The California Department of Justice set forth in the California Penal Code and the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act CANRA determines all coaches are "Mandated Reporters" (Pen. Code 11165.7, Subds (a) (7)-(8).)
Contacting the U.S. Center for Safe Sport to make a report does not fully meet the requirements set forth by Ca DOJ Penal Code for " Mandated Reporters"
Mandate Reporters- To file a report it must be handled in this matter;
Immediately, or as soon as practicably possible, when there is reasonable suspicion that sexual abuse or neglect occured, a mandated reporter must call in an initial report to a local law enforcement or child welfare agency. (Pen. Code 1116, subd. (a).) Within 36 hours of receiving the information concerning the incident, the mandated reporter shall aslo prepare and send, fax, or electronically transmit a written follow-up report.
Athlete safety lies at the foundation of everything we do here at Paseo Aquatics. Together with California Department of Justice, CANRA, USA Swimming and the National SafeSport Center, we work to provide a club where athletes can train in an environment free from all forms of abuse.
This includes bullying, harassment, hazing, physical abuse, emotional abuse, and sexual misconduct and abuse. This page contains resources for day-to-day issues we may encounter for keeping our kids safe, reporting abuse incidents, policy changes, and where to go to become more informed on these issues.
If you have a safe sport concern please email: [email protected]
What does Safe Sport mean? Across the spectrum of all sports there in lies concerns where personal boundaries are crossed between peers as well as coach-athlete relationships. Paseo Aquatics is a compliant club and recognized by USA Swimming as a Safe Sport Program. This means we have met and exceeded all protocols set forth by USA Swimming to assure Vigilance and Proactive corrective measures if a sign of an event may occur. This helps assure Paseo Aquatics provides a safe place for our club members to be.
Paseo Aquatics adheres to the MAAPP policy set forth by US Center of Safe Sport. All families must read the MAAPP Policy and sign the consent form and send back to Paseo Aquatics no later then June 23. All athletes that are 18 years of age and older competing must also complete the APT course no later then June 23rd.
Paseo Aquatics strictly adheres to the policies and procedures set forth by USA Swimming.
At Paseo Aquatics all coaches must pass an independent background check above and beyond the standard background check set forth by USA Swimming.
The safety of our athletes come first. Any suspected misconduct we hope is brought to our immediate attention.
Concussion Education- Please look here for documents we post to continue to educate athletes and families.
Splash Magazine Concussion article
Locker Room policy
Use the https://safesport.i-sight.com/portal
call (720) 524-5640,
or find more information at www.uscenterforsafesport.org.
Team Travel Policy
The following Best Practice Guidelines are strongly recommended for all USA Swimming members.
1. Parents should be encouraged to appropriately support their children’s swimming experience.
2. All swimming practices should be open to observation by parents.
3. Two-deep Leadership: One coach member and at least one other adult who is not in the water should be present at all practices and other sanctioned club activities whenever at least one athlete is present. Clubs and coaches should evaluate their seasonal plans and map out how to best accomplish this strongly recommended guideline.
4. Open and Observable Environment: An open and observable environment should be maintained for all interactions between adults and athletes. Private, or one-on-one situations, should be avoided unless they are open and observable. Common sense should be used to move a meeting to an open and observable location if the meeting inadvertently begins in private.
5. Coaches should not invite or have an athlete(s) to their home without the permission of the athlete’s parents (or legal guardian).
6. During team travel, when doing room checks, attending team meetings and/or other activities, two-deep leadership and open and observable environments should be maintained.
7. Athletes should not ride in a coach’s vehicle without another adult present who is the same gender as the athlete, unless prior parental permission is obtained.
8. During overnight team travel, if athletes are paired with other athletes they shall be of the same gender and should be a similar age. Where athletes are age 13 & Over, chaperones and/or team managers would ideally stay in nearby rooms. When athletes are age 12 & Under, chaperones and/or team managers may stay with athletes. Where chaperones/team managers are staying in a room with athletes, they should be the same gender as the athlete and written consent should be given by athlete’s parents (or legal guardian).
9. When only one athlete and one coach travel to a competition, at the competition the coach and athlete should attempt to establish a “buddy” club to associate with during the competition and when away from the venue.
10. Communications between non-athlete adult members and athletes should not include any topic or language that is sexual or inappropriate in nature.
11. Non-athlete adult members should respect the privacy of athletes in situations such as changing of clothes, showering, etc. Non-athlete adult members should protect their own privacy in similar situations.
12. Relationships of a peer-to-peer nature with any athletes should be avoided. For example, coaches should avoid sharing their own personal problems with athletes.
13. Coaches and other non-athlete adult members should avoid horseplay and roughhousing with athletes. usaswimming.org/protect
14. When a coach touches an athlete as part of instruction, the coach should do so in direct view of others and inform the athlete of what he/she is doing prior to the initial contact. Touching athletes should be minimized outside the boundaries of what is considered normal instruction. Appropriate interaction would include high fives, fist bumps, side-to-side hugs and handshakes.
15. Coaches should not initiate contact with or accept supervisory responsibility for athletes outside club programs and activities.
16. Coaches should not engage in sexual intimacies with a former athlete for at least two years after the cessation or termination of professional services.
Because sexual intimacies with a former athlete are frequently harmful to the athlete, and because such intimacies undermine public confidence in the coaching profession and thereby deter the public’s use of needed services, coaches should not engage in sexual intimacies with former athletes even after a two-year interval except in the most unusual circumstances. The coach who engages in such activity after the two years following cessation or termination of the coach-athlete relationship bears the burden of demonstrating that there has been no exploitation, in light of all relevant factors, including:
1. The amount of time that has passed since the coach-athlete relationship terminated;
2. The circumstances of termination;
3. The athlete’s personal history;
4. The athlete’s current mental status;
5. The likelihood of adverse impact on the athlete and others; and
6. Any statements or actions made by the coach during the course of the athlete coach relationship suggesting or inviting the possibility of a post-termination sexual or romantic relationship with the athlete or coach.
7. Both the athlete and the coach must be 18 years of age or older.