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
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
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.
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.
March 2017 (seniors)
March 2017 (age group)
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 email@example.com.
For more information on Safe Sport, please visit USA Swimming Safe Sport or email the LSC Safe Sport Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org