COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 9, 2013) – USA Volleyball has launched a micro website for its SafeSport Program, which is devoted to the overall safety of participants. The site can be found at http://www.volleyballreftraining.com/SafeSport/safesport_home.html.
As part of the SafeSport Program’s mission, USA Volleyball is a committed leader in providing a safe and fun environment for youth, adults, officials, spectators and event staff. USA Volleyball, which has a zero tolerance for abuse and misconduct, places a paramount importance on the safety of its participants on and off the courts.
“USA Volleyball is excited to take this next step in launching its SafeSport program”, said USA Volleyball Senior Director Margie Mara. “We appreciate the enthusiasm of our regional leadership and Board of Directors who have embraced the importance of this program. Many thanks to the USOC and other National Governing Bodies who helped guide us in the program’s creation.”
As part of the SafeSport Program, USA Volleyball has developed a SafeSport Handbook (http://www.volleyballreftraining.com/SafeSport/includes_resources/USAV_SS_Handbook_10_13.pdf) intended to be a central location for all of the policies and procedures that are designed to protect its youth participants from all types of misconduct and abuse. It also includes information and education for adults on how to be proactive, to recognize areas of concern and signs of abuse. The SafeSport Handbook includes the various policies that apply to all USA Volleyball member programs and address the following areas: sexual abuse; physical abuse; emotional abuse; bullying, threats and harassment; and hazing.
As its guiding principles, USA Volleyball is committed to providing a safe, healthy and positive environment for its participants’ physical, emotional and social development; believes that all non-athlete members share a collective responsibility to protect our membership; will make training available for all members to increase awareness and understanding of athlete protection policies and best practices.
The SafeSport program includes training, educational materials and resources for our regions, clubs, coaches, parents and athletes. The components are: 1) Policies and guidelines; 2) Education and awareness training; 3) Background screening of adult staff; 4) Reporting and responding to abuse; 5) Monitoring and supervision; 6) Grassroots engagement and feedback.