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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome New LSC Safe Sport Chairs
We extend a warm welcome to our 18 new LSC Safe Sport Chairs. They
join a strong team of 45 current Safe Sport Champions for a total
of 63 Safe Sport Chairs to date. Safe Sport resources are available
onwww.usaswimming.org under Member
Resources Programs & Services. Susan, Liz, and Maggie in the
USA Swimming Safe Sport office also are available to answer any
questions or concerns you may have. You have joined the nationwide
Safe Sport Champions who educate our coaches, officials,
volunteers, parents, and athletes on creating and maintaining a
safe environment for the athletes. We look forward to meeting you!
Swimming’s Safe Sport program is entering its sixth year and
this year we will be working on increasing local level engagement
within the LSCs. We will accomplish this utilizing a three strategy
area will be to increase the number of Safe Sport champions we
have. We will do this through creating a LSC Chairs Support
Sub-committee that will work on executing regular training
opportunities and opening communication paths to current and new
champions. We will also name and activate Safe Sport Zone Chairs to
disseminate educational material to our champions and then gather
feedback about that material.
will be focusing on ways to encourage and support club leadership.
A few ways we will do this is through the new Safe Sport
self-assessment tool. This tool is a way for clubs to gauge where
they are and to provide support and guidance to increase Safe Sport
engagement. We will also incentivize clubs with the Safe Sport
Certified Club Program, a program to be launch later this year.
There will also be a re-write of the current Safe Sport Handbook
planned to be released this year.
approach is to use swim meets as engagement opportunities.
Promotional materials will continue to be made that champions can
use at swim meets.
This year will be a busy but fulfilling year for the Safe Sport
community and we are looking forward to working with each and every
one of you to make strides in our goal of increasing local level
Safe Sport Updates
Fellowship Program! The first leadership
institute for the four athlete fellows was held the weekend of
January 29-31st. The fellows, Maggie Baker (AM), Colin Brady (IL),
Consi Faling (NE) and Breandan Gibbons (MN), worked hard for the 2
days they were at the Olympic Training Center, honing in on their
very different leadership skills and preparing Safe Sport projects
to take back to their LSCs. These athletes far exceeded what we
expected and they are going to do great things in their swimming
communities. Stay tuned for more details about what they are up to.
Safe Sport Events
April Workshop! Mark your calendars for the Safe Sport Workshop
in Denver, Colorado at the Denver Gateway Marriott during the
weekend of April 22 -24. If possible, please plan to arrive at the
hotel on Friday no later than 5 P.M. and to depart the hotel no
earlier than 2 P.M. on Sunday. A social for all attending the
weekend is planned for Friday from 5-7 P.M. with a possible meeting
from 7-9 P.M. Saturday and Sunday will be filled with training and
a workshop time. USA Swimming is hosting all the meals as well as
the lodging. Each LSC is responsible for round trip transportation.
Look for the registration forms to be emailed to you by the end of
the month. This workshop is meant for all LSC Safe Sport Chairs.
Please plan to attend and continue to learn more about Safe Sport
while connecting with the Safe Sport Team of Champions. This
workshop offers a fabulous opportunity to share ideas, to take away
new material, and to develop relationships. See you in
Safe Sport Materials Order
Form! Safe Sport
Materials Order Form! There are many Safe Sport materials available
to you to increase Safe Sport awareness in your LSC. Bag Tags,
posters, meet announcements, parent cards, stickers, tabling kit,
all of these are available to you on the website at www.usaswimming.org/toolkit. You can also
order any of these directly from USA Swimming by contacting Paula
someone in your LSC doing good work for Safe Sport? (Maybe
it’s you) We’d love for you to share your experience
and advice about implementing Safe Sport at the local level by
contributing to a webinar. If you’re interested in
facilitating or co-facilitating a webinar about good work going on,
please contact Maggie Vail email@example.com.
Our most recent
webinar was held on January 27th. Director of Safe Sport, Susan
Woessner, talked about the Safe Sport Program and the complaints
process. If you could not attend the webinar you can view it and
any other at your leisure here. Tune in to the next Safe Sport webinar
in April, topic TBD.
Safe Sport Impact Award! We are
now accepting applications for the 2016 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 will
be presented at the United States Aquatic Sports Convention this
year in Atlanta, Georgia. Nominations will be accepted through June
1st. To access the nomination form please go here.
Safe Sport Awareness
Kaplan, Maryland Swimming’s LSC administrator, organized a
contest between clubs in their LSC to generate engagement from
parents. During the month of January, parents of swimmers were
encouraged to take the Safe Sport Parent Training. They had some
fantastic results! At the end of the month they had 1,842 parents
take the On Line Training, 8 clubs had at least 1 parent in each
household take the training and 29 of their 41 age group clubs
actively participated. The highest participating teams won pizza
party’s paid for by the LSC. The LSC also had some Safe Sport
swag that they used as give aways. Fantastic job Pat and Maryland
If you have any Safe Sport projects you are working on please let
us know. We would like to give you recognition as well!
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You can find previous Newsletters here.
You can find all webinars available from the Online Coaches