 years or older, who is a US Ski & Snowboard member, must also complete the SafeSport training as a condition of membership with US Ski & Snowboard.
If you suspect violations of the SafeSport Code, or if you or anyone suspect that a child is experiencing misconduct of a sexual nature, don’t investigate it yourself. Call the SafeSport hotline and local child protection authorities (Police or Child Welfare Office) and report it to the experts who have the skills to investigate the matter. If you have a doubt on whether conduct is occurring, please err on the side of reporting.
The Center for SafeSport provides 24-hour support via the SafeSport Helpline or by calling 866.200.0796.
Reporting Suspected Violations of Sexualized Conduct