NEW USA Swimming FREE Online Anti-Bullying Training Program:
USA Swimming and its Safe Sport program are committed to fostering a fun, healthy, and safe environment for all of its members. To help increase awareness and reduce the risk of abuse, Safe Sport has launched a new online course to help parents and coaches identify and address bullying behaviors.
The online program is free for USA Swimming non-athlete members. It can be accessed at https://www.usaswimming.org/articles-landing-page/2017/02/16/bullying-prevention
· How to define bullying
· Why bullying is a problem
· What the different types of bullying are
· How bullying happens
· How to prevent an athlete from being bullied
· How to manage conflict between the individuals involved
Bullying behaviors lead to a negative team environment if not handled properly and quickly. Unfortunately, they can be alarmingly normal in youth sports settings.
Accompanying the anti-bullying training is access to resources for swim teams to prevent or address bullying – including a model anti-bullying plan, a peer-to-peer safety plan, and a scenario guide to assist coaches with recognizing bullying behaviors.
The success of USA Swimming’s Safe Sport program revolves around six core areas:
- Policies & Guidelines
- Screening & Selection
- Training & Education
- Monitoring and Supervision
- Recognizing, Reporting and Responding
- Grassroots Engagement & Feedback
USA Swimming has partnered with Praesidium, a leading provider in the field of child protection, to produce and distribute comprehensive athlete protection education programming. USA Swimming requires mandatory athlete education training programs for non-athlete members.