REGIONS

A Unique Role

SafeSport for Regions

Regions have many responsibilities: strengthen sport, extend opportunities to participate, and instill the values of fair play, respect and hard work. Creating conditions that promote the performance and well being of athletes is a fundamental component of these goals, which require effective policies and monitoring, as well as the collaboration and collective energy of our entire sport community.

SafeSport developed these materials and resources to help organizations create a culture that encourages safety, openness and disclosure. By implementing appropriate policies and procedures, clubs can fulfill their obligations to coaches, athletes and parents. Although every sport and organization is different, this information can serve as a starting point for designing an effective plan.


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Critical information to help keep every program safe: Everyone will perform better, soar higher, and get more from sport if they feel safe. This SafeSport online training program teaches the nature of misconduct in sport: how to recognize it, how to prevent it and how to take action.

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Make the Difference

Recognizing misconduct in sport is critical; implementing the right policies and communicating them to all members of the sport community is the next challenge. While every situation is different, you don’t need to start from scratch.

When everyone - clubs, coaches, staff and parents - understands his/her role, we can work as a team to protect athletes and create the best conditions for sport.

Make the Commitment with Team USA

Once a region has engaged in the hard work of developing and implementing a SafeSport plan, the next step is for all participants to understand the policies and know what actions to take. With the sheer number of individuals involved in sport programs, minimizing the incidence of misconduct in sport is truly a team effort. Each group – from coaches and staff to parents and athletes – has an important and unique role to play.

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Model Policy For Junior Club Volleyball Programs

USA Volleyball junior clubs are now required to implement a team travel policy. The following download is a model team travel policy and is provided to assist USA Volleyball member clubs with developing their own policies. If a club chooses not to, or is unable to, create a written travel policy, the following model policy will become the default policy for that club. Once a customized set of policies is developed and approved by the club, the default policy will no longer apply. Each member club has the responsibility for approval and implementation of its own set of travel policies, and to provide these policies to all players, parents, coaches and other adults who will be traveling with a team. It is strongly recommended that a signature by each adult acknowledging receipt of and agreeing to the travel policy be obtained by each club.

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Model Policy For Junior Club Volleyball Programs

USA Volleyball junior clubs are now required to implement an electronic communication policy. The policy must be reviewed with and agreed to by all athletes, parents, coaches and other adults affiliated with the club. The following download is a model policy for appropriate electronic communications between adults and athletes, and is provided to assist USA Volleyball member clubs with developing their own policies. If a club chooses not to, or is unable to, create a written electronic communication policy, the following model policy will become the default electronic communication policy for that club. Once a customized set of policies is developed and approved by the club, the default policy will no longer apply. Each member club has the responsibility for approval and implementation of its own electronic communication policy.

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One of the challenges of addressing misconduct in sport is the multitude of variables and components that contribute to a healthy setting. But before a club can develop an effective strategy, it needs to define the risks it faces across at least three areas:

  • The sport
  • The amount of physical handling required for coaching
  • The sport’s professionally accepted training methods
  • The extent of youth involvement (including youth athletes, referees, officials, and support staff)
  • Where training and competition take place
  • Travel away
  • How the athletes and/or team travels
  • Whether there are any special needs within the group
  • The ages of the athletes and other sport participants
  • Whether there is mixed-gender participation
  • Whether there are mixed-age groupings
  • The sport-specific opportunities (e.g., locker rooms and changing areas) for misconduct to occur

Once a club has engaged in the hard work of developing and implementing its plan, the next step is for all participants to understand the policies and know what actions to take. With the sheer number of individuals involved in sport programs, minimizing the incidence of misconduct in sport is truly a team effort. Each group – from coaches and staff to parents and athletes – has an important and unique role to play.

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Report Abuse

Reporting Abuse

USA Volleyball requires reporting of sexual misconduct by any member and strongly encourages reporting of any concerns relating to safe sport. USA Volleyball appreciates your willingness to report inappropriate behavior. Call 1-855-306-7775 or complete the form below to report abuse. By submitting the form below, you are giving permission to USA Volleyball's SafeSport Program staff to contact you.

Out of respect for the importance of this issue and to encourage honest and effective reporting, knowingly making a false or vindictive report will not be tolerated and may be a violation of USA Volleyball's Code of Conduct.

Call 1-855-306-7775 or complete the form below to report abuse

Report Abuse Form

1. Person Being Reported

Provide as much information as possible about the person you are reporting.

First Name:*

Last Name:*

Age or Approximate Age:

Gender:

Club Affiliation (or none):*

Position(s) this individual holds or held:*

2. Alleged Offense Information

Provide as much specific information as you are able.

Type of Offense (select all that apply):*

Location that the incident(s) took place. Enter unknown or city, state, specific location:*

Date(s) of Alleged Offense:

Description of Alleged Offense (include as much detail as possible):*

Knowledge of victim(s) involved in the alleged offense:

3. Victim or Victims

If you are the victim and wish to remain anonymous, you may do so. In that case, please enter your name as Anonymous. You may also be unaware of who the victim is. In that case, please enter Unknown.

First Name:*

Last Name:*

Age or Approximate Age:

Gender:

Club Affiliation (or none):

Additional Information:

4. Additional Victims

Fill this section out if additional victims are involved.

First Name:

Last Name:

Age or Approximate Age:

Gender:

Club Affiliation (or none):

Additional Information:

5. Individual(s) Who May Have Additional Information

List anyone who may be able to provide additional information regarding the alleged offense. We will not identify you when we contact these individuals.

First Name:

Last Name:

Phone(include area code):

E-mail Address:

Club Affiliation (or none):

First Name:

Last Name:

Phone(include area code):

E-mail Address:

Club Affiliation (or none):

6. Report Submitted By

You may remain anonymous if you wish. However, providing your information is vastly helpful to a swift and effective investigation. All reports are kept strictly confidential by Safe Sport Program staff. A person reporting alleged misconduct should not fear any retribution and/or consequence when filing a report he/she believes is true. Retaliation of a report made in good faith is a violation of the USA Volleyball Code of Conduct.

First Name:*

Last Name:*

Phone(include area code):

E-mail Address:*

USA Volleyball Member:

Region:

Relationship to victim (if any):*

7. Other Information

Enter any other information that you feel would be helpful to an investigation of the alleged offense you have reported.

Other Information:

SafeSport Training Course

To Complete the SafeSport Training:

  1. Follow the link below to the Team USA Prep Center
  2. Click STORE
  3. Choose SafeSport Training
  4. Click ADD TO BAG
  5. Click CHECKOUT (there is no charge)
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions for registering and completing the training. If you have never created a log in for this site click REGISTER
  7. If registering for the first time, be sure to “+Add Membership” and select USA Volleyball and enter your current USAV Membership Number. (NOTE: If you don’t have your Membership Number, you may enter “official, coach, chaperone or your role”)

It may take 2-3 business days for the completion of the SafeSport certification to be updated in your Webpoint record. You may want to print out your certification at the completion of the course and present it to you regional office or tournament director as proof of completion.

Please note that in order to receive certification in Webpoint, you must complete the full SafeSport Training Course. The SafeSport Parent and SafeSport Refresher courses will not be accepted for certification.

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