SafeSport Program FAQ’s
1. What is SafeSport?
Athletes will perform better, soar higher, and get more from sport if they feel safe. SafeSport seeks to create a healthy, supportive environment for all participants. Through education, resources, and training, we help members of the sport community recognize, reduce, and respond to misconduct in sport.
2. Why is USATF instituting a SafeSport Program?
For the safety of our athletes, particularly our youth athletes, USA Track & Field has committed to providing a safe environment in which our athletes compete and train. We believe this is paramount to the success of all our programs.
The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has recommended USATF implement the program in 2014 and it will be required of all Olympic national governing bodies (NGB’s) by 2015. Coupled with our Coaches Registry, our goal is to gain awareness and protect the participants in our sport at all levels, but particularly those athletes who are 18-and-under.
3. What are other NGB’s instituting?
SafeSport Programs vary from NGB to NGB. This gives each organization the freedom to construct a program that fits their sport and their constituents. For a look at other NGB programs view the links below.
4. How do I report a complaint?
Section 6 (pg. 51) of the USATF SafeSport Handbook outlines the reporting process for:
Violations of the USATF SafeSport Handbook,
Misconduct as defined in USATF’s Anti-Harassment & Abuse Policy, and
Suspicions or allegations of child physical or sexual abuse
Reporters should respond to the questions listed in section 6.2 and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
SafeSport Course FAQ’s
5. What is the SafeSport Course?
The SafeSport course is an online training module put together by the USOC. The course covers fourteen lesson areas that include, but are not limited to, sexual, physical and emotional misconduct; local and overnight travel; bullying and harassment. The training videos in total are approximately 90 minutes long and include four quizzes and a final exam.
6. Who do I contact if I’m having technical trouble with the SafeSport Course?
The USOC has an FAQ page for the course, which answers many technical questions. Additional questions can be submitted via the SafeSport Training Contact page.
7. How do I access the course?
The SafeSport course is housed on the USOC SafeSport website, www.safesport.org. To access the course, follow the steps below.
a. Visit www.safesport.org and select “training” on the top right.
b. Select the “Take the Training” under SafeSport Training Links. This will direct you to the Prep Center.
c. Select the yellow, “Register” button on the top right to complete course registration.
d. Enter your personal information, selecting USA Track & Field as your organization and entering your USATF membership number. Please ensure your membership number is listed correctly, as this step is required to notify USATF of your course completion.
If you are required to complete the course for multiple organizations (e.g. USA Triathlon, USA Gymnastics, USA Swimming, etc.) you can add them in this step.
8. How do I start my course where I left off?
After you sign back into the Prep Center, select "Training" and then select "Your Courses". You will be presented with a list of courses that you've previously decided to take. Select the one you wish to resume and then click the "Launch Course" button on the page that follows.
9. How can I download my certificate after I have taken the course?
Go to this link http://training.safesport.org/
Click sign in (Top Right Hand Corner)
You will log in using either your user name or email with your password
Once logged in, you will click your name in the top right hand corner
A drop box will appear, click your courses
Click the SafeSport link that is directly above the completed/expires statuses
Once in there, you’ll click download certificate