USBC AND SAFESPORT
In 2012, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement launched the SafeSport program to improve athlete safety across the U.S. Olympic Committee’s (USOC) 47 sport National Governing Bodies (NGBs). Since its adoption, the program has provided education and prevention resources related to emotional, physical and sexual misconduct, including bullying, hazing and harassment.

To further the mission of SafeSport and provide more comprehensive services, in 2017 the U.S. Center for SafeSport opened in Denver, Colorado. The Center serves athletes of all types and all competitive levels, extending its reach far beyond the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement. 

Click here for an Introduction to the U.S. Center for SafeSport.

The U.S. Center for SafeSport works collaboratively with sport organizations to ensure a culture of safety through awareness, education and training programs, so that every athlete is safe, supported and strengthened through sport.

  • Safe. Athletes are protected from emotional, physical and sexual abuse.
  • Supported. Athletes enjoy welcome, respectful environments where diversity is actively embraced.
  • Strengthened. Every athlete thrives, on and off the field of play.

Click here to visit the SafeSport page.

The United States Bowling Congress, as the NGB for the sport of bowling as recognized by the USOC, has addressed its adherence to SafeSport policies through its playing rules, bylaws, and policy manual:

USBC PLAYING RULES
Chapter 2 - 17g.  USBC SafeSport Code Violations

An individual can charge a USBC member who is a Covered Individual as stated in Chapter Sixteen, Section N of the USBC Association Policy Manual with violating USBC’s SafeSport Code by following the procedures outlined in that section. Matters involving allegations or reports of sexual abuse or misconduct or other violations of USBC SafeSport Code will be processed in accordance with USBC’s SafeSport Procedures.

USBC BYLAWS
Article XI – USBC SafeSport Policy

The investigation and adjudication of matters involving allegations or reports of sexual abuse or misconduct, or other violations of USBC’s SafeSport Code that involve prohibited conduct by covered individuals as stated in Chapter Sixteen of the USBC Association Policy Manual are subject to the jurisdiction of the US Center for SafeSport.

USBC ASSOCIATION POLICY MANUAL
Section N.  USBC SafeSport Code

1.    SafeSport Jurisdiction of USBC
    a. Statement of Jurisdiction.  USBC is recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as the National Governing Body (“NGB”) for the sport of Bowling under the Ted Steven Olympic and Amateur Sports Act, 36 U.S.C. § 220501, et seq. (the “Olympics Act”). The Olympics Act states than an NGB is authorized to “exercise jurisdiction over international amateur athletic activities and sanction international amateur athletic competition held in the United States and sanction the sponsorship of international amateur athletic competition held outside the United States.”  36 U.S.C § 220523(a)(4).
    b. The United States Olympics Committee requires all NGBs to adopt the SafeSport Policy consistent with an NGB’s jurisdictional authority under 36 U.S.C § 220523(a)(4).

2. Definitions - The following definitions apply to USBC’s SafeSport Policies and Procedures:
    a. “Athlete” means “athlete” as defined in USBC Bylaws, Art. IX, § B.
    b. “Individuals within the SafeSport governance or SafeSport disciplinary jurisdiction of USBC” means those individuals within USBC’s jurisdiction established by 36 U.S.C. § 220523(a)(4).   In addition to “Athletes” and “Non-Athlete Participants, “Individuals within the SafeSport governance or SafeSport disciplinary jurisdiction of USBC” are USBC high performance department employees and employees serving operational roles at the USBC Team USA training center (ITRC).
    c. “Non-Athlete Participants” means:
         i. An individual that USBC formally authorizes, approves or appoints to a position of authority over Athletes or to have frequent contact with Athletes; and
         ii. Serves as a coach, trainer, team staff, medical or paramedical personnel, administrator, official, or other athlete support, personnel, employee or volunteer for Team USA.

3. Covered Individuals
    a. A covered individual is someone who currently is, or was at the time of a possible violation of the USBC SafeSport Code part of at least one of the following groups:
         i. Any individual within USBC’s safe sport governance or safe sport disciplinary jurisdiction.
         ii. Athletes
         iii. Non-athlete participants.
    b. Information about Covered Individuals may be disclosed to the Center in connection with disciplinary proceedings.  Covered Individuals consent to disclosure to the Center for this purpose.

4. Prohibited Conduct
USBC has agreed to adopt the U.S. Center for SafeSport (Center) prohibited conduct policy and its definitions as stated in the SafeSport Code for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement (Code), into this policy. The Center may update its prohibited conduct and definitions at any time and the changes are effective when published. For the most current prohibited conduct and definitions, go to www.safesport.org.

5. USBC SafeSport Violations
    a. Covered individuals can be charged with a violation of USBC’s SafeSport Code if the prohibited conduct is alleged to have been committed:
         i. During Team USA competition or any function in connection with Team USA, USBC, its associations or certified competition.
         ii. Through out-of-program activities regardless if directly associated with a lesson, function or competition.
    b. USBC and/or the Center has the discretion to decline jurisdiction over possible violations that occur out-of-program.

6. Reporting Procedures
    a. Any alleged violation of the USBC SafeSport Code may be reported:
         i. Directly to the Center
         ii. To the Director of High Performance at USBC Headquarters.  
    b. There are no time limits on reporting possible USBC SafeSport Code Violations.

7. US Center for SafeSport Authority
    a. Sanctions can be imposed by the Center for misconduct.  Sanctions include the possible sanction of permanent ineligibility, which extends to USOC and all National Governing Bodies or Professional Sports Organization. This sanction could also result in the Covered Individual’s name on a publicly available ineligibility list that identifies the misconduct giving rise to sanction.
    b. A copy of US Center for SafeSport policies and procedures can be found online at safesport.org and can be modified by the Center. Lack of knowledge about the policies and procedures is not a defense to misconduct.

8. USBC Procedure
Upon receipt of a proper complaint alleging a violation of the USBC SafeSport Code, USBC will:
    a. Review the complaint within seven days.
    b. Forward any complaint alleging a violation of sexual abuse directly to the Center for processing.  
    c. Process all other complaints in accordance with Team USA Code of Conduct Procedures. USBC reserves the right to forward any complaint directly to the Center for processing.

REPORTING PROCEDURES
Any alleged violation of the USBC SafeSport Code may be reported:

Directly to the Center – https://safesport.org/report-a-concern or call 720-524-5640
 
To Director of High Performance at USBC Headquarters – Stephen Padilla at stephen.padilla@bowl.com or call 817-385-8286 

There are no time limits on reporting possible USBC SafeSport Code Violations.

TRAINING, EDUCATION AND BACKGROUND CHECKS
Team USA athletes and persons involved with Team USA athletes, as defined in USBC Bylaws and Policy Manuals, must complete education, training and background checks as required by the United States Olympic Committee.