SafeSport Training for Coaches

SAFETY IS PRIME CONCERN

To maintain Coaching status, all certified coaches are required to view the SafeSport 90-minute video training, complete with quizzes, covering the topics of bullying, hazing, harassment and physical, sexual and emotional abuse in sport.

This requirement has been in place since 1 July 2014 and has become part of the required training for all certified coaches regardless of the certification path they choose and is part of a larger effort that Orienteering USA has been undertaking to ensure the safety of our Juniors.

OUSA provides SafeSport training to members. The U.S. Center for SafeSport provides services to OUSA on prevention of all forms of abuse in sport, including bullying, harassment, hazing, physical abuse, emotional abuse, and sexual misconduct and abuse. This training is important for athletes, coaches and club members of all ages. We support SafeSport's vision that every athlete will be safe, supported and strengthened through our sport, and within the community of orienteering.

In 2018, OUSA will cover the cost for OUSA members' SafeSport training, as a benefit of membership. For a fee of $10, we also make the training available for non-OUSA members who meet one of several conditions, including being a member of a local orienteering club, being the parent of an OUSA junior, or being involved with juniors at a local orienteering club (e.g. teaching or chaperoning).

SafeSport training is required, as laid out in the OUSA Safety Handbook, for certain people. This list includes most junior team athletes, Level 2 certified coaches, youth-serving adults, the OUSA Board of Directors and paid OUSA staff. The training is recommended for all junior team members, and parents of juniors.

For more information and how to apply for an account and start the training, see the SafeSport page with updated information on SafeSport.


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updated 24 September 2018