DREAM Adaptive Recreation strives to safeguard our sport environments from misconduct, including athlete physical and sexual abuse. To that end, DREAM has constructed a protection handbook and policies designed to increase our community’s knowledge base, create stronger detection and protection systems for our programs, and to establish entry barriers for abusers. This handbook and policies within are specific to events, programs and services provided directly through DREAM.
As a member chapter of Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA), DREAM is required to adopt a written Sport Protection Policy that meets the minimum standards of DSUSA, and make the policy publicly available our community. Please read our handbook and policies here: Sport Protection Handbook – DREAM Adaptive Recreation
If you are a volunteer instructor, you must pass a background screening every 2 years and complete the Safe Sport/Sport Protection Training annually (expand the sections below for instructions).
DREAM’s Sport Protection Policies shall govern those individuals who fall under the responsibility of DREAM. Should you need to report misconduct, please follow steps found in the handbook.
Criminal Background Checks
Criminal background checks will be refreshed every year, or as otherwise required by law, for Covered Individuals (see definition of Covered Individuals in the Sport Protection Policy) who are 18 years of age or older and perform services for DREAM. DREAM, through support from DSUSA, has chosen the National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI) to conduct Full Service Screens for Covered Individuals.
Covered Individuals are required to pay the associated fees for the background screening every two years, which averages $20.00. NCSI runs a re-screen after the first year as part of the fee. We appreciate your commitment to creating a safe environment for our participants. **Approved Jr. Volunteers (16-18 yrs old) do not need to submit a background screening.**
Covered Individuals, as defined in our Sport Protection Policy & Handbook, must successfully complete the training and quiz after the test in order to be eligible to participate with DREAM Adaptive Recreation. DREAM, through the help of DSUSA, has partnered with the U.S. Center on SafeSport to provide training.
Covered Individuals are required to complete awareness training, or a refresher course, as applicable, every year. The first training to commence no more than 30 day(s) before they have contact with athletes and/or minors in connection with DREAM. There is a $17 fee for this training, however DREAM is committed to paying the cost for all Covered Individuals as needed.
If you would like to pay for your own training, follow the steps in the Self-Pay Sport Protection Training Instructions. (coming soon)
If you would like DREAM to cover your $17 fee, please follow the instructions in the DREAM-Pay Sport Protection Training document. (coming soon)
The U.S. Center for Safe Sport provides parent and youth training services, toolkits, and resources free of charge to registered individuals. It is easy to create an online account at:
These FREE resources include courses for children of preschool age; grades K-2; grades 3-5; middle school and high school. These online trainings are designed as an introduction for minor athletes and their parents or other caregivers to understand the importance of positive, welcoming environments in sports, where misconduct like bullying or abuse is less likely to happen, and to know where to report abuse, should it occur.
Parent Toolkits help parents understand SafeSport best practices and how to respond to signs of abuse.