|Dear USTA Official,
To ensure a safe and fun environment for all participants, the USTA has developed “Safe Play”. Safe Play embodies the USTA’s commitment to respect and safety for every individual participating in a USTA event or program through the use of screening, education and reporting tools.
In order to be recertified, you are required to be in compliance with the USTA Safe Play program. Beginning this year, there is a change in the expiration date for all USTA Certified Officials. The biennial period for all green light USTA Certified Officials will expire on Sunday, September 30, 2018. In advance of this expiration, you must complete the following requirements:
Step 1: Complete the updated online Safe Play training.The USTA has adopted the U.S. Center for SafeSport’s training for this purpose. This training is mandated as a requirement for your recertification. This course will take approximately 90 minutes to complete.
IMPORTANT – when you create your training to access the training you MUST use the SAME EMAIL ADDRESS that is associated with your account with the USTA. This will ensure that your completion will sync up with your profile on OfficialsFirst.
To access the training, please click HERE.
You will be prompted to create an account (USE THE EMAIL ADDRESS THE USTA HAS ON FILE FOR YOU IN OFFICIALSFIRST) and will then have access to your learning dashboard.
From your learning dashboard, there are three 30 minute training modules to complete:
- Sexual Misconduct Awareness Education
- Mandatory Reporting
- Emotional and Physical Misconduct
The modules do not need to be completed in one sitting. You can access your account again by visiting: https://safesport.org/, selecting “Menu” on the top left of the screen and selecting “Sign In”.
Once all three modules are completed a “SafeSport Trained” certificate can be downloaded for your records. This certificate will appear at the bottom of your learning dashboard.
Please be advised that the USTA requires all individuals working in player areas to act as mandatory reporters and report any conduct of which they become aware that could constitute (a) sexual misconduct; (b) child abuse; (c) misconduct that is reasonably related to the underlying allegation of sexual misconduct or child abuse; and (d) retaliation related to an allegation of sexual misconduct or child abuse. All reports must be immediate and sent to safeplay.
Step 2: Review USTA Safe Play Conduct, Policies, and Guidelines found here.
Step 3: Complete your Background Screening Application through the National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI): Click here.
- Once the background screening application has been submitted, you will receive a confirmation email from compliance with your NCSI Application ID number. This ID number can be used to check the status of your application on NCSI’s website.
- Results will be generated in approximately 10 business dates. During this 10 day period, NCSI may contact you to request additional information. You can confirm the legitimacy of the request by checking your status on NCSI’s website using the Application ID number; your status will note the same request for information. Please watch for communications from NCSI as these emails may end up in your “spam” folder.
- When your background screen is complete you will receive either a green or red light based on the results of your application and the USTA’s criteria. If you received a green light, you will be listed on the results page of usta.com: Click here. If you received a red light, you will be notified by NCSI of your status, and you will not be eligible to be certified by the USTA or provide officiating services for the USTA.
You must complete the USTA Safe Play Requirements before Sunday, September 30, 2018.
Completion of the Safe Play training and background screening requirements will be reflected on your OfficialsFirst account within 48 hours under the Basic Requirement section.
The USTA Officiating Department
10000 USTA Blvd
Orlando, FL 32827