An important part of USADA’s testing program is the ability to test athletes without any advance notice in an out-of-competition setting. Athletes are subject to testing 365 days a year and do not have “off-seasons” or cutoff periods in which testing does not occur.
How do I know if I’m in the Testing Pool?
Athletes will be notified by USADA if they are part of the USADA Registered Testing Pool and are responsible for directly keeping USADA informed of their whereabouts
What are Whereabouts?
Whereabouts information is information submitted to USADA by an athlete that allows the athlete to be located for out-of-competition testing. It includes where you will be at all times – for regular daily activities such as practice and/or work, as well as trips you will take or events you will attend.
What do I need to submit?
There are 3 types of Whereabouts that each athlete needs to submit to USADA:
- Quarterly Whereabouts – part of a USADA Registered Testing Pool are responsible for directly keeping USADA informed of their whereabouts. They ask you for your schedule for the upcoming quarter, to the best of your knowledge. This is for known travel, your daily practice schedule and location, and anything else you know ahead of time will be a part of your schedule. The Quarterly Whereabouts deadlines are:
- Quarter 1 – December 31
- Quarter 2 – March 31
- Quarter 3 – June 30
- Quarter 4 – September 30
- Whereabouts Updates – Throughout the quarter, plans often change or last minute travel comes up. You must submit any changes to USADA as soon as you’re aware of them. This includes a change in practice time or location, an unexpected trip or stay at a friend’s house, or anything else that would cause USADA to not be able to find you unless you tell them where you will now be.
- 60-Minute Window – Any athlete who is in the USADA International Testing Pool (ITP) must provide a specific 60-minute time slot every day between 5 a.m. – 11 p.m. that anchors the athlete to a specific location. The athlete chooses the 60-minute time slot to fit their schedule and must be available and accessible for testing at a specific location during the entire 60-minute time slot. Please note that USADA can choose to, and does test athletes outside of the their 60-minute window. You will be directly notified of your inclusion in the international testing pool.
Do I really need to tell USADA when I’m going to visit my grandma?
If USADA shows up at a location on your Quarterly Whereabouts, and you’re not there, you will receive a “missed test.” If you receive 3 missed tests in a 12-month period, you will have committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation, and you WILL be sanctioned.
Please do not mess with your career and your reputation! Ask your friends, family and teammates to remind you to update your Whereabouts when you travel unexpectedly. Do NOT miss the Quarterly Whereabouts deadlines. This is IMPORTANT and it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.
OK, OK. What’s the easiest way to do this?
- First, you need to set up your Athlete Express Account. It will let you do all of this online or through an app:
- Next, download the Athlete Express App so you can update your whereabouts on the go:
- Want it to be even easier? When your plans change, send a TEXT to “firstname.lastname@example.org” as the text message recipient (instead of a phone number). Include your name, travel dates and address where you will be staying.
- Essentially this is an email sent through text message.
- The text must come from the phone number on file with USADA.