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Membership Alert: Updated MAAP Policies

Effective May 21, 2019, the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports board of directors approved Version IV of the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports SafeSport Handbook (PDF), which includes the updated USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies (PDF; extracted from USA-WSWS SafeSport Handbook, Version IV) integrated throughout the Handbook. The SafeSport Handbook includes various policies that apply to all USA Water Ski & Wake Sports members, clubs, programs, events and activities, and specifically includes abuse prevention policies relating to youth athletes and participants. It also acts as an educational tool for USA Water Ski & Wake Sports members.

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports is committed to providing a safe and positive environment for its participants’ physical, emotional and social development. USA Water Ski & Wake Sports promotes an environment free from abuse and misconduct, and USA Water Ski & Wake Sports is in full support of the United States Olympic Committee’s SafeSport initiative that has been implemented by all 50 United States National Governing Bodies.

Each NGB has embraced the principles of the SafeSport Initiative and adapted the program to meet the needs of its specific organization. As part of this program, USA Water Ski & Wake Sports has implemented policies to address certain types of abuse and misconduct, and to recognize and reduce areas where potential abuse and misconduct could occur.

Adults required to complete the U.S. Center for SafeSport training:

* Adult members at USA Water Ski & Wake Sports who have regular contact with minor athletes.

* Any adult authorized by USA Water Ski & Wake Sports to have regular contact with a minor athlete.

* Any adult authorized by USA Water Ski & Wake Sports to have authority over a minor athlete..

* Staff and board members of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports and board members of affiliated sport discipline organizations.

Please take note that effective March 23, 2019, as mandated by the U.S. Center for SafeSport:

* All USA Water Ski & Wake Sports board members are required to complete the SafeSport Training and Certification

* All sport discipline organizations’ board members are required to complete the SafeSport Training and Certification

* All Team USA athletes and staff (manager, coach, physician/trainer and support staff) age 18+ participating in an international event are required to complete a background check and complete the SafeSport Training and Certification

* All Team USA athletes age 17+ participating in an international event are required (with parental consent) to complete the SafeSport Training and Certification

The existing requirement for all show directors and assistant show directors to undergo a background check and complete SafeSport Training and Certification remains in effect.

The U.S. Center for SafeSport and USA Water Ski & Wake Sports strongly recommend that all members of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports, particularly club presidents, club board members, volunteers and officials (judges, drivers, safety coordinators and scorers) complete SafeSport Training and Certification.

Refer to the link below for the SafeSport Certification Requirements, which lists those who are mandated to be compliant.

SafeSport Certification Requirements
http://www.usawaterski.org/graphics/downloads/SafesportComplianceChart.pdf

SafeSport Certification: There is NO CHARGE for USA Water Ski & Wake Sports members to become SafeSport certified and certification is valid for one year. A SafeSport refresher course (no charge) is required for annual renewal of the certification.

Go to https://www.usawaterski.org/members/login/ and enter your membership number and password to log into your “Members-Only” section of our Web site

Select the "SafeSport Certification" link from the navigational menu on the left and follow the instructions for completing the SafeSport modules. Once completed, send the final certificate of completion to Sandy Hardee via mail, fax or email (shardee@usawaterski.org).

Criminal Background Screening: The cost of the screening is $23.50 and is valid for two years. Typically it can take up to seven business days for the results to be returned.

Go to https://www.usawaterski.org/members/login/ and enter your membership number and password to log into your “Members-Only” section of our Web site.

Select the "Criminal Background Screening" link from the navigational menu on the left and follow the instructions to pay for and complete the screening. Be sure to click on the link provided on your receipt to go to the screening agency's Web site to submit your authorization.

In addition, please review the following information on our SafeSport Program.

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports SafeSport Handbook:
http://www.usawaterski.org/graphics/downloads/USAWaterSkiSafeSportHandbook.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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