May 20, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Terry Bigham
On the Web: BOWL.com
USBC PROVIDES NEW SAFESPORT AND REGISTERED VOLUNTEER TOOLS TO COMPLEMENT ATHLETE SAFETY HANDBOOK
ARLINGTON, Texas – The United States Bowling Congress made noteworthy updates to allow USBC members to easily see their current status for U.S. Center for SafeSport training and Registered Volunteer Program (RVP) requirements.
USBC members now can monitor their athlete safety status through their profile on BOWL.com. Once signed in through the USBC Community Login, members can click on the Athlete Safety/RVP link to see their SafeSport training and Registered Volunteer status.
The Registered Volunteer Program (RVP), created in 2006, requires participants to be a USBC member in good standing, undergo a criminal background screen through the National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI) and each season complete online training through the U.S. Center for SafeSport, which became a requirement in 2018.
The Athlete Safety/RVP link will show any missing requirements for adult members who compete with youth and, for those who are in a Registered Volunteer role, your profile will show when you need to complete your next SafeSport training program and when your background screen will need to be renewed.
Each season, a Registered Volunteer must renew their USBC membership and take SafeSport training, and every two years must go through NCSI for a criminal background screen to remain an active and approved volunteer. Adult USBC members who compete with youth bowlers also must take SafeSport training each bowling season.
Any USBC member can find out if a person is a Registered Volunteer through the Find A Register Volunteer function on BOWL.com. It is one of several popular “Find A …” functions, including Find A Member and Find A Tournament, available to USBC members.
The search function allows you to find a list of all current Registered Volunteers in your association or city, or you can use the individual search function to see if a person is an active Registered Volunteer and when the person’s RVP status expires.
Bowlers can also find their Registered Volunteer and SafeSport status through the Find A Member function. Those who are current in SafeSport training will have a SafeSport icon next to their name and those currently a Registered Volunteer, which includes SafeSport training, also will have an RVP icon.
While any USBC member can search for a volunteer through the Find A Registered Volunteer function, only the Registered Volunteer has access to their profile that shows their status related to membership, background screen and SafeSport training.
USBC also has developed a comprehensive handbook that combines policies for the U.S. Center for SafeSport and the USBC Registered Volunteer Program to detail the requirements of adult bowlers who work with, or compete alongside, youth bowlers.
Visit BOWL.com/RVP to learn more about athlete safety, how to become a Registered Volunteer and for the USBC Athlete Safety and RVP Handbook.
United States Bowling Congress
The United States Bowling Congress serves as the national governing body of bowling as recognized by the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC). USBC conducts championship events nationwide including the largest participation sporting events in the world – the USBC Open and Women’s Championships – and professional events such as the USBC Masters and USBC Queens.
Founded in 1895, today USBC and its 1,638 state and local associations proudly serve more than a million members. USBC is headquartered in Arlington, Texas, working toward a future for the sport. The online home for USBC is BOWL.com.
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