USA Archery Provides Update on 2014 Changes
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Earlier this year, USA Archery
announced changes that would be initiated in 2014 to bring the organization
into compliance related to the United States Olympic Committee’s Safe Sport initiatives, and to foster a healthy
and safe environment for our sport. After
announcing the proposed changes, we received great feedback from members, and
would now like to provide additional updates related to the rollout.
Summary of Changes Effective
January 1, 2014:
Archery CEO Denise Parker’s initial blog addressing the driving forces behind
these changes – Originally released June 5, 2013; updated November 27
Updated FAQ related to these changes – Originally released June 14, 2013; updated
NOTE: UPDATED MEMBERSHIP FORMS and ONLINE ACCESS to new
memberships and Range Pass will go live on DECEMBER 9, 2013!
Starting January 1st, 2014, USA Archery will require
membership to compete at all club, state, regional and national events, and for
archers who participate in Junior
Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) and Adult
Archery Program clubs. The
enforcement of membership in all USA Archery programs and activities will
ensure all members have agreed to abide by USA Archery terms and conditions,
including the Code of
Conduct and will be covered under the USA Archery insurance policy.
New Temporary Membership
- The temporary membership allows an individual who is not currently a USA
Archery member to be eligible for participation at club and state level
tournaments under the new membership requirement. The cost of the membership is
$15 per event. This membership can be purchased online through our membership
software, and it will be connected to a specific event. The individual will be
able to print this temporary membership card and bring it to the event for
confirmation purposes. USA Archery will also have a printed application form
that can be used by clubs at the event if they would like to offer on-site
memberships to participants. The new membership application form and online
sign up capability will be available beginning December 9, 2013.
NFAA Membership Tournament Reciprocity – National Field Archery
Association (NFAA) membership WILL BE recognized for participation purposes
only, at all USA Archery sanctioned competitions, so long as the individual has
obtained a temporary membership for that event, for which the $15 temporary membership fee will be waived for NFAA
members. The only exception to this tournament reciprocity will be
selection to international teams, and any tournament that requires JOAD club
membership, i.e. JOAD National Indoor Championships and Easton JOAD Nationals. Please
see the membership chartfor
all memberships and related benefits.
New Recreational Membership
– The recreational membership is a discounted membership for those individuals
who simply want to shoot as part of a club, but are not looking to compete in
tournaments or earn achievements under USA Archery club programs such as JOAD. The
cost of the Recreational Membership is $15. The new membership application form
and online sign up capability will be available beginning December 9, 2013.
USA Archery is aware that the new membership requirements can
be difficult to enforce during the initial introductory phase or when a
potential club member is not sure yet whether they want to join. Therefore, new
participants will only be required to obtain a USA Archery membership after they attend a
maximum of three USA Archery club activities OR when a participant becomes an
official member of that club. However, during this time, the club needs to
obtain a release of liability form from these
individuals. These can be stored with the club and accessed by USA Archery as
needed or requested.
We are aware that
clubs may have archery events that are outside of their club activities or
sanctioned archery tournaments, where the event is aimed at participants who are
NOT members of the club AND NOT members of USA Archery. At this time, USA
Archery’s club insurance does not cover these types of events. We are working
with the insurance underwriter to bring some options to clubs, but currently
this coverage is not offered. There is specific coverage offered to the coach
only, depending on the nature of the event, if they are Level 2 or higher and
members of the organization, but the coverage does not extend to the event as a
whole or the participants who are not members.
Safe Sport Compliance
As part of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Safe
Sport initiative, background screens and Safe Sport training will be mandated
for any person who has routine access with minors. In addition, USA Archery is
requiring that these individuals also be USA Archery members in order to be
covered by our insurance policy. Currently, all instructors who are Level 2 or
higher, are required to complete a background screen, and now in addition, will
be required to complete the free online 90-minute Safe Sport training. Current instructors
and coaches will be asked to complete the Safe Sport training requirement upon
renewal, or no later than December 31, 2014.
Those who fail to complete the Safe Sport training program prior to Jan.
1, 2015 will have their instructor or coach certification suspended until they
are in compliance.
Range Pass - A Range Pass will be required for any Level 1
Instructor or volunteer who will have routine access to minors to be compliant
with our Safe
Sport Code of Conduct Policy. In addition, due to the added risk, USA
Archery is also requiring that this individual become a USA Archery member in
order to be covered under USA Archery’s insurance policy. Any USA Archery
membership, other than a temporary membership, will suffice this requirement. There
is no fee for the Range Pass, but there will be the fee related to the
background screen and membership requirement. This Range Pass designation will
show up on the member’s membership card and can be printed off and presented to
the club administrator as verification of requirements.
USA Archery Clubs
As of Jan 1. 2014 USA Archery clubs will be required to have
at least one Level 2 Instructor assigned to their club. Requirement of a Level 2 Instructor will
ensure that a certain level of instruction and club safety have been completed
by the club. Current clubs will be asked for the name of this individual during
the renewal of the club’s membership process, or no later than December 31,
2014. Those who fail to be able to meet
this minimum standard will have their club membership suspended until they are
As noted above, many of the new changes will significantly
affect local clubs. Therefore, the USA Archery club terms and conditions have been revised to reflect all the new requirements and becomes effective
USA Archery understands change can be difficult, but we hope
that we will have your full support in our effort to meet the standards set
forth by our partners in order to maintain a healthy environment for athletes
and all participants within our clubs, teams and events. USA Archery would like to thank you in
advance for your support of these new initiatives and the continued effort you
continue to put forth to help grow the sport of archery across the country.