USA Surfing Background Check

As part of the background check, you will need to have a SurfSignup account with your legal name and accurate date of birth. The Safe Sport background check service will take about 8 minutes with a $20 charge at the end.  

Note: Before starting the background check,
you must be logged in or create an account in SurfSignup.

Safe Sport Policy and USOC Requirements for NGBs
As a member National Governing Body of the United States Olympic Committee, USA Surfing is required to adhere to the safe sport rules and regulations of the USOC. Additionally, USOC Bylaw Section 8.7(l) provides that, as a condition of membership in the USOC, each NGB shall comply with the policies and procedures of the independent safe sport organization designated by the USOC to investigate and resolve safe sport violations. The USOC has designated the U.S. Center for Safe Sport as that organization. The current safe sport rules, policies and procedures are available at the offices of USA Surfing, online at SafeSport and via the links below.

As a condition of membership in USA Surfing and a condition for participation in any competition or event sanctioned by USA Surfing or its member organizations, each USA Surfing member and each athlete, coach, trainer, agent, athlete support personnel, medical or para-medical personnel, team staff, official and other person who participates in USA Surfing or USA Surfing events (whether or not a USA Surfing member), agrees to comply with and be bound by the safe sport rules, policies and procedures of the U.S. Center for Safe Sport and to submit, without reservation or condition, to the jurisdiction of the U.S. Center for Safe Sport for the resolution of any alleged violations of those rules, policies and procedures, as may be amended from time to time. To the extent any USA Surfing rule is inconsistent with the rules of the U.S. Center for Safe Sport, such rule is hereby superseded.

USA Surfing's Commitment to Safety
USA Surfing is committed to creating a safe and positive environment for athletes’ physical, emotional and social development, and to ensuring that it promotes an environment free of misconduct. USA Surfing is committed to improving the development and safety of athletes and participants involved in sport. Unfortunately, sport can be a high-risk environment for misconduct, including child physical and sexual abuse. While child physical and sexual abuse is one type of misconduct, it is important to remember that this policy covers many inappropriate behaviors that do not involve children at all. This policy applies regardless of the ages of the individuals involved in the alleged activity.
Six primary types of misconduct addressed in the Safe Sport Policy:

  • Sexual Misconduct, including Child Sexual Abuse
  • Emotional Misconduct
  • Physical Misconduct
  • Bullying
  • Harassment
  • Hazing

All forms of misconduct are intolerable and in direct conflict with USA Surfing ideals.

Background Checks and Training
All coaches, medical/paramedical staff, trainers, Board of Directors and employees are required to take the USOC SafeSport Online Training and must be background checked.

SafeSport training and background checks must be completed before contact with athletes begins and within 60 days of taking on a new role, must be repeated every two years, and an internal audit will be performed bi-annually to ensure required checks and training have been completed.

Covered individuals include: (Covered Individuals with direct contact or in authority positions, and Board)

  • Employees
  • Medical Staff
  • Para-medical Staff
  • Physical Therapists
  • Massage Therapists
  • Chiropractors
  • Trainers
  • Coaches
  • Board Members
  • Any individual who is an athlete or non-athlete participant USA Surfing formally authorizes, approves or appoints to a position of authority over athletes or to have frequent contact with athletes, such as persons compensated and/or appointed by USA Surfing to perform services at sanctioned activities run by USA Surfing, such as camps, competitions and training or educational event (including chaperones and volunteers as needed for specific events) *Athletes under the age of 18 are exempt from the background check requirement.

As a part of USA Surfing's contribution to the sport of surfing as a whole, it is committed to working toward expanding its SafeSport training and background check program to make it available to (and encouraging the use of the program by) its member organizations. Click HERE to see the USA Surfing tiered roll out plan. This plan will be updated annually.
U.S. Center for SafeSport’s online training is a necessary educational tool for prevention of abuse in sport. Education and awareness are the most critical components to creating safe and respectful sport environments. The SafeSport Trained course covers the following topics in-depth:

  • Mandatory Reporting
  • Sexual Misconduct Awareness Education
  • Emotional and Physical Misconduct

Both the SafeSport Trained comprehensive course and the Parent Training helps you to recognize if an athlete is being abused, and most importantly you will learn how to prevent this from happening, or how to respond and help if the abuse has already happened. By taking this training, you are a part of our daily effort to make athlete well-being the centerpiece of our nation’s sport programs. Thank you for helping us champion respect, and end abuse in sport.

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