What is Safe Sport?
USA Swimming is committed to fostering a fun, healthy and safe environment for all of its members. For that reason, they have created a Safe Sport program and put in a place a detailed Code of Conduct. Safe Sport also provides policies, education, a reporting structure, and tools that are intended to serve all members as we work together to maintain this environment. To learn more about Safe Sport, visit the USA Swimming Safe Sport Home Page.
Additionally USA Swimming provides free training videos for parents and athletes. Parents, we highly encourage you to sit down with your athletes and review these training videos.
Dealing with a Concern
If your concern deals with any of the following:
- Peer to Peer Bullying
- Adult to Athlete Bullying
- Parent Issues
- Violations of team rules and/or team code of conduct
Please make a report to our head coach and exec board at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. USA Swimming has provided a template letter to assist you in beginning this process.
For more serious concerns, please visit the USA Swimming website to find out how best to address your concern.
Free Training for Parents
Parents are a critical component to our overall goal of protecting children from sexual abuse. The comprehensive online programming includes information about how offenders operate; how to recognize and respond to boundary violations, myths and facts about child sexual abuse and USA Swimming’s Athlete Protection Policies and Procedures.
Athlete Protection Training for Parents
Free Training for Athletes (Ages 12 and older)
The training course covers:
- Inappropriate Contact
- Physical, emotional, and behavioral boundaries
- What to do if your boundaries are violated
- Who to tell
- How USA Swimming can be a resource
Free Athlete Protection Training for Athletes
Free Safe Sport Activity Book for Athletes (Ages 11 and younger)
Parents, coaches, and swimmers will be able to use the books to start a conversation about positive team culture, maintaining an environment of support and safety, and all the reasons to love the sport of swimming!
Download Safe Sport Activity Book
Links and Resources
Safe Sport Topic of the Month
Safe Sport Best Practice Guidelines
USA Swimming Code of Conduct
Velocity's Safe Sport Policies