USA Volleyball believes that volleyball has many positive things to offer those who participate. First, and most importantly, whether one is a gifted athlete or a recreational player, volleyball is FUN! It is a lifetime sport enjoyed by players from 8 to 80. Participation in volleyball is not only good exercise, but also involves team cooperation and spirit. Athletes enjoy a wide range of physical, emotional and social benefits. Sports develop general physical fitness, and physical exertion has a documented positive mental effect. Athletes have a greater sense of self-worth, demonstrate better collaboration skills, and maintain healthier peer relationships.

Unfortunately, sports, including volleyball, can also be a high-risk environment for misconduct, including physical and sexual abuse. All forms of misconduct are intolerable and in direct conflict with the values of USA Volleyball.

Misconduct may damage an athlete’s psychological well-being. Athletes who have been mistreated may experience social embarrassment, emotional turmoil, psychological scars, loss of self-esteem and negative impacts on their relationships with family, friends and the sport. Misconduct often hurts an athlete’s competitive performance and may cause enough harm for them to drop out of our sport entirely.

REPORT A CONCERN TO KRVA

Contact Michelle Carlton at commissioner@krva.org or 610-737-6944.

If you are aware of any inappropriate behavior or suspect misconduct of a sexual or abusive nature, you MUST report it. Please do not hesitate. It is everyone’s responsibility to keep our athletes safe!

How to Register for SafeSport Training

To take the SafeSport Training, you must have a current USAV membership. If you are not a current member, you must first register/renew. Once a current member, follow the instructions below:

  1. Log into your Webpoint Account
  2. In the navigation menu, click on USAV Clinics and select USAV Coaching Clinics
  3. Select “Core Center for SafeSport Training”
  4. Complete registration
  5. To access coursework, click on the “Log into USAV Academy” button

Should you need to return to your coursework at a later time, log in to your USAV account and click on the “Log into USAV Academy” button.

For technical issues, while completing the course, please visit: http://help.usavolleyballacademy.org/.

All adults working directly with Juniors are required to take this training, which includes all coaches, officials, club directors, tournament directors, and more.

Resources

SafeSport for Athletes: Athletes will perform better, soar higher and get more from sport if they feel safe. SafeSport seeks to create a healthy, supportive environment for all participants. Through education, resources and training, we help members of the sport community recognize, reduce and respond to misconduct in sport.

You should know that a whole team stands ready to help and protect you. If you have questions, want to disclose an incident or just need someone to talk with, USA Volleyball and SafeSport can help.

SafeSport for Parents: Selecting the right sport and club for your child is about more than athletic development or playing time. Parents should do their homework – to learn about a club’s reputation and its policies and procedures to protect all athletes. By understanding the components of an effective plan to handle misconduct, you will be empowered to ask the right questions, spot potential risks and have conversations with your child to monitor activities.

When selecting a sport club or program for your child, an important factor to consider is whether the administrators and organizers have developed a strategy to address misconduct. While the existence of a plan is a positive step, how coaches, volunteers and staff enforce those policies is crucial.

As a parent, you should get straightforward answers to these basic questions before allowing your child to participate.

Parent’s Guide to Misconduct in Sport: Designed for the parents of athletes of all ages, this course explains the issues of misconduct in sport and helps parents ensure their children have a positive and safe sport experience.

Understanding Bullying: Article From the Huffington Post

SafeSport for Coaches: When coaches are engaged and proactive, athletes and teams perform at higher levels. The bonds you form with your athletes can have a tremendous impact: athletes view the relationship with their coach as the top factor in their success. Since sport helps athletes gain important life skills, this influence often extends far beyond the field of play.

Coaches also have a critical role to play in addressing misconduct in sport: your unique vantage point enables you to set a tone of respect and trust, monitor interactions and activities, and create a culture of openness and disclosure. If misconduct does occur, you are in a great position to take action and support your athletes.

SafeSport Videos: Instructional videos to help understand and implement SafeSport policies, guidelines, and precautions.

Peer to Peer Incidents: A Resource Guide: This guide is designed to assist USA Volleyball clubs when peer-to-peer incidents or inappropriate sexual expression/curiosity occur. It will provide information to assist coaches, boards of directors and other club personnel in promoting and maintaining a safe and respectful environment for all participants. This guide may not cover every situation, but it is designed to provide direction.

Best Practices Guidelines: The following Best Practice Guidelines are strongly recommended for all USA Volleyball members.

Understanding Bullying: Article From the Huffington Post

Tough Love or Abuse: Article from the Washington Post.