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New Required Training for USA Gymnastics Professional/Instructor Members

Post Views 4,968   USA Gymnastics is now requiring a new training for some membership roles beginning with the 2017-2018 competitive season. The U110 USOC SafeSport course will now be required for all Instructor and Professional members who are over the age of 18.  This course is free to current USA Gymnastics members and will need Read More

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The FIG Finally Takes Control of Misconduct in Gymnastics World

Post Views 724   Press Release – Lausanne (SUI), FIG Office, June 2, 2017:  As a clear sign of its strong commitment to the protection of gymnasts, the FIG will develop a “Duty of Care Code” which sets up all the policies and procedures regarding misconduct in the Gymnastics world, ranging from prevention and education to Read More

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SafeSport & USA Gymnastics – Reporting Procedures for Sexual and Non-Sexual Misconduct

Post Views 3,341   Going back to 2012, USA Gymnastics has provided education and reporting information regarding sexual and non-sexual misconduct to it’s members, athletes, and clubs through the Clubs Care and We Care Campaigns. Now, as of March 2017, USA Gymnastics has aligned with the U.S. Center for SafeSport to educate and investigate & resolve alleged violations of Read More

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Warning Signs of Sexual Abuse

Post Views 2,151   The gymnastics community has been inundated, since the Olympics this past summer, with news pieces about the sexual abuse of gymnasts. Two of the biggest headlines has involved Marvin Sharp and Dr. Larry Nassar. About a year ago, Marvin Sharp was arrested and charged with three counts of child molesting and four Read More

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Protecting Gymnasts From Predators – Part 3

Post Views 512 Click here to read Part 1 or Part 2 of the series. The final line of defense, to protect a gymnast from a predator, comes from the parent! We all want to trust the adults in our child’s life.  But according to d2l.org, 60% of children are abused by people the family trusts! So Read More

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Protecting Gymnasts From Predators – Part 2

Post Views 485   If you have not read Part 1 in this series, click here. But what else can be done? Well, club management can also play a large role in ensuring your child’s safety while under the supervision of their employees and/or while in their facility. I say “employees” instead of coaches because coaches are Read More

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Protecting Gymnasts From Predators – Part 1

Post Views 1,362   This is Part 1 of a 3 part series. We are hearing more and more through the media about allegations of sexual misconduct by adults toward minors in the sport of gymnastics. Almost a year ago, the owner of Sharp’s Gymnastics Academy in Indianapolis, IN (Marvin Sharp), was arrested and charged with three counts of child Read More