What is SkateSafe®?
The U.S. Figure Skating SkateSafe® Program addresses the following types of misconduct:
- Sexual misconduct
- Physical misconduct
- Emotional misconduct
- Bullying, threats and harassment
- Willfully tolerating misconduct
Questions regarding U.S. Figure Skating’s SkateSafe® Program can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or 719-635-5200, Option 6.
All adult participants (i.e., coaches/instructors, athletes, officials, volunteers, club and program leaders, etc.) are required to report suspected child abuse and/or sexual misconduct to the U.S. Center for SafeSport and local law enforcement. The U.S. Center for SafeSport has the exclusive authority to investigate and resolve alleged SafeSport Code violations involving sexual misconduct. Reports can be made to the Center here or by calling 833-5US-SAFE (587-7233).
All other SkateSafe® violations, such as emotional and physical misconduct, bullying, harassment, discrimination or violations of the U.S. Figure Skating SkateSafe® Handbook, must be made directly to U.S. Figure Skating here.
There are no fees for filing a report with the U.S. Center for SafeSport or U.S. Figure Skating. While all reporting information is kept confidential, you are permitted to file a report to the U.S. Center for SafeSport or SkateSafe® anonymously. Any report is better than no report at all.
The Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 authorizes the U.S. Center for SafeSport to develop training and policies to prevent abuse within the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Movement. The U.S. Center for SafeSport is also charged with developing and enforcing policies, procedures, and training to prevent abuse and misconduct, with independent and official oversight of all National Governing Bodies .
- Reporting Form
- Complete SafeSport™ Training for Compliance (SafeSport Trained, Refresher 1, Refresher 2 or Refresher 3 are the only courses that satisfy the annual compliance requirement)
- Emotional and Physical Misconduct Toolkit
- Supplemental SafeSport Courses
- U.S. Center for SafeSport Audits
- U.S. Center for SafeSport Learning Dashboard
- U.S Center for SafeSport Website
The full list of roles requiring compliance can be found on the last page of the SkateSafe® Handbook. The general rule of thumb is any adult member of U.S. Figure Skating or Learn to Skate USA® who has regular contact with or authority over a minor athlete(s) requires compliance. You can log into your respective Members Only or Learn to Skate USA® portal to check your role’s compliance requirements. You are not permitted to participate in a role requiring compliance until all items have been satisfied with a green check mark in your member profile.
- Access Your Compliance Card
- Complete a Bi-Seasonal Background Check
- Complete annual SafeSport™ Training (SafeSport Trained, Refresher 1, Refresher 2 or Refresher 3 are the only courses which satisfy the annual compliance requirement)
- Coach Compliance Requirements
- Retrieve your SafeSport™ Training Certificate of Completion
- Understanding Compliance Terminology
Please continue to refer back to this section as we grow our library of resources for our members.
- Club and Program Leadership
- Access Club Compliance Report
- Access Full Compliance Report
- Access Learn to Skate USA® Program Compliance Report
- Ice Etiquette
- Request for Speaker
- Sample Codes of Conduct for club customization
- SkateSafe® Compliance Chair Job Description
- Verify Compliance
- Event, Program & Activity Organizers
- General Locker Room Sign
- Medical Room Sign
- Ready Room Sign
- Team Locker Room Sign
- Supporting All Skaters Sign (print)
- Supporting All Skaters Slide (digital display)
- Locker Room Monitor Job Description
- Medical Compliance Memo
- Procedures for Event, Program and Activity Organizers
- General Resources & Education
Please continue to refer back to this section as we create videos on additional topics throughout the season.
- Compliance - explore the who, what, why and how of compliance requirements.
- Conflict Resolution - advice for club and program leaders when navigating conflict at the rink.
- Locker Rooms - all things locker rooms, ready rooms, medical rooms and the role of a locker room monitor.
- Locker Room Monitor - a few examples of common responsibilities and scenarios.
- Mandatory Reporting - details for all adult members to know their responsibility as a mandatory reporter.
- Officials Professionalism - standard expectations when officiating a test or competition.