Our swimmers' safety is foremost in our minds as parents, coaches and volunteers supporting swimming. USA Swimming invested significant resources in enhancing their overall program, rules and guidelines for Athlete Protection over the course of 2010. Some of the notable changes include:
- Creating a leadership position within USA Swimming for Athlete Protection and a staff focused on it
- Creating a streamlined reporting, evaluation and action/reaction approach to address parents/swimmers/staff concerns
- Rolling out a set of rules and guidelines that clubs and LSCs must follow (these are in the attached Athlete Protection... document)
- Broadening the requirement for background checks from coaches to all volunteers and staff who have significant interaction with the athletes. This includes:
- BOD members
- Non-coaching staff (e.g., the new Judy)
· At SAC, we have always taken Athlete Protection to be one of our core responsibilities and have had policies in place for a number of years. Our members should know that, well before USA swimming put out the new rules & guidelines, we were already following all of the rules and had either explicit policies that adhered to the recommended guidelines or policies that were in the spirit of the recommended guidelines. We have made some sections more detailed to be in complete alignment with the text of the USA swimming rules and guidelines. The updated Chaperone and Athlete Travel Code of Conduct are attached.
More information can be found on the USA Swimming website at Click Here.
SAC ATHLETE PROTECTION--GUIDELINES AND POLICIES
SAC SWIMMER AND PARENT CODE OF CONDUCT
SAC BOARD OF DIRECTORS CODE OF CONDUCT
SAC ATHLETE TRAVEL CODE OF CONDUCT
SAC CHAPERONE TRAVEL CODE OF CONDUCT