Safe Sport Training

The U.S. Center for SafeSport was created to address the issue of abuse in sport. The Center works with National Governing Bodies, including US Equestrian, to enforce the SafeSport Code and the Federal Safe Sport Act. The policies in both the Code and Federal Law are aimed at protecting athletes from harm and abuse and apply to all Olympic and amateur sporting disciplines.The USDF has adopted the USEF Safe Sport Policy, promoting the safety and welfare of horses and athletes.

The USEF and USDF depends 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.

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.

WHAT IS SAFE SPORT TRAINING?

SafeSport training is a front-line abuse and misconduct prevention measure that raises member awareness of misconduct and abuse issues in sport. This training ("SafeSport Trained") is designed to help members become more proficient at identifying, preventing, and responding to misconduct and abuse in sport. The training also familiarizes members with member reporting responsibilities.  

WHO IS REQUIRED TO TAKE THE TRAINING?

Any USEF Competing Member who is 18-years-old and older (based on your actual birthday) is required to take the SafeSport training, including amateurs, professionals, juniors who are 18-years-old and older, and owners who have an annual, three-year, or lifetime membership. Others required to take the SafeSport training include USEF licensed officials, Chefs d’Equipe, Staff, Board Members, Competition Management, Coaches, Human Physios, Farriers, Trainers, Veterinarians, and Selectors hired or contracted by USEF. The SafeSport training requirement does not apply to USEF Fan Members or USEF Competing Members under the age of 18 (based on your actual birthday).

In addition, 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.

HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE THE REQUIREMENT?
All USEF Adult Competing Members must complete the training within 30 days of joining or renewing their membership. 

HOW OFTEN DO I NEED TO TAKE THE TRAINING?
The required Safe Sport Core Training (approximately 90 minutes) only needs to be completed once. A Safe Sport Refresher training course, which takes approximately 30 minutes, must be completed annually thereafter. 

HOW DO I TAKE THE TRAINING?

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

Full instructions can be found on the USEF Website.


WHAT HAPPENS IF I DO NOT COMPLY WITH THE TRAINING REQUIREMENT?
Those who do not complete the Safe Sport training will be ineligible to participate in USEF activities, including competitions.

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