Mandatory USA Swimming Safe Sport Rules & Policies for All USA Swimming Members and Clubs
EFFECTIVE JUNE 23, 2019
Coaches, Swimmers and Parents,
Programs and procedures that were once recommended ARE NOW MANDATORY. Please read in full and contact Dean Graves with any questions at email@example.com
USA SWIMMING ATHLETES must now complete Athlete Protection Training by their 18th birthday. Compliance will be tracked through SWIMS, and those not in compliance will be prohibited from competition until compliance is achieved. THIS IS NOT AN OPTION. There is no grandfather clause.
WHO IS AFFECTED BY MAAPP?
▪ All USA Swimming non-athlete members and adult athlete members;
▪ Participating non-members (e.g. meet marshals, meet computer operators, timers, etc.);
▪ LSC and club adult staff and board members; and
▪ Any other adult authorized to have regular contact with or authority over a minor athlete. Collectively “Applicable Adult(s)”
SC LSC Travel Policy (Draft) Click Here
SC LSC Honor Code (Draft) Click Here
BACKGROUND ON MAAPP
On February 14, 2018, Senate Bill S. 534 - Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 - was signed into law and became effective immediately.
Notably, the legislation requires USA Swimming and its adult members to report suspected child abuse, including sexual abuse, to local or federal law enforcement or to a child-welfare agency designated by the Justice Department within 24 hours. A failure to report is subject to criminal penalties.
For a complete copy of this Senate Bill, please click HERE.
The USA Swimming Code of Conduct requires any individual with credible information involving sexual misconduct to report that information to our Safe Sport Program staff. USA Swimming provides an online form for confidential reporting of sexual misconduct, bullying, inappropriate communications, or code of conduct violations. Please be aware that in South Carolina everyone has a duty to report suspected child abuse to law enforcement. Contact your county’s Division of Social Services or the Special Victims unit at your police station for more information about reporting. If an incident involving child sexual abuse occurs outside of South Carolina, please also contact law enforcement in the municipality in which the incident occurred.
SAFE SPORT CONTACTS
Director of Safe Sport Abigail Howard firstname.lastname@example.org
Safe Sport Senior Manager Liz Hahn email@example.com
SC Swimming Safe Sport Chair Dean Graves firstname.lastname@example.org
HEAR SOMETHING, SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING!
At South Carolina Swimming, our top priority is safety at ALL of our activities. Our Safe Sport program focuses on creating a secure environment for our swimmers and non-athlete members that is free from abuse of any kind including sexual abuse, bullying, and inappropriate communications.
Dealing with a Safe Sport Concern: Click Here