June 19, 2019
Dear parents and legal guardians of USA Gymnastics athlete members:
Over the past several months, USA Gymnastics has been working on strengthening its athlete safety policies that serve the ultimate purpose of keeping your child safe in an environment free from abuse and misconduct. USA Gymnastics has adopted the 2019 USA Gymnastics Safe Sport Policy, a comprehensive policy on athlete safety and abuse prevention that is meant to set standards for defining misconduct, setting interaction boundaries between an adult, including a coach, and an athlete, and reporting misconduct. As a parent or guardian, you are an essential and vital part of our athlete safety initiatives. As a powerful advocate for your child, you can help us by increasing your familiarity with this policy, as well as initiatives your child’s club is taking toward fostering a safe and positive environment.
Athlete safety requires the club owners, coaches, staff and parents to work together in establishing a safe and encouraging environment. To do this, all adults should be informed about misconduct and grooming behaviors, know how to report a problem, and communicate openly with each other. Here are a few other key actions you can take for your child’s welfare.
USA Gymnastics has set up an email address, firstname.lastname@example.org, where you can have questions answered by our Safe Sport Department. You may find the Safe Sport Policy, Safe Sport policy Snapshot and all related documents on the USA Gymnastics website at https://usagym.org/pages/education/safesport/policy.html
On behalf of USA Gymnastics, we want to thank all of the parents and families who have worked and continue to give their children the opportunity to participate in gymnastics. The importance of your involvement and sacrifice is immeasurable, and we cannot succeed in these efforts without you.
Director of Safe Sport Education and Training
You probably know, Ohio law requires you to have liability insurance if you drive a motorized vehicle. However, do you know in 2013 the state of Ohio passed a law requiring coaches/officials of Ohio youth sports to have training on concussion management? This is not a one-time requirement. Every three years coaches/officials need to renew their training and have evidence of completion. This is the responsibility of each person to monitor and maintain, just like liability insurance. Please make sure you have taken a concussion training and have physical record of completion.
*Note: USA Gymnastics Safety Certification DOES NOT fulfill this requirement. Please see link below for details on what you need to know and complete.
Concussion Law: Ohio’s Return-to-Play – Youth Concussion Law (ORC 3313.539 or ORC 3314.03)
In 2017, Ohio put into effect “Lindsay’s Law”. Lindsay’s Law applies to coaches, club owners, parents, and youth athletes in being knowledgeable and trained about sudden cardiac arrest. There are online trainings and forms required to comply with this state law. To learn about Lindsay’s Law, and how it applies to you, please see the link below for more information.
National, Regional, and State Chairs,
As you may have seen, the U.S. Center for Safe Sport has created a new requirement that all athletes, age 18 or older, must complete the U110 to be in the field of play. The course is free and must be completed prior to March 23, 2019. This is a mandate from the USOC for all National Governing Bodies, not just USA Gymnastics.
Please see below the message that was sent to the membership Monday.
USA Gymnastics will not begin auditing athlete membership records for compliance until April 23, 2019. This is after L9/10 Regionals but before E/W and JO Nationals. I DO NOT want to tell an athlete who qualifies to any post season Championship meets that she cannot compete in that competition. Please help me remind these athletes that this needs to be completed asap. I certainly don’t expect them to do this before this weekend’s competitions but definitely before the championship meets roll around.
Please share this messaging to any clubs, coaches or athlete that may reach out to you with any question or concerns or direct them to contact the Member Services Department directly at 800.345.4719 or via email at email@example.com.
We have not set an official weekend for 2020 and 2021 yet, but we do expect them to be held in Illinois.
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