BOULDER, Colo. – After recently launching its SafeSport website, USA Rugby announced it is expanding its background check policy to include requiring all staff members, member coaches, and officials – including referees this year – to be checked every two years beginning with the 2014-15 membership cycle. The screening will be conducted by leading volunteer background screening company SSCI.
This brings USA Rugby in-line with the USOC SafeSport Program requirements and the Minimum Standards Policy for Athlete Safety Programs that were instituted this year. Required of all USOC member organizations, the SafeSport program allows USA Rugby members to report instances of abuse and misconduct, occurrences which happen both on and off of the field. The USA Rugby Board of Directors approved the USA Rugby SafeSport Program Handbook – which outlines the requirements regarding registration, screening, and education of members – in Houston, Texas, in June.
David McCann, Director of Rugby Development said: “Our USA Rugby SafeSport Program is now fully functioning with our new web-site, the SafeSport Handbook, a reporting procedure, and an investigative, disciplinary and appeals process. We recently appointed a SafeSport director, Janna Doyscher, to be in charge of the reporting and investigative aspects of the program. These components along with our education and training requirements put USA Rugby at the forefront of athlete safety and well-being.”
In order to support a rugby community that works together to protect the well-being of all rugby participants, USA Rugby recommends that all members (including parents, players, and administrators) seek information, courses and resources. The two recommended FREE on-line training courses are: