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. Whereabouts information, (dates, times, locations, etc.) is information submitted to USADA by an athlete that allows the athlete to be located for out-of-competition testing.
How does an athlete know if they must submit whereabouts information?
Athletes will be notified if they are required to submit whereabouts information. As outlined in the World Anti-Doping Code, International Standard for Testing & Investigations, and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) National Anti-Doping Policies, elite athletes who have been identified and notified that they are part of a USADA Registered Testing Pool are responsible for directly keeping USADA informed of their whereabouts. Athletes that have not been notified of their responsibility to submit whereabouts information, are not required to submit any whereabouts information, although they can still be tested out-of-competition by USADA.
When must Whereabouts Information be submitted to USADA?
There are two types of whereabouts information that need to be submitted. One, is regularly scheduled whereabouts filings, filled out online, that are due the last day of each quarter in preparation for the next. As a result, there are four deadlines for whereabouts filings:
Quarter 1 – December 31
Quarter 2 – March 31
Quarter 3 – June 30
Quarter 4 – September 30
How does an athlete provide whereabouts updates to USADA?
Athletes can submit whereabouts changes to USADA through a number of methods: Athletes may use the links at the top of this page.
Athlete Express Website: login to access your submission
Update USADA App available for download on the App and Google Play stores
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.
A whereabouts filing has not been submitted to USADA by the specified deadline
A whereabouts filing does not contain a specific 60-minute time slot and location where the athlete will be available for testing each day
A whereabouts filings is inaccurate or incomplete in order to reasonably locate the athlete for testing
Athletes will receive a missed test if they are unavailable during the specified 60-minute time slot indicated on their whereabouts filing when attempted for testing.
Athletes are accountable for the entire 60-minute time slot, even if a doping control officer does not arrive at the beginning of the time slot. Athletes may be notified at any time during the time slot window.
Whereabouts Related – Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV)
Missed Test = Whereabouts Failure
Filing Failure = Whereabouts Failure
All whereabouts failures will be shared and combined with the athlete’s international federation (IF), WADA, and USADA, and will be part of a combined whereabouts failure record.
Any combination of three whereabouts failures (filing failures and/or missed tests), declared by USADA, WADA or an IF, within an 12 month period = Anti-Doping Rule Violation.