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USA Swimming is committed to fostering a fun, healthy, and safe environment for all its members, and in 2010, it formally implemented a comprehensive Safe Sport program to respond to and prevent instances of abuse and misconduct within the sport of swimming.  Since then USA Swimming Safe Sport has worked tirelessly to educate members, put policies in place, and empower LSCs and clubs to create the best possible environments for all members.


Full implementation of the Safe Sport Program involves six key components:
1. Policies and Guidelines
2. Screening and Selection
3. Training and Education
4. Monitoring and Supervision
5. Recognizing, Responding, and Reporting
6. Grassroots Engagement and Feedback

Model Policies

The following are model policies for clubs to consider implementing:

Safe Sport Best Practices

Model Policy Action Plan to Address Bullying

Model Policy Electronic Communication

Model Policy Locker Room Monitoring

Model Policy Photography

Model Policy Team Travel

Athlete Electronic Best Practices

Assessment

Safe Sport offers clubs an online assessment tool to help you determine opportunities for implementing Safe Sport into your activities.  You can find more details here and take the assessment here.

Templates

The following templates are available for clubs to use at meets:

Heat Sheet Ad: Education

Heat Sheet Ad: Safe Sport

Heat Sheet Ad: Education for Athletes

Heat Sheet Ad: Electronic Communication

Safe Sport Meet Announcements

Additionally, Safe Sport has artwork templates available for additional items that clubs may choose to use for posters and bag tags. Please contact the LSC Safe Sport Chair for more details.

Safe Sport Mondays

Each month, Safe Sport provides a scenario that coaches can share with athletes to create awareness of Safe Sport issues a the club level and to create a culture that encourages safe behaviors.   

April 2016

May 2016

June 2016 

July 2016

August 2016

September 2016

November 2016

December 2016

January 2017

February 2017

March 2017 (seniors)

March 2017 (age group)

April 2017

May 2017

June 2017

July 2017

August 2017

September 2017

October 2017

November 2017

December 2017

January 2018

February 2018

March 2018

April 2018

 

Activity Book for Young Swimmers

Inspired by "Highlights" magazine, the Safe Sport activity book is designed for kids ages 6-11, but there's something for everyone!  The activity book has coloring pages, a word search, connect-the-dots, matching games, and more.

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!
Click the image below to download.  Print off pages or order copies of the Safe Sport activity book and matching crayons by emailing pdamico@usaswimming.org.

 

More Information

For more information on Safe Sport, please visit USA Swimming Safe Sport or email the LSC Safe Sport Chair at safesportchair@sdswimming.org