U.S. Figure Skating strives to provide a safe environment for its members and to protect the opportunity of its members to participate in the sport in an atmosphere that is free of harassment and abusive practices. The association will not tolerate or condone any form of harassment or abuse of any of its members including athletes, coaches, officials, directors, employees, parents, and volunteers or any other persons while they are participating in or preparing for a figure skating activity or
event conducted under the auspices of U.S. Figure Skating.
There are many positive reasons to participate in figure skating, but like all sports, it can also be a high-risk environment for misconduct: emotional, physical, sexual, bullying, harassment and hazing. All forms of misconduct are unacceptable and in direct conflict with U.S. Figure Skating values and ideals. Misconduct may damage an athlete’s psychological well-being. Athletes who have been mistreated experience social embarrassment, emotional turmoil, psychological scars, and loss of self-esteem, misconduct also may have a negative impact on family, friends and the sport. Misconduct often hurts an athlete’s competitive performance and may cause him or her to drop out of sport entirely.
This SafeSport Handbook, originally created by the U.S. Olympic Committee, www.safesport.org, and adapted by U.S. Figure Skating, includes various guidelines that apply to all U.S. Figure Skating clubs, programs, events and activities. It further includes the available and required training of coaches and select U.S. Figure Skating volunteers, officials and staff members on recognizing and reducing circumstances for potential abuse to occur; information on U.S. Figure Skating’s required screening and background check program; the availability and procedures for any person to report suspected abuse or misconduct (including protections from any retaliation or repercussions for such reporting); the procedures and means by which U.S. Figure Skating and its member clubs and programs should respond to allegations of abuse and misconduct; and how U.S. Figure Skating and its member clubs and programs will monitor and supervise this program to help ensure its effectiveness.
Through the U.S. Figure Skating SafeSport Program, U.S. Figure Skating is committed to providing the safest possible environment for all participants.
SAFESPORT PROGRAM RESOURCES
Links and Downloads:
U.S. Figure Skating SafeSport Article (May 2013 SKATING, PDF)
How to Make a Report (PDF)
Sexual Harassment Policy (PDF)
Gender Policy (PDF)
Athlete Protection Policies and Guidelines:
- Club Board Member Agreement
Additional Resources for Athlete Safety and Well-Being: