ddreport_062617.pdf - Report to USA Gymnastics on Proposed Policy and Procedural Changes for the Protection of Young Athletes SUBMITTED BY Deborah J

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Report to USA Gymnastics on Proposed Policy and Procedural Changes for the Protection of Young Athletes Deborah J. Daniels, J.D. WITH ASSISTANCE FROM Praesidium June 26, 2017 SUBMITTED BY
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Table of Contents Background on the Environment Page 10 Surrounding Competitive Gymnastics and the Risk of Abuse Historical Perspective Regarding Page 13 Competitive Gymnastics in the United States Overarching Recommendation: Page 23 Cultural Shift Throughout USA Gymnastics Specific Findings and Recommendations Page 24 Board Structure and Duties Page 25 Administrative Management Page 34 Member Requirements and Enforcement Page 40 Screening and Selection of Coaches, Volunteers and Page 55 Other Adults with Access to Athletes Process for Filing Reports of Misconduct Page 62 Education, Training and Athlete Support Page 72 Encouraging Reporting of Suspected Violations Page 84 National Team Training Center Page 90 National Team Selection Process Page 97 Conclusion Page 100 Introduction Page 1 Executive Summary Page 4 Methodology Page 8 Exhibit A - USA Gymnastics Participant Welfare Policy Exhibit B - USA Gymnastics Code of Ethical Conduct Exhibit C - USA Gymnastics Bylaws: Articles 9 and 10
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1 INTRODUCTION Background Leading to Commissioning of Review USA Gymnastics is the National Governing Body for gymnastics under the umbrella of the U.S. Olympic Committee. Since the 1980s, based on reports of physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse of young athletes participating in the sport, USA Gymnastics has made a number of significant policy changes intended to protect the young athletes who compete in its sanctioned events, as well as those who engage in intensive training in the hope of qualifying for such competition. However, in recent years, a number of troubling reports have surfaced of young women allegedly abused by persons affiliated with USA Gymnastics as members or contractors over a lengthy period of time, including allegations that USA Gymnastics was not sufficiently responsive in disciplining offenders and terminating their access to young gymnasts. While individual USA Gymnastics staff members have perceived themselves as having been vigilant in protecting children, within the boundaries they perceived as limiting their authority to control others’ behavior, it has become clear that more is needed. For that reason, in late 2016, USA Gymnastics engaged Deborah J. Daniels, Managing Partner of Indianapolis based Krieg DeVault LLP and a former federal prosecutor, to conduct an independent review of USA Gymnastics’ bylaws, policies, procedures and practices related to handling sexual misconduct matters. It should be noted at the outset of this report that there are thousands of gymnastics clubs throughout the United States, peopled with tens of thousands of dedicated coaches, staff and volunteers, in addition to judges and others within and outside USA Gymnastics, whose entire focus is on serving and protecting the young athletes who are entrusted to their care.
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