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 email@example.com.
Safe Sport Updates
This April the Safe Sport Staff
traveled to the four Regional Coaches
Clinics which occurred through the country
and presented How to Strengthen Team Culture. All the attendees
were highly engaged and participation was high. For
information about Regional Coaches Clinics coming this fall please
Director of Safe Sport, Susan Woessner
talks about "Team
at the Regional Coaches Clinic in Atlanta.
Website Remodel! The
Safe Sport section of USA Swimming’s website has received a
facelift. This remodel will offer an easier way to navigate and a
new Resource Library with training and tools for clubs. Take a look
at the new website here!
Safe Sport Events
The LSC Safe
Sport Chairs Workshop is quickly
approaching. As a reminder, the workshop will take place over two
days, June 6-7, in Denver, CO. This workshop specifically will
target the LSC Safe Sport Chairs providing additional tools and a
plan to further promote and train individuals regarding Safe Sport
in their LSCs This will be different than the Safe Sport Leadership
Conference this past February. USA Swimming will provide housing
and meals and the LSC is responsible for covering transportation
for their attendees. Please contact Liz firstname.lastname@example.org with
any questions and to register.
This Spring USA Swimming Safe
Sport Staff has been able to conduct seven in person trainings with
clubs that have come to train at the Olympic Training Center. The
opportunity to engage with athletes face to face is probably the
most beneficial way to educate and start a conversation about Safe
Sport. It is our experience that athletes are ready and willing to
have these discussions and are thankful for the opportunity to
discuss many of the things that they are thinking and seeing happen
in their social circles and teams. We encourage in
person trainings and are happy to speak to
anyone interested in conducting a training of their own. Please
contact Safe Sport Education Specialist Maggie Vail email@example.com with
questions or for more information.
are a great way to reach audiences with the message of Safe Sport!
At Lake Erie LSCs Swimposium, a Safe Sport presentation will be
provided for coaches, officials, parents, and all ages of athletes.
If you are interested in incorporating Safe Sport into your next
Swimposium, please contact Cathy Durance firstname.lastname@example.org.
April is Child
Abuse Prevention Month! We agree with The
National Children’s Advocacy Center when they say that child
abuse and neglect is preventable when we all focus on solutions.
Here are some ways we can do that, tips from the NCAC:
- You can find out what’s happening in your community to
protect children from abuse and neglect
- You can volunteer you time with programs that are working to
- You can ask about child protection policies at your place of
worship,recreational, and sports organizations
- You can learn about ways to educate children to be safe
- You can find resources and information to share in your
community at CALiO.org
We are accepting
nominations for the Safe Sport Impact Award through June 7,
2015! 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.
Safe Sport Awareness
Shout out to
Paul Stockett (MA) for his initiation of
educating the athletes in his LSC!!! Through an incentive program,
359 athletes completed Safe Sport’s Athlete Protection
Training between December and March. Way to go, Middle Atlantic LSC!
Prohibition! In 2014, the USA Swimming
House of Delegates passed legislation to prohibit deck changing. A
small task force, chaired by Rules and Regulations Committee Chair
Jay Thomas, has provided guidance on how to handle deck changing.
This guidance suggests an educational approach and not punitive. It
encourages members to work collaboratively to stop instances of
deck changing across the sport which will increase athlete safety
and security. The following is provided to LSCs for consideration
in handling deck changing:
- Officials’ eyes should be on the pool- not looking for
swimmers who might be deck changing.
- Should deck changing be observed, officials should not attempt
to intervene to stop it, but rather note the gender and team of the
swimmer as well as the location of the deck change. Report this
information to the Referee when time permits. The Referee should
work with the Meet Director and/or facility staff to communicate
with the coach of the swimmer(s) that were deck changing. This
communication should provide the information and ask for the
coach’s cooperation to get the swimmers to change in the
designated areas in the facility.
- Meet Directors and Referees should ensure that the Meet
Marshalls and host facility staff are aware that swimmers should
only be changing in designated changing facilities. Meet Marshalls
and facility staff should not intervene directly with swimmers that
are deck changing; rather, they should note the gender and team of
the swimmer as well as the location of the deck change and deal
directly with the coach in question.
- If the coach of the swimmer(s) is uncooperative regarding
requests to comply with getting swimmers to change in the
designated changing areas, report details of the instance to the
LSC Safe Sport Chair and general Chair for follow-up.
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