SafeSport - USA Archery (2023)

USA Archery is committed to providing a safe, healthy and fun learning environment for our athletes. All coaches and club administrators are required to have a Background Screening and current U.S. Center for SafeSport training. The Minor Athlete Abuse and Prevention Policy (MAAPP) spells out expectations for adults in coaching and leadership positions.

The U.S. Center for SafeSport (The Center) is an independent nonprofit headquartered in Denver, Colorado. The Center provides a safe, professional and confidential place for individuals to report sexual misconduct within the U.S. Olympic Movements. The Center also provides resources on abuse prevention and policies.

On and off the field of play, USA Archery is committed to providing training, educational materials and resources for our athletes, coaches, clubs, and parents.

Education is the most important tool for combating misconduct. Use USA Archery’s U.S. Center for SafeSport resources to help you understand how abuse occurs and what you can do about it. Learn to recognize signs of grooming behavior and boundary violations and know what to do when you suspect a child’s safety is at risk.

The Center's Education & Outreach Office is a national awareness and prevention resource to sports organizations of all levels, from youth to professional. The Center develops and implements programs based on best practices to keep athletes protected from emotional, physical and sexual abuse.

U.S. Center for SafeSport Training

The Core U.S. Center for SafeSport Training is a required 90-minute online course for the following adults at USA Archery and Local Affiliated Organizations* (Collectively referred to as USAA):

Those individuals USAA (a) formally authorizes or appoints (a) to a position of authority over, or (b) to have regular contact with athletes, including, but not limited to, any volunteer, coaches, instructor, judge, administrator, board members, trainers, medical personnel (excluding those who only have incidental and observable contact with athletes at events); and,

Other individuals who have regular contact with athletes as determined by USAA, in its sole discretion and/or as required by USOPC.

*A Local Affiliated Organization is a State Association or local club that is directly affiliated with USA Archery.

To complete the U.S. Center for SafeSport Training, follow thesesteps:


  1. Log into your USA Archery account (
  2. Ensure the correct profile is opened (if you have multiple people on your account, ensure you select View on the correct membership card after logging in)
  3. Select "Center for SafeSport Training" in the menu under profile (you might have to select Profile to see this dropdown menu)
  4. Select Access Training
  5. You will automatically be taken to the appropriate course to being training
  6. The course(s) will remain in an Invalid status until complete. You may start a course, stop, logout and come back to your account to complete at a later date. Simply select Access Training to resume the course.
  7. When you have completed this course, the status and type will update within the Platform

Note: Courses can take up to 24 hours to display in the Platform.

A 30-minute Refresher Course is required on an annual basis effective the calendar year following completion of the CoreTraining

  • Refresher Course: Recognizing and Reporting Misconduct
  • Refresher Course 2:Preventing Misconduct
  • Refresher Course 3
  • At the fifth year of involvement, user restarts the four-year cycle by taking Core Training Course

Once a course is complete, your account will automatically update (may not be immediate). For more information on how to complete the course please contact [emailprotected].

If you see questionable behavior, say something! Report all sexual misconduct and child abuse to law enforcement and file a report with the U.S. Center for SafeSport Violations such as non-sexual child abuse, emotional and physical misconduct, including stalking, bullying behaviors, hazing, and harassment; criminal charges or dispositions not involving child abuse or sexual misconduct and minor athlete abuse and prevention policy violations should be reported to USA Archery at [emailprotected]. The U.S. Center for SafeSport has exclusive jurisdiction over allegations of sexualmisconduct.

U.S. Center for SafeSport Reporting Line: 833-5US-SAFE

There are no associated costs or fees to report. You may report anonymously.

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The U.S. Center for SafeSport (The Center) is recognized by the United States Congress, the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC), and the National Governing Bodies (NGBs) as the official safe sport organization for all Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American and Para Pan American sports in the United States.

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The Code is administered by the Center. The USOPC, NGBs, and Local Affiliated Organizations (LAOs) must comply, in all respects, with these policies and procedures and shall be deemed to have incorporated the provisions into their relevant policies as if they had set them out in full therein. Participants are responsible for knowing the information outlined herein and, by virtue of being a Participant, have expressly agreed to the jurisdiction of the Center and this Code’s policies and procedures, including those governing arbitration. The Center reserves the right to make changes to the Code as necessary. Once posted online, notice has been provided and changes are effective immediately unless otherwise noted.

SafeSport Code

The Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies (MAAPP) is a collection of proactive prevention and training policies for the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Movement. It has three primary components: an Education and Training Policy, Required Prevention Policies, and Recommended Prevention Policies. The Center developed the MAAPP to assist National Governing Bodies, Paralympic Sport Organizations, Local Affiliated Organizations, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, and other individuals to whom these policies apply in meeting their obligations under federal law.

For misconduct to take place, an offender needs privacy, access and control. One way to reduce the risk for abuse is to follow USA Archery’s Minor Athlete Abuse and Prevention Policy (MAAPP) which spells out expectations and creates boundaries for one-on-one interactions.

Minor Athlete Abuse and Prevention Policy Resources

USA Archery Clubs must require Minor Consent Forms to be completed as applicable for the following events:

  • Individual Training Sessions, Athletic Training Modalities, Massages and Rubdowns, Transportation, Media in Locker Rooms Consent Forms
  • Lodging Consent Form
  • Personal Care Assistant Consent Form
  • Minor Athlete Dual Relationship Consent Form
  • International Travel

The Athlete Safety Procedures for USA Archery Event Organizers outline what steps event organizers must take to pre-authorize field of play access for all volunteers, media, vendors, medical personnel, athlete assistants, coaches and judges, etc. (hereafter, “Event Personnel”). Event organizers are encouraged to plan ahead to make sure all “Event Personnel” who have access to the field of play at a USA Archery sanctioned event, while athletes are present, are authorized. USA Archery and/or the U.S. Center for SafeSport may audit any USA Archery sanctioned event at any time to verify compliance either in person or through a request for compliance information.

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It’s important to establish healthy boundaries between athletes and coaches and have clear expectations about the coach’s role. USA Archery club leaders and coaches agree to USA Archery’s Code of Conduct and are required to follow the SafeSport Code to ensure there are strong and safe boundaries between adults and athletes.

Physical and sexual misconduct can be a hard topic to talk about with your children. It is extremely important to have these to help prevent your child from becoming a victim of abuse. Ongoing and open conversations with children about their bodies and appropriate boundaries will make it easier for them to talk to you if anyone is making them feel uncomfortable.

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The U.S. Center for SafeSport Response & Resolution Office investigates and resolves alleged policy violations for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movements’ sport national governing bodies. The Center will report allegations or suspicions of child abuse to appropriate law enforcement. There is no statute of limitations on alleged policy violations involving sexual misconduct. If the Center concludes an individual committed a violation, that person has an opportunity to be heard before an arbitration body.

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The U.S. Center for SafeSport Code and USA Archery's Minor Athlete Abuse and Prevention Policies outline prohibited conduct related to:

  • Criminal Charges or Dispositions
  • Child Abuse
  • Sexual Misconduct
  • Emotional and Physical Misconduct, including Stalking, Bullying, Hazing and Harassment
  • Aiding and Abetting
  • Misconduct Related to Reporting
  • Misconduct Related to the U.S. Center for SafeSport’s Process
  • Other Inappropriate Conduct
  • Violation of Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies / Proactive Policies

SafeSport Reporting: Reporting misconduct is vital to protecting athletes and preventing further incidents.

Sexual Misconduct: If you have a reasonable suspicion that child sexual abuse or neglect has occurred, the first step should be to make a report to law enforcement. Please also report sexual misconduct to the U.S. Center for SafeSport here:

All Other Forms of Misconduct: please complete the USA Archery Athlete Safety Reporting Form and submit to [emailprotected]. Emails are monitored regularly by the SafeSport and Compliance team.

Instructions for submitting the Athlete Safety Reporting Form:

  • Select the Reporting Form button
  • Download and Save the Form to your Desktop
  • Open the Form from your Desktop
  • Complete the Form
  • Re-save and Send the Form

Suspensions and Bans

The U.S. Center for SafeSport’s Centralized Disciplinary Database is a resource designed to keep the public informed when individuals connected with the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Movements are either subject to certain temporary restrictions pending investigation by the Center or are subject to certain sanctions after an investigation found them in violation of the U.S. Center for SafeSport Code.

Centralized Disciplinary Database

For information on how to file a USA Archery Administrative or Right to Compete Complaint pleaseclick here.


Who needs SafeSport? ›

Required SafeSport Training

We are pleased to announce that all USA Hockey registered coaches, officials, players, employees and volunteers are entitled to take the training at no cost. The Safe Sport Training and Refresher Training are each valid for twelve (12) months beginning on 4/1/22.

Who funds US Center for SafeSport? ›

Who funds the U.S. Center for SafeSport? The Center's funding comes from the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee ( USOPC), as dictated in the Empowering Olympic, Paralympic and Amateur Athletes Act (S. 330), the Department of Justice, foundations, and individual donors.

Why was SafeSport created? ›

The organization, created in 2017 to address abuse in sport, in particular forms of sexual abuse, was supposed to ease worries about athlete safety.

Why is SafeSport important? ›

Why is SafeSport Training Important? SafeSport Education is important for USEF members because in order to prevent abuse, one needs to know the signs of abuse and misconduct and how to prevent it. The training will help members better know how to deal with situations of abuse and misconduct.

How much does SafeSport cost? ›

Individuals. If you are not a member of an NGB, our comprehensive online training course is 90-minutes long and costs only $20 per person.

Can you fail SafeSport? ›

If you do not complete the required SafeSport Training after the 30-day grace period, you will be ineligible to compete and will not continue to accrue points until the required SafeSport Training is completed.

Is SafeSport a government agency? ›

The United States Center for SafeSport is an American 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 2017 under the auspices of the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017.

Does SafeSport certification expire? ›

SafeSport training is an annual requirement, meaning you will need to renew your training once every 365 days.

What are SafeSport violations? ›

SafeSport requires coaches to report emotional and physical misconduct, such as hazing, bullying, stalking, and harassment, to the athlete's NGB.

Is SafeSport a federal law? ›

The U.S. Center for SafeSport is designated under federal law with the authority to respond to reports of sexual misconduct within the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Movements by passing the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017.

What is SafeSport code? ›

The SafeSport Code defines the U.S. Center for SafeSport's authority and jurisdiction, prohibited categories of abuse and misconduct, and the Center's process for responding to and resolving abuse and misconduct claims affecting the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement.

Are SafeSport reports anonymous? ›

All reports of misconduct are taken with the utmost sensitivity and as discreetly as possible. Reporting may be made anonymously without fear of retaliation of any kind.

How can I get my SafeSport certificate? ›

  1. If you have previously completed your SafeSport Training, you can retrieve your certificate via the SafeSport. Website: Visit SafeSport: ...
  2. To add U.S. Soccer as a membership option: Select "Edit" on Learning Dashboard. ...
  3. Add SafeSport Training as a License to your Learning Center profile:
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What is SafeSport certificate? ›

SafeSport® Trained Core

A comprehensive 90-minute overview of facts, principles, and strategies to help you provide safe and positive sport environments. Units include: Sexual Misconduct Awareness and Education. Mandatory Reporting. Physical and Emotional Misconduct (including bullying, hazing, and harassment)

What happens during a SafeSport investigation? ›

All SafeSport investigations begin with a report or complaint being filed. Those complaints can be filed online, and can be done anonymously. SafeSport then completes its initial review to determine if it has jurisdiction over the claims and jursdiction over the accused person.

How do I renew my SafeSport? ›

Log in to your SafeSport account, and your available training courses will appear. You will be required to complete the Refresher Module in order to become Safe Sport Trained. You will receive a completion certificate upon completing the refresher course. Your records will be automatically updated upon completion.

What is the age of consent in SafeSport? ›

Yes, members who are 17 may take SafeSport training with parental consent. There is no grace period for completing SafeSport training. Athletes must complete training by their 18th birthday. Athletes under 17 with parental consent may take age-appropriate training provided by the Center.

How long is SafeSport core training? ›

The 90-Minute SafeSport™ Core training is an initial training requirement across all NGBs with additional refresher trainings available after one year. Adults who have regular contact with amateur athletes who are minors are now required to take this training.

How do you know if a coach is abusive? ›

Intimidation. If a coach intimidates your child (or other players) on a regular basis, this is a sign of abuse. 1 Intimidating behavior may include threatening kids with severe consequences as a way to maintain power and control over them.

What is emotional misconduct SafeSport? ›

Emotional Misconduct

Emotional misconduct involves a pattern of intentional, non-contact behavior that causes or has the potential to cause psychological or emotional harm to a participant. Physical acts, verbal acts, or acts that deny support or attention are included in these behaviors.

What are three examples of physical misconduct? ›

Contact violations: Punching, beating, biting, striking, choking or slapping another; intentionally hitting another with objects, such as sporting equipment; encouraging or knowingly permitting an Athlete to return to play prematurely following a serious injury (e.g., a concussion) and without the clearance of a ...

What is SafeSport compliance? ›

Federal law directs the U.S. Center for SafeSport to maintain an office for audit and compliance. The goal of this office is to ensure all Olympic and Paralympic organizations execute consistent and rigorous policies to prevent and respond to sexual, physical, and emotional abuse of athletes.

How do I contact SafeSport? ›


If you need crisis intervention, referrals, or emotional support at any time, contact the 24-hour SafeSport Helpline at 866-200-0796.

What are types of emotional misconduct? ›

Emotional misconduct includes (a) Verbal Acts, (b) Physical Acts, (c) Acts that Deny Attention or Support, (d) Criminal Conduct, and/or (e) Stalking. Emotional Misconduct is determined by the objective behaviors, not whether harm is intended or results from the behavior.

Is SafeSport training required? ›

If you are under the immediate authority of a national sport organization or multi-sport services organization, you are required to complete safe sport training. Your organization may also have asked you to complete the training to comply with its own policies. Check with your sport organization to confirm.

How do I log into SafeSport? ›

Login Instructions: There are several ways that you can log into the SafeSport Training site. This option is for users that have started or completed training on or Go to and click Login. Enter your email address as your user name. Click Forgot Password.

How do I find my SafeSport access code? ›

If you have previously completed your SafeSport Training, you can retrieve your certificate via the SafeSport Website: Visit SafeSport: Select “Sign In”. Certificate download is available on the Learning Dashboard.

What does SafeSport cover? ›

Under the SafeSport Act, the reporting obligation is triggered when a mandatory reporter becomes aware of “facts that give reason to suspect” a child has suffered an incident of child abuse. Child abuse includes physical or mental injury, sexual abuse or exploitation, or negligent treatment of a child.

What is unfair practice sport? ›

These may include use of drugs, bribery of players or the referee, intimidation and violence. Many such practices are used because of the money that can be made from sport, either through gambling, media rights or advertising sponsorship.

What is USA Hockey SafeSport? ›

USA Hockey Safe Sport is the organization's program related to off-ice safety. USA Hockey has long had systems in place to protect its participants from physical abuse, sexual abuse and other types of abuse and misconduct that can be harmful to youth hockey players and other participants.

Do sports have to be regulated? ›

State and federal governments typically do not regulate the day-to-day operations of professional sports leagues in the United States. Rather, they give leagues wide latitude to regulate their activities internally and to set their own rules.

What is emotional misconduct sport? ›

Emotional misconduct involves a pattern of deliberate, non-contact behavior that has the potential to cause emotional or psychological harm to an athlete. Non-contact behavior includes verbal and physical acts, as well as actions that deny attention or support.

Is Safesport International? ›

SSI is the international agency leading on the elimination, globally, of all forms of violence, abuse and harassment against athletes of all ages. Safe Sport International is proud to have the support of these and more partners.

How do I retake SafeSport training? ›

Once a Participant has taken the SafeSport Trained Core, they will only need to take a SafeSport Refresher Course on an annual basis each of the next three years, which will be available in their SafeSport account when they login to take the training, and then the SafeSport Trained Core again in the fifth year.

What are sport codes? ›

Sport codes are the components you use in your training planning. They are short names behind which sports, descriptions, possibly videos and intensity information can be found.

What is reportable misconduct? ›

Under the Ombudsman Act 1974 (NSW) 'reportable conduct' is: Any sexual offence, or sexual misconduct, committed against, with or in the presence of a child (including child pornography offences); Any assault, ill-treatment or neglect of a child; or. Any behaviour that causes psychological harm to a child.

Should you thank an athlete for reporting abuse? ›

DO tell the athlete reporting the abuse that you are glad he/she told you what happened. This helps the athlete feel safe and heard.

How do you report sports? ›

How To Write A Sports Report In 4 Steps
  1. Using quotes in Sports Reports. Ideally, any sports story would have quotes from the winners and losers. ...
  2. Intro. The most important news aspect of a sports game is the score. ...
  3. More info. The above is enough for those who have a passing interest in the sport. ...
  4. Quote. ...
  5. The rest.

What is a FPS certificate? ›

Fire Prevention Specialist (FPS) Certificate Course | NASP.

How do I get a SafeSport certificate for USA Hockey? ›

The SafeSport Training is provided in conjunction with the U.S. Olympic Committee so you will need to register separately for this training by creating a Team USA account with the USOC. Instructions on how to register and access the training can be found here

What is safeguarding within sport? ›

Safeguarding in sport is the process of protecting children and young adults from harm by providing a safe space in which they can participate in sport.

Who does safeguarding apply to in sport? ›

Safeguarding in sport is the process of protecting children and adults from harm by providing a safe space in which to play sport and be active. A key part of child safeguarding is spreading the message about keeping children safe and building a culture of always acting in the best interest of all children.

What is a SafeSport violation? ›

SafeSport requires coaches to report emotional and physical misconduct, such as hazing, bullying, stalking, and harassment, to the athlete's NGB.

How long is SafeSport certification good for? ›

SafeSport training is an annual requirement, meaning you will need to renew your training once every 365 days.

What happens in a SafeSport investigation? ›

During the investigation, the Center provides the Respondent a fair opportunity to respond to all relevant evidence. A Respondent will receive a Notice of Allegations letter and, once the investigation concludes, will also receive the Investigation Report and Notice of Decision.

What are the four levels of misconduct? ›

Therefore, the following, in no particular order of importance, will be taken into consideration when determining the appropriate conduct level: established precedent; threat/risk to self, others and property; disruption to the educational process; and pervasiveness.

Which of the following is an example of emotional misconduct? ›

Emotional misconduct includes (a) Verbal Acts, (b) Physical Acts, (c) Acts that Deny Attention or Support, (d) Criminal Conduct, and/or (e) Stalking. Emotional Misconduct is determined by the objective behaviors, not whether harm is intended or results from the behavior.


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