On July 17, the USA Fencing Board of Directors, at an Emergency Meeting, adopted the USA Fencing Safe Sport Policy. The document builds on existing policy, defines areas of misconduct, expands background screen requirements, outlines best practices policies and includes information on how to report Safe Sport issues. The insurance company that covers USA Fencing, including its divisions and many of the clubs, communicated a requirement for the 8/1/13 renewal that USA Fencing must have adopted and implemented a Safe Sport policy, based on the USOC guidelines as well as other policies that address misconduct in sport. This policy includes background checks for referees, armorers and members of the bout committee, in addition to coaches, division and national officers and others who may be involved with any minors participating in the sport.
Currently, the background screen process is managed through the Professional Membership type. Officials can select the following membership types to comply with the new policy: