Dear Staff and Membership
As we are fast approaching the 2020/2021 season we wanted to provide some reminders regarding SafeSport training. The SafeSport training requirement became an annual training requirement beginning in 2018/2019 season. SafeSport Core being the first then refreshers 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 sportsengine.com, going to 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?
Who is required to take the Refresher Courses :
This email is a follow up to the email sent yesterday regarding 2019-2020 SafeSport requirements for the upcoming season. Several of you sent questions regarding expiration dates and I wanted to extend an explanation to help clarify the requirement. Thank you to all those that sent in questions.
During the 2018/2019 season, the U.S. Center for SafeSport changed the SafeSport training to an annual requirement. In doing so, the Center launched a Refresher 1 course as part of the annual training. USAV is incorporating that refresher into the training for the 2019/2020 season and beyond. In transition, those having a 2019 expiration date are required to take the Refresher 1 (10-15 minute course) and those with a 2020 expiration date are not required to take the refresher until Core expires. In short, the annual “Refresher” training becomes required upon the expiration of your current Core SafeSport training. I hope this clarifies the Refresher requirement.
We wanted to reach out and clarify the issue some members are having with their SafeSport Refresher 1 Training being locked in the USAV Academy.
The SafeSport Refresher 1 Training is only for those members who have completed the Core SafeSport Training in a previous season. However, Webpoint does not distinguish between different types of SafeSport Training (USOPC, Core, Refresher, etc) so we are unable to prevent members from registering for the wrong training in Webpoint. We have locked down the refresher training in the USAV Academy to anyone who does not have a completed core training in their record, which is where members are running into problems when their training is locked.
In most cases, a member of USAV staff will need to cancel the Refresher Training registration and enroll the member in the Core Training. However, if the member can provide documentation of a core training (ex. From another NGB), we will honor that and unlock the Refresher Training.
If your members reach out to you regarding a locked SafeSport Training, please have them submit a SafeSport helpdesk ticket at this link: http://help.usavolleyballacademy.org/new-ticket
Please be advised the U.S. Center for SafeSport has published a series of Parent Tool Kits. While the tool kits are aimed at parents, the information is helpful to anyone wanting to better understand the forms, signs and means of preventing abuse. To view the complete guide, covering all identified age groups, click on the “complete parent tool kit.” To view a particular age group, click on the associated link. Please distribute broadly to your membership.
Additionally, Michelle Carlton has been assisting us as we prepare to release a new complaint reporting form on the USAV Website. The new form provides the capability to upload supporting documents and report metrics. Note this form is not intended to replace any mandatory reporting to authorities regarding child abuse or the reporting of sexual misconduct to the U.S. Center for SafeSport. Instead, this form is used for reporting all other forms of misconduct.
The link is now live and on the USAV website under the “Report Abuse" button located on the USAV SafeSport page. The “click here” option takes the user directly to the appropriate form to report depending on the nature of the concern. You can Click here to see the form live.
The new SafeSport Platform at https://safesport.org has launched! To become SafeSport certified, a USAV member will need to complete all three of the 30-minute modules (replacing the current 90-minute course).
1. Sexual Misconduct Awareness Education
2. Reporting Child Sexual Abuse
3. Emotional and Physical Misconduct
The training will be valid for 2 membership seasons, similar to how we currently handle background checks.
Per the USOC, NGBs must provide a SafeSport education program for (1) those individuals it formally authorizes, approves or appoints (a) to a position of authority over, or (b) to have frequent contact with athletes; and (2) NGB staff.
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.
SafeSport Helpline Access
Community Outreach and Communications Coordinator
1385 S. Colorado Blvd., Bldg. A, Ste. 706, Denver, CO 80222