The San Diego Aquatic Club endorses and promotes the USA Swimming Safe Sport program. It is a requirement for all USA Swimming Clubs to have policies on the Safe Sport programs.
To learn more about the Safe Sport program, please follow the link below:
USA Swimming Safe Sport Weblink
MAAPP - Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy
From Ralph Nowacki's Blog on the SI Swimming website:
Mission Statement: USA Swimming is committed to safeguarding the well-being of all its members, with the welfare of its athlete members as the top priority.
1. USA Swimming believes that every member should have a safe, healthy, fun sport environment.
2. USA Swimming believes that every young person should be protected from abuse and safe from harm.
3. USA Swimming believes that all non-athlete members share a collective responsibility to protect our membership.
4. USA Swimming will make available training for all members to increase awareness and understanding of athlete protection policies and best practices. USA Swimming will provide a process for members to recognize and respond to any Safe Sport issues that arise.
5. USA Swimming will provide resources, information, and guidance on Safe Sport related issues to all members, including coaches, parents and athletes.
6. USA Swimming will treat all allegations of abuse or concerns regarding athlete safety seriously and will respond appropriately and as prescribed by the USA Swimming Rules and Regulations.
The SI LSC also promotes the program via the website and by informing parents, coaches and swimmers of the aspects of the program at meets or through the member teams. All coaches and officials have to be trained about the Safe Sport Program prior to being certified for their positions. The LSC has a Safe Sport Chairman that may be contacted through the SI offices or via e-mail. There is also training available using a free, on-line training module on the USA Swimming website under the Parents section plus additional literature.
Please check these out for the safety of your swimmer and your own education.
Best Practice Guidelines
The following Best Practice Guidelines are strongly recommended for all USA Swimming members.
1. Parents should be encouraged to appropriately support their children’s swimming experience.
2. All swimming practices should be open to observation by parents.
3. Coaches should not invite or have an athlete(s) to their home without the permission of the athlete’s parents (or legal guardian).
4. When only one athlete and one coach travel to a competition, at the competition the coach and athlete should attempt to establish a “buddy” club to associate with during the competition and when away from the venue.
5. Relationships of a peer-to-peer nature with any athletes should be avoided. For example, coaches should avoid sharing their own personal problems with athletes.
6. Coaches and other non-athlete adult members should avoid horseplay and roughhousing with athletes.
7. When a coach touches an athlete as part of instruction, the coach should do so in direct view of others and inform the athlete of what he/she is doing prior to the initial contact. Touching athletes should be minimized outside the boundaries of what is considered normal instruction. Appropriate interaction would include high fives, fist bumps, side-to-side hugs and handshakes.
8. Coaches should not initiate contact with or accept supervisory responsibility for athletes outside club programs and activities.
9. Coaches should avoid having athletes that are their favorites. They should also avoid creating a situation that could be perceived as them having favorites.
10. Gift-giving, providing special favors or showing favoritism to individual athletes is strongly discouraged.