Athlete Protection and Safety has always been the highest priority at USA Lacrosse and some recent updates in processes have been made to keep that priority at the forefront of the organization’s mission. USA Lacrosse believes that these updates, outlined below, will enrich the experience for all lacrosse participants.
Before highlighting some of the changes, it’s important to note that mandatory criminal background screenings remain a requirement for all new and renewing adult coach members, National Team and National Team Development Program (NTDP) staff and volunteers, as well as all USA Lacrosse employees.
Also, abuse prevention education has become mandatory, effective July 1, 2022, for all adult coach members in order to help individuals identify signs/behaviors associated with abuse. while providing information about where to report suspected abuse.
While mandatory for adult coach members, this educational online course is also available as an optional learning tool for all USAL members and can be accessed in the E-Learning portal.
The revised and updated USA Lacrosse Athlete Protection & Safety Policy sets forth the latest guidelines for all USAL members. Among these, USA Lacrosse has redefined prohibited conduct, further clarified one-on-one interactions, and increased the importance of mandatory reporting.
“This updated document is intended as a guide to help ensure that athletes and participants are provided with the fullest opportunity for a safe and fun lacrosse,” said Dr. Jason Vescovi, director of USA Lacrosse’s Center for Sports Science & Safety.
Previously, there were several ways to submit allegations of member misconduct to USAL. This process has now been streamlined through a new Misconduct Reporting Form.
“This form is now aligned with what is commonly used by other national sport organizations as best practices,” Vescovi said.
In addition, USA Lacrosse is also introducing a new online Appeal Submission Form.
With the understanding that there are circumstances when USAL membership may be suspended, for example, if the background screening identifies any criminal history, an individual can submit an appeal to USAL. This appeal process has been improved and streamlined with the new online form.
To learn more about USA Lacrosse’s commitment to Athlete Protection and Safety, and to access all policies and resources, please visit www.usalacrosse.com/athlete-protection.
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