Membership Alert: At the meeting of the USA Water Ski board of directors on Jan. 26, 2014, the following changes were approved and are being brought to your attention for review per Article XI Amendments, of the USA Water Ski Bylaws.
Added new Section 5 in Article IV
ARTICLE IV UNITED STATES OLYMPIC COMMITTEE & INTERNATIONAL WATERSKI AND WAKEBOARD FEDERATION Compliance
5. USA Water Ski and its affiliated Sport Disciplines will not tolerate any form of harassment, abuse or misconduct and will uphold a zero tolerance policy, consistent with the United States Olympic Committee Safe Sport initiative. The USA Water Ski SafeSport Program Handbook is an addendum to the USA Water Ski Policies and Procedures Manual.
RATIONALE: The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has created a Safe Sport Initiative with the requirement to make every sport environment free of any forms of physical or sexual abuse, harassment, hazing, and inappropriate behaviors by people in authority.
The initiative has minimum standards for all of its National Governing Bodies and as a recognized Pan American sport of the USOC, USA Water Sk is joining with them, to follow these standards. A Safe Sport Manual has been prepared and is an Appendix to the USA Water Ski Policies and Procedures Manual.
The approved, Revision 8 Jan. 26, 2014 version with the changes in Bold Italics of the USA Water Ski Bylaws
(PDF) and the USA Water Ski Policies and Procedures Manual Revision 14
(PDF) are posted on the USA Water Ski website for your review.
These changes will become effective on March 26, 2014, unless a referendum is called for per Article XI Amendments of the USA Water Ski Bylaws.
– From Jeff Clark, USA Water Ski Bylaws Committee Chairman