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FenceSafe is USA Fencing’s Commitment to Safety


The safety of athletes is our top priority. USA Fencing is committed to creating a safe and positive environment for athletes’ physical, emotional and social development, and to ensuring that it promotes an environment free of misconduct.  

Because sport can be a high-risk environment for misconduct, including child physical and sexual abuse, USA Fencing has policies and systems in place to protect our fencers such as the SafeSport Code, the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies and the USA Fencing Codes of Conduct. While child sexual misconduct is one type of misconduct, it is important to remember that these policies cover many inappropriate behaviors that apply regardless of the ages of the individuals involved in the alleged activity. 

Ineligible and Suspended List

A listing of other individuals who have been declared ineligible by other Olympic Sport NGBs and the U.S. Center for SafeSport can be found here. The list can be searched by name, location or sport.

About FenceSafe

On December 22, 2021, USA Fencing launched FenceSafe, the organization’s expanded commitment to work towards ensuring all athletes and members are free to safely participate in the sport. Previously known as SafeSport, USA Fencing has rebranded the initiative in part to differentiate from the U.S. Center for SafeSport and the SafeSport trademark, and to reflect an enhancement of its policies, procedures, and resource.

FenceSafe is USA Fencing’s comprehensive effort to create a safe and positive environment for members’ physical, emotional and social development. The name change together with the policy and procedure revisions are intended to make it easier for members to understand USA Fencing’s and the Center’s complementary responsibilities for handling misconduct by members. FenceSafe encompasses USA Fencing’s efforts to eradicate misconduct from the sport.

In an effort to prioritize clarity and consistency with U.S Center for SafeSport branding, “SafeSport” is now a registered trademark of the U.S. Center for SafeSport. Moving forward the term “SafeSport” may only be used to describe certain offerings under the U.S. Center for SafeSport, such as the SafeSport Code and the SafeSport™ Trained course.

As part of this effort and to better protect its members, USA Fencing recently implemented the following:

MAAPP Microsite

The U.S. Center for SafeSport launched a Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP) Microsite with enhanced resources for athletes, parents and others looking to increase their knowledge of the Policy. The MAAPP aims to reduce one-on-one interactions with minor athletes while increasing accountability for all adults involved in sport. The Center is offering live training sessions for parents, athletes, coaches and administrators.

Updated FenceSafe Webpage

Based on member feedback, USA Fencing updated the FenceSafe webpage. FenceSafe now has a separate tab on the USA Fencing home page and distinct pages to more easily locate important information. There is a page dedicated to the U.S. Center for SafeSport to better understand how it came into existence as well as its primary roles and responsibilities. USA Fencing will continue to add resources, educational information and other relevant material to the FenceSafe webpage. Please reach out to if there are resources or content areas that would help in our efforts to create and maintain a safe and healthy environment for our members.

The U.S. Center for SafeSport’s role remains consistent. The Center has exclusive jurisdiction to investigate and to resolve allegations that a USA Fencing member engaged in sexual misconduct. In addition, the Center has discretionary jurisdiction to investigate and resolve allegations that a member engaged in non-sexual child abuse, emotional and physical conduct. USA Fencing still has jurisdiction over cases of non-sexual misconduct in the sport. Examples of non-sexual misconduct include code of conduct violations, adverse background check findings and black cards.

Christina Pachuta

Senior Manager, Compliance and Athlete Safety

Phone: 719-259-2544

USA Fencing’s 2023 Final Event Audit Report and Risk Assessment Report

Use the links below to view the reports from the U.S. Center for SafeSport.