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 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:
Read and acknowledge the USTA Safe Play Policy
Complete education from the U.S. Center for SafeSport.