Two new membership benefits are now available to all US Lacrosse adult member game officials. A voluntary national background screening and voluntary online SafeSport training are being offered to any official who chooses to participate.

This combined benefit, a $40 value, is being provided at no additional cost to members. 

US Lacrosse has partnered with NCSI (National Center for Safety Initiatives), an industry leader, for the background screenings, and with the U.S. Center for SafeSport for the online training.

“In recent years, many officials have asked to have national background checks added as part of their US Lacrosse membership, and we’re pleased to now be able to offer that benefit and the online training at no cost to our member officials” said Charlie Obermayer, senior manager for the officials development program at US Lacrosse. “While this is a significant undertaking by our organization, it further demonstrates our unequivocal commitment to the safety and protection of all youth participants.”

National background screenings became a mandatory requirement for all US Lacrosse adult member coaches in 2018, with over 27,000 member coaches having completed the background checks. The online SafeSport training is also a mandatory requirement for member coaches.

Both the online training and the background screening can be accessed by using the My Account feature on uslacrosse.org. USL members accessing the online training must be 18 years of age and older.

The national background screening and the online training are two elements of US Lacrosse’s commitment to athlete safety. Launched in 2013, the US Lacrosse SafeSport initiative is designed to provide safeguards against all forms of physical and sexual abuse or misconduct. 

US Lacrosse believes that every youth athlete deserves a safe and fun experience, and background screenings and online training for coaches and officials are valuable tools that can help make the sport safer by keeping abusive behavior out of lacrosse. 

The online SafeSport training consists of three separate learning modules that provide in-depth coverage of the following topics: Sexual Misconduct Awareness Education, Mandatory Reporting, and Emotional and Physical Misconduct

The paramount principal for US Lacrosse is that any and all forms of physical and sexual abuse or misconduct are strictly prohibited.

SafeSport Program

The intent of the SafeSport Program is to clearly demonstrate US Lacrosse’s commitment to the safety and well-being of lacrosse athletes.

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