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 email@example.com.
The 2015-2016 Safe Sport efforts are wholly focused on the goal
to increase local level engagement. We believe we can raise
awareness for Safe Sport and increase local level engagement in
1. To Increase and Empower our Safe Sport Champions
2. To Activate Swim Meets as Parent Engagement Opportunities
3. To Encourage and Support Club Leadership
These goals will drive all Safe Sport efforts through 2016.
Safe Sport Updates
Brand New! Just developed and now
available to all is the Safe Sport Self-Assessment. This is a brand
new and free resource available for any club. The goal of this
assessment is for teams to gain a greater understanding of how the
available Safe Sport resources can assist in creating a culture of
Safe Sport for their team.
There are six sections of the self-assessment, consistent with the
six program areas of Safe Sport. While there are not necessarily
right or wrong answers to the assessment, the questions and the
recommendations in the user guide are designed to provide a step by
step map to create a Safe Sport culture on a team.
Users will take the self-assessment first. When finished, they
will receive a copy of their responses. They can then use the guide
to review their self-assessment with the other leaders of the swim
We encourage you all to share this new tool with teams in your
LSCs. Individualized feedback on submitted self-assessments is also
available. If this is something you are interested in please
contact Maggie Vail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Safe Sport Fellowship Program! We
are excited to announce that we had 27 athletes apply for the
fellowship program. All applicants went through an interview
process and did a fantastic job! We had incredible applicants who
were passionate and energized about being a part of the program.
After many deliberations, four participants were selected. These
participants are spread across the country, coming to us from the
Minnesota, Illinois, Allegheny Mountain, and New England LSCs.
Their first Leadership Institute will be held at the end of January
in Colorado Springs. We are very excited to see what these young
leaders have to offer!
Athlete Protection Training! Be
sure to renew your athlete protection training by the end of the
year and to remind people in your LSC’s to do the same. No
one wants to be the one kept off the deck because they did not get
it done in time. Don’t wait till the last minute, you can
access the renewal training link here. Please be sure to follow the prompts so
you take the correct course.
Webinar! On November 4th we held a Safe
Sport webinar. We walked through scenarios and talked through how
you could address them and what tools are available to assist you
in doing so. If you could not attend the webinar you can view it
and any other at your leisure here. The next Safe Sport webinar will be held
January 27, topic TBD.
Safe Sport Awareness
Kudos to Paul Stauder! Kudos Paul
Stauder! Paul is the Safe Sport Chair in Indiana and initiated
their first ever Safe Sport Week. Paul traveled around the LSC to
train athletes and meet with club leadership to fully implement
athlete protection practices at the club level. The effort also
encouraged clubs to appoint Safe Sport Coordinators at each club.
You can find more information about this initiative at www.usaswimming.org/protect under 'Connect with LSC
Shout out to... Paul Stockett who
created and implemented The Middle Atlantic Incentive Program in
order to train more athletes. A story of Paul’s initiative
was published in his hometown newspaper and on the
highly-trafficked site Philly.com. You can see it here.
If you have any Safe Sport projects you are working on please let
us know. We would like to give you recognition as well!