This info is primarily for parents of Tri-State athletes but it is available and important for all.
US Ski & Snowboard now requires all the coaches and volunteers to complete a background screening and also to complete a course administered by the US Center for SafeSport. Catamount coaches are no exceptions and they have taken the training.
Recently, the US Center for SafeSport also published a Parent Toolkit to help you understand how best to help your child understand and identify Physical, Emotional and Sexual Abuse. The toolkit also outlines what to do if you suspect something is wrong.
The toolkit is very extensive. It is broken down into sections based on a child’s age and how best to deal with discussing these issues based on their age. We suggest you read through the full booklet but at a minimum the sections that apply to you and your children. The information in the booklet is not only applicable to ski racing or Catamount but really applicable to any difficult situation a child could end up in. It is a great resource for parents.
If you have any questions, there are multiple resources at the end of the booklet that can help.
Click Here to go to the SafeSport Toolkit for Parents online version
You can also find more information and a FREE online training for parents at www.athletesafety.org.
See you all on the slopes very soon!