Heads Up: there's a new requirement for U.S. Ski & Snowboard (formerly USSA) athletes who are over age 18. Adult athletes must now complete the online SafeSport training, something that coaches and officials are already required to do.
The requirement comes from the U.S. Center for SafeSport, the U.S. Olympic Committee, and U.S. Ski & Snowboard as part of their commitment to athlete safety. The U.S. Center for SafeSport is an independent nonprofit committed to ending all forms of abuse in sport. This includes bullying, harassment, hazing, physical abuse, emotional abuse, and sexual misconduct and abuse.
All BSF coaches undergo this training, as do all employees at U.S. Ski & Snowboard. It helps everyone understand safe behavior and how to help those who may be at risk. At BSF, we want to make sure that we have an environment where everyone is comfortable approaching us about any potential problems.
The training does take a few hours to complete, but it's an important part of creating a safe environment and positive culture for skiers across the country. Think of it as great leadership training for your future, too!
17 Years Old? You should be getting an email from U.S. Ski & Snowboard asking you to complete SafeSport Training before you turn 18.
18 Years Old? You will be getting an email from U.S. Ski & Snowboard about this new requirement, and you'll need to complete the training.
If you don't complete it? You will not be able to continue your membership with U.S. Ski and Snowboard. That means you can't enter or complete in any U.S. Ski & Snowboard or FIS events. You can't use USOC or U.S. Ski & Snowboard facilities for training or competition. You can't participate in any U.S. Ski & Snowboard camps or training events.