Safe Sport Newsletter




In this Newsletter

Volume 9
February 2015

  1. Welcome
  2. Safe Sport Updates
  3. Safe Sport Events
  4. Reminders
  5. Resources
  6. Safe Sport Awareness 

Mark Your Calendar

5.20.2015 :: 12-1 p.m. ET Swim Staff Select Webinar

6.7.2015 :: LSC Safe Sport Chairs Workshop, Denver

8.12.2015 :: Webinar Topic, TBD

11.4.2015 :: Webinar Topic, TBD

13 Helpful Links

  1. USA Swimming Safe Sport
  2. USA Swimming Education
  3. USOC Safe Sport
  4. Stop It Now! Child Sexual Abuse Prevent
  5. National Children's Advocacy Center
  6. Stop bullying
  7. National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
  8. Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network
  9. Child Welfare League of America
  10. Safe 4 Athletes
  11. radKIDS
  12. National Children's Advocacy Center Lookup
  13. Safe Horizon

USA Swimming Safe Sport Contacts

Susan Woessner,
Director of Safe Sport

Elizabeth Hoendervoogt,
Safe Sport Coordinator

Maggie Vail
Safe Sport Education Specialist




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USA Swimming Safe Sport Newsletter

The purpose of this newsletter is to provide a foundation that allows for direct on-going communication with each of you. Information contained within will cover the most current Safe Sport related information. If you have any feedback, comments or suggestions, please e-mail us at athleteprotection@usaswimming.org.


Safe Sport Updates

The first Safe Sport webinar of 2015 took place on Wednesday, Jan. 14. The webinar shared the vision and plans for Safe Sport this year. Dr. Roch King, Assistant Professor of Athletic Coaching Education at West Virginia University and long-time swim coach, also shared his experience and tools of creating a positive team culture. Dr. King’s expertise provided a snapshot of how to implement a culture of Safe Sport at the club level and showcased the benefits for coaches, athletes, officials and parents. If you were not able to attend the webinar you can access a recording of it in full here. Please attend the next webinar on May 20, 2015 at noon ET which will preview Swim Staff Select, USA Swimming’s free on-line tool developed to provide teams with tools for best hiring. To get further information about registering for webinars please click here.

Safe Sport Committee Business Meeting: This in-person meeting was held on Feb. 8 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The all-day meeting was very productive and much discussion was had surrounding both the 2015 and quad goals.

2015 Goals:

  • Host 2015 Safe Sport Leadership Conference
  • Release APT Refresher Course
  • Robust sub-committees: Education & Training, Workshops and Certified Safe Sport Program
  • Release Swim Staff Select
  • Update and distribute the 2015 Safe Sport Handbook
  • Redesign Safe Sport web page
  • Host LSC Safe Sport Chairs Workshop
  • Launch a webinar and article series

Quad Goals:

  • Reduce/eliminate incidence of abuse in sport
  • Redesign education and library module
  • Establish the Club Safe Sport Coordinator
  • Establish Certified Safe Sport Club program that will include benchmarks for athlete/parent training, club level Safe Sport position, pre-employment screening, and other measures
  • Conduct (or support) a baseline study of the incidence of abuse in swimming/sport

Safe Sport Events

The 2015 Safe Sport Leadership Conference: We are pleased to say that this conference was a huge success. The conference took place from Feb. 8-10 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. There were more than 150 attendees including USA Swimming members that traveled from around the country representing many LSCs and clubs. In attendance were also a handful of representatives from other National Governing Bodies as well as many USA Swimming staff. The conference focused on Safe Sport at the local level with the objective of providing attendees with tools to help create a culture of safety at their club or LSC. The conference began with a powerful keynote address from Danielle Bostick, a former swimmer and sexual abuse survivor. Other presentations included topics of effective hiring practices, facility risk management and crisis management. You can find a written highlight from the conference here and all presentations and handouts available here.

Regional Coaches Clinics: It is a great privilege that Safe Sport has been given the opportunity to present at all four of the Regional Coaches Clinics this coming April in Seattle, Atlanta, Elkhart, Indiana and Billerica, Massachusetts. We are excited to speak with the attendees about how to strengthen team culture. For more information about the Regional Coaches Clinics please go here.

LSC Safe Sport Chairs Workshop: This workshop is meant for members that are serving in the Safe Sport Chair/Coordinator role in their LSC. The workshop will take place in Denver on the weekend of June 6-7. The two-day workshop will parallel the theme of education in Safe Sport this year, providing attendees with tangible takeaways to promote and engage Safe Sport in their Clubs, LSCs and Zones. Stay tuned for more details.


Safe Sport Impact Award: The purpose of this award is to recognize significant contributions by an individual or group who has contributed to the fulfillment of the Safe Sport Committee mission: To safeguard all members of USA Swimming from sexual, psychological, emotional and physical abuse. This award is presented annually at the United States Aquatic Sports Convention.

For further information about the eligibility and selection process and to access the nomination form please go here. Nominations will be accepted through June 7, 2015.

Safe Sport Literature

One of the topics covered at the Safe Sport Leadership Conference was the difference between bullying and conflict. There is a fantastic article written by Signe Whitson titled, “Why bullying is the new little boy who cried wolf.” This article does an excellent job in explaining the definitions and differences between bullying, rudeness and mean behavior. You will not regret taking the time to read this article! Access it in full here.

Safe Sport Awareness

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