Safe Sport @ PAC

Click on the Safe Sport Banner below to visit USA Swimming's Safe Sport Resource Page

After attending the USA Swimming's bi-annual SAFE SPORT conference in January 2017, PAC committed to further update its policies and guidelines to align with the most current updates from USA Swimming.  Below you will find information and links to PAC's updates that follow USA Swimmings model guidelines.

In addition to safe sport here is a link to healthy children.org which has many resources on depression, eating, etc. 


This code of conduct is based off the USA Swimming Safe Sport Model Athlete code of conduct. The purpose of a code of conduct for athletes is to establish a consistent expectation for athletes’ behavior.  By signing this code of conduct, I agree to the following statements:

  • I will respect and show courtesy to my teammates and coaches at all times.
  • I will demonstrate good sportsmanship at all practices and meets.
  • I will set a good example of behavior and work ethic for my younger teammates.
  • I will be respectful of my teammates’ feelings and personal space.  Swimmers who exhibit sexist, racist, homophobic, or otherwise inappropriate behavior will be faced with consequences.
  • I will attend all team meetings and training sessions, unless I am excused by my coach.
  • I will show respect for all facilities and other property (including locker rooms) used during practices, competitions, and team activities.
  • I will refrain from foul language, violence, behavior deemed dishonest, offensive, or illegal.
  • If I disagree with an official’s call, I will talk with my coach and not approach the official directly.
  • I will obey all of USA Swimming’s rules and codes of conduct.

I understand that if I violate this code of conduct, I will be subject to disciplinary action determined by my coaches and the swim club’s board of directors.

Free Safe Sport Training for Athletes


This code of conduct is based off the USA Swimming Safe Sport Model Parent code of conduct. The purpose of a code of conduct for parents is to establish consistent expectations for behavior by parents.  As a parent/guardian, I understand the important growth and developmental support that my child’s participation fosters.  I also understand that it is essential to provide the coaching staff with respect and the authority to coach the team.  I agree with the following statements:

  • I will set the right example for our children by demonstrating sportsmanship and showing respect and common courtesy at all times to the team members, coaches, competitors, officials, parents, and all facilities.
  • I will get involved by volunteering, observing practices, cheering at meets, and talking with my child and their coach about their progress.
  • I will refrain from coaching my child from the stands during practices or meets.
  • I understand that criticizing, name-calling, use of abusive language or gestures directed toward coaches, officials, volunteers, and/or any participating swimmer will not be tolerated.
  • I will respect the integrity of the officials.
  • I will direct my concerns to first the coach; then, if not satisfied, to the appropriate supervisor.

I understand the above expectations and that my failure to adhere to them may result in disciplinary action.

Free Safe Sport Training for Parents (LSC: OSI) (Club Code: PAC)
Free Bully Prevention Course and Resources - Geared for Adults (Parents/Coaches)


The purpose of this code of conduct for coaches is to establish common expectations for all members of the coaching staff of the club.  It is to be used as a guide to promote a positive team environment and good sportsmanship.

  • At all times, adhere to USA Swimming’s rules and code of conduct.
  • Set a good example of respect and sportsmanship for participants and fans to follow.
  • Act and dress with professionalism and dignity in a manner suitable to his/her profession.
  • Respect officials and their judgment and abide by the rules of the event.
  • Treat opposing coaches, participants, and spectators with respect.
  • Instruct participants in sportsmanship and demand that they display good sportsmanship.
  • Coach in a positive manner and do not use derogatory comments or abusive language.
  • Win with humility and lose with dignity.
  • Treat every athlete fairly, justly, impartially, intelligently, and with sensitivity.
  • Always place the well-being, health, and safety of swimmers above all other considerations, including developing performance.
  • Continue to seek and maintain their own professional development in all areas in relation to coaching and teaching children.
  • Always maintain a professional separation between coach and athlete.

Any complaints of a coach violating this code of conduct will be brought to the attention of his/her supervisor and/or the club’s board of directors.

Free Mandatory Training for all Coaches, Chaperones, Officials & other Non-Athlete Members of USA Swimming

(All PAC athletes, parent/guardians, and coaches are subject to the Portland Parks and Recreation Code of Conduct while using PPR facilities). In order to make Portland Parks & Recreation programs and facilities places where patrons, employees and their families feel welcome, comfortable and safe.

Our Code of Conduct:
Remember To:

  • Be safe, for the benefit of yourself and everyone else
  • Dress appropriately for public places
  • Follow all rules described or posted
  • Pick up after yourself (trash, belongings, etc. -- no overnight storage)
  • Provide good role model for others, especially children and youth
  • Respect confidentiality about patrons and employees
  • Respect other persons, equipment, supplies and facilities
  • Watch children in unsupervised areas

Refrain From The Following:

  • All forms of harassment
  • Behaving in a disruptive or disorderly manner
  • Bringing animals (other than service animals) into the building, or leaving them unattended outside
  • Bringing bicycles into the building
  • Bringing weapons on-site, even with concealed weapons permit
  • Creating a nuisance because of offensive body hygiene
  • Defacing property (structures, land or personal)
  • Eating or drinking other than in designated areas
  • Hurting self or others
  • Improper use of restrooms
  • Leaving young children unattended
  • Parking in unauthorized areas
  • Playing audio equipment at a volume that disturbs others
  • Sleeping or loitering
  • Smoking
  • Solicitation, petitioning or canvassing, other than in the public right-of-way, like streets or sidewalks
  • Spitting
  • Using or being under the influence of any intoxicating substance
  • Using profanity, teasing or ridiculing others
  • Violation of any Federal, State or local Statute or Ordinance

By respecting this Code of Conduct, everyone is welcome, comfortable and safe in all Portland Parks & Recreation facilities and programs. Park and Recreation Exclusions Will Be Enforced - We appreciate your cooperation and support.