Safe Play Training
All volunteers 18 & over are required to go through SafePlay training in order to participate. Safe Play is the USTA’s comprehensive athlete safety program consisting of education, screening, reporting tools and policies for appropriate conduct in tennis. The USTA works with the U.S. Center for SafeSport and the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee to develop Safe Play policies, procedures and educational resources to support the USTA Safe Play program.
While the information is not easy to consume, the process is straightforward. The Safe Play Approval process consists of two steps: 1 – Complete the education from the U.S. Center for SafeSport and 2 – Complete your background screen application. It takes approximately 90 minutes to complete the bi-annual training and background check and full approval can take up to 5 days. The training and background check must be completed by July 15, 2023. To view the complete Safe Play Policies, Guidelines and Conduct, please visit the following link: https://tinyurl.com/ye3dfayn
To start the process, Use the following link to follow the instructions: https://customercare.usta.com/hc/en-us/articles/360041617612-How-to-Become-Safe-Play-Approved or see cheat sheet attached. The steps to complete the entire process are as follows:
Step 1: Visit usta.com/safeplay and sign into your USTA account or create one.
Step 2: Complete the Personal Information section.
Step 3: Complete the SafeSport Training Course and Accept the Safe Play Policy.
Step 4: Complete the NCSI Background Check.
Step 5: Once you have received confirmation that you are SafePlay approved, please forward the email to email@example.com so we can record your SafePlay approval. Please complete the Safe Play Approval process by July 15, 2023.
In order to assist volunteers through this process, we will be hosting the following Safe Play Training Open Houses at Kalamazoo College in the Fitness & Wellness Center (where the USTA office is located):
- May 2 from 1 to 5 pm (last training starts at 3:30 pm)
- May 30 from 1 to 5 pm (last training starts at 3:30 pm)
- June 8 from 9 am to 1 pm (last training starts at 11:30 am)
- June 22 from 9 am to 1 pm (last training starts at 11:30 am)
- July 12 from 12 pm to 5 pm (last training starts at 3:30 pm)
- July 19 from 12 pm to 5 pm (last training starts at 3:30 pm)
Volunteers are welcome to come any time during those training times for assistance. We will have a few computers available, but volunteers are encouraged to bring their own laptop if possible. Please be aware that training can take appoximately 90 minutes and session end times are firm. If you have not completed training by the session end time, you will need to complete the remainder of the training elsewhere.
We are here to help! If you have questions throughout the process, please contact the tournament office: firstname.lastname@example.org.