SafeSport Frequently Asked Questions

SafeSport Training FAQ's

Do I need to take SafeSport training?
The following individuals are required to take SafeSport training: USA Cycling Staff USA Cycling Board of Directors USA Cycling licensed Coaches USA Cycling licensed Officials Adult athletes selected by USA Cycling to attend events at which minor athletes selected by USA Cycling will also be in attendance (minor athletes who will turn 18 years of age while at such events must also take the training with parental permission) UCI Support License categories: Managers Sports...

The following individuals are required to take SafeSport training:

  • USA Cycling Staff
  • USA Cycling Board of Directors
  • USA Cycling licensed Coaches
  • USA Cycling licensed Officials
  • Adult athletes selected by USA Cycling to attend events at which minor athletes selected by USA Cycling will also be in attendance (minor athletes who will turn 18 years of age while at such events must also take the training with parental permission)
  • UCI Support License categories:
    • Managers
    • Sports Directors/Assistant Sport Directors
    • Soigneurs/Trainers
    • Team Doctors and Paramedics
    • Coaches
    • Mechanics
    • Any other UCI support licensee
      • Whom a team authorizes, approves or appoints:
        • To a position of authority over, or
        • To have regular contact with athletes.
  • Collegiate Conference Directors
  • Local Association leadership (Staff and Board Members) and those individuals the LA authorizes, approves or appoints:
    • To a position of authority over, or
    • To have frequent contact with athletes
  • Club leadership (Staff and Board Members) of any Club with minor athletes and those individuals the Club formally authorizes, approves or appoints:
    • To a position of authority over, or
    • To have frequent contact with minor athletes (including those transporting minors)
  • Independent contractors USA Cycling formally authorizes, approves or appoints:
    • To a position of authority over, or
    • To have frequent contact with athletes
  • Any non-athlete individual authorized by USA Cycling to train, stay, or work at an Olympic Training Center
Why do I need to take SafeSport training?
Congress recently passed the Protecting Young Victims From Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017, which authorizes the U.S. Center for SafeSport to develop training to prevent abuse, including emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, of any amateur athlete. Federal law also authorizes the Center to develop policies and procedures (including policies to limit one-on-one interactions) for implementation by NGBs to prevent abuse, including emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, of...

Congress recently passed the Protecting Young Victims From Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017, which authorizes the U.S. Center for SafeSport to develop training to prevent abuse, including emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, of any amateur athlete. Federal law also authorizes the Center to develop policies and procedures (including policies to limit one-on-one interactions) for implementation by NGBs to prevent abuse, including emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, of any amateur athlete. Training is required to be completed by certain adults; and, subject to parental consent, is required to be offered and given to minor athlete members. The policy details the specific adults who are required to take the Center’s training. Other individuals who are not required to take the Center’s training are nonetheless encouraged to take the Center’s training because they, at a minimum, need to comply with federal law and complete training concerning child abuse prevention. 

I have completed SafeSport training for another NGB, do I have to do it again for USAC?

No. There is only one SafeSport training, so if you have already done it for another NGB, please forward your certificate of completion (you can return to your SafeSport portal to retrieve it) to Kelsey Erickson and she will update this on the USAC system.

No. There is only one SafeSport training, so if you have already done it for another NGB, please forward your certificate of completion (you can return to your SafeSport portal to retrieve it) to Kelsey Erickson and she will update this on the USAC system.

I’m having trouble locating information on the required SafeSport training – can you help?

This link outlines how to create a free USAC account and complete the SafeSport training. If you are still having trouble, please email Kelsey Erickson.

This link outlines how to create a free USAC account and complete the SafeSport training. If you are still having trouble, please email Kelsey Erickson.

How much does SafeSport training cost?

The training is free through USAC.

The training is free through USAC.

How long is the SafeSport certification valid for?

The core SafeSport training (90 minutes) is valid for one year. After this, you will be required to complete an annual refresher course (less than 30 minutes) which you can access via your SafeSport training portal.

The core SafeSport training (90 minutes) is valid for one year. After this, you will be required to complete an annual refresher course (less than 30 minutes) which you can access via your SafeSport training portal.

I do not have a USAC membership, how do I take SafeSport training?

Members and non-members of USAC can take the SafeSport training for free by following these instructions.

Members and non-members of USAC can take the SafeSport training for free by following these instructions.

How do I tell USAC that I completed the SafeSport training?

By creating a USAC account, USAC will automatically get notification that you have completed the training. You do not need to personally inform USAC after you complete the training.

By creating a USAC account, USAC will automatically get notification that you have completed the training. You do not need to personally inform USAC after you complete the training.

Safesport Reporting FAQ's

How soon will I be contacted after filing a SafeSport Report with USAC?

You should expect contact from the SafeSport Director within 48-72 hours. Rarely, but occasionally, the SafeSport Director may be away from the office and unable to respond for up to a week. If you believe you or someone else’s safety is at risk please call local law enforcement immediately.

You should expect contact from the SafeSport Director within 48-72 hours. Rarely, but occasionally, the SafeSport Director may be away from the office and unable to respond for up to a week. If you believe you or someone else’s safety is at risk please call local law enforcement immediately.

What sort of investigation occurs after a SafeSport Report is filed with USAC?

After a report is filed online, by email or by phone, the first step for the SafeSport Director is to determine if the evidence suggests a policy violation or code of conduct violation has occurred. If the evidence supports a violation finding, the SafeSport Director will then hire an experienced third-party investigator to conduct an investigation. The investigator will seek contact with the complaining party as well as the accused and any witnesses.

After a report is filed online, by email or by phone, the first step for the SafeSport Director is to determine if the evidence suggests a policy violation or code of conduct violation has occurred. If the evidence supports a violation finding, the SafeSport Director will then hire an experienced third-party investigator to conduct an investigation. The investigator will seek contact with the complaining party as well as the accused and any witnesses.

Criminal Background Check FAQ's

How do I complete a criminal background check (CBC)?
1. Log into your USA Cycling account.  2. Click on "My Account" in the upper right corner of the webpage.  3. Under the “Welcome” banner, there are several links - click on "Account".  4. Within the Account screen, under your Personal Information, there is an information box entitled "Background Check". If you do not have a CBC, your CBC is not current or it is nearing expiration, there will be a "Click Here" link for you to use to start or update your CBC. Using this link is important as it...

1. Log into your USA Cycling account. 

2. Click on "My Account" in the upper right corner of the webpage. 

3. Under the “Welcome” banner, there are several links - click on "Account". 

4. Within the Account screen, under your Personal Information, there is an information box entitled "Background Check".

  • If you do not have a CBC, your CBC is not current or it is nearing expiration, there will be a "Click Here" link for you to use to start or update your CBC. Using this link is important as it transfers your USA Cycling ID to NCSI. By using this link your account information will be automatically updated when your CBC is completed. 
  • If you have a CBC and it is current, your account will show you the expiration date of your CBC. You will not receive a "Click Here" link until you are within 90 calendar days of your expiration date. USA Cycling will automatically send a reminder email to the email address listed in your account information when your CBC is within 30 days of expiration to remind you to update your CBC. Remember, if your CBC expires, any license requiring a CBC is then suspended until the CBC is brought current.
Do I need to complete a CBC for each of my licenses?

No. A green light CBC is good for 2 years and is good for any license requiring a CBC. For a list of licenses requiring a CBC, click here.

No. A green light CBC is good for 2 years and is good for any license requiring a CBC. For a list of licenses requiring a CBC, click here.

Do I need to complete a CBC?
The following individuals, irrespective of age, are required to complete a CBC and are responsible for the associated cost:  USA Cycling Staff*USA Cycling licensed Coaches and OfficialsUCI Support License categories:ManagersSports Directors/Assistant Sports DirectorsSoigneurs/TrainersTeam Doctors and ParamedicsCoaches (Must be a USA Cycling Licensed Coach)any other UCI support licensee who the team authorizes, approves or appointsto a position of authority over, orto have frequent contact with...

The following individuals, irrespective of age, are required to complete a CBC and are responsible for the associated cost: 

  • USA Cycling Staff*
  • USA Cycling licensed Coaches and Officials
  • UCI Support License categories:
    • Managers
    • Sports Directors/Assistant Sports Directors
    • Soigneurs/Trainers
    • Team Doctors and Paramedics
    • Coaches (Must be a USA Cycling Licensed Coach)
    • any other UCI support licensee who the team authorizes, approves or appoints
      • to a position of authority over, or
      • to have frequent contact with athletes.
  • Collegiate Conference Directors*
  • Local Associations
    • The LA President MUST have a completed CBC
    • and other members identified by the LA where the LA formally authorizes, approves or appoints
      • to a position of authority over, or
      • to have frequent contact with athletes.
      • to have frequent contact with athletes.
  • Independent contractors USA Cycling formally authorizes, approves or appoints
  • Any non-athlete individual authorized by USA Cycling or the USOC to train, stay, or work at an Olympic Training Center.

*USA Cycling Staff and Collegiate Conference Director CBCs are currently paid for by USA Cycling.

Find out more about the USAC Criminal Background Check Policy here.

How do I share my USA Triathlon CBC with USAC?
If you completed a CBC through NCSI for USA Triathlon within the last 12 months, you must tell NCSI to release the information using the following procedure: Create or log in to your USAC account.Use either of the methods listed above to connect to NCSI’s website.When asked "is this your first time using NCSI?" Click "No".You will then identify yourself one of two ways (last name, DOB and SSN or applicant ID and DOB).Sign-off on the consent forms which will allow NCSI to share your USA...

If you completed a CBC through NCSI for USA Triathlon within the last 12 months, you must tell NCSI to release the information using the following procedure:

  1. Create or log in to your USAC account.
  2. Use either of the methods listed above to connect to NCSI’s website.
  3. When asked "is this your first time using NCSI?" Click "No".
  4. You will then identify yourself one of two ways (last name, DOB and SSN or applicant ID and DOB).
  5. Sign-off on the consent forms which will allow NCSI to share your USA Triathlon screen with USAC.
  6. Email USAC at safesport@usacycling.org that the results have been released (NCSI does not notify USAC that the results have been shared).

See also: Criminal Background Check Procedure

I received a pre-adverse action letter from NCSI, (1) what does this mean? (2) what are my next step
1. If you've received a pre-adverse action letter from NCSI, it indicates NCSI sourced a criminal record in your criminal background check (CBC) and unless the record is inaccurate, your CBC will result in a red light.  2. If you believe the criminal record sourced by NCSI is incorrect, please contact NCSI immediately to dispute the sourced record. The letter should provide the appropriate contact information. 3. You can only appeal an inaccurate record, you cannot appeal a red light...

1. If you've received a pre-adverse action letter from NCSI, it indicates NCSI sourced a criminal record in your criminal background check (CBC) and unless the record is inaccurate, your CBC will result in a red light. 

2. If you believe the criminal record sourced by NCSI is incorrect, please contact NCSI immediately to dispute the sourced record. The letter should provide the appropriate contact information.

3. You can only appeal an inaccurate record, you cannot appeal a red light determination based on an accurate record.

Is it normal for NCSI to request additional information and/or to ask for a copy of my Drivers Licen

Occasionally, while going through the CBC process, NCSI may require additional information from an applicant to help source accurate records. Most often, NCSI requests the information because the applicant has a common name. If you question the validity of an email sent to you by NCSI, please do not hesitate to call their office: 866.833.7100.

Occasionally, while going through the CBC process, NCSI may require additional information from an applicant to help source accurate records. Most often, NCSI requests the information because the applicant has a common name. If you question the validity of an email sent to you by NCSI, please do not hesitate to call their office: 866.833.7100.

How do I find my CBC expiration date?
1. Log into your USA Cycling account. 2. Click on "My Account" in the upper right corner of the webpage. 3. Under the “Welcome” banner, there are several links - click on "Account". 4. Within the Account screen, under your Personal Information, there is an information box entitled "Background Check". If you do not have a CBC, your CBC is not current or it is nearing expiration, there will be a "Click Here" link for you to use to start or update your CBC. Using this link is important as it...

1. Log into your USA Cycling account.

2. Click on "My Account" in the upper right corner of the webpage.

3. Under the “Welcome” banner, there are several links - click on "Account".

4. Within the Account screen, under your Personal Information, there is an information box entitled "Background Check".

  • If you do not have a CBC, your CBC is not current or it is nearing expiration, there will be a "Click Here" link for you to use to start or update your CBC. Using this link is important as it transfers your USA Cycling ID to NCSI. By using this link your account information will be automatically updated when your CBC is completed.
  • If you have a CBC and it is current, your account will show you the expiration date of your CBC. You will not receive a "Click Here" link until you are within 90 calendar days of your expiration date. USA Cycling will automatically send a reminder email to the email address listed in your account information when your CBC is within 30 days of expiration to remind you to update your CBC. Remember, if your CBC expires, any license requiring a CBC is then suspended until the CBC is brought current.