U.S. Figure Skating strives to provide a safe environment for its members that is free of misconduct and harassment. The association will not tolerate or condone any form of harassment or misconduct of any of its members, including athletes, coaches, officials, directors, employees, parents, volunteers or any other persons while they are participating in or preparing for a figure skating activity or event conducted under the auspices of U.S. Figure Skating. All forms of misconduct are unacceptable and in direct conflict with U.S. Figure Skating rules.
The U.S. Figure Skating Skate Safe Program addresses the following types of misconduct:
- Sexual misconduct
- Physical misconduct
- Emotional misconduct
- Bullying, threats and harassment
- Willfully tolerating misconduct
The SkateSafe Program also includes required training of coaches and select U.S. Figure Skating volunteers, officials and staff members on recognizing and reducing circumstances for potential misconduct to occur.
- U.S Figure Skating Membership
- Completion of Skate Safe Training
- Successfully pass the annual background screen
- Verification of current coach liability insurance
- Completion of CER courses
- PSA Membership if coaching in qualifying competitions only
- Two Deep Leadership is a preventative method to minimize one-on-one interactions between minors and adults. Two-deep leadership means that at least two individuals, preferably adults (i.e.- rule of three) are present at all times with individual minors when off the ice.
- The use of any recording and photographic devices inside a locker room/changing area is strictly prohibited.
- Locker rooms and changing areas at U.S. Figure Skating competitive events are for athletes only. An exception can be made for athletes 11 years old and younger that will allow for one parent of the same sex to assist their child immediately prior to and after their skating event(s).
- All email and text message content between adults and minors must be non-personal in nature and for the purpose of communicating information about club/skating-related activities. Emails and text messages between an adult and any minor participant must copy or include a parent/guardian or other club official.
For more information about the SkateSafe program, please log onto the USFSA website. You will find the skate safe tab under the Clubs option at the top of the screen. You can also contact your club Skate Safe representative with any questions or to report a concern.
References / Agreements
- USFSA SkateSafe
- SkateSafe Handbook
- Verifying Member Compliance for SkateSafe
- Complete SkateSafe Training – 17 Year Olds
Crystal Ice SkateSafe Agreements:
- Board Members – Agreement / Code of Conduct
- Coaches – Agreement / Code of Conduct
- Skaters – Agreement / Code of Conduct
- Parents – Agreement / Code of Conduct
- 18-year old / Adult Athletes – SkateSafe Instructions