Why is US Lacrosse requiring the online SafeSport training course for adult coach members?
US Lacrosse believes that all youth athletes deserve a safe and fun lacrosse experience, and that education and awareness are important tools for helping to prevent abuse and misconduct against youth. Federal legislation also requires that we provide training to our adult members who interact with youth regularly. To protect youth lacrosse athletes and to meet federal requirements, US Lacrosse has partnered with the U.S. Center for SafeSport to offer adult members free access to the Center’s “SafeSport Trained” online course. This course provides education and training on how to recognize if an athlete is being abused, how to prevent abuse from happening, and how to respond or help if abuse has already occurred. The “SafeSport Trained” course is nationally recognized and utilized by Olympic national governing bodies (NGBs).
What is the U.S. Center for SafeSport?
The U.S. Center for SafeSport is an independent nonprofit that is committed to ending all forms of abuse in sport, including bullying, harassment, hazing, physical abuse, emotional abuse, and sexual misconduct and abuse. To learn more about the U.S. Center for SafeSport, please visit https://safesport.org.
What does it cost?
US Lacrosse is providing the online SafeSport training for free to all adult members who take the training through their US Lacrosse membership, a savings of $20 for an individual member.
As a coach member, am I required to take this training?
Yes. Effective August 1, 2019, the training became a requirement of the join/renew process for all US Lacrosse adult coach memberships.
How do I access the online SafeSport training?
Adult coaches who join or renew a US Lacrosse membership will receive an email from US Lacrosse with instructions and a link to complete the online SafeSport training. If you do not receive an email, we recommend checking your spam or junk mail folders. If you are still unable to locate the email, please contact the USL Member Experience team at 410-235-6882 x102.
The online training can also be accessed by using the MyAccount feature on uslacrosse.org. Please note that your USL membership must be active in order to gain access to the training. Upon login, click on the 'Quick Link' titled SafeSport Training. On the following page, click the 'Start Your SafeSport Training' link. You will be transferred to the U.S. Center for SafeSport website to begin ligin and to initiate the training.
I’m not a coach member, can I still take the training?
Yes. US Lacrosse believes that keeping youth athletes safe is not just limited to one group of people and is a community responsibility. The online SafeSport training is available to all adult USL members, age 18 and older, and can also be accessed by using the MyAccount feature on uslacrosse.org. Upon login, click on the 'Quick Link' titled SafeSport Training. On the following page, click the 'Start Your SafeSport Training' link. You will be transferred to the U.S. Center for SafeSport website to begin ligin and to initiate the training.
What can I expect from the online SafeSport Trained Course?
The online SafeSport training consists of three (3) separate modules that provide in-depth coverage of the following topics: Sexual Misconduct Awareness Education, Mandatory Reporting, and Emotional and Physical Misconduct. All three modules must be completed before you are considered as having completed the training in its entirety.
How long will the training take to complete?
We suggest allowing 30-45 minutes per module.
What if I need to exit the training? Can I go back at a later time?
Yes. If you are not able to complete the training in one sitting, you can save your place and return at a later time. You can return to your training by going to https://safesport.org and clicking the “Sign In” link in the upper right corner of the page. You will use the same email and password that you initially used to create your SafeSport account.
I created an account but didn't receive an activation e-mail. What do I do?
After you've created your SafeSport.org account you should expect to receive an e-mail from the Center for SafeSport to activate the account. If you don't receive an e-mail, we recommend first checking your Junk or Spam folders. If there is still no e-mail, contact the Center for SafeSport Technical Support team through their web form or by calling 720-676-6417.
I'm experiencing technical difficulties while trying to complete the course. Who can I contact?
To reduce the risk of experiencing a technical difficulty while taking the online SafeSport training, it is recommended that you use supported browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Microsoft Edge. It is also recommended that the online training be completed on either a desktop computer or laptop computer and not on a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet. If you are using the recommended device and browser and still experiencing technical difficulties while completing the online training, the US Center for SafeSport Technical Support Team can be contacted through their web form or by calling 720-676-6417.
How long do I have to complete the training? What happens if I don't finish the training?
Failure by adult coaches to complete the online SafeSport training within 10 days of joining or renewing US Lacrosse membership will result in the suspension of membership and all associated benefits. This means that your membership will not be active and you will be unable to participate in any activities or events requiring an active US Lacrosse membership until the online training is completed. If you are attempting to complete your training outside of the required time period, you must contact the USL Member Experience team at 410-235-6882 x102 in order to regain access to your online training account.
Will completion of the SafeSport training be reflected on my USL membership account?
Yes. Completion of the course will be reflected on your USL membership account. If your current club or league affiliation has a Program Leader (PL) portal, completion status will also be reflected there for your Program Leader to see.
What if I completed the online SafeSport Trained course through a different sport?
If you have completed the online SafeSport Trained course through a different sports organization within the last year, please contact the USL Member Experience team at 410-235-6882 x102. Your training must have been completed within the last year.
Will I be required to complete this training on an annual basis?
No. Once you complete the initial training you will only be required to complete a brief refresher course annually.