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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
- 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
- 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
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
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
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
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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