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USA Rugby SafeSport

Introduction to SafeSport

USA Rugby's primary role is to provide members and participants with a safe and fun environment to play rugby. Our commitment to player welfare is paramount to this goal. This SafeSport Program Handbook includes the various policies adopted by USA Rugby that apply to:

• All USA Rugby board, staff, interns and contractors

• Certified coaches and match officials

• USA Rugby operational and governance committee members

• Registered members of USA Rugby

• USA Rugby training and education certification workforce

• Contracted medical personnel at USA Rugby sanctioned events

• Contracted medical personnel relating to USA Rugby national teams

• Volunteers acting on behalf of the USA Rugby at USA Rugby sanctioned events

• Volunteers acting on behalf of USA Rugby in conjunction with national teams

• Other individuals that USA Rugby formally approves or appoints on an ad hoc or interim basis to a position of authority over or who has frequent contact with minor athletes


This Handbook provides information on The U.S. Center for SafeSport (“USCSS”), and USCSS Response and Resolution Office (“Office”), Prohibited Behaviors, as well as USA Rugby’s Education and Awareness Training requirements; Screening and Background Check Program; the procedures for any person to report suspected abuse or misconduct (including protections from any retaliation or repercussions for such reporting); and the procedures and means by which USA Rugby responds to allegations of abuse and misconduct. Through our partnership with the SafeSport Program, USA Rugby is committed to creating the safest possible environment for participation in USA Rugby. This Handbook may be revised by USA Rugby at any time. This Handbook does not constitute an implied or express contract or a legally enforceable promise or representation.

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