USATF Newsletter - October 2019

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Oct. 23, 2019

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SafeSport Update and Clarification


An email that many (or all) of us received on Tuesday, Oct. 22, has caused confusion regarding SafeSport. After talking with the USATF SafeSport Administrator, here is the latest information.

Mike Armstrong
Chair, USATF National Officials Committee

  1. Who has to update SafeSport Certification? Any official who has not completed the SafeSport course within the past two years. This is a “rolling” window (just like the Background Screen). So for today, anyone who did SafeSport before October 23, 2017 will need to complete the Core SafeSport Training Course.
  2. What is the deadline to complete this? Though current SafeSport certification will be good until the end of 2020, we are asking you to renew your certification by March 31, 2020 because of a change in the time frame given by the US Center for SafeSport.
  3. Where to renew SafeSport? You renew at If you do not have a profile with SafeSport, you will need to create one. Please note that this is different that your USATF membership and, therefore, will be different that your USATF profile. You will enter your USATF membership number as a part of your profile so that your compliance can be recorded.
  4. How long will this SafeSport renewal take? The Core SafeSport Training Course will take 1.5 – 2 hours to complete.
  5. Is there a cost to renew SafeSport certification? There is no cost.
  6. What are the future requirements of SafeSport? Beginning in 2020, an annual refresher course will be required. This refresher course will take 20-30 minutes to complete.
  7. If you have questions or run into a problem, you can get assistance at

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