The NWBA has been taking note of various concerns raised by U.S. Women’s National Team athletes.
We also know that these individuals and others in the organization want their voices to be heard. This can be in relation to National Team or any other aspect of membership within the organization.
To support this process, NWBA Leadership (e.g., Board, National Office, Athlete Advisory Council and High-Performance Committee) plans to engage with all interested members in an open forum for respectful discussion.
The NWBA will use the already allocated time for the NWBA Townhall on December 15th, at 6:30pm Mountain Time, to begin this dialogue. Details to participate are below:
NWBA Open Forum
Wed, Dec 15, 2021 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM (MST)
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85310255366?pwd=RkF4cURqeVlldXZVR053L2YrdWpBUT09
Meeting ID: 853 1025 5366
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While members will be able to raise any feedback they have, we also respect that not all individuals, on the National Team or otherwise, will feel comfortable raising concerns in a public forum. Therefore, we want to remind you all that there are various other mechanisms in place, in addition to the National Office, to raise your concerns in a more targeted fashion:
- Board of Directors
- Ethics Committee
- Athlete's Advisory Council
Any member of the above volunteer leadership groups can be accessed by clicking on this link, then the associated tab, which includes an option to e-mail whichever member of volunteer leadership you may feel most comfortable with: https://www.nwba.org/managementleadership.
Beyond the groups mentioned above, there are other internal volunteer leadership groups that are accessible to field your concern:
- Division Leadership - Each division has a committee of leaders and an executive committee, including a commissioner who are in place as resources for members within that division.
- High Performance Committee - is a resource available for athletes within the High-Performance Pool or a member who has questions on how to enter the Pool.
Externally, the U.S. Center for SafeSport is an independent organization available to any member of the NWBA who feels there is a SafeSport Code violation. The Center will then determine if they will take jurisdiction or not. The NWBA publishes contact info and other policy info related to SafeSport on our webpage: https://www.nwba.org/safety.
Through the USOPC, the Office of the Athlete Ombuds and its staff (the Athlete Ombuds) offers independent, confidential advice to athletes regarding their rights and responsibilities in the Olympic and Paralympic Movement, and assists athletes with a broad range of questions, disputes, complaints, and concerns.
Regardless of where any athlete or other member feels most comfortable providing their feedback, the NWBA relies on members providing feedback to one of our various levels of leadership.