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Supplemental Athlete Safety Training

Supplemental Athlete Safety Training

**Effective Dec. 1, 2023**

We’ve said it before, and we’ll keep saying it: At USA Fencing, we’re committed to providing a positive, inclusive and safe environment for all our members. 

With this goal in mind, we've developed the “Supplemental Athlete Safety Training” program. This program has been created to provide an additional level of education to our highest and most experienced participants and encompasses a range of areas crucial to athlete safety and well-being — including sexual harassment prevention and much more.

The U.S. Center for SafeSport requires that we take steps that exceed the minimum standards for athlete safety, and continuing our education efforts in this way will ensure a welcoming and secure space for members to focus on what they love most: the sport of fencing.

Here’s what you need to know: 

  • Who Needs to Take the Training: This essential training will continue to be required for coaches, officials and staff working at national tournaments (North American Cup series tournaments, Junior Olympics and Summer Nationals). To be very clear, these requirements are mandatory for these specific roles only — not for all members of USA Fencing; however, it is available to all members should you be interested in learning more.

  • Frequency: The training will be required every two years for the specific roles listed above.

  • Options for the 2023-24 Season: For this season, the requirement can be satisfied in one of three ways:

    • Completing the "Creating a Culture of Belonging" course through the Coaching Education Program,

    • Completing the Understanding Mandatory Reporting (especially recommended for officials or staff), OR

    • Having completed the Sexual Harassment Prevention Training during the 2022-23 season.

  • Dual-Role Members: If you're both a coach and an official, you only need to complete one of the above options.

  • How to Find the Training: The necessary training can be accessed directly on your membership profile at That’s also where you’ll determine whether you have already satisfied the requirements.

    • "Creating a Culture of Belonging" course through the Coach Education Program in Fence Lab.

    • "Understanding Mandatory Reporting" can be accessed directly through the US Center for SafeSport Website here:

      • You can login using the same e-mail address that you use for your USA Fencing membership profile and click on the "Understanding Mandatory Reporting" course.
  • How to Know if You've Met the Requirements:
    • The National Office will be uploading new course completions on Tuesday of each week.
    • You can find confirmation of your course completion and expiration dates on your membership dashboard (see screenshot).
  • Future Offerings: New content will be provided every year for those needing to complete the training to meet their once-every-two-years requirement.

With these targeted resources in our training arsenal, USA Fencing is empowering members to create an environment where everyone can thrive.

Questions can be direct to

Thanks for your help in creating a safe and dynamic community for all in the world of fencing!

How to find the Supplemental Athlete Safety Training on your member profile.