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Safesport Certification

Dear Staff and Membership

“Safety and security don’t just happen; they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear.”  Nelson Mandela

As we enter the 2022/2023 season we wanted to provide some reminders regarding SafeSport training.    The SafeSport training requirement became an annual training requirement beginning in 2018/2019 season.  With that being the case many of our Adult coaches will have to retake the SafeSport Core course as that is required every four years.  What is SafeSport ?  It is the Olympic community's initiative to recognize, reduce and respond to misconduct in sport.  The six primary types of misconduct are Bullying,  Harassment,  Hazing, Emotional misconduct, Physical Misconduct, and Sexual Misconduct (including child sex abuse).  SafeSport Core is the first required course in the ongoing training curriculum.  There will be refresher courses to follow each additional year.   In the new SportsEngine Member Management System the course is easily accessible by clicking on the link on the eligibility requirements you receive when an applicable membership with the requirement is purchased.    It can also be accessed by logging into your SportsEngine account at and selecting Household on the left side menu, then your profile and view details on your membership.     

Who is required to take the Core Center for SafeSport Training?

  • Any member who falls into the category of the required training (Club Director, Coach, Tourney Directors, Referee's, Organization Admins, team managers or chaperones, and other adult role that interacts with junior members). 
  • Any junior member turning 18 during the season.    A 2021 Gateway Junior Players 18's membership should be purchased and that will have the SafeSport eligibility requirement.   It will have also have the parental consent for taking the course if they are not yet 18 taking.   Completing at beginning of season eliminates the having to be in a rush and tracking when they turn 18 and risk becoming ineligible during the season.  

Who is required to take the Refresher Courses :

  • Any member who has taken the Core Center for SafeSport training and that has expired.  Each year there will be a Refresher so if previous year completed Refresher 1 the next year would be Refresher 2 and so on.  The core course will need to be retaken every four years. 


Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Programs

We are excited to announce enhancements to our SafeSport policy and education requirements as part of our continued commitment to safeguarding our athletes.

USA Volleyball’s top priority continues to be keeping our athletes safe. No form of abuse, including child sexual abuse, has a place in our sport. Under our leadership, this organization will continue to make abuse prevention and response an important piece of
everything we do.

USAV and the RVAA have been front-runners in implementing safety measures. Together we became one of the first NGBs to conduct background screens, implement proactive athlete safety policies and make athlete safety our number one priority. In
maintaining our commitment to safety, we are pleased to announce the adoption of the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies (MAAPP).

The enhancements stem from requirements imposed by the U.S. Center for SafeSport (the “Center”). As you know, the Center is the separate, independent organization that oversees all sexual misconduct reports in the Olympic and Para-Olympic movement as mandated by Congress. The Center is responsible for creating requirements in the areas of policy, education and training for every National Governing Body (NGB) in the Movement as authorized by the “Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and SafeSport Authorization Act of 2017”. As such, USA Volleyball, as an NGB, must follow the Center’s requirements.

MAAPP covers two critical areas, policies for limiting one-on-one interactions with minors and education/training.

Policy Changes
First, the Center requires every NGB to implement a Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP) by June 23, 2019. This Policy addresses risk areas that present opportunities for abuse to occur.

The Policy covers six (6) areas:
1. One-on-One Interactions, including meetings and individual training sessions
2. Massages and Rubdowns/Athlete Training Modalities
3. Locker Rooms & Changing Areas
4. Social Media & Electronic Communication
5. Local Travel
6. Team Travel

MAAPP will apply to all Applicable Adults (including adult athletes) defined as those who interact with and have direct and frequent contact with minor athletes. Please note non-compliance with MAAPP is a violation of the U.S. Center for SafeSport Code. Violations may be reported at:

Education and Training Changes
Second, MAAPP requires regular and consistent training for all Applicable Adults (including adult athletes) who interact with and have direct and frequent contact with minor athletes. All  Applicable Adults will be required to complete training annually. Such training consists of “Core” SafeSport training followed by the U.S. Center for SafeSport Refresher course.

To review MAAPP online click on MAAPP - USA Volleyball


SafeSport Training Access

How to Complete SafeSport Training/Refresher Course for USA Volleyball

SafeSport Training needs to be completed once a year. After the first year, you will take the Refresher Courses until the process restarts in year 5.

  • Year 1 - SafeSport Core 
  • Year 2 - SafeSport Refresher 1
  • Year 3 - SafeSport Refresher 2
  • Year 4 - SafeSport Refresher 3
  • Year 5 - Restart with SafeSport Core

SafeSport Core takes about 2 hours, which can be done all at once or at your leisure. SafeSport Refreshers take about 30 minutes. 

To get started, either open your Eligibility Email (sent after your Membership was purchased) and click on the Complete Certification link -- or -- navigate to MySE and click Complete Requirements. 

SafeSport Incident Reporting

To report Safesport violations you can call the 24 hour support line at 833-587-7233 or can also make an online report at the following link: 

 Report a SafeSport Concern | U.S. Center for SafeSport (

For a Gateway SafeSport point of contact please call Chris Clauss at 314-630-4523 or email

SafeSport 24-hour Services Helpline

The U.S. Center for SafeSport is excited to announce it today launched a 24-hour victim services helpline.

The helpline offers confidential support services and is operated in partnership with RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization.

We encourage you to share this exciting news with your constituents and have provided access details (below) and digital resources (attached). Please also find a news release with additional information attached.

As always, please reach out with questions.


Meredith Yeoman

SafeSport Helpline Access
Phone: 866-200-0796


Meredith Yeoman

Community Outreach and Communications Coordinator

Office: 720.531.0340  

1385 S. Colorado Blvd., Bldg. A, Ste. 706, Denver, CO 80222 


SafeSport seeks to create a healthy, supportive environment for all participants.

What does a Child Abuser Look Like?






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Dear Margie, 



Once a friend asked me,  " What does a child abuser look like?"


"I wish I had an easy answer to that question," I said. "Unfortunately, to understand what a child abuser might look like, we each just need to look in the mirror."


Most child molesters act like charming, kind people who are great with kids most of the time. They come from all walks of life and are often in positions of trust and power with kids.


In my own community, there have been two cases that have recently become very public - a doctor and a nurse each being charged with abusing children in their personal care - and a teenaged babysitter making pornographic movies and photos of younger children.


In her chilling book Conversations With a Pedophile, author Amy Hammel-Zabin describes how, through her work as an art therapist in prison, she led a series of interviews with a man convicted of sexually abusing over 1,000 boys. In graphic detail, this man described how he systematically developed relationships with church groups and did such wonderful things with the children that parents were begging him to take care of them because their kids loved being with him - and how he then systematically lowered children's boundaries until the children themselves felt responsible for the abuse that happened.


This man would seek out kids who wouldn't tell by swearing and then saying, "Oops! I just accidentally said some bad words. Please don't tell your parents because then we couldn't hang out together anymore."


As adults, we need to understand that we must keep assessing people who we trust with our children based on their behavior rather than automatically trusting them because of their position, their ability to be "good" with kids, or their reputation. Are we always welcome to drop in on what they are doing? Are there any changes in our children's behavior?


At the same time, it does not serve children be told that the person most likely to harm them is someone they love and trust. Focusing on the bad things that could happen does not make kids safer and can cause upset that can make it harder for kids to take action in the moment to be safe.


Instead, we can protect our children - and empower them to protect themselves - by learning and practicing skills for staying aware, recognizing unsafe behavior, setting clear and appropriate boundaries, and being persistent getting help.


As adults, we need to be prepared to stay connected with our children and know who the people responsible for their safety are and what they are doing. We must ask questions and speak up anytime we have a concern, regardless of discomfort or worries we might have.


Without going into the details about sexual abuse, here is what our kids need to know:


Kidpower Safety Rules About Secrets: Touch should not be a secret. Photos or videos should not be a secret. Presents someone gives you should not be a secret. Activities and friendships should not be a secret. problems should not be a secret.


Kidpower Safety Rules About Private Areas. Your private areas are the parts of your body that can be covered by a bathing suit. For play or teasing, other people should not touch your private areas or ask you to touch theirs. Showing or taking photos or videos about people and their private areas is also against the safety rules. Sometimes adults do need to touch kid's private areas for health or safety - and it should NEVER be a secret. If someone breaks these safety rules, tell adults you trust and keep telling until somebody does something about it. If you see something that breaks the safety rules when doing something electronically, like a picture popping up during a game, look away, move away, and go get help from an adult you trust.


Sometimes the people taking care of kids have problems that cause them to break the safety rules. This statement is from The Kidpower Book for Caring Adults and is part of our core curriculum: "Sometimes the people kids love or trust have problems, and sometimes their problems are so big that they do things that hurt kids or make them uncomfortable. If this happens to you or a friend, it does NOT mean you did anything wrong. It means that the person who did this broke the safety rules and that you all need help. The best way to get help is to tell a grown-up you trust and to keep telling until that person or another person does something about it.  And it is NEVER too late to tell."


How to set appropriate boundaries; deal with bribery, emotional coercion, and intimidation; and get help. Kidpower programs and our Safety Comics provide the opportunity to learn and practice skills in ways that are effective, fun, and age-appropriate rather than scary.


Finally, as adults, we need to be prepared to take action if we suspect a problem or a child comes to us for help.


Additional resources


What to Do If A Child Reports Possible Abuse, Bullying, Harassment, or Anything Else That Bothers Them


Being Worthy of Trust To Keep Kids Safe From Abuse, Bullying, And Other Harm Knowledge, Decisions, And Actions For Families, Schools, And Organizations


Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. We are here to help.


With deep appreciation for your commitment to protecting and empowering young people,


Irene van der Zande

Executive Director and Founder

Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International





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