Athlete Safety Policy
USA Skateboarding is committed to maintaining cooperative work, training and sports environments in which there exists mutual respect for all athletes, filmers, team managers, managers, coaches, judges and other officials, and for all USAS directors, officers, employees and volunteers. USAS is committed to creating a safe and positive environment for its athletes and participants involved in sport, free of misconduct.
The USAS Athlete Safety Policy applies to covered individuals, employees, athletes in the USADA registered testing pool, and any other individuals, whether paid or volunteer, formally authorized, approved, or appointed to a position of authority over or to have frequent contact with athletes.
As a member organization of the U.S. Olympic Committee, USAS and its members are required to comply with the U.S. Center for SafeSport Code for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement, the appended Practices and Procedures (Appendix A to the Code), and the Supplemental Rules for SafeSport Arbitrations (Appendix B to the Code) (collectively, the “Code”), including reporting requirements. Except as specifically noted in the Code, the Code applies without respect to age or competitive level. The Code serves as the benchmark by which the U.S. Center for SafeSport or USAS determines whether a SafeSport Code Violation has occurred. For those violations that fall within the jurisdiction of the U.S. Center for SafeSport, the Center will determine resolutions and sanctioning for the violation. Any SafeSport Code Violation that occurs outside the jurisdiction of the U.S. Center for SafeSport will be processed through USAS’s Internal Complaint procedures as outlined in the USAS bylaws (Section 13).
The Code outlines prohibited conduct related to:
- Bullying Behavior
- Emotional Misconduct
- Physical Misconduct
- Sexual Misconduct
The definitions of prohibited conduct and other defined terms contained in the Code, as amended from time-to-time, are incorporated herein by this reference. The Code in its full form along with reporting guidelines can be found at the U.S. Center for SafeSport website at www.safesport.org.
In addition to engaging in prohibited conduct under the Code, engaging in misconduct which is contrary to USAS policy of equal employment and sports opportunity without regard to age, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship, religion, race, disability or national or ethnic origin, will not be tolerated within the USAS.
Other USAS policies, procedures and codes, including, but not limited to, the USAS Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics, may deal with other forms of conduct that are prohibited and that are subject to action by USAS for violation of such policies, procedures and codes.
All reports of sexual misconduct in the national governing bodies of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Movements must be reported to the U.S. Center for SafeSport. Reports of child abuse require reporting to law enforcement as well as the U.S. Center for SafeSport. All reports of non-sexual misconduct should be reported to the National Governing Body.
The U.S. Center for SafeSport is a national independent non-profit organization. The Center believes that all athletes deserve to participate in sports free from any form of emotional, physical and sexual misconduct. The Center provides response and resolution services within the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Movements and provides education and training to coaches, administrators, athletes, parents and sports organizations.
CLICK HERE to report sexual misconduct to the Center. Reports can also be made to the Center at (720) 531-0340.
Report non-sexual misconduct to USA Skateboarding using the form below:
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The AIS/AMA website on Concussion in Sport brings together the most contemporary evidence-based information for athletes, parents, teachers, coaches and medical practitioners. Funded by the Australian Government, this site seeks to ensure that all members of the public have rapid access to information to increase their understanding of sport-related concussion and to assist in the delivery of best practice medical care.
Concussion affects athletes at all levels of sport from the part-time recreational athlete to the full-time professional. There has been growing concern about the incidence of sport-related concussion and potential health ramifications for athletes.
If managed appropriately most symptoms and signs of concussion resolve spontaneously, however complications can occur including prolonged duration of symptoms and increased susceptibility to further injury.
Visit the Concussion in Sport website for more information: concussioninsport.gov.au