As a member of our sport community we – coaches, athletes, parents, officials, volunteers, team leaders, and sport leaders – can commit to prevention and we can commit to speaking up. GEVA is fully committed to the SafeSport program.
SafeSport is something we do, every day in all activities. The key to prevention is to create an environment where all members know the rules, are comfortable talking about it, and are empowered to recognize and report red flag behavior, boundary violations, and misconduct.
To report a SafeSport incident please call 1-855-306-7775 or visit the SafeSport website.
Non SafeSport USAV or GEVA code of conduct violations or other policy violations should be reported with the GEVA Incident Report.
SafeSport incidents can additionally be reported to GEVA after SafeSport notification to 908 524-0064 or with the GEVA Incident Report form.
USAV SafeSport Details:
The USAV SafeSport handbook is available on-line.
To take the SafeSport Training, you must have a current USAV membership. If you are not a current member, you must first register/renew. Once a current member, follow the instructions below:
Should you need to return to your coursework at a later time, log in to your USAV account and click on the "Log into USAV Academy" button.
For technical issues, while completing the course, please visit: http://help.usavolleyballacademy.org/.
All coursework will be available in the USAV Academy. The course is comprised of 3 - 30 minute sessions. All 3 must be completed in order to receive a current certification. All adults working directly with Juniors are required to take this training, which includes all coaches, officials, club directors, tournament directors, and more.
GEVA & SAFESPORT
USA Volleyball believes that volleyball has many positive things to offer those who participate. First, and most importantly, whether one is a gifted athlete or a recreational player, volleyball is FUN! It is a lifetime sport enjoyed by players from 8 to 80. Participation in volleyball is not only good exercise, but also involves team cooperation and spirit. Athletes enjoy a wide range of physical, emotional and social benefits. Sports develop general physical fitness, and physical exertion has a documented positive mental effect. Athletes have a greater sense of self-worth, demonstrate better collaboration skills, and maintain healthier peer relationships.
Unfortunately, sports, including volleyball, can also be a high-risk environment for misconduct, including physical and sexual abuse. All forms of misconduct are intolerable and in direct conflict with the values of USA Volleyball.
Misconduct may damage an athlete’s psychological well-being. Athletes who have been mistreated may experience social embarrassment, emotional turmoil, psychological scars, loss of self-esteem and negative impacts on their relationships with family, friends and the sport. Misconduct often hurts an athlete’s competitive performance and may cause enough harm for them to drop out of our sport entirely.
USA Volleyball is committed to fostering a fun, healthy and safe sport environment for all its members. We must recognize that the safety of minors lies with all those involved in the sport and is not the sole responsibility of any one person at the club, regional or national level.
WHAT IS ABUSE AND MISCONDUCT?
You hear the terms “abuse” and “misconduct” surrounding the SafeSport program, but what exactly do these terms mean and what are the guidelines for establishing each? Below is more information, courtesy of the United States Olympic Committee SafeSport program. A critical step in addressing misconduct is being able to recognizing the specific actions that are qualified as misconduct.
CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE