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Bullying

 

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 

Lessons include:

·         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.