Evolving to Better Support Athletes of All Levels

Center Homepage Evolving to Better Support Athletes of All Levels As the country’s only independent organization dedicated to ending sexual, physical, and emotional abuse in U.S. Olympic and Paralympic sport, the U.S. Center for SafeSport was dealt a challenging but critical hand: to make athlete well-being the centerpiece of our nation’s sport culture. And we’ve made strong strides. We’ve put key …

The U.S. Center for SafeSport issues Summer Safety Checklist

Awareness Is Key to Recognizing Signs of Grooming in Sport

Awareness Is Key to Recognizing Signs of Grooming in Sport For Parents How do you tell the difference between a caring adult and one grooming your child for abuse? Explore patterns and behaviors to be aware of. Is it okay for a coach to repeatedly work one-on-one with a child after practice? What if an assistant coach or older volunteer …

Reporting Early Signs of Abuse

Reporting Early Signs of Abuse Prevention Education Series The goal of this series is to bridge the gap between prevention education theory with on-the-ground practice.  No parent or guardian wants to consider the possibility that abuse can happen to our kids. It’s a scary and overwhelming thought, so we often avoid it. We also tend to rely on our levels …

The Powerful Impact of Positive Coaching Techniques

The Powerful Impact of Positive Coaching Techniques As a coach, you want your athletes to learn, improve, and succeed. But for this to happen, they need to feel supported and encouraged. Whether your team wins the game or not, your athletes need to know that you’ll be there waiting for them with a high five on the sidelines. Incorporating positive …

The U.S. Center for SafeSport announces initial set of process improvements.

Prevention Education Series

Prevention Education Series The goal of this series is to bridge the gap between prevention education theory with on-the-ground practice.  For Parents and Guardians – The Importance of Talking with Kids about Abuse Read More

3 Things to Do When You Notice Bullying

3 Things to Do When You Notice Bullying Playing sports and being part of a team is a valuable childhood experience. However, negative behaviors like bullying can shift the team dynamic and have serious, long-lasting consequences for the athlete being targeted. By understanding what bullying is—and what you can do when you notice it occur—you can help make sport settings …

Elevating Safety on and off the Pitch

Elevating Safety on and off the Pitch By Ju’Riese Colon, Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Center for SafeSport There’s quote I often reflect on by that affable soccer coach we all know and love, Ted Lasso: “There’s two buttons I never like to hit – that’s panic and snooze.” As CEO of the U.S. Center for SafeSport this sentiment resonates with …

A Swimmer’s Journey: Coaching the Next Generation

A Swimmer’s Journey: Coaching the Next Generation Is it possible to have a winning team and a positive sport culture? Dave Denniston, head coach of the University of Wyoming Swimming & Diving teams, believes the answer is yes. The U.S. Center for SafeSport provides diverse training, tools, and resources with the goal of creating sport settings free of abuse and …