The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has developed SafeSport to help raise awareness about misconduct in sport, promote open dialogue and provide training and resources. USA Water Polo has partnered with the USOC to make SafeSport available to all our members. SafeSport seeks to create a healthy, supportive environment for all participants. Through education, resources, and training, SafeSport helps members of the sports community recognize, reduce, and respond to misconduct in sport.
USA Water Polo and the USOC have a zero tolerance policy for the following:
The USOC's SafeSport website provides a wide range of resources for USA Water Polo clubs, athletes, coaches, officials and parents: USOC SafeSport Website.
BEGINNING MARCH 1, 2015, COACHES WILL NOT BE ABLE TO BE ROSTERED FOR EVENTS WITHOUT A CURRENT SAFESPORT CERTIFICATION ON FILE WITH USAWP.
1. Login to your USAWP membership account
2. Select "Start the SafeSport program" under the Member Requirements grid on your home page
3. Register for SafeSport within your member account (no charge)
4. Follow on-screen instructions in your confirmation and go to Team USA site to complete training
USAWP and SafeSport offers training regarding how to respond to misconduct in sport and the measures we can all take to protect athletes. Learning about the types of misconduct is an important step to recognize, reduce and respond effectively to inappropriate and potential harmful behavior.
Please click here to access SafeSport training.
SafeSport's "Make the Commitment: Stop Abuse in Sport" Video Series
Make the Commitment with Team USA
Life Without Sports
Why Kids Should Play Sports
How Do You Celebrate After A Game?
Why Is Your Coach Great?
Why Do You Like Sports?
When child sexual abuse, misconduct or policy violations occur, the top priority is to protect our athletes and prevent further incidents. It is critical that any suspicions or allegations of misconduct be reported to USA Water Polo and/or appropriate law enforcement authorities.
Report misconduct to USA Water polo:
Please click here for more information on how to file a grievance with USAWP.
Emotional, Physical and Sexual Misconduct:
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline
>Staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with professional crisis counselors
Bullying, Hazing and Harassment:
Your Life, Your Voice
>A 24/7 hotline with resources for children, teens and young adults dealing with depression, abuse or contemplating suicide.
More resources can be found on the USOC's SafeSport Reporting page.
The more prepared each member is, the greater the likelihood of the best possible outcome.