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Codes of Conduct and Policies

Frequently Asked Questions

    • Where do I upload my Safe Sport Certificate?

      Please reach out to info@usaclimbing.org for assistance.

    • Do I need the full training or just the annual refresher, and by what date?

      SafeSport training is required annually.

      Those who have taken the Core training only need to take the 15 minute annual refresher upon expiration.

      Those who have taken the Refresher Course: Recognizing and Reporting Misconduct, only need to take Refresher 2 upon expiration.

      Those who have taken Refresher 2 only need to complete Refresher 3

      Only one training is required annually.

      To access the refresher courses you do not need to renew your Core Training. Click on “Add Center for Safe Sport Training” to locate the refresher courses.

      Each year, the deadline for the annual refresher is one year from the training completion date.

    • The USA Climbing access code isn’t working. What do I do?

      The USA Climbing Safe Sport access code is no longer in use. Please access the Safe Sport training from within your USA climbing account by clicking on the “Center for Safe Sport Training” tab.

    • How do I access the Safe Sport training?

      The Safe Sport training is accessed within a members account profile and an access code is no longer necessary. Once in the account you will see “Center for Safe Sport Training” on the left side of the profile. Click on “Add Center for Safe Sport Training”

    • How often is the training required?

      After the initial Core Training, which may take up to about 90 minutes to complete, annual refreshers are required which generally take about 20 minutes to complete.

    • Are youth members younger than 17 required to take the Safe Sport training?

      Not at this time. The Center has created an optional online training course intended for youth athletes (subject to parent or guardian consent).

    • If I am a volunteer at an event, do I have to take Safe Sport training?

      All Certified Officials must complete Safe Sport training. In addition, Isolation Coordinators, Event Organizers, and Volunteer Coordinators will be required to obtain the Volunteer-Covered membership and to complete Safe Sport training. All other volunteers are encouraged to take the free training by registering for the USA Climbing Volunteer Non-Covered Membership and accessing the “Center for Safe Sport Training” from within your USA Climbing account profile on the left side of your dashboard.

    • What if I am 17 and my parents do not approve of the training?

      Parental consent is required if you are under 18. This is accessed through the training itself in your USA Climbing account. If your parents are concerned about the training or object to you completing the training it is not required until you turn 18. Once you are an adult member you must have the training complete to continue your membership with USA Climbing.

    • What Happens if Training isn’t completed

      If the training requirement applies to your membership, then it is required for you have completed training prior to competing in USA Climbing sanctioned events, participate in USA Climbing camps or other training activities, and to utilize USA Climbing facilities.

      The training is also required in order to utilize USOPC facilities for training, competition or any other reason.

    • Who is required to take the Safe Sport training?

      Under USA Climbing’s existing policies and practices, the following categories of individuals continue to be required to complete the Safe Sport training including annual refresher training:

      This Policy applies to the following Covered Individuals:

      i. USA Climbing Staff

      ii. USA Climbing Introductory, Competitor, Paraclimbing, and Collegiate Members 18-years and older

      iii. USA Climbing Interns iv. USA Climbing Board Members v. USA Climbing Designated Committee Members (NGC, Audit, Judicial, Hearing Panel Pool, and Team Selection)

      vi. USA Climbing National, Divisonal, and Regional Coordinators

      vii. USA Climbing Certified Coaches viii. USA Climbing Certified Officials ix. USA Climbing Certified Routesetters x. USA Climbing Covered Volunteers (i.e. volunteer coordinator, isolation coordinator, event organizers)

      xi. USA Climbing National Team Contracted Medical Personnel (i.e. doctors, trainers, etc.)

      xii. USA Climbing Contracted Massage Therapists

      xiii. USA Climbing Contractors who have regular contact with minor athletes (i.e. official National Team Chaperones)

      xiv. USA Climbing National Team Athletes in USADA’s Registered Testing Pool

      xv. Any other individual that USA Climbing formally authorizes, approves or appoints (a) to a position of authority over, or (b) to have regular contact with any athlete

       

    • Definitions

      Regular Contact (from the U.S. Center for Safe Sport 2022 MAAPP Policies) or “Sustained Interaction” includes ongoing interactions during a 12-month period wherein an Adult Participant is in a role of direct and active engagement with any Minor Athlete.

    • Why is Safe Sport training required for more people than in the past?

      We are all committed to athlete safety. The training is one piece in sustaining a safe environment for all athletes. Safe Sport Training helps all of us to be more aware of unsafe behavior and potential disruptions to athletes’ desire to train, compete and enjoy their sport.

      The law, “Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017” authorizes the U.S. Center for Safe Sport (the “Center”) to address the risk of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse of amateur athletes in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movements. The Center provides education and requirements consistent with the law, and this training is part of those requirements. The training is required by the Center, the USOC and USA Climbing.

    • The USA Climbing access code isn’t working. What do I do?

      The USA Climbing Safe Sport access code is no longer in use. Please access the Safe Sport training from within your USA Climbing account by clicking on the “Center for Safe Sport Training” tab.

    • Where do I upload my Safe Sport Certificate?

      The system isn’t designed for a member to upload a Safe Sport Certificate. Everything is now completed through your USA Climbing account. If you completed your training outside your USA climbing account, please email your certificate to info@usaclimbing.org

    • I completed the Safe Sport Training but it is showing as “Pending Approval”. What do I do?

      Please click on where the course says “Resume” and click the X at the bottom of the page. This is the finalizing step to a current status.

    • How do I access the Refresher course?

      The Refresher courses can be found by clicking on “Add Center for Safe Sport Training” it will automatically reflect to a current status once complete.

    • My Core Safe Sport training has expired. Do I have to renew the Core Training again?

      No, only one 15 minute annual refresher is required.

    • Can I compete outside of my Division?

      For Qualifying Events, yes.  Collegiate competitors can compete in QEs in any collegiate division.  For Collegiate Divisionals, collegiate competitors must compete in the division where their school is located.

    • Where is Proof of Enrollment uploaded?

      Proof of enrollment is uploaded in the Documents tab of your USA Climbing Membership.

      Proof of enrollment must be verified for you USA Climbing Collegiate Membership to be current.  Please allow 24-72 hours for this to be approved.

    • What can be used for Proof of Enrollment?

      Proof of Enrollment can be any of the following:

      • A form from the Office of the Registrar that includes: First & Last Name, Name of College, Dates of Attendance. We recommend you run a search for “Verification of Enrollment’ on your college’s website to find information about how to go about procuring such a form from your specific school.
      • A letter from your Rec Sports Department including all competitors first and last name and verifying each competitor meets the eligibility requirements outlined in the USA Climbing Rulebook for Collegiate participation.
      • A class schedule showing First & Last Name, Name of College and semester in which the schedule is for.
      • Verification from the National Student Clearinghouse ($2.50 fee associated with each verification).

      Proof of enrollment must be verified for you USA Climbing Collegiate Membership to be current.  Please allow 24-72 hours for this to be approved.

    • Can I compete at Collegiate Nationals with a Collegiate Recreational Membership?

      No, a competitor must have a Collegiate Membership in order to be able to compete at Collegiate Nationals.  If a competitor wants to be eligible for Collegiate Nationals, they must upgrade their Collegiate Recreational Membership to a Collegiate Membership prior to Divisionals.

    • Can I compete at Collegiate Divisionals with a Collegiate Recreational Membership?

      Yes, a competitor may compete at Divisionals with a Collegiate Recreational Membership.  However competing at Divisionals with a Collegiate Recreational Membership does not allow the competitors scores to be eligible for Collegiate Nationals.  If a competitor wants to be eligible for Collegiate Nationals, they must upgrade their Collegiate Recreational Membership to a Collegiate Membership prior to divisionals.

    • What is the difference between the Collegiate Recreational membership and the Collegiate membership?

      The Collegiate Recreational membership allows participation at Qualifying and Divisional events only. A competitor must upgrade to the Collegiate membership prior to Collegiate Divisionals for their scores to be eligible for Collegiate Nationals.

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