U.S. Center for SafeSport

Only three weeks since opening its doors, the U.S. Center for SafeSport is investigating 21 cases involving sexual misconduct or abuse in Olympic sports.

The center’s website offers a hotline and an online reporting form for those who have been victims of abuse or know of such cases. …

The organization operates independently from the U.S. Olympic Committee and organizations governing Olympic sports. The USOC and the 47 national governing bodies help fund the center — about $13.3 million over five years — but do not have any say over how it operates or the cases it investigates.

The center opened March 23 …

New US athlete protection group tells AP of reports of abuse

A step forward, for sure. But how well will SafeSport work?

That’s yet to be seen.

crisis management at the Gym Club

Tony Retrosi posted some tips:

In my experience, those who overcome the gym’s inevitable crises have three basic principles in place.

  • First, they have a strong and varied network of trusted advisors.
  • Second, they avoid panic and instead break the necessary responses down into component parts.
  • Third, they maintain flexibility, knowing that even the best plans are going to run off the rails.

HANDLING A CRISIS IN YOUR GYM

British Gymnastics Safeguarding and Protecting Policy

If an incident or concern is immediate and you think a child is in immediate danger of abuse or at risk of significant harm or are in need of protection, then call the Police on 999 and/or your local Social Services.

If the matter is not immediate, please speak to the person responsible for welfare or contact a member of our Safeguarding and Compliance Team by calling 0345 1297129.

In either circumstance, please also complete the Child Protection Incident form. This form should be used to record the details of any concern they wish to report. A copy should be sent to the British Gymnastics Safeguarding and Compliance team at ethics@british-gymnastics.org  …

#girlchampion gymnasts

Here’s a cute video promoting positive self-image.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Vinnie Silber:

LIC Kids Gymnastics in the New York City area …

Leading the development of these athletes are Morgan Lemon (Director) and Natalie Fuertes (Assistant Director). …

Our gym’s philosophy is based on positive coaching, wherein we value being a good teammate, supporting one another, and working hard to achieve your goals, more than we value banners and medals. …

The videos were a conscious effort to present girls with positive images to counteract the more traditional media images they are bombarded with daily. We wanted to remind girls that they are strong and powerful and beautiful …

Gym Blog Central – LIC Kids Gymnastics Develops the Individual Along with the Athlete

USA Gymnastics skips Senate Hearing

USA Gymnastics, the national governing body for the Olympic sport, was a no-show Tuesday at a Congressional hearing into its handling of sexual abuse allegations — drawing a sharp rebuke from one lawmaker.

“I’m deeply disappointed they’ve sent a statement but no witness to question,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said.

“If they really cared, they would be here,” he added. “They have to answer for what happened here.” …

USA Gymnastics did not immediately respond to a request for comment about why it did not attend the hearing …

USA Gymnastics Blasted for Skipping Senate Hearing on Sex Abuse