RESOURCES

Materials to Assist

SafeSport Resources

In addition to specific information for athletes, parents, coaches and regions, here are other materials that can assist any interested person in helping to create healthy settings for sport. Misconduct has the potential to not only affect your performance but also cause physical or emotional harm. Spotting inappropriate behavior depends on understanding what's acceptable as you encounter new and different situations. The following recommendations can help you steer clear of potentially harmful interactions.


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TRAINING COURSE

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.

RESOURCES & TIPS

Below please find resources for information on child protection, abuse prevention and ways to seek help.

  • United States Olympic Committee SafeSport
    Parent program of USA Volleyball SafeSport.
  • USOC Make a Commitment/Stop Abuse
    USOC program for people to make a commitment to help stop abuse.
  • Safe 4 Athletes
    Advocate for athlete welfare.
  • Darkness to Light
    To empower people to prevent child sexual abuse.
  • Responsible Sports
    Comprehensive information surrounding the wish that kids experience the best that sports have to offer in environments that promote and display responsibility.
  • Kid Power
    Global non-profit leader in teaching positive, practical personal safety skills to protect people of all ages and abilities from bullying, molestation, abduction and other violence, and to prepare them to develop positive relationships that enrich their lives. Kidpower makes it FUN not SCARY.
  • Your Life, Your Voice
    24/7 Hotline: 800-448-3000
    Resources for children, teens and young adults dealing with depression, abuse or contemplating suicide.
  • Stop Bullying
    Information on bullying, including who is at risk, prevention and responding, and the laws in each state to prevent bullying and protect children.
  • Child Welfare Information Gateway
    Comprehensive information and resources to protect children.
  • Stop It Now!
    Preventing sexual abuse of children by helping take action before it starts.
  • Childhelp
    National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453)
    Staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with a professional crisis counselor.
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect
    Information on laws and policies that designate the groups of professionals that are required to report cases of suspected child abuse and neglect. Includes summaries of laws for all U.S. states and territories.
  • Positive Coaching Alliance
    PCA is a national non-profit works to provide all youth athletes with a positive and character-building youth sports experience.
  • MomsTeam
    Resource site for Sports Parents with a wide variety of youth sports topics including health, safety, nutrition, psychology and sports parenting.
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  • If you're under age 18, ask your parents to review the sports organization's policy on electronic and mobile communications. You should look at that policy as well, and ask questions to make sure you understand proper procedures.
  • If you are under the age of 14, coaches should send all electronic and mobile communications to your parents directly, and copy you as the athlete. There is nothing a coach should say to you that a parent should not be aware of.
  • If you're between the ages of 14-18, your parents can allow coaches to send electronic and mobile communications directly to you, as long as your parent is copied on those communications. This approach respects your growing independence, but maintains transparency and responsible awareness.
  • If you're under age 18, you should immediately forward to your parents any electronic and mobile communications from a coach if your parents were not included on the communication.
  • If you're under age 18, make sure to copy your parents on any electronic or mobile communications directed to a coach that you initiate.
  • You probably rely more on text messaging to communicate so ask your coaches to set-up a texting group to ease communications with athletes - and if you're under age 18, ask your coaches to include parents on all text messaging groups or convert those text messages to e-mail format for parents.
  • If you're under age 18, should a coach accidentally send you an electronic or mobile communication without including your parent, speak with your parent and let him or her know what happened, even if the message doesn't seem to be a problem.
  • If you're under age 18, let your parents know if you become aware of any inappropriate electronic or mobile communications between a coach and one of your teammates.
  • Immediately let another coach, administrator, or responsible adult know about any mobile or electronic communications you receive that make you uncomfortable.
  • Be a responsible user of mobile and electronic communications, making sure to stay positive and appropriate in all messages with administrators, coaches, and fellow athletes.
  • Review the organization's policy on locker rooms and changing areas. If you're under age 18, ask your parents to review the policy with you, and ask questions.
  • Recognize that nearly every cell phone today is a camera and most take videos. This provides a level of temptation to videotape athletes changing that should be strongly countered. To avoid concerns, do not use phones in the locker room! This includes texting. It is easy enough for a coach or athlete to text and use the phone before entering the locker room.
  • Locate an athlete common area in or near the locker room that is distinct from the changing area. This would be a space where phones could be used.
  • If the locker room is a shared facility (e.g. a city gym), come dressed for practice/competition and shower/change at home.
  • Ask parents to make sure non-participating siblings and friends stay out of the locker room.
  • Know proper behavior in the locker rooms and changing areas, and tell a coach or your parents if another athlete, coach, or other organization member is acting inappropriately in these areas.
  • If you need to visit a coach's office or other on site private area, make sure another responsible adult is present. Otherwise, you might put that coach in an uncomfortable or awkward situation.
  • Ask your coaches to post staff outside of the locker room during "heavy use" times to monitor athletes for bullying, harassment, or hazing.
  • Ask your coaches to conduct random locker room sweeps by a coach of the same sex throughout the time that the locker room is open. This will help to reduce the risk of outsiders in the locker room and of others taking advantage of the distraction present during practice.
  • During practice, take care to notice how long a fellow athlete is gone when visiting the locker room. Ask the coach to check on the athlete if it he or she is away for more than 5-10 minutes.
  • If you're under age 18, ask your parents to volunteer as a car pool driver and chaperone to help with transportation.
  • If you are under 10, ask your parent or a chaperone to accompany you to public restrooms.
  • You and your teammates should wear team clothing to allow for easy identification of athletes and group members in a public setting.
  • No matter your age, don't drink alcohol before or during a team social event, and tell your teammates to avoid alcohol as well.
  • Follow the directions of your administrators, coaches, parents and chaperones; be courteous to everybody and have fun!
  • Make sure to have your parents review and enforce the organization's policy on local travel.
  • Ask your administrator and coaches to oversee car pools arrangements or create team directories to help parents develop their own car pools.
  • Vary your car pool arrangements so that no one adult other than you ever becomes solely responsible for your child's local travel over an extended period of time.
  • Ask your administrators and coaches to provide an early team social event so that families from the same neighborhood can meet one another and discuss travel arrangements.
  • Get the organization's central phone number in case you need to notify coaches or administrators because of an emergency or other personal delay.
  • Give the coach your parent's cell phone number as well as a list of back-up contacts for alternate transportation in case practice ends early due to inclement weather, equipment problem, etc.
  • Ask administrators and coaches to notify your parents at least two weeks prior to practice schedule changes, if possible, so that you can arrange alternative transportation if needed.
  • Make sure your parents notify your administrators and coaches if your transportation arrangements change.
  • Review the policy on overnight travel with your parents and ask administrators to make sure and share the policy with all parents, athletes, coaches, staff members, and volunteers.
  • Encourage your parents to attend overnight travel and competitions whenever possible, either as a parent or chaperone.
  • Ask your parents it they can become trained chaperones and accompany traveling athletes to increase the chances of a safe trip.
  • Socialize with teammates and fellow traveling athletes in the hotel common areas rather than in the hotel rooms.
  • Respect all established travel, curfew, and bed check procedures.
  • Wear team gear while traveling to make it easier for coaches and chaperones to monitor.
  • Ask your parents to attend team events and social gatherings while traveling.
  • Make scheduled and unscheduled phone calls to your parents, and encourage your teammates to call their parents, just to let them know how you're doing and how the trip is going.
  • Ask your administrator to de-brief overnight travel experiences with all athletes and adults to identify problems encountered and potential improvements.
  • Ask administrators to take you and your parents through a basic training of the "rules for travel" (e.g. travelling in groups, multiple chaperones, etc.), and ask lots of questions.
  • Ask your parents to attend your first overnight travel competitions.
  • Ask administrators to provide your parents a full itinerary three weeks prior to the trip whenever possible so that you can learn the schedule.
  • Identify your teammates who have traveled before, and ask them what overnight travel is like.
  • Know who your traveling roommate will be at least one week prior to travel and try to train together so that you are more comfortable around them.
  • You and your parents should speak with chaperones and let them know you are a first-time traveler
  • Bring a family cell phone and call your parents frequently to let them know how you're doing.
  • Make sure you have the cell numbers for all of the adults on the trip for emergency contact.
  • Make sure you have contact information for all hotels and venues.
  • Maintain cell phone access and encourage fellow athletes to send information to their parents during the trip - especially as the messages confirm travel progress.
  • Encourage the administrator to establish an e-mail and text group for broadcasting information to parents as a group. Then, ask the administrator to set a schedule for broadcasting travel progress (e.g. reaching the airport/hotel, etc.) so that parents can follow progress.
  • Encourage your administrators to create a social media platform (google+, skype, facebook, etc.) group for parents. This will enable video and on-line communications at the team hotel.

USA Volleyball SafeSport
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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