Safe Play

The USTA is committed to making every tennis experience a safe and memorable one.

To ensure a safe environment, the USTA has developed the Safe Play program.

What is Safe Play?

As the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the United States, the USTA is committed to promoting safe and respectful environments for athletes to thrive in. Safe Play is the USTA’s comprehensive athlete safety program consisting of education, screening, reporting tools and policies for appropriate conduct in tennis. The USTA works with the U.S. Center for SafeSport and the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee to develop Safe Play policies, procedures and educational resources to support the USTA Safe Play program.

Who needs Safe Play?

Adults who have regular contact with or authority over a minor athlete in USTA programs, events, or tournaments must be in compliance with Safe Play.  This includes background screens and education about preventing misconduct in sport for the following groups:

  • USTA Staff

  • USTA Certified Officials

  • Independent contractors falling within the definition of a Participant

  • Volunteer coaches for USTA Junior Team Tennis

  • All Net Generation tennis providers

  • Pro Circuit Tournament Directors

  • USTA Junior Sanctioned Tournament Directors

  • USTA Board of Directors

  • USTA staff tennis professionals

  • Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day Volunteers

  • US Open Volunteers

  • USTA National Campus Ambassadors

  • Davis Cup and Fed Cup Volunteers

  • Anti-Doping Chaperones during the US Open

  • USTA National Tennis Center Incorporated tennis professional staff

How do I get approved?

The Safe Play Approval process consists of the following two-step process:


Step 1

Read and acknowledge the USTA Safe Play Policy 

Complete education from the U.S. Center for SafeSport.

Step 2

Complete your background screen application.

Need to renew your Safe Play Approval?

Safe Play Policy Highlights for Parents and Players

Suspended or Ineligible Individuals

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