USWP Failed US All.

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Re: USWP Failed US All.

Postby JackBurton » Thu Feb 25, 2021 12:02 pm

DinsdalePiranha wrote:I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Ramsey will not survive this, the last time I posted that I said that if they were smart and they’re not they would step down for the good of the game. He won’t do this, he is a coward, he will stay until the organization burns down around him.
I'm guessing that he waits till he is pushed out and then sues USAWP.

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Re: USWP Failed US All.

Postby desertbeachkid » Thu Feb 25, 2021 1:48 pm

At this point, USAWP's handling of this from a legal standpoint is a total head scratcher. At the very least Ramsey should be put on paid lead pending the outcome of an investigation into whether he broke California law (which he did, btw) by not properly reporting suspected abuse. And if the investigation concludes that he failed to comply with the law, he should be fired. I can't imagine Ramsey's employment contract doesn't have a clause that permits termination in the even he breaks the law (but then again, we are talking about USAWP, so who knows what kind of sweetheart deal Ramsey signed). USAWP is either getting poor legal advice or their response is being driven solely by Ramsey and his communications team. And the Board is AWOL...

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Re: USWP Failed US All.

Postby jlweath » Wed Jun 02, 2021 7:14 pm

I have been wondering about the state of USAWP and the membership numbers. I have looked through the USAWP annual reports back several years to try and get some numbers on active memberships each year and revenue from memberships to see how water polo has grown or not especially in 2020. I generated a table that goes from 2020 to 2006 and I have attempted to use the membership numbers I found from USAWP and revenues from memberships to try and get a comparison from year to year to see the state of water polo membership is in 2020 (I have not found any numbers from 2020 for membership. All I found was revenue from memberships. So I am trying to back into it. The revenue numbers come close to 2013 when membership was close to 40,000. 2019 had 50,000 membership per USAWP. Any thoughts on this.
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Re: USWP Failed US All.

Postby Sctrojanje » Wed Jun 02, 2021 10:53 pm

I personally like reading financial statement notes....

"Occasionally, in the conduct of business, the Corporation may be named defendant in a lawsuit or other form of legal action. In the opinion of Management, any pending or threatened claims against the Corporation, as of December 31, 2020, are either without merit or will not exceed insurance limits."

Now we await the tax return posting...

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Re: USWP Failed US All.

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Re: USWP Failed US All.

Postby desertbeachkid » Mon Jun 07, 2021 4:42 pm

So the insurance company pays $14M and the incompetent clowns remain in charge of USAWP. Just a shred of accountability would be nice.

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Re: USWP Failed US All.

Postby sbdad » Mon Jun 07, 2021 5:47 pm

USA WATER POLO
Dear Members and Parents of Members,

In January we wrote to you regarding litigation relating to the International Water Polo Club. We want to make you aware of a settlement regarding the former International Water Polo Club and allegations of sexual abuse.

Please review our statement regarding the settlement agreement below.

As a reminder, important information and resources about athlete safety, including policies, rules and procedures, are available on the USA Water Polo website, and consolidated at usawaterpolo.org/healthandsafety.

Insurer Settles Allegations of Sexual Misconduct by International Water Polo Club Coach

The insurer for International Water Polo Club (IWPC) has agreed to pay $13.85 million to settle allegations, brought by twelve IWPC female athletes, that IWPC coach, Bahram Hojreh, engaged in sexual misconduct. The settlement includes releases for all parties insured by the insurer, including USA Water Polo and its employees. Mr. Hojreh has been indicted and is awaiting trial. He is not a party to the settlement agreement.

“We have heard the plaintiffs’ testimony, and their allegations are heartbreaking,” said Christopher Ramsey, CEO of USA Water Polo. “These are young women who have grown up in the USA Water Polo family. We hope that this allows them to begin a new chapter in their lives. As an organization that prides itself on member safety policies that aim to prevent abuse, their allegations underscore--alongside our partnership with the US Center for SafeSport--that there is always more work to be done. It is also a serious reminder to our water polo community that we must all remain vigilant to identify and report abuse.”

Although the plaintiffs testified that the alleged abuse occurred between 2012 and 2017, plaintiffs' testimonies indicate that they never informed USAWP of Mr. Hojreh's alleged sexual misconduct against them or anyone else. USA Water Polo first learned of the allegations against IWPC and Mr. Hojreh on January 18, 2018 from the U.S. Center for SafeSport (the “Center”), the independent watchdog established by Congress and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee to assume exclusive jurisdiction over allegations of sexual misconduct in the Olympic movement. Upon being notified by the Center, USAWP immediately suspended Mr. Hojreh’s membership. Neither Mr. Hojreh nor IWPC have been USAWP members since 2018.

USAWP is the National Governing Body for the sport and has more than 500 member clubs, such as IWPC, each of which are independent businesses that hire and supervise their own coaches. Members sign codes of conduct to abide by the law, as well as USA Water Polo’s athlete safety policies and the Center’s Code of Conduct. Coaches and officials must be background checked and complete SafeSport training.

USA Water Polo has zero tolerance for abuse of any kind. The organization fully complies with the Center’s policies and supports its mission to eradicate abuse in sport across the Olympic movement. As a member benefit, USA Water Polo’s omnibus insurance policies provide coverage for its member clubs -- coverage that is generally required by the aquatic facilities used by clubs for games and practices. Those insurance policies are funding the IWPC settlement.

“We are committed to protecting kids from any abuse,” said Mr. Ramsey, “It is USAWP’s policy to take immediate action when, as in this case, USAWP learns about allegations of misconduct. As a sport, we are committed to the safety and fair treatment of both child and adult athletes. To do so, we are equally committed to working collaboratively with our members in providing them with the best support and resources to keep all athletes safe.”


Q&A
• Why was a settlement reached?
o The insurer for International Water Polo Club determined to settle the plaintiffs’ claims.
• Why is USA Water Polo agreeing to a settlement if it did nothing wrong?
o USAWP is not a party to the settlement agreement. The insurance policies insured both USAWP and IWPC and, under those policies, the insurance company has the sole right to settle the litigation. Because there is one policy that insures both IWPC and USAWP, the insurer obtained releases for both USAWP and IWPC.
• Was a grievance alleging that Bahram Hojreh engaged in sexual misconduct ever filed with USAWP?
o No. Plaintiffs testified in deposition and/or in written sworn testimony that they never informed USAWP about any sexual misconduct by Hojreh against them or anyone else. No plaintiff has ever testified that they notified USAWP that they or others had been sexually abused by Hojreh at any time before he was suspended by SafeSport in January 2018. USAWP first learned of these allegations from the U.S. Center for SafeSport (the Center) in January 2018.
• How did USAWP handle allegations against Hojreh?
o USAWP immediately suspended Mr. Hojreh's USAWP membership when USAWP was notified by the Center in January 2018 that Hojreh allegedly had sexually abused athletes and that the Center had imposed interim measures that prohibited Hojreh from participating in events under USAWP's auspices and those of its member clubs. Hojreh has not been a member of USAWP since January 2018.
• Was Hojreh an employee of USAWP?
o No. Bahram Hojreh was never a USAWP employee. Hojreh was an International Water Polo Club employee and one of more than 3,000 USA Water Polo coach members. No USAWP employees were accused of sexual misconduct.
• What is the status of the criminal case against Hojreh?
o Hojreh was arrested in April 2018 and is awaiting trial.
• Has USAWP previously settled a sexual abuse case?
o No.
• What has USAWP learned from this experience?
o A clear lesson from the International Water Polo experience is that athlete safety depends upon a variety of important factors - individual and community-wide education regarding sexual abuse and the signs to watch out for that indicate sexual abuse may be occurring, the need to enforce policies that limit the opportunities for sexual abuse, such as those in USAWP’s Minor Abuse Prevention Policies, and the prompt reporting of any suspicion of sexual abuse.
• Where is the money coming from to pay the settlement?
o The insurance company.
• What policies and procedures does USAWP have in place to protect athletes from abuse?
o USAWP implements a zero tolerance for abuse policy through its rules and guidelines and by its full compliance with the Amateur Sports Act and U.S. Center for SafeSport.USAWP has issued comprehensive Minor Abuse Prevention Policies. Those policies are incorporated into USAWP’s Rules Governing Conduct. Violation of those policies can result in the suspension or termination of a member’s USAWP membership.
o USA Water Polo has formally adopted the U.S. Center for SafeSport Code, which includes rules of conduct and grievance procedures for enforcing its rules that strictly address abuse and provide instant, anonymous methods for reporting abuse of any type. The Center has exclusive jurisdiction to address instances of sexual abuse and discretionary jurisdiction to address instances of other types of abuse.
o USA Water Polo requires all coach members to complete the SafeSport Center’s Core SafeSport training, as well as annual refresher courses offered by the Center. In addition, USAWP provides free training courses regarding athlete safety to its members and their families through the Center.
o All USAWP coach members are required to submit to periodic background checks.
o Policies and guidelines by the U.S. Center for SafeSport continue to evolve and USAWP regularly reviews and updates its Minor Abuse Prevention Policies.
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Re: USWP Failed US All.

Postby Horse585 » Tue Jun 08, 2021 12:17 am

Sctrojanje wrote:https://www.espn.com/olympics/story/_/i ... ornia-club

Well, this was not enlightening.
Not the kind of mainstream media coverage that water polo needs!

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Re: USWP Failed US All.

Postby Justafan22 » Fri Jun 11, 2021 2:51 pm

desertbeachkid wrote:So the insurance company pays $14M and the incompetent clowns remain in charge of USAWP. Just a shred of accountability would be nice.

Correct, the USAWP statement sounds something like " Well the insurance company decided to settle and that was not our fault or our decision, so sorry about that. It's all good and business as usual for us. Thank you for your time"

Hellooo!!!!!!!! There is a reason they settled for $14M. They know there is something there, and they don't want to have to pay $50M

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Re: USWP Failed US All.

Postby wp12 » Fri Jun 11, 2021 5:40 pm

It seems like everyone reacts to headlines nowadays. If you actually look at the facts it's International Water Polo Club's insurance company that is paying the settlement not USA Water Polo. Also if this is true I don't really get how this is USAWP's fault are they supposed to read minds or something. If someone doesn't report the allegations directly to you then how are you supposed to know about them.

Was a grievance alleging that Bahram Hojreh engaged in sexual misconduct ever filed with USAWP?
o No. Plaintiffs testified in deposition and/or in written sworn testimony that they never informed USAWP about any sexual misconduct by Hojreh against them or anyone else. No plaintiff has ever testified that they notified USAWP that they or others had been sexually abused by Hojreh at any time before he was suspended by SafeSport in January 2018. USAWP first learned of these allegations from the U.S. Center for SafeSport (the Center) in January 2018.


I don't get it at all.

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Re: USWP Failed US All.

Postby Sctrojanje » Fri Jun 11, 2021 6:42 pm

Same insurance company for both USA Water Polo and the water polo club. Club Affiliation Fees pay for the insurance for both entities. The fact they are both covered by the same Insurance company is kinda disingenuous in the press release.

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Re: USWP Failed US All.

Postby usapologal » Sun Jun 13, 2021 10:54 am

Here's the response to the USWP's self-serving press release from the group trying to bring some integrity to the organization. I applaud their efforts and their courage to put their names behind their actions. More importantly, where are the athlete-reps? They should be leading the cause for change on the Board to protect these young athletes.

News of USAWP’s Settlement for the Petitioners and Members of USAWP
On Monday, June 7th USA Water Polo CEO Chris Ramsey revealed that a nearly $14 Million settlement had been reached in the lawsuit filed by twelve girls and young women filed against USA Water Polo and its member club, International Water Polo, as victims of sexual abuse at the hands of their USAWP – certified water polo coach, Bahram Hojreh. The settlement agreement releases USA Water Polo and International Water Polo, an Orange County club, from civil suits.

In a failed effort to deflect the enormity of the obvious conclusions one must reach from this announcement, Ramsey and USAWP, in their statement, state that the matter was settled by the "insurer" as if that mitigated the reality that after an exhaustive analysis of the claims (which include USAWP misconduct), the insurance company determined that paying the victims $14 million now was better than potentially paying far more if the case went to trial.

The statement admits that the settlement includes a release for USAWP and its employees, though not Mr. Hojreh, further confirming that this is a settlement by USAWP and not just the "insurer”.

Quoting from the Orange County Register’s account of the settlement, “In statements, Ramsey and USA Water Polo acknowledged no wrongdoing and attempted to portray the settlement as being driven by their insurance carrier.” “It’s all spin to keep Ramsey in his job,” said Morgan Stewart, an attorney for the plaintiff women. “They’re trying to justify keeping Ramsey in his job while agreeing to a nearly $14 million settlement.”

Months ago, concerned USAWP members, including the undersigned, were called to action by information made publicly available by the Orange County Register. We published a Petition on iPetitions to call for USAWP accountability and sought the resignation of CEO Chris Ramsey, then Board President Mike Graff, and the entire USAWP Board of Directors. We spelled out then what we saw as damning evidence of a pattern of inaction, deflection, willful ignorance, and recklessness that created the conditions in which young athletes and other vulnerable people involved in our sport could be abused and apparently were being abused. This settlement is not the mundane conclusion of a run of the mill legal action; it is a tacit acknowledgement (by USAWP's own insurer at least) that Ramsey and USAWP's actions and failures to act created the liability that resulted in the near $14 Million settlement.

Ramsey and USAWP claim they do everything by the rules according to SafeSport. Notwithstanding USAWP’s claims of compliance, actual facts, which USAWP continues to ignore, have established that while USA Water Polo officials forwarded reports and complaints about the 2017 sexual abuse incidents to the U.S. Center for SafeSport, Ramsey et al did not report the incidents to the law enforcement or Child Protective Services as mandated under California law and SafeSport code. USAWP’s chief executive, Ramsey, only months later would tell a U.S. Senate subcommittee that the NGB’s protocol was to immediately alert law enforcement. However, even with this admission, Ramsey et al did not do so.

Subsequent to January 5th, 2021, when over 900 members of the water polo community and beyond signed the Petition calling for Ramsey to resign, some at significant risk to their reputation and future in water polo, we have not been idle. We brought our concerns to the USOPC and its Ethics office and explained how and why this culture existed at our NGB. Subsequently, the USOPC has been conducting an inquiry into the issues we have raised. To date, the USOPC staff conducted interviews of knowledgeable individuals (some multiple times) and we have been told that a set of findings will be made in the coming weeks. We will share those findings when we get them.

We were alarmed – but not surprised - when we read USAWP’s Press Release, and its non-transparent attempt to portray USAWP as some sort of innocent bystander to the lawsuit…and that it had done no wrong. USAWP’s Press Release, however, is just a further example of its attempted coverup and Big Lie that USAWP and its leadership is blameless.

As John Manly, attorney for the settling victims said, “Mr. Ramsey’s version of events is not only misleading, but it borders on being delusional. The settlement in this case establishes overwhelmingly that Mr. Ramsey and USA Water Polo knew Mr. Hojreh was a predator and failed in protecting these young women from who he was,” said Manly. “Organizations don’t enter into record-breaking settlement agreements because they did nothing wrong."

We find the statement by Mr. Manly’s law partner, Morgan Stewart, telling as well: Stewart said he was particularly alarmed by Ramsey and USA Water Polo’s refusal to take responsibility in the Hojreh case.

“As long as the same actors are still in place at USA Water Polo, the problem is not going to go away,” Stewart said. “You have to have a change in leadership. And until that happens, you are going to have … another family is going to have to go through this because USA Water Polo doesn’t (acknowledge) or recognize it has a problem. Accountability starts at the top; and as long as Ramsey is setting policy some parent is going to have to deal with the fact that their child’s life is falling apart because USA Water Polo screws everything up. They don’t ever take responsibility, (or say) we made a mistake, and we want to do better.”

We continue to believe that the existing USAWP Board of Directors and CEO Chris Ramsey should resign en masse so that a new Board of Directors can be recruited that has no ties to the entrenched regime that has led USAWP for the past 15 years. We believe the culture at the top of USAWP, embodied by the 15 - year increasingly autocratic leadership of recently term-limited Board Chair Mike Graff and CEO Chris Ramsey, enabled by a docile and increasingly unquestioning Board of Directors (handpicked by the Board Chair), is one reason that USAWP is having to make the confessional announcement they made as well as the reason that so many long-time members of USAWP do not have confidence in the existing leadership.

If you agree, please take a moment and email, or call the members of the USAWP Board and make them aware that we need change. Our membership needs to be heard by this Board, which has so far been unresponsive to the Membership.

Please share this message to your network, especially those that are involved in the sport of water polo and care about the future of our sport and national governing body.

Thank you for your continued support.


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Re: USWP Failed US All.

Postby wp12 » Sun Jun 13, 2021 9:57 pm

ah that makes sense with the insurance company but very misleading from the lawyers and media. Gosh the letter above is just filled with contradictions and lol at using the term Big Lie

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Re: USWP Failed US All.

Postby OCPoloDad » Mon Jun 14, 2021 11:33 am

wp12 wrote:ah that makes sense with the insurance company but very misleading from the lawyers and media. Gosh the letter above is just filled with contradictions and lol at using the term Big Lie
wp12: Your Chris Ramsey, can you look the girls/victims/plaintiffs/etc in the eyes and tell them their claims are "allegations"? His word, not mine. Let's leave Ramsey out of this, can wp12 do the same?

“We have heard the plaintiffs’ testimony, and their allegations are heartbreaking,” said Christopher Ramsey, CEO of USA Water Polo. “These are young women who have grown up in the USA Water Polo family. We hope that this allows them to begin a new chapter in their lives". New chapter? If the claims are false or lies, there is no new chapter. If it is a new chapter, then its one filled with being invalidated; the last thing you tell a victim if that's what the new chapter is about; recovery.

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Re: USWP Failed US All.

Postby -32H20polo » Tue Jun 15, 2021 10:00 am

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Very well said. I agree Ramsey and the rest of administration of USA waterpolo need to go. I say all of them because no one stood up for these victims. Someone or all of them heard conversations on this from the responsible parties or saw memos, letters, phone messages from the people that covered up for this. We need to start over to ensure the safety of our children and the transparency of the organization. I am appalled by the handling of this from USA waterpolo!

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