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SafeSport & Safety Initiatives

USABA is committed to providing athletes a safe and secure playing environment.  Towards this commitment, all coaches, staff members, team point of contacts (POC), tournament directors, USABA referees and athletes training at a designated Olympic/Paralympic Training Site are required to complete the following training listed below.

Starting on January 1, 2020, applicable individuals will be considered an Inactive Member until all of the safety requirements below have been completed. Once completed, this individual’s membership status will be changed to an Active Member. A posted public spreadsheet of non-athletes membership status’ will be posted and updated weekly on the USABA website.

The USABA membership, Concussion Safety, SafeSport and Background Check requirements listed below are required for the following individuals participating at a USABA-sanctioned event or tournament. An individual who fails to complete these items before the start of a USABA-sanctioned event or tournament will be ineligible to participate or attend that event or tournament.

  1. Coaches: Any individual who is listed as a coach on approved rosters and sits on the bench or stands in the coaches’ box during the course of the game.
  2. Staff Members: Any USABA staff member, contractor or board member from the national goalball program and the national office.
  3. Team Point of Contact (POC): For goalball teams that do not have a designated coach, a POC is an individual selected by the team to receive tournament communication on behalf of the team. The POC must be in attendance for the tournament.
  4. Tournament Directors: Any individual who is responsible for coordinating a USABA-sanctioned event or tournament as selected by USABA staff.
  5. USABA Referees: Any referee selected as a lead official for a USABA-sanctioned tournament as selected by the USABA Referee Coordinator.
  6. Training Site Athletes: Any athlete who trains at a designated Olympic/Paralympic Training Site for a USABA program.

Every team must have at least one Coach or POC with completed safety requirements at each USABA-sanctioned event or tournament the team attends. The pool team POC will either be; a) the tournament director or b) another certified coach or staff designated by the tournament director.

a. CDC Concussion in Sports Course: CDC Concussion in Sports Course provided by the National Federation of State High Schools: https://nfhslearn.com/courses/concussion-in-sports-2. This course can be taken in about 30 minutes and must be completed every two years. To complete this training, select your home state from the dropdown menu and click “Order Course”. The course is free in all states. Please send completion certificates to Kevin Brousard at kbrousard@usaba.org and save a copy for your own records.

b. US Center for Safesport Training:

STARTING October 15, 2020, ALL SAFESPORT TRAINING WILL NOW BE VALID FOR ONE YEAR ONLY. THIS IS IN ACCORDANCE WITH NEW USOPC AND SAFESPORT POLICIES. The initial Safesport training course takes approximately 2 hours to complete. After the first year of the initial training has been completed, individuals must complete an annual Refresher course which takes approximately 30 minutes.  Refresher courses can be found in your Safesport profile using the same login credentials submitted to complete the initial training.

Safe Sport Registration Directions:

Go to https://safesport.org/authentication/register

Input name, email and password for your account.  Once complete, select the ‘Next’ button;

On the following page, populate all required fields.  The final field is Membership.  Select ‘Add Membership’;

You will be prompted to choose an organization from a dropdown menu.  Select the second organization in the list, titled ‘U.S. Association of Blind Athletes’;

After making the selection, you will be asked to provide an Access Code. To receive this Access Code, please email Kevin Brousard at kbrousard@usaba.org with the subject line ‘SafeSport Access Code’ and in the body of the email please indicate your full name and your role and/or reason for taking the course.

You will be returned to the original form.  Ensure that all required fields are complete and select the Save button;

In order to finalize your account, proceed to the email that you provided during the registration process.  In your email inbox will be an email from Safe Sport to confirm your email address;

Open the email and select the ‘Confirm Email Address’ link;

This will bring you back to the SafeSport sign-in page.  Enter your username and password;

After signing in, you’ll enter your SafeSport Learning Dashboard, your hub for accessing and viewing all relevant training;

Once you have completed the entire SafeSport Training, go to the bottom of your Learning Dashboard and download your certificate of completion in the SafeSport Trained section for your records.

c. Criminal Background Checks by the National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI):

Submit your background check through NCSI: https://www.ncsisafe.com/Members/SelfRegBatchCode.aspx

Enter registration code 57781791 and follow on-screen directions to submit your background check.  The background check verification process can take up to 7-10 business days and a clear and current check must be verified before the tournament start date. Unlike in past years, USABA will not accept any outside background checks. Background checks are valid for 2 years from the approval date and cost $30.

United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) Athlete Safety Policy

Download the USABA Athlete Safety Policy updated on November 18, 2021.

United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) Athlete Safety Quality Control Policy

Download the USABA Athlete Safety Quality Control Policy updated on November 16, 2021.

United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies

Download the USABA Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies updated on November 16, 2021.

The Center for SafeSport offers a Parent Toolkit that provides tips and information for supporting a positive sport experience for children.

SafeSport Parent Toolkit
SafeSport’s free online parent training
More resources:
Parents of Preschool Children
Parents of School-Age Children
Parents of Middle School Youth
Parents of High School Aged Adolescents

Suspension & Other Measures
Lukas Horton (temporary suspension effective 2/5/2021)