Safe Sport

What is Safe Sport?

We all have a role to play in creating a healthy setting in squash. Safe Sport helps raise awareness about misconduct, promote open dialogue, and provide training and resources. By working together, we can build a game plan to make squash safe―for everyone.

U.S. Center for SafeSport

Established in 2017, the U.S. Center for SafeSport is the independent and exclusive authority directed by Congress to prevent and respond to all forms of abuse and misconduct within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement. The Center is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in Denver, Colorado. 

The Center seeks to enable every athlete to thrive by fostering a national sport culture of respect and safety, on and off the playing field. The Center has jurisdiction over misconduct and abuse for US Squash. For more information on the U.S. Center for SafeSport.

US Center for SafeSport

Reporting

The Center accepts all reports of sexual abuse and child abuse within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement. Report here if you have reasonable suspicion of sexual misconduct or harassment, child abuse (including child sexual abuse), or intimate relationships involving an imbalance of power. 

The Center also accepts reports of emotional and physical misconduct (including but not limited to bullying, hazing, stalking, and harassment) within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement. Reports of emotional and physical misconduct can also be reported directly to your sport’s national governing body (NGB). 

Safe Sport Authorization

As a member National Governing Body (NGB) of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), US Squash is required to adhere to the Safe Sport rules and regulations of the USOC. Additionally, USOC Bylaw Section 8.7(l) provides that, as a condition of membership in the USOC, each NGB shall comply with the policies and procedures of the independent safe sport organization designated by the USOC to investigate and resolve Safe Sport violations. The USOC has designated the U.S. Center for SafeSport as that organization. The current U.S. Center for SafeSport policies and procedures are available at the offices of US Squash or online at

SafeSport Rules

In relation to the above, as a condition of membership in US Squash and a condition for participation in any competition or event accredited by US Squash, each US Squash member and each athlete, coach, trainer, agent, athlete support personnel, medical or para-medical personnel, team staff, official and other person who participates in US Squash programs or events (whether or not a US Squash member), and US Squash agrees to comply with and be bound by the policies and procedures of the U.S. Center for SafeSport and to submit, without reservation or condition, to the jurisdiction and rules of the U.S. Center for SafeSport for the resolution of any alleged violations of those rules, as such rules may be amended from time to time. To the extent any US Squash rule is inconsistent with the rules of the U.S. Center for SafeSport, such rule is hereby superseded.

SafeSport Training and Criminal Background Checks

US Squash continually tracks and requires SafeSport Training every year for those individuals we formally authorize, approve or appoint (a) to a position of authority over, or (b) to have frequent contact with athletes and minors, including US Squash employees, Certified Coaches and Professional Certified Referees, Team USA and High Performance Program members and prospects, current US Squash members 18 or 19 years of age, Team USA Support personnel, Tournament Directors, Site Assistants and Match Advisors, and US Squash Board members.

SafeSport training and criminal background checks are required before contact with any athletes, and is completed within 45 days of starting a new role, for US Squash employees, National and Regional Coaches, Team USA and High Performance Program members and prospects, Team USA Support personnel, and athletes US Squash authorizes to train, stay, or work at an Olympic Training Center or the Arlen Specter US Squash Center.

SafeSport Training

Members that currently have a training account

If you already had an account on safesport.org or altheletesafety.org, you can access the new site by going to safesporttrained.org.

Click Login on the upper right, enter your email address as your Username, and click Forgot Password.  This will send a password reset notification to your email address.  Follow the instructions to create a new, secure password and log into the training site.

Members that do not have a training account but need one

Contact ussquashsafesport@ussquash.com for an enrollment key.  Fill out the form with all the required information and your new account will be set up.

If you are unsure if you have an account or not, follow the instructions for members that currently have a training account.  Test any possible email addresses you may have used.  If the system cannot verify an account exists, follow the steps for members that do not have a training account.

Having trouble logging into the new system?

If you are having trouble logging into Absorb or creating a new account using the provided enrollment key, contact the Center’s help desk at 1-720-676-6417.

NGB’s Services Page

US Squash Safe Sport Reporting Policy

US Squash’s Reporting Policy is a key part of its Safe Sport Program and an effective reporting policy is crucial to preventing abuse.

The Policy requires that every employee or volunteer involved any US Squash accredited program or competition must report (1) actual or perceived violations of the US Squash’s Safe Sport Policy, (2) any violations of the policies prohibiting Sexual Abuse, Physical Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Bullying, Threats and Harassment, and Hazing (3) suspicions or allegations of child physical or sexual abuse to the appropriate US Squash representatives, and (4) Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy violations.

Additionally, in all cases involving suspicions or allegations of child physical or sexual abuse, every employee or volunteer of any US Squash accredited program or competition must also report to the appropriate law enforcement authorities.

All reports involving sexual abuse and misconduct must be reported to the U.S. Center for SafeSport. Reports to the U.S. Center for SafeSport may be made by (1) completing an online report to the U.S. Center for SafeSport at https://uscenterforsafesport.org/report-a-concern/, or by (2) calling 833-5US-SAFE. For additional information on reporting to the U.S. Center for SafeSport, please click here.

This Code of Conduct establishes consistent standards of response and resolution to abuse and misconduct claims behavior across the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement. The USOPC, NGBs, and LAOs must comply, in all respects, with these policies and procedures as defined by the Code. All participants of these organizations are responsible for adhering to and understanding the Code. 

Centralized Disciplinary Database

The Center’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 SafeSport Code. The database also contains certain eligibility decisions made by the National Governing Bodies (NGB), their Local Affiliated Organizations (LAO), or the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC), including those rendered prior to the establishment of the Center.

Centralized Disciplinary Database

Reporting and Grievance Process

When child sexual abuse, misconduct or policy violations are disclosed, the top priority is to protect athletes and prevent further incidents. Coaches, staff members and volunteers should not attempt to evaluate the credibility or validity of the claim as a condition to take action. Instead, it’s critical that any suspicions or allegations of child physical or sexual abuse are reported to the sport club or appropriate law enforcement authorities. A commitment to reporting, accountability and preparedness can all help organizations and individuals act responsibly in these situations.

As noted in the SafeSport Authorization section above, US Squash complies with the SafeSport Entity’s exclusive and discretionary subject matter jurisdiction, addresses reported matters falling outside this subject matter jurisdiction guided by US Squash’s Grievance, Disciplinary, Suspension, Member Misconduct and Appeals Procedures.

The more prepared each member of the sport community is to ask the right questions and take decisive action, the greater the likelihood of the best possible outcome. Each member of the sport community has a different role to play to encourage disclosure:

Clubs

  • Report suspicions or allegations to appropriate law enforcement authorities
  • Cooperate fully with inquiries and investigations
  • Maintain open lines of communication with parents

Coaches

  • Report suspicions or allegations to appropriate law enforcement authorities
  • Cooperate fully with inquiries and investigations
  • Encourage disclosure among athletes

Parents

  • Communicate with clubs and coaches
  • Understand the reporting process
  • Monitor your child for sudden changes in behavior

Players

  • Know what misconduct is and how to report
  • Understand resources available to them
  • Use available resources

How to report an incident?

To report an incident involving Sexual Misconduct, please visit this link.  The Center handles ALL reports of sexual abuse within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movements. Make a report to the Center if you have a reasonable suspicion of sexual misconduct such as child sex abuse, non-consensual sexual conduct, sexual harassment or intimate relationships involving an imbalance of power.

To report an incident regarding other forms of misconduct such as emotional or physical ussquashsafesport@ussquash.com.

24-Hour Victim Services Helpline

The helpline offers confidential support services and is operated in partnership with RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. If you or anyone else you know needs assistance immediately, you can access help immediately in two ways:

Online: www.safesporthelpline.org

Phone: 866-200-0796

Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies

The 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. 

One-page overview materials are available below:

One-on-One Guidelines One Pager    Massage and Rubdown Athletic Training Modalities Guidelines

  Social Media Guidelines    Locker Rooms/Changing Area Guidelines    Local Travel Guidelines

  Team Travel Guidelines    Education and Training Guidelines    MAAPP At-A-Glance

Signs of Abuse

Signs of abuse may be displayed, but are not limited to, the following ways:

    • Losing enthusiasm for sport, even for competition.
    • Not wanting to practice.
    • Wanting to avoid contact with a particular individual – such as a coach, assistant coach, or athletic trainer.
    • Having a sudden mood change, such as a violent emotional outburst.
    • Wanting to change teams, even though his or her friends are on their current team

Game Plan

We each have our role to play in getting a game plan together:

Clubs
Clubs can build their plan by identifying their risks and create their strategy by following SafeSport principles.

Coaches
Coaches can help by knowing what to watch for, enforcing policies and procedures put forth by clubs, and taking SafeSport training online.

Parents
A parent’s role is to help verify plans in place and evaluate the effectiveness of a club’s plan and also implementation of the plan by their staff or coaches.  Additionally, parents can talk to their athletes regularly to help monitor behavior changes and support their development overall.  Below you will find additional resources for parents.

Free Online Parent Training Complete Parent Toolkit Parents of Preschool Children

Parents of School-Age Children Parents of Middle School Youth

Parents of High School Aged Adolescents

Players
For players, knowing what misconduct is, how to report misconduct, and what resources are available to them are vitally important.  Confidential resources and support are available, as well as instructions on how to report misconduct. SafeSport offers Youth Athlete Training Courses online for players of all ages. See above on this page under “SafeSport Training” for links to the courses on the SafeSport website.

Federal Law

Federal legislation – the Federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act – sets minimum standards for defining child abuse and neglect for those States that accept federal funding. According to the Child Information Gateway, the minimum acts constituting child abuse and neglect are defined as:

  • “Any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation, ” or
  • “An act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk of serious harm.”

State Law

Although federal legislation sets the minimum standards for defining child abuse and neglect, the definitions of child abuse and neglect vary by State.

To learn how to report suspected child maltreatment, please click here.

To read more about mandatory reporting and state reporting laws, please click here.

Additional Resources for Emotional, Physical, and Sexual Misconduct

Crisis Assistance, Counseling and Referral Services

Child Welfare Information Gateway. Childhelp

Stop It Now!

 

  • Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline
    800.4.A.CHILD (1.800.422.4453)
    (staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with professional crisis counselors)


Sex-Specific Therapy

Child Molestation Prevention

Johns Hopkins Hospital

US Squash Safe Sport Contact

Please contact Kevin Klipstein, kevin.klipstein@ussquash.com, for any questions regarding Safe Sport and US Squash policies.