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Safety/Operational Risk

Learn more about the recently formed Utah Swimming Safety Committee and read meeting minutes here.

SWIM MEET SAFE DECK PLANS

Safe Deck Plans designate where spectators may sit at swim meets. Click title, or here, to access. Plans are listed by host club abbreviation.

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Information From USA Swimming Operational Risk (Safety) Chairs Workshop – June 2017

ATHLETE SAFETY

FACILITIES: BAD WATER = BAD AIR

WHAT'S HAPPENING AROUND THE COUNTRY & REPORTING WHAT'S HAPPENING AROUND YOU!

  • What do you think?
    • During what activities to most activities occur? (a)Meets (b)Practice (c)Swimjisu (d)Other
    • Where do most accident occur? (a)In the Water (b) Deck/Starting Blocks (c)Bleachers (d)Other
    • What parts of the body are injured? (a)Head/Face (b) Arm/Wrist/Hand (c) Leg/Ankle/Foot (d)Other
    • Click HERE to find out! (Stats from USA Swimming “Report of Occurrence”)
  • DID YOU KNOW?  A Report of Occurrence form should be completed and sent any time an injury occurs at a USA Swimming function, whether or not it involves a USA Swimming member.

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Specific ways coaches and club leaders can help increase the safety of club members:

Coaches & Club Leadership:  Do something meaningful each month to help increase the safety of the kids in your club. Below are monthly newsletters with ideas and practical suggestions of things to do.  Pick one and do it!  Why?  Because KIDS MATTER.

February 2018 (Principle of the Month: “Keeping [athletes] safe requires as much diligence and attention as training for competition.” Integrating the USA Swimming Athlete Protection policies, guidelines and best practices into your club structure and culture keeps people safer.)

January 2018 (Principle of the Month: Coaches need CURRENT credentials to maintain USA Swimming coach membership. Only coach members can coach athletes at USA Swimming practice or competition.)

November 2017 (Principle of the Month: Good athlete and coach leadership help build a positive club culture.)

October 2017 (Principle of the Month: Coaches, and others, need to know what their reporting responsibilities are, and how to fulfill them, when a Safe Sport issue or injury is brought to their attention.)

September 2017 (Principle of the Month: September is a month of first, or fresh, starts. Use meetings and other “Season Starting” activities to help athletes, parents and staff learn how to be safer while participating with your club. How? Click to find out!) Also note: Swimmers new to your club need Racing Start Certification and/or instruction.

August 2017 (Principle of the Month: Policies help everyone know “What’s okay and what’s not.” Good policies can help keep kids, and others, safe.  BUT ONLY IF THEY ARE KNOWN AND USED.)

July 2017 (Focus Principle: All club coaches must complete and keep current ALL USA Swimming coach membership requirements to work with athletes at practice or meets.) USA Swimming Coach Member Requirements

June 2017 (Focus Principle: A functioning Club Safe Sport Coordinator can increase the awareness and use of Safe Sport principles and policies within your club. The result? Increase athlete safety.)

May 2017 (Focus Principle: Having regular short conversations about different team - and Safe Sport - related issues can strengthen a club’s values and open productive communication channels.) 

April 2017 (Focus PrincipleUSA Swimming members and/or member clubs have specific reporting responsibilities.)

March 2017 (Focus Principle: We all want good people working with our swimmers. Pre-employment screenings help promote athlete safety and are REQUIRED by USA Swimming.)

Feb. 2017 (Focus Principle: Good Policies are Part of Every Healthy Team.)