What Sport Administrators Should Know: Policies That Prevent Abuse

Center Homepage What Sport Administrators Should Know: Policies That Prevent Abuse The most important asset sport leaders have with athletes is their trust. You can cultivate and honor that trust by setting and promoting abuse prevention training and behavioral standards for adults in your organization-standards that can help keep young athletes safe. The U.S. Center for SafeSport developed best-practice Minor …

As School Starts, Parents Can Pave the Way for Hard but Honest Discussions

Center Homepage As School Starts, Parents Can Pave the Way for Hard but Honest Discussions The 2022-23 school year is upon us! For your child, it may bring new schools, teams, peer groups, and uncertainties—including the possibility that they encounter concerning behavior by peers or adults. Misconduct and abuse can be hard to discuss even for adults and more so …

To Build Team Trust, Tune in to Your Athletes’ Moods

Center Homepage To Build Team Trust, Tune in to Your Athletes’ Moods New ideas for creating positive sport environments can emerge from any corner. Powerful voices can help these ideas take root in any sport setting. That’s the premise of Supporting Whole Athletes, a new U.S. Center for SafeSport podcast to help coaches strengthen the culture of their team and the personal development …

Tips for Parents on Keeping Children Safe in Sport

Center Homepage Tips for Keeping Children Safe in Sport Sports are a source of joy, freedom, and essential play for millions of kids across the country. With more families signing their kids up to play every day, parents need to be aware of the important things they can do to help ensure that their children are safe in sports. In …

SafeSport® Training Puts You in Play to Support Athlete Safety

Center Homepage SafeSport Training Puts You In Play to Support Athlete Safety Whether it’s baseball, volleyball, or pickleball that sparks their passion, kids should feel safe and supported in every sport, on every court. And it’s hard to disagree when we see a young athlete’s eyes light up, charged by the satisfaction of a goal reached, a friend made. Fortunately, …

To Assess Camp Safety This Summer, Ask the Right Questions

Center Homepage To Assess Camp Safety This Summer, Ask the Right Questions Summer camp can spark memories that last a lifetime. While traditional camps may still offer campfires, “bug juice,” and a healthy dose of the Great Outdoors, today’s family can choose from over 12,000 camps offering an amazing array of experiences—from coding and cosplay, to specialized athletic camps in …

Promoting Safer Youth Sport Settings

Center Homepage Promoting Safer Youth Sport Settings Young athletes are safer when all adults in any sport setting have a common basis of best practices for preventing abuse and misconduct in and around sport activities. However, league or organization administrators crafting prevention policies may wonder where to find robust, easy-to-apply guidance that reflects the operational and safety realities of today’s …

Go for Gold—and Name That Sport!

Center Homepage Go for Gold—and Name That Sport! As we celebrate Olympic Day here at the U.S. Center for SafeSport, we’re proud to be working toward an important goal: championing respect and ending abuse across and beyond the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement. That Movement is bigger than you might think. It includes not only elite athletes chasing gold on …

Mental Health: How To Be A Team Player

Center Homepage Mental Health: How to be a Team Player Today’s young athletes face more pressure than ever to perform—whether in interscholastic games, camps, or showcases that can give them a leg up for scholarships or elite competition. For these and many more reasons, coaches and parents must recognize and support the mental health of young athletes. Truth is, mental …

Tools to Help Parents and Coaches Keep Young Athletes Safe

Center Homepage Tools to Help Parents and Coaches Keep Young Athletes Safe   Every young athlete deserves to be safe, supported, and strengthened. This idea is at the core of what the U.S. Center for SafeSport does in communities across America in its work to end abuse and misconduct for every athlete, everywhere. Since we opened in 2017 to address …