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Safesport Certification

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, 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?

  • Any new member who falls into the category of the required training (Club Director, Coach, Tourney Directors, Referee's, Organization Admins, team managers or chaperones). 
  • Any member who took the USOC previous version of the SafeSport training on the Team USA Prep site
  • 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  when yet 18 taking.   Completing at beginning of season eliminates the having to be in a rush and tracking when they turn 18 and getting it completed before they become 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.    


From USAV Safesport Manager - Clarification

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.



Robin Dutton
Manager, SafeSport
4065 Sinton Rd., Ste. 200
Colorado Springs, CO  80907
T: (719) 228-6800



From USAV 11/11/19 - SafeSport Refresher Training Information

Hello Regions,

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:

2018 SAFESPORT Update.

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.

Complete Parent Toolkit

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.

SafeSport New Platform, New Courses

The new SafeSport Platform at 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.

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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