The U.S. Center for SafeSport Youth Athlete Training released online courses for children of preschool age, grades K-2, grades 3-5, middle school, and high school.
The free online trainings are designed as an introduction for minor athletes and their parents or other caregivers to understand the importance of positive, welcoming environments in sports, where misconduct like bullying or abuse is less likely to happen, and to know where to report abuse, should it occur.
Each course is hosted on athletesafety.org and requires that a parent or legal guardian create an account to provide consent for their child to access the training. Once an account is created, parents can choose which course is best for their child based on their actual or developmental age.
Each course will take less than 30 minutes to complete. While the youth training courses are not required, a fillable PDF certificate is available at the conclusion of each training, and parents are encouraged to write their child’s name on the printed certificate.