Beginning with the 2022-23 season, all coaches and USA Fencing members working at a national tournament will be required to have taken sexual harassment prevention training through the U.S. Center for SafeSport.
With the new mandatory training, USA Fencing continues its commitment to creating a safe and healthy environment for all members that is free of abuse and misconduct by increasing awareness and providing education on SafeSport-related issues.
The course is available to all USA Fencing members, but not required if not working a national tournament. Members required to take the training include, but are not limited to, coaches, referees, armorers, sports medicine, bout committee, vendors, volunteers, National Office staff and any other tournament officials working a national event.
This course does not take the place of your state’s mandated sexual harassment training or the required USA Fencing SafeSport training and background screen.
Our office, in conjunction with the U.S. Center for SafeSport, held monthly live training sessions starting in December 2021, and we are no longer offering live sessions. For those who still need to complete the training to work at national events during the 2022-23 season, it can be accessed as follows:
Here is the link to view the recording: https://safesport-org.zoom.us/rec/share/yS_yDGUDqNGIyMg-XW44tmHE09KTSWqMwg9ZyC1b4iTRZ01B-Y15uam-3pl53Qch.6E-KcBzpKO9J1CWm
Note: that the recording gets started around the 18:50 mark so please feel free to skip ahead a bit. The U.S. Center for SafeSport will receive notification once you have completed viewing the recording and will alert our office so we can update your account. They will be able to view how long you watched the recording for so please make sure to watch until the very end or we will not be able to provide you with credit.
More information on the course can be found below:
Title: It Takes a Team to Prevent Sexual Harassment
Description: Athletes, coaches, officials, referees and other sport organization professionals all play a crucial role in fostering a healthy sports climate. Designated Center trainers will provide essential tools that can be incorporated into sports programs looking to build a culture of dignity and respect. The course features attendee engagement scenarios and live polls to ensure attendees are interested and engaged throughout the training. Participants will walk away understanding that they are an integral part of the movement to end abuse in sports.
For any questions, please email FenceSafe@usafencing.org.