A Safety Champion is a person who champions a safe, club atmosphere and serves as a liaison between USA Gymnastics and the club on matters related to safety that include:
Safety Champions should be committed to health and safety, energetic and able to motivate and influence others. They always look for new methods to improve general safety and they recognize that there is always room for improvement.
A Safety Champion is a person who works with the club’s management to set a good example, and to encourage and inspire staff, parents, and athletes to make positive changes that help create and maintain a safe club atmosphere. The activities of a Safety Champion can have a very positive effect on the safety culture in the club. They can be the link between management and club staff and a key component of successful safety programs.
A Safety Champion must be, at the least, a volunteer member of the club, preferably a staff member who is not the club owner, who is passionate about club safety and takes an active role in providing a club culture of safety. The Safety Champion must be, at the least, a volunteer member, take U110: SafeSport Core and participate in a virtual Safety Champion training annually.
Talk to your club owner and ask them to list you as the Safety Champion on their club membership with USA Gymnastics.
At no time will the Safety Champion be asked to conduct an investigation or become involved in a Safety & Response matter unless they are considered a witness. It is not advisable to take reports or change the reporting procedures of the club. All reports should continue to go directly to the club, USA Gymnastics, or the U.S. Center for SafeSport.