WWRX Action Plan to Address Bullying
Bullying of any kind is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Bullying is counterproductive to team spirit and can be devastating to a victim. The WWRX is committed to providing a safe, caring and friendly environment for all of our members. If bullying does occur, all athletes and parents should know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively. Anyone who knows that bullying is happening is expected to tell a coach, board member or athlete/mentor.
Objectives of WWRX’s Bullying Policy and Action Plan:
- To make it clear that the WWRX will not tolerate bullying in any form.
- To define bullying and give all board members, coaches, parents and swimmers a good understanding of what is bullying.
- To make it known to all parents, swimmers and coaching staff that there is a policy and protocol should any bullying issues arise.
- To make how to report bullying clear and understandable.
- To spread the word that WWRX takes bullying seriously and that all swimmers and parents can be assured that they will be supported when bullying is reported.
WHAT IS BULLYING?
WWRX is adopting the USA Swimming definition of bullying on behalf of our entire team. The USA Swimming and WWRX Codes of Conduct prohibit bullying. Generally, bullying is the use of aggression, whether intentional or not, which hurts another person. Bullying results in pain and distress.
The USA Swimming Code of Conduct defines bullying in 304.3.7. Bullying is the severe or repeated use by one or more team members of oral, written, electronic or other technological expression, image, sound, data or intelligence of any nature (regardless of the method of transmission), or a physical act or gesture, or any combination thereof, directed at any other member that to a reasonably objective person has the effect of:
- Causing physical or emotional harm to the other member or damage to the other member’s property;
- Placing the other member in reasonable fear of harm to himself/herself or of damage to his/her property;
- Creating a hostile environment for the other member at any (USA) Swimming activity;
- Infringing on the rights of the other member at any (USA) Swimming activity; or
- Materially and substantially disrupting the training process or the orderly operation of any (USA) Swimming activity.
An athlete who feels that he or she has been bullied is asked to do one or more of the following things:
- Talk to your parents;
- Talk to a Club Coach, Board Member, or other designated individual;
- Write a letter or email to the Club Coach, Board Member, or other designated individual.
There is no express time limit for initiating a complaint under this procedure, but every effort should be made to bring the complaint to the attention of the appropriate club leadership as soon as possible to make sure that memories are fresh and behavior can be accurately recalled and the bullying behavior can be stopped as soon as possible.
HOW WE HANDLE BULLYING
If bullying is occurring during team related activities, we STOP BULLYING ON THE SPOT using the following steps:
- Intervene immediately. It is ok to get another adult to help.
- Separate the kids involved.
- Make sure everyone is safe.
- Meet any immediate medical or mental health needs.
- Discuss the situation with the swimmers involved.
- If the situation warrants, additional action may include sitting out of a practice or meet, meeting with parents and the WWRX Board, and in extreme situations, suspension from the WWRX team.