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ATHLETE PROTECTION
Policies for Athlete Protection
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Hurricane Parents, Please review the 'no cell phone use' policy with your swimmer. All cell phones MUST be put away and not in use while in the locker rooms. Thank you!

Policies and Best Practice Guidelines for Athlete Protection

The following policies for Athlete Protection are mandatory for all members and are incorporated by reference into Section 304.3.4 of the USA Swimming Code of Conduct.

  1. Inappropriate touching between an athlete and an adult non-athlete member or Participating Non-Member (as defined in 401.1) is prohibited, including, but not limited to, excessive touching, hugging, kissing, sexually oriented behavior, sexually stimulating or otherwise inappropriate games, and having an athlete sit on a non- family member adult’s lap.

  2. Any rubdown or massage performed on an athlete by any adult member or Participating Non-Member, excluding the spouse, parent, guardian, sibling or personal assistant of such athlete, is prohibited unless such adult is a licensed massage therapist or other certified professional. Any rubdown or massage performed at a swim venue by a licensed professional must be conducted in open/public locations and must never be done with only the athlete and licensed massage therapist in the room. Even if a coach is a licensed massage therapist, the coach shall not perform a rubdown or massage of an athlete under any circumstances.

  3. Use of audio or visual recording devices, including a cell phone camera, is not allowed in changing areas, rest rooms or locker rooms.

  4. Employees and volunteers of USA Swimming, LSCs and member clubs who interact directly and frequently with athletes as a regular part of the their duties and individuals with any ownership interest in a member club must be non-athlete members of USA Swimming and satisfactorily complete criminal background checks as required by USA Swimming. This does not apply to volunteers such as timers, marshals, computer operators, etc. who only have limited contact with athletes during a meet.

  5. Travel - LCST has a detailed Travel Policy that can be found under the Team Information Tab on Team Unify

  6. Please see the Anti-Bullying Policy under Team Information

 
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