Safe Sport

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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

SafeSport Training

In order to be certified as SafeSport Trained, you must take the SafeSport Trained NGB1 course (if you are new to SafeSport), or a Refresher Course (if you have previously taken the NGB1 course and are renewing your training). All other courses are optional and will not qualify you to be recognized as SafeSport Trained.

Members that have taken training on SafeSport.org

1. Log into the site at safesporttrained.org using your email address as your Username and entering your password.

2. Click on “Forgot Password” on the Login page the first time you use this link to set up a new password.

3. Go to “My Courses”

4. Check to see if there are any courses that have the status “START”. If there are none you are compliant. If there is one, take the course as soon as possible. Please note that you should only take one course each year.

Members that have not yet taken training on SafeSport.org

1. Go to the SafeSport Sign Up page and follow the instructions

2. Go to “My Courses”

3. Please take the course SafeSport Trained NGB1.

On completion of a course please send the certificate to ussquashsafesport@ussquash.org. Your Clublocker profile will reflect your SafeSport status and expiration date within one week of completing a course.

Having trouble logging into the new system?

If you are having trouble logging into SafeSport 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

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).

How to Report

U.S. Center for SafeSport

The Center has exclusive jurisdiction for all issues dealing with:

  • Sexual Misconduct
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Sexually Explicit/Inappropriate Communication through Social Media

You can also report issues dealing with Physical or Emotional Misconduct, or violations of the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP)

Report your concern to the U.S. Center for SafeSport using the following:

You may also submit your concern to US Squash, using the US Squash Safe Sport Reporting Form.

US Squash

You can report to US Squash for all issues dealing with:

  • Physical or Emotional Misconduct
  • Violations of US Squash Safe Sport Policies, including US Squash’s Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy

Report your concern to US Squash using the US Squash Safe Sport Reporting Form.
Reports may be made anonymously, and there is no fee associated with filing a report.

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.

US Squash Safe Sport Reporting Policy

REPORTS MAY BE MADE ANONYMOUSLY.

Reporting to Law Enforcement

Child Abuse and Child Sexual Abuse.  Adult Participants and US Squash members are now required to comply with the reporting requirements of Section 226 of the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990 (34 U.S.C. § 20341) and report any suspected child abuse to law enforcement authorities and/or child protective services in your jurisdiction immediately. Child abuse is defined in the federal law and includes various forms of abuse, including sexual and non-sexual child abuse. The persons subject to the mandatory reporting requirements are also specifically defined in the federal law (34 U.S.C. § 20341). A failure to timely comply with the mandatory federal reporting requirements may result in criminal liability under federal law, including imprisonment for up to one (1) year and/or a fine.

Reporting to the U.S. Center for SafeSport and US Squash

Reporting is mandatory. Adult Participants are REQUIRED to report suspected sexual misconduct to law enforcement and the U.S. Center for SafeSport, and to comply with any other applicable reporting requirements under state law. Failure to timely report may subject the person to criminal liability and further discipline by the U.S. Center for SafeSport.

Every US Squash member and Adult Participant must also report suspected violations of the SafeSport Code, including the following:

  • Child Abuse
  • Sexual Misconduct
  • Physical Misconduct
  • Emotional Misconduct
  • Stalking, Bullying, Threats, and Harassment (including sexual harassment)
  • Hazing
  • Aiding and Abetting
  • Willfully Tolerating Misconduct
  • Retaliation for reporting conduct or for providing information related to a report
  • Violation of Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies

The above terms are further described in the SafeSport Code.

Conduct that does not involve sexual conduct but which may violate one of the categories of prohibited conduct must be reported. You may report the conduct to:

The U.S. Center for SafeSport Hotline:  833-5US-SAFE (587-7233) or report at safesport.org

If you suspect that an athlete is experiencing misconduct of a sexual nature, in addition to reporting to law enforcement, such misconduct should also be reported immediately to the U.S. Center for SafeSport by calling the SafeSport hotline at 833-5US-SAFE (587-7233) or complete the online reporting form above.

To report an incident regarding other forms of misconduct such as emotional or physical, submit a report using the US Squash Safe Sport Reporting Form.

Reports submitted through the form linked above will be documented in a confidential tracking document. This document will be used to track any actions taken in response to the report, any findings resulting from investigations conducted, and their respective outcomes. This policy and process is overseen by the US Squash Vice President of Programs & Events.

US Squash will immediately and no later than within 24 hours refer any report it receives regarding sexual misconduct or abuse of a minor to law enforcement and the U.S. Center for SafeSport.  US Squash will promptly notify the reporting party, if not anonymously reported, of the party taking jurisdiction of any report.

In addition, within ten (10) days, the Judicial Committee will:

  • Consider whether an Administrative Suspension is required;
    • If so, communicate the suspension to the individual(s)

In the event the U.S. Center for SafeSport declines discretionary jurisdiction of an incident, or an allegation falls within the jurisdiction of US Squash, the Judicial Committee will:

  • If the U.S. Center for SafeSport declines jurisdiction, the Committee will reconsider whether an Administrative Suspension is required;
    • If so, communicate the suspension to the individual(s)
  • Assign an Investigator, either from the committee, the DSC or an impartial third party to conduct an investigation.
  • The investigation shall include the following steps
    • Contact the reporting individual(s) to gather additional information;
    • Contact the violating individual(s) to gather additional information;
    • Contact additional parties as determined appropriate based on information gathered;
    • Document findings and make a recommendation for approval by the CEO for action.
    • Disciplinary Actions are communicated to the violating individual(s) by the DSC and logged in its Action Report shared with the Judicial Committee semi-annually and upon request.

US Squash shall not interfere in, attempt to interfere in, or attempt to influence the outcome of, any U.S. Center for SafeSport investigation.

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.

SafeSport Policy

US Squash abides by the SafeSport Code for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement.  The SafeSport Code is defined by and prohibits six primary types of misconduct, including sexual, emotional, physical, bullying, harassment and hazing. It applies to any individual who (a) currently is, or was at the time of a possible violation, within the governance or disciplinary jurisdiction of a National Governing Body or who is seeking to be within the governance or disciplinary jurisdiction of an NGB (e.g., through application for membership), (b) is an athlete or non-athlete participant that an NGB or the USOC formally authorizes, approves or appoints to a position of authority over athletes, or to have frequent contact with athletes or (c) an NGB identifies as being within the jurisdiction of the U.S. Center for SafeSport’s Response and Resolution Office.  US Squash complies with the SafeSport Entity’s exclusive and discretionary subject matter jurisdiction as set out in this Code, and provides that US Squash will address matters falling outside this subject matter jurisdiction guided by Section E of US Squash’s Grievance, Disciplinary, Suspension, Member Misconduct and Appeals Procedures.

Athlete Safety Policy

US Squash is committed to athlete health, welfare, and safety and adheres to the requirements of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC), and the U.S. Center for SafeSport (Center) in its efforts to promote a safe and secure environment for athletes.

The US Squash Athlete Safety Policy, as well as its other policies and guidelines, are aimed at protecting all participants in our sport and apply to all individuals participating in our sport including the following: members, staff, contractors, coaches, officials, trainers, medical, Board of Directors, volunteers, and athletes.

In addition to following the SafeSport Code and this Athlete Safety Policy, all participants are expected to adhere to US Squash’s Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP) and Code of Conduct.

  1. Prohibited Conduct

Abuse of any kind is not permitted and will not be tolerated within US Squash.  Please refer to the SafeSport Code for prohibited conduct, which includes bullying, hazing, harassment (including sexual harassment), emotional misconduct, physical misconduct, and sexual misconduct. Those terms are further defined in the SafeSport Code.

  1. Jurisdiction over subject matters

The U.S. Center for SafeSport has exclusive jurisdiction over the following matters:

  1. Sexual Misconduct, including without limitation child sexual abuse and any misconduct that is reasonably related to an underlying allegation of Sexual Misconduct;
  2. Criminal Charges or Dispositions involving Child Abuse or Sexual Misconduct;
  3. Misconduct Related to Reporting, where the underlying allegation involves Child Abuse or Sexual Misconduct;
  4. Aiding and Abetting, when it relates to the Center’s process;
  5. Misconduct Related to the Center’s Process;
  6. Other Inappropriate Conduct, as defined in the SafeSport code.

The U.S. Center for SafeSport has discretionary jurisdiction over the following matters:

  1. Non-sexual Child Abuse;
  2. Emotional and physical misconduct, including stalking, bullying behaviors, hazing, and harassment;
  3. Criminal Charges or Dispositions not involving Child Abuse or Sexual Misconduct;
  4. Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP) or other similar Proactive Policy violations.

US Squash will address matters outside of the jurisdiction of the U.S. Center for SafeSport, and matters for which the U.S. Center for SafeSport has declined to exercise its discretionary jurisdiction.

  1. Education and Awareness Training

US Squash requires the following individuals (i.e., anyone that meets the definition of an Adult Participant under the MAAPP) complete training provided by the U.S. Center for SafeSport: US Squash employees, Certified Coaches and 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 and other individuals working with athletes or other sport participants while at the Arlen Specter US Squash Center, or a US Squash-sponsored or delegation event; athletes training and/or residing at the Specter Center or a delegation event; individuals US Squash formally authorizes, approves or appoints (a) to position of authority over or (b) in frequent contact with athletes.

  1. Reporting Inappropriate Behavior or Misconduct

REPORTS MAY BE MADE ANONYMOUSLY.

Reporting to Law Enforcement

Child Abuse and Child Sexual Abuse.  Adult Participants and US Squash members are now required to comply with the reporting requirements of Section 226 of the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990 (34 U.S.C. § 20341) and report any suspected child abuse to law enforcement authorities and/or child protective services in your jurisdiction immediately. Child abuse is defined in the federal law and includes various forms of abuse, including sexual and non-sexual child abuse. The persons subject to the mandatory reporting requirements are also specifically defined in the federal law (34 U.S.C. § 20341). A failure to timely comply with the mandatory federal reporting requirements may result in criminal liability under federal law, including imprisonment for up to one (1) year and/or a fine.

Reporting to the U.S. Center for SafeSport and US Squash

Reporting is mandatory. Adult Participants are REQUIRED to report suspected sexual misconduct to law enforcement and the U.S. Center for SafeSport, and to comply with any other applicable reporting requirements under state law. Failure to timely report may subject the person to criminal liability and further discipline by the U.S. Center for SafeSport.

Every US Squash member and Adult Participant must also report suspected violations of the SafeSport Code, including the following:

  • Child Abuse
  • Sexual Misconduct
  • Physical Misconduct
  • Emotional Misconduct
  • Stalking, Bullying, Threats, and Harassment (including sexual harassment)
  • Hazing
  • Aiding and Abetting
  • Willfully Tolerating Misconduct
  • Retaliation for reporting conduct or for providing information related to a report
  • Violation of Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies

The above terms are further described in the SafeSport Code.

Conduct that does not involve sexual conduct but which may violate one of the categories of prohibited conduct must be reported.  You may report the conduct to:

The U.S. Center for SafeSport Hotline:  833-5US-SAFE (587-7233) or report at safesport.org

If you suspect that an athlete is experiencing misconduct of a sexual nature, in addition to reporting to law enforcement, such misconduct should also be reported immediately to the U.S. Center for SafeSport by calling the SafeSport hotline at 833-5US-SAFE (587-7233) or complete the online reporting form above.

To report an incident regarding other forms of misconduct such as emotional or physical, submit a report using the US Squash Safe Sport Reporting Form.

Reports submitted through the form linked above will be documented in a confidential tracking document. This document will be used to track any actions taken in response to the report, any findings resulting from investigations conducted, and their respective outcomes. This policy and process is overseen by the US Squash Vice President of Programs & Events.

US Squash will immediately and no later than within 24 hours refer any report it receives regarding sexual misconduct or abuse of a minor to law enforcement and the U.S. Center for SafeSport. US Squash will promptly notify the reporting party, if not anonymously reported, of the party taking jurisdiction of any report.

In addition, within ten (10) days, the Judicial Committee will:

  • Consider whether an Administrative Suspension is required;
    • If so, communicate the suspension to the individual(s)

In the event the U.S. Center for SafeSport declines discretionary jurisdiction of an incident, or an allegation falls within the jurisdiction of US Squash, the Judicial Committee will:

  • If the U.S. Center for SafeSport declines jurisdiction, the Committee will reconsider whether an Administrative Suspension is required;
    • If so, communicate the suspension to the individual(s)
  • Assign an Investigator, either from the committee, the DSC or an impartial third party to conduct an investigation.
  • The investigation shall include the following steps
    • Contact the reporting individual(s) to gather additional information;
    • Contact the violating individual(s) to gather additional information;
    • Contact additional parties as determined appropriate based on information gathered;
    • Document findings and make a recommendation for approval by the CEO for action.
    • Disciplinary Actions are communicated to the violating individual(s) by the DSC and logged in its Action Report shared with the Judicial Committee semi-annually and upon request.

US Squash shall not interfere in, attempt to interfere in, or attempt to influence the outcome of, any U.S. Center for SafeSport investigation.

  1. Criminal Background Checks

US Squash SafeSport training and criminal background checks on an annual basis to be carried out in accordance with the USOPC Background Check Policy for required individuals before contact with any athletes, and both must be 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 (whether contractors or vendors), and athletes US Squash authorizes to train, stay, or work at an Olympic Training Center or the Arlen Specter US Squash Center.

The Disciplinary Subcommittee (DSC) conducts monthly reviews with the US Squash SafeSport coordinator of training and background to:

  1. Conduct compliance checks for required individuals to ensure records are as up to date as possible.
  2. Review US Squash’s policies and procedures to determine the individual’s level of access and involvement when background check that results in a report of a disposition or resolution of a criminal proceeding, other than an adjudication of not guilty, for any of the below criminal offenses:
    1. Any Felony
    2. Any misdemeanor involving:
      1. All sexual crimes, criminal offenses of a sexual nature to include but not limited to; rape, child molestation, sexual battery, lewd conduct, possession and distribution of child pornography, possession and distribution of obscene material, prostitution, indecent exposure, public indecency, and any sex offender registrant;
      2. Any drug related offenses;
      3. Harm to a minor and vulnerable person, including, but not limited to, offenses such as child abandonment, child endangerment/neglect/abuse, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and DUI with a minor;
      4. Violence against a person (including crimes involving firearms and domestic violence);
      5. Stalking, harassment, blackmail, violation of a protection order and/or threats;
      6. Destruction of property, including arson, vandalism, and criminal mischief; and
      7. Animal abuse or neglect.

In addition, as part of this policy and per the USOPC’s NGB and HPMO Athlete Safety Policy, US Squash provides:

  1. Notification to the USOPC’s Security & Athlete Safety Office of any allegation of prohibited conduct that occurred at an Olympic & Paralympic Training Center (OPTC) or USOPC Delegation Event and any temporary measure(s) imposed;
  2. Notification to the USOPC’s Security & Athlete Safety Office of any temporary measure(s) (imposed or removed) affecting Participants who might or will be attending a Delegation event, have access to an OPTC, or receive a benefit and/or service from the USOPC.
  3. Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP)

    All Adult Participants (as defined in the MAAPP) are expected to follow US Squash’s Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP) and to report any violations of the MAAPP either to the U.S. Center for SafeSport or US Squash using the reporting options outlined above.

  4. Enforcement

US Squash will enforce this Athlete Safety Policy consistent with the SafeSport Code, the U.S. Center for SafeSport policies, and US Squash Bylaws and policies.

  1. Retaliation

US Squash prohibits retaliation against anyone who reports misconduct or provides information about misconduct. Retaliation includes threatening, intimidating, harassing, coercing or any other conduct that would discourage a reasonable person from engaging or participating in the complaint processes when the action is reasonably related to the report or engagement with the process. US Squash expressly prohibits retaliation before, during, or after the process (whether led by US Squash or by the U.S. Center for SafeSport) of resolving a report of misconduct. Retaliation may be present even where there is a finding that no violation occurred.

  1. Appeal Rights

All disciplinary action taken by the U.S. Center for SafeSport will be subject to the SafeSport Code for appeal rights.

All disciplinary action taken by US Squash shall follow the procedures outlined in US Squash’s By-laws, and any member that receives a disciplinary decision may file an appeal pursuant to such procedures.

US Squash is committed to principles of fairness, due process and equal opportunity. All those involved in accredited US Squash activity are entitled to be treated fairly and in compliance with US Squash’s By-laws, policies, and procedures, including per the US Squash Grievance, Disciplinary, Suspension, Member Misconduct and Appeals Procedures being entitled to notice and an opportunity for a hearing before being prevented from participating in protected competition as that term is defined by the USOPC By-laws.

The Judicial Committee Grievance, Disciplinary, Suspension, Member Misconduct and Appeals Procedures govern the handling of Grievances according to the process below:

  1. Grievances. Every member of US Squash shall have the right to pursue written grievances concerning actions by US Squash, its Board, any of its committees, or any of their members acting in their official capacities in accordance with the procedures set forth below:
    1. A grievance shall be defined as an allegation by a member that US Squash, its Board, any of its committees or any member while acting in an official capacity has violated the Articles of Incorporation or By-laws of US Squash or the official written policies and procedures of US Squash, or has failed to discharge its obligations as a National Governing Body under the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (“USOPC”) By-laws or the Amateur Sports Act. The grievance procedures set forth in this Section A do not apply to a US Squash staff employment issues, Competition Jury appeals, Team Selection appeals or Suspensions or to matters falling within the jurisdiction of the USCSS (“USCSS”). Grievances do not include complaints against or disapproval of policy decisions of the Board, and the Judicial Committee shall respond to any effort to raise such issues in the form of a grievance by notifying the complainant in writing that Judicial Committee lacks jurisdiction over policy decisions, and that such issues should be brought to the attention of the CEO, the relevant US Squash Committee, or the Board through a Board member or during the open comment period of the annual meeting. The Judicial Committee may decline to consider a grievance, and instead refer the complaining party to the USOPC’s dispute resolution process if the matter complained of does not affect or concern the ability of a member to pursue athletic excellence within US Squash.

See the Judicial Committee Grievance, Disciplinary, Suspension, Member Misconduct and Appeals Procedures for full details.

US Squash reserves the right to amend this Athlete Safety Policy from time to time as it deems appropriate.

Athlete Safety Procedures

The US Squash Athlete Safety Procedures for Event Organizers outlines what steps event organizers must take to pre-authorize event access for all registered participants and event personnel. It is the responsibility of each US Squash event organizer and host facility to monitor and enforce the requirements set forth in these procedures.

The following requirements should be adhered to at all accredited US Squash events including junior Bronze, Silver, Gold, JCT, National and International tournaments.

US Squash and/or the U.S. Center for SafeSport may audit any US Squash accredited event at any time to verify compliance either in person or through a request for compliance information.

US Squash Athlete Safety Procedures for Event Organizers

Center Response Policy

The following US Squash staff members are responsible for responding to any requests from the U.S. Center for SafeSport:

  1. Charlotte Knaggs: knaggs@ussquash.org
  2. Kim Clearkin: clearkin@ussquash.org

These designated representatives will respond to requests from the Center within 72 hours. Requests may include, but are not limited to:

  1. The eligibility status of a Participant
  2. The existence of Organization-imposed temporary measures or safety plans

Policy to Submit to the Center “Data of Matters Addressed by the Organization”

US Squash will submit data regarding the following to the U.S. Center for SafeSport on an annual basis:

a. Reports of emotional or physical misconduct made to the Organization, collected using the US Squash Safe Sport Reporting Form.

    1. Total reported incidents of alleged emotional misconduct
    2. Total reported incidents of alleged physical misconduct
    3. Total number of investigations of alleged emotional misconduct
    4. Total number of investigations of alleged physical misconduct
    5. Total number of violations for emotional misconduct adjudicated by the Organization
    6. Total number of violations for physical misconduct adjudicated by the Organization

b. Reports to the Organization that a Participant violated the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies (MAAPP) collected using the US Squash Safe Sport Reporting Form.

    1. Total reported incidents of alleged violations of the MAAPP, by policy type
    2. Total number of investigations of alleged violations of the MAAPP
    3. Total number of violations of the MAAPP

c. Reports to the Organization that a Participant engaged in retaliation, collected from the US Squash Disciplinary Subcommittee Action Report

    1. Total reported incidents of alleged retaliation
    2. Total number of investigations of alleged retaliation
    3. Total number of violations of retaliation policy

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.

US Squash Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy

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

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.org.

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

US Squash Safe Sport Contact

Please contact the US Squash Safe Sport Team at ussquashsafesport@ussquash.org, for any questions regarding Safe Sport and US Squash policies.