Best Practices

The 2017 editions of Best Practices Guides are available for download.

Best Practices Guide Covers

The environment and threats surrounding sporting events change, and as a result, should be considered a living document that must change to meet challenges, take advantage of new resources, and avoid the development of patterns that could result in a security or safety risk. Continuous improvement should be the standard by which each sport organization’s safety and security plan is reviewed and refreshed.


In order to obtain the mission described above, the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at the University of Southern Mississippi hosts annual summits for Intercollegiate Athletics, Interscholastic Athletics; Commericial Sport and Entertainment Facilities; and Marathons and Running Events).


Representatives from the following areas such as event managers, law enforcement, emergency managers, fire, medical, technologist and public safety agencies addressed their current safety and security issues, identified solutions as well as proposed future best practices through professional collaboration.


The intent of NCS4 is to share these important documents in order to assist those responsible for safety and security at sporting events. It is our hope these events as well as the governing bodies will adopt these important practices. If you would like to participate in future summits, please let us know.