If You See Something, Do Something

Center Homepage If you see something, do something! October was National Bullying Prevention Month but bullying is a topic that should be thought about, and talked about, all year long. You can play an important role in addressing bullying you see or learn about—by taking fast action through a process known as Bystander Intervention. We all make decisions about if …

How To Prevent Bullying, On and Off the Field

Center Homepage How To Prevent Bullying, On and Off the Field October is National Bullying Prevention Month. To keep this topic at the forefront for all who can act to reduce bullying’s impact, the October installment of the Champion in Every Corner’ podcast features ideas and perspectives from ally Judy French. Judy coordinates the National Bullying Prevention Center and conducts workshops …

Tips to Help Sport Leaders Build Inclusive Environments

Center Homepage Join our email list! Stay connected with the latest news, resources, and tools from the U.S. Center for SafeSport and enjoy our quarterly e-newsletter, The Gameplan. Tips to Help Sport Leaders Build Inclusive Environments To get the best out of your team or organization, you should create a dynamic that helps every athlete feel safe, supported, and strengthened. …

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 Athlete’s 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 …