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SafeSport

Safe Sport Program

U.S. Figure Skating strives to provide a safe environment for its members that is free of misconduct and harassment. The association will not tolerate or condone any form of harassment or misconduct of any of its members including athletes, coaches, officials, directors, employees, parents, volunteers or any other persons while they are participating in or preparing for a figure skating activity or event conducted under the auspices of U.S. Figure Skating. All forms of misconduct are unacceptable and in direct conflict with U.S. Figure Skating rules.

The U.S. Figure Skating SafeSport Program addresses the following types of misconduct:

  • Sexual misconduct
  • Physical misconduct
  • Emotional misconduct
  • Bullying, threats and harassment
  • Hazing
  • Willfully tolerating misconduct

All individuals, regardless of membership with U.S. Figure Skating, are encouraged to report suspected violations of SafeSport.

  1. To report a suspected violation of the SafeSport Policy, that does not involve Sexual Misconduct, click here.

  2. Allegations of Sexual Misconduct should be reported directly to the U.S. Center for Safe Sport. To report suspected Sexual Misconduct, click here

If you have questions about the SafeSport program, email: safesport@usfigureskating.org or call 719-635-5200. Reports of suspected violation should be filed on the form above.

The FSC Bloomington SafeSport contact is Chris Ward.

The FSC Bloomington Club President is Onia Gelecinskyj.

USFSA Safe Sport

Click here to be directed to USFSA Safesport

Chris Ward

Safe Sport Chairperson

Safesport Bullying Information and Guidelines

Safe Sport/Conflict Disciplinary Actions

If a Safe Sport situation regarding bullying occurs, the following steps will be followed.

1st offense: A verbal warning will be given to the offending party/ies by a club official or coach. That person will also send an email to our safe sport chair documenting the incident including date, time and those involved in the incident.

2nd offense: A written warning will be given to the offending party/ies by a club official with coaches & parents of all parties involved present.

3rd offense: Suspension up to club expulsion will be issued with the period to be determined by the board of directors.

The Board of Directors reserves the right to escalate the level of discipline regarding an incident based on the severity of the issue.

It is the expectation that all club members and families of club members will honor the code of conduct they agreed to upon membership renewal of theirr skater/s.
Gossip, slander of other members/families and sharing of sensitive information will not be tolerated and could also result in disciplinary actions.

Established May 26, 2016 

Grievance & Conflict Procedures

Most of the time conflict arises, miscommunication is to blame. The FSC of Bloomington Board of Directors is committed to helping with conflict and has created a Grievance Committee/Process to help with conflict and move toward resolution.

The committee resources are available to skaters, coaches, parents and any individual who is in direct contact with club happenings. The committee will be comprised of Tami Jo Cook and Jenny Mahoney, with other board members acting as alternates as needed. The committee may also appoint individuals to assist based on a particular situation.

Following US Figure Skating Code of Conduct, all skaters/parents and coaches have agreed and signed a contract each year to be respectful, professional and supportive of all members/families involved with FSC of Bloomington.

Going forward from today, the FSC of Bloomington Board of Directors asks that when a situation arises, the parties involved work together to resolve the problem directly affecting them. Most situations should easily be rectified with good open communication.

A party should not solicit help from another parent, coach or skater unless that person is directly involved in the conflict. Doing so in the past has resulted in continued miscommunication and further harm in rectifying reasonable solutions for all involved and is not the direction nor mission of the FSC of Bloomington Grievance Committee.

If a skater, coach, parent or other party feels they are unable to resolve a conflict, a formal written grievance may be submitted. The Grievance Committee will read the grievance, meet with the parties involved and offer unbiased resolution for all parties involved quickly, with the best interest of the FSC of Bloomington in mind.

Established June 16, 2014