SkateSafe

U.S. Figure Skating strives to provide a safe environment for its members that is free of misconduct and harassment. The association will not tolerate or condone any form of harassment or misconduct of any of its members, including athletes, coaches, officials, directors, employees, parents, volunteers or any other persons while they are participating in or preparing for a figure skating activity or event conducted under the auspices of U.S. Figure Skating. All forms of misconduct are unacceptable and in direct conflict with U.S. Figure Skating rules.

The U.S. Figure Skating SkateSafe Program addresses the following types of misconduct:

  • Sexual misconduct
  • Physical misconduct
  • Emotional misconduct
  • Bullying, threats and harassment
  • Hazing
  • Willfully tolerating misconduct
This graphics shows the six parts of the SkateSafe program: policies prohibiting abuse and misconduct, education and awareness training, monitoring and supervision of SkateSafe Program, mandatory background screening, responding to reports of abuse and reporting concerns of abuse.

 

Questions regarding U.S. Figure Skating’s SkateSafe Program can be directed to SkateSafe@usfigureskating.org or 719-635-5200.

Reporting Misconduct

All individuals, regardless of membership with U.S. Figure Skating, are encouraged to report suspected SkateSafe violations. U.S. Figure Skating adult participants are required to report suspected child abuse and/or sexual misconduct to the U.S. Center for SafeSport and local law enforcement. There are no fees for filing a report with the U.S. Center for SafeSport or U.S. Figure Skating. The U.S. Center for SafeSport has the exclusive authority to investigate and resolve alleged SafeSport Code violations involving Sexual Misconduct.

Report a Concern

Report an ethical violation or violation of the SkateSafe Handbook to U.S. Figure Skating

Report allegations of sexual misconduct to the U.S. Center for SafeSport

Laws for reporting abuse or misconduct vary by state. To view what obligations you may have for reporting under state law, click here.

U.S. Figure Skating’s list of grievances, including banned and suspended members, can be found here.

Synchronized skaters competing at the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships

Compliance Requirements

Certain members and volunteers of U.S. Figure Skating must complete various compliance requirements as outlined in U.S. Figure Skating's Rulebook and the U.S. Figure Skating SkateSafe Handbook.

U.S. Center for SafeSport: Training and General Information

All individuals, regardless of membership with U.S. Figure Skating, are encouraged to report suspected SkateSafe violations. U.S. Figure Skating Adult Participants are required to report suspected child abuse and/or sexual misconduct to the U.S. Center for SafeSport and local law enforcement. There are no fees for filing a report with the U.S. Center for SafeSport or U.S. Figure Skating. The U.S. Center for SafeSport has the exclusive authority to investigate and resolve alleged SafeSport Code violations involving Sexual Misconduct.

U.S. Center for SafeSport Training Resources

The U.S. Center for SafeSport has many training courses available for all age groups, toolkits are available to educate parents and others on misconduct and abuse. Each toolkit addresses various prevention strategies that can be implemented to help protect children.

View available training courses

View available toolkits

Club and LOC Resources

To ensure that the SkateSafe Program is implemented in all U.S. Figure Skating member clubs, each U.S. Figure Skating member club is asked to designate a club board member to hold the title of SkateSafe Compliance Chair. The specific duties of the club SkateSafe Compliance Chair include monitoring the SkateSafe policies and procedures of the club; verifying compliance with the U.S. Figure Skating coaching membership rules regarding background checks and continuing education requirements; and serve as the initial contact in the club for persons to report suspected misconduct or other violations, and when necessary, report such information to U.S. Figure Skating. Please refer to the Club SkateSafe Compliance Chair job description for more information.

A sample Club Board Member Agreement can be found here

Additional Resources

Codes of Conduct

Sample Codes of Conduct for clubs to customize:

Locker Room Policy

U.S. Figure Skating has locker room resources for clubs to address some of the frequently asked questions:

Compliance Toolkit

Compliance Instruction Guides

Compliance Requirements Checklists by Role

Clubs can use this document as a guide for educating club members on ice usage and etiquette.

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