TO: Current Non-athlete Members
Please review and print the following updated Doping Control information to replace page 4 of the 2020 USA Swimming Rulebook:
MEMBERSHIP ANTI-DOPING OBLIGATIONS.
It is the duty of individual members of USA Swimming, including athletes, athlete support personnel,
and other persons, to comply with all anti-doping rules of the World Anti-Doping Agency
(WADA), FINA, the USOPC, including the USOPC National Anti-Doping Policy, and the U.S. Anti-
Doping Agency (USADA), including the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement
Testing (USADA Protocol), and all other policies and rules adopted by WADA, FINA, the USOPC
and USADA. Athlete members agree to submit to drug testing by the FINA and/or USADA or their
designees at any time and understand that the use of methods or substances prohibited by the
applicable anti-doping rules make them subject to penalties, including, but not limited to, disqualification
and suspension. If it is determined that an individual member may have committed a doping
violation, the member agrees to submit to the results management authority and processes of
USADA, including arbitration under the USADA Protocol, or to the results management authority
of FINA, if applicable or referred by USADA.
To comply with the World Anti-Doping Code, FINA, USOPC and USADA have all amended their
anti-doping rules. The rules are available at the offices of USA Swimming or may be found online
at the following websites:
All members of USA Swimming should familiarize themselves with the following:
USADA Protocol for Olympic Movement Testing
USOPC Anti-Doping Policies
The 2020 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods is available on the websites listed above
All athletes should check the status of all medications they plan to take PRIOR to taking them.
This includes over the counter and prescription medications. It is the responsibility of the athlete
to ensure that no prohibited substance enters his/her system.
The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) offers a Drug Reference Line (719-785-2000)
and a Drug Reference Online (www.globaldro.com) where athletes, coaches, athlete support
personnel, parents and medical professionals may check to ensure that proper documentation is
on file for their medications and that they are consuming medications that are permitted.
Dietary supplements are considered “Take at Your Own Risk” as claims made by the
manufacturers/distributors of dietary supplements regarding the effectiveness or contents of their
products are not strictly regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Any commercial
dietary supplement is susceptible to containing substances that may appear on the Prohibited
Substance list(s) of FINA and/or the World Anti-Doping Agency. These substances may not be
listed on the ingredients label of the product.
Athletes and Athlete Support Personnel should visit USADA’s Supplement 411 website for
detailed information regarding the supplement industry (including a high-risk list):
Athletes are also strongly encouraged to check every ingredient of every product they plan to
consume, as prohibited substances may be listed as ingredients.
U.S. CENTER FOR SAFESPORT
The U.S. Center for SafeSport helpline and resources may be found online at
USA SWIMMING POLICY MANUAL
(Resources/Governance & LSCs//Policies & Bylaws).