USEF/ USDF Safe Sport Initiative

Sources: USDF,  US Equestrian, US Center for Safe Sport (Press Release)

On February 14, 2018, S. 534 was signed into law by the 115th Congress, and became effective immediately.

The bill amends two federal statutes: (1) the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990 and (2) the Amateur Sports Act of 1978.

The bill amends the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990 to extend the duty to report suspected child abuse, including sexual abuse, within 24 hours to certain adults who are authorized to interact with minor or amateur athletes at a facility under the jurisdiction of a national governing body. A “national governing body” means an amateur sports organization that is recognized by the United States Olympic Committee.

The USDF has adopted the USEF Safe Sport Policy, promoting the safety and welfare of horses and athletes. USDF is committed to providing information, resources, and a protocol so that all members of the equestrian community have awareness, tools, and a support structure to ensure a safe and positive environment for equestrians to develop their skills.

The USEF and USDF depend on the eyes and ears of its athletes, coaches, and designees to support its Safe Sport policies. It is requested that all who participate in equestrian sport become familiar with the content of the USEF Safe Sport Policy, the U.S. Center for Safe Sport’s Safe Sport Code, complete the Safe Sport Training modules, and be mindful of its guidelines during training sessions and competitions.

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Information on the Protecting Young Victim from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 can be found on the USEF Safe Sport website. The website also provides information for a 24 Hour Helpline, reporting protocols and many other important resources.

Call (866) 200-0796 for 24/7 crisis interventions, referrals and emotional support. This confidential and secure helpline is operated by RAINN, the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. For more information on this helpline please visit www.safesporthelpline.org.

As part of the USDF Safe Sport Initiative, USDF Certified Instructors and L Graduates are required to complete the Safe Sport Training provided by the U.S. Center for Safe Sport, along with other identified volunteers working with our youth.

To complete the Safe Sport Training modules, you must visit the USEF website, log in, and the link to the Safe Sport Training modules will be in your USEF Membership dashboard. Once registered, there are three activities that must be completed to complete the training:

  • Sexual Misconduct Awareness Education
  • Mandatory Reporting
  • Emotional and Physical Misconduct

If you are required to complete the training and are not a member of USEF, contact USDF for further instructions.

As of Jan. 1, 2019 every USEF adult member (18 years of age or older) with a Competing Membership must complete USEF's Safe Sport Training.

A 30 day grace period to complete the SafeSport training will be provided to all members who renew or join on or after December 1, 2018. Members joining prior to December 1, 2018 will have until January 1, 2019 to complete the training. Those who do not complete the training within the grace period will be ineligble to participate in USEF activities, including competitions.

Parents Training Course for equestrian athletes of all ages helps parents ensure their children have a positive and safe sport experience and is free.

 

If you are a victim or a survivor of abuse and believe this training could be an emotional trigger, please contact Teresa Roper at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Sonja Keating at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or the U.S. Center for SafeSport at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., before accessing the Safe Sport Training course.

Safe Sport Code  |  US Equestrian Safe Sport

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