USA Cycling Clubs & SafeSport

Clubs & SafeSport

USA Cycling is committed to creating a safe and positive environment for its participants’ physical, emotional, and social development and to ensuring it promotes an environment free from misconduct and abuse. To achieve this, USA Cycling’s Safe Sport Program went into effect in January 2014. Today, the Program consists of three core components: (1) Education, (2) Policies (including Background Checks), and (3) Response and Resolution. In 2017, the U.S. Center for SafeSport (“The Center”) was launched and it has exclusive jurisdiction over sexual misconduct matters and may exercise discretionary jurisdiction over other misconduct. The Center also promulgates rules and policies around training requirements and misconduct. USA Cycling works closely with The Center to educate our membership, create policies that protect our members from misconduct and abuse and respond to and resolve allegations of misconduct when they arise.

Since USA Cycling Clubs are such an integral pathway for the development and participation of junior athletes in the sport of cycling, USA Cycling believes that SafeSport Training is critical for all Clubs – especially those with minor (under 18 years of age) athlete members. SafeSport Training equips individuals with the skills and knowledge necessary to identify potential red flags for misconduct and abuse and the ability to report it.

USA Cycling encourages EVERYONE to take SafeSport training - we all have a role to play in ensuring safe and enjoyable sport.

USA Cycling's SafeSport Education Policy outlines who is required to take SafeSport training. Within Clubs, this includes:

  • Staff and Board Members of any Club with minor athletes
  • Other individuals the Club authorizes, approves or appoints
    • to a position of authority over, or
    • to have regular contact with minor athletes.

Training is free to complete and must be updated every 12 months. Complete the training here.

Learn about USA Cycling's SafeSport Program here.

About The Program

USA Cycling’s Club Safe Sport Program allows clubs to demonstrate their commitment to creating a safe and positive environment for all club members through implementing, enforcing and monitoring USA Cycling’s Safe Sport Program. Clubs have the opportunity to earn three different Safe Sport levels – Bronze, Silver or Gold. Once acquired, clubs will be able to advertise the corresponding Safe Sport level badge on their club platforms and USA Cycling encourages parents to consider the measures of protection that clubs have implemented when determining where to embed your minor athlete in the cycling community.

How It Works

Clubs have an opportunity to upgrade their Safe Sport level annually. Application are open on June 1st and December 1st each year. Clubs are invited to submit detailed information (see below) demonstrating that they have met a particular Safe Sport level. A review of applications will be completed within 10-14 days of submission.

Applications are now open until June 30th, 2021. To submit your application, please review the instructions and upload all your documents here.

The Facts

  • Voluntary and no-cost program for all USA Cycling clubs
  • Submissions completed entirely online
  • Earn one of three Safe Sport level badges
  • Focused on club Safe Sport policies, procedures and processes
  • Successful completion demonstrates a commitment to creating a safe and positive environment for club members
  • USA Cycling encourages parents to consider the measures of protection that clubs have implemented

Download Criteria

Please direct any questions to Kelsey Erickson.

Who needs to do SafeSport training?

USA Cycling encourages everyone to do the training!

  • Staff and Board Members of any Club with minor athletes
  • Other individuals the Club authorizes, approves or appoints
    • to a position of authority over, or
    • to have regular contact with minor athletes

We have club rides that juniors may hop into from time to time. Would ALL ride leaders be required to take SafeSport training?

If the ride leaders are in regular contact with minor athletes, they need to take the training. If the contact with minor athletes is irregular, it will not be required, although still recommended.

Are all members of the club's board of directors required to take SafeSport training?

Yes, all board members must take the training.

Not all members of our club, including some ride leaders, board members, or parents providing transportation to juniors are members of USA Cycling. How do they take SafeSport training?

Non-USA Cycling members can sign still take the training for free. Follow the instructions here.

Are parents who assist by providing transportation of juniors to events (carpooling) required to take the SafeSport training?

Yes, adults transporting minors (other than their own children) to events are considered “adults authorized by the club to have regular contact with or authority over minor athletes.”

USA Cycling is committed to creating a safe and positive environment for its participants’ physical, emotional, and social development and to ensuring it promotes an environment free from misconduct and abuse. To achieve this, USA Cycling’s Safe Sport Program went into effect in January 2014. Today, the Program consists of three core components: (1) Education, (2) Policies (including Background Checks), and (3) Response and Resolution. In 2017, the U.S. Center for SafeSport (“The Center”) was launched and it has exclusive jurisdiction over sexual misconduct matters and may exercise discretionary jurisdiction over other misconduct. The Center also promulgates rules and policies around training requirements and misconduct. USA Cycling works closely with The Center to educate our membership, create policies that protect our members from misconduct and abuse and respond to and resolve allegations of misconduct when they arise.

Since USA Cycling Clubs are such an integral pathway for the development and participation of junior athletes in the sport of cycling, USA Cycling believes that SafeSport Training is critical for all Clubs – especially those with minor (under 18 years of age) athlete members. SafeSport Training equips individuals with the skills and knowledge necessary to identify potential red flags for misconduct and abuse and the ability to report it.

USA Cycling encourages EVERYONE to take SafeSport training - we all have a role to play in ensuring safe and enjoyable sport.

USA Cycling's SafeSport Education Policy outlines who is required to take SafeSport training. Within Clubs, this includes:

  • Staff and Board Members of any Club with minor athletes
  • Other individuals the Club authorizes, approves or appoints
    • to a position of authority over, or
    • to have regular contact with minor athletes.

Training is free to complete and must be updated every 12 months. Complete the training here.

Learn about USA Cycling's SafeSport Program here.

About The Program

USA Cycling’s Club Safe Sport Program allows clubs to demonstrate their commitment to creating a safe and positive environment for all club members through implementing, enforcing and monitoring USA Cycling’s Safe Sport Program. Clubs have the opportunity to earn three different Safe Sport levels – Bronze, Silver or Gold. Once acquired, clubs will be able to advertise the corresponding Safe Sport level badge on their club platforms and USA Cycling encourages parents to consider the measures of protection that clubs have implemented when determining where to embed your minor athlete in the cycling community.

How It Works

Clubs have an opportunity to upgrade their Safe Sport level annually. Application are open on June 1st and December 1st each year. Clubs are invited to submit detailed information (see below) demonstrating that they have met a particular Safe Sport level. A review of applications will be completed within 10-14 days of submission.

Applications are now open until June 30th, 2021. To submit your application, please review the instructions and upload all your documents here.

The Facts

  • Voluntary and no-cost program for all USA Cycling clubs
  • Submissions completed entirely online
  • Earn one of three Safe Sport level badges
  • Focused on club Safe Sport policies, procedures and processes
  • Successful completion demonstrates a commitment to creating a safe and positive environment for club members
  • USA Cycling encourages parents to consider the measures of protection that clubs have implemented

Download Criteria

Please direct any questions to Kelsey Erickson.

Who needs to do SafeSport training?

USA Cycling encourages everyone to do the training!

  • Staff and Board Members of any Club with minor athletes
  • Other individuals the Club authorizes, approves or appoints
    • to a position of authority over, or
    • to have regular contact with minor athletes

We have club rides that juniors may hop into from time to time. Would ALL ride leaders be required to take SafeSport training?

If the ride leaders are in regular contact with minor athletes, they need to take the training. If the contact with minor athletes is irregular, it will not be required, although still recommended.

Are all members of the club's board of directors required to take SafeSport training?

Yes, all board members must take the training.

Not all members of our club, including some ride leaders, board members, or parents providing transportation to juniors are members of USA Cycling. How do they take SafeSport training?

Non-USA Cycling members can sign still take the training for free. Follow the instructions here.

Are parents who assist by providing transportation of juniors to events (carpooling) required to take the SafeSport training?

Yes, adults transporting minors (other than their own children) to events are considered “adults authorized by the club to have regular contact with or authority over minor athletes.”