Bottineau Winter Park Ski Team strives to provide a safe environment for its members and to protect the opportunity of its members to participate in the sport in an atmosphere that is free of harassment and abusive practices. The team will not tolerate or condone any form of harassment or abuse of any of its members including athletes, coaches, officials, directors, employees, parents, and volunteers or any other persons while they are participating in or preparing for downhill skiing or any other event conducted under the auspices of BWP Ski Team.
There are many positive reasons to participate in alpine skiing, but like all sports, it can also be a high-risk environment for misconduct: emotional, physical, sexual, bullying, harassment and hazing. All forms of misconduct are unacceptable and in direct conflict with the BWP Ski Team values and ideals.
Misconduct may damage an athlete’s psychological well-being. Athletes who have been mistreated experience social embarrassment, emotional turmoil, psychological scars, and loss of self-esteem, misconduct also may have a negative impact on family, friends and the sport. Misconduct often hurts an athlete’s competitive performance and may cause him or her to drop out of sport entirely.
This SafeSport Handbook, originally created by the U.S. Olympic Committee, www.safesport.org, and adapted by BWP Ski Team, includes various guidelines that apply to all programs, events and activities. It further includes the available and required training of coaches and select BWP Ski Team volunteers, officials and staff members on recognizing and reducing circumstances for potential abuse to occur; information on BWP Ski Team required screening and background check program; the availability and procedures for any person to report suspected abuse or misconduct (including protections from any retaliation or repercussions for such reporting); the procedures and means by which all our teams and programs will monitor and supervise this alpine ski team to help ensure its effectiveness.
As described more fully within this Handbook, BWP Ski Team shall designate a club member to hold the title of Club SafeSport Compliance Chair beginning November 1, 2017. The specific duties of the Club SafeSport Compliance Chair will include monitoring the SafeSport policies and procedures of the club, verifying coach compliance and being the initial contact for persons reporting suspected abuse, misconduct or other violations, compiling information, and when appropriate, reporting such information to U.S. Ski & Snowboard. Also, the BWP Ski Team should have at least three members who have completed the SafeSport Program training course.
Through the U.S. Olympic Committee SafeSport Program, the BWP Ski Team is committed to providing the safest possible environment for all participants.