USA BASEBALL SAFE SPORT
USA Baseball is passionate about raising awareness of the U.S. Center for SafeSport initiative and providing our athletes unparalleled development and competitive opportunity in a safe environment.
Established in 2017, the U.S. Center for SafeSport is the independent and exclusive authority directed by Congress to prevent and respond to all forms of abuse and misconduct within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement. The Center is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in Denver, Colorado.
The Center receives, investigates, and responds to reports of abuse and misconduct from individuals affiliated with the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) and its National Governing Bodies (NGBs). The Center ensures that the USOPC and NGBs properly apply policies and procedures to govern abuse prevention and maintains a database of individuals sanctioned from participation in their sport.
Throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Movement, the Center trains athletes, parents, coaches, volunteers, and organizations at all levels on best practices and principles for preventing abuse in sport settings. In doing so, the Center advances its mission of making athlete well-being the center of our nation’s sports culture through abuse prevention, education, and accountability. Available trainings can be found here.
For more information, visit the U.S. Center for SafeSport.
Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies (MAAPP)
The MAAPP is a collection of proactive prevention and training policies for the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Movement. It has three primary components: an Education and Training Policy, Required Prevention Policies, and Recommended Prevention Policies. The Center developed the MAAPP to. assist National Governing Bodies, Paralympic Sport Organizations, Local Affiliated Organizations, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, and other individuals to whom these policies apply in meeting their obligations under federal law.
USA Baseball's Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies for adult participants can be found here. USA Baseball's adult participants include: staff, board of directors, board committees, task force, contracted staff, coaches, scouts, certified athletic trainers and athletes selected for employment or participating in the training and competition under the auspices of USA Baseball.
USA Baseball maintains a list of individuals who are ineligible to participate with USA Baseball at this time. We encourage amateur baseball organizations to cross-check this list when performing due diligence on potential volunteers or employees. In addition, organizations should perform their own background checks with their own disqualifying factors. This list is updated regularly, and can be found here.
The U.S. Center for SafeSport’s Centralized Disciplinary Database is a resource designed to keep the public informed when individuals connected with the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Movements are either subject to certain temporary restrictions pending investigation by the Center or are subject to certain sanctions after an investigation found them in violation of the SafeSport Code. The database also contains certain eligibility decisions made by the National Governing Bodies (NGB), their Local Affiliated Organizations (LAO), or the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC), including those rendered prior to the establishment of the Center. The Centralized Disciplinary Database can be found here.
If you need to report an incident involving emotional, physical or sexual abuse, please click here to do so. Please note, that you may report anonymously, but anonymous reporting may make it difficult for USA Baseball to investigate or properly address allegations. If you are submitting a report please be as accurate and as thorough as possible.
The Center accepts all reports of sexual abuse and child abuse within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement. Report here if you have reasonable suspicion of sexual misconduct or harassment, child abuse (including child sexual abuse), or intimate relationships involving an imbalance of power. Reports can also be made to the Center’s toll-free number: 833-5US-SAFE (587-7233).
The Center also accepts reports of emotional and physical misconduct (including but not limited to bullying, hazing, stalking, and harassment) within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement. Reports of emotional and physical misconduct can also be reported directly to your sport’s national governing body (NGB).
The SafeSport Code
The SafeSport Code establishes consistent standards of response and resolution to abuse and misconduct claims across the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement, whose affiliated individuals must comply with policies and procedures as defined by the Code.
BASE (Baseball Athlete Safety Education)
For more information on what USA Baseball is doing to make baseball a safe environment for kids across the country, visit USABASE.org.