SafeSport

I would like to personally welcome each and every one of you to the 2015-2016 KFSC Membership year! As some of you may be aware, USFS implemented a program called SafeSport. I would like to take the time to introduce myself as KFSC’s SafeSport Compliance Chair and give you a brief introduction to the program as set forth by USFS. There will be more information, meetings, and training requirements to follow in the near future so please take the time to familiarize yourself with this content. It is imperative that all members be educated on the definitions set forth by USFS and assist in monitoring areas where potential abuse or misconduct could occur. Definitions have been attached to this email.
U.S.Figure Skating strives to provide a safe environment for its members and to protect the opportunity of its members to participate in the sport in an atmosphere that is free of harassment and abusive practices. The association will not tolerate or condone any form of harassment or abuse of any of its members including athletes, coaches, officials, directors, employees, parents, and volunteers or any other persons while they are participating in or preparing for a figure skating activity or event conducted under the auspices of U.S.Figure Skating.
There are many positive reasons to participate in figure skating, but like all sports, it can also be a high-risk environment for misconduct: emotional, physical, sexual, bullying, harassment and hazing. All forms of misconduct are unacceptable and in direct conflict with U.S.Figure Skating values and ideals.
Misconduct may damage an athlete’s psychological well-being. Athletes who have been mistreated experience social embarrassment, emotional turmoil, psychological scars, and loss of self-esteem, misconduct also may have a negative impact on family, friends and the sport.
SafeSport is the Olympic community’s initiative to recognize, reduce and respond to misconduct in sport. The six primary types of misconduct are:
• Bullying
• Harassment
• Hazing
• Emotional Misconduct
• Physical Misconduct, and
• Sexual Misconduct, including Child Sexual Abuse
All members are responsible to abide by these guidelines set forth by USFS and to report incidents of misconduct or abuse as outlined by USFS SafeSport Program.
The responsibility for reporting of abuse is set forth in GR 1.03 of the USFS Rulebook.
Additional information may be found at www.usfigureskating.org/safesport
Please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns.

Thank you,
Jessica Smith
KFSC SafeSport Compliance Chair