At the US Aquatic Sports Convention in September 2010, USA Swimming launched a new initiative for the protection of Athletes. Initially called “Athlete Protection”, the name was changed in 2012 to reflect the extension of protection policies to all members of USA Swimming, including athletes, coaches, officials, and non-athlete members/volunteers of USA Swimming. It is now referred to as “Safe Sport”. The USA Swimming Code of Conduct, Article 304 of the USA Swimming Rule Book, provides specific and mandatory policies that must be followed at all levels of the organization. These policies are enforceable by the LSC and National Board of Review process. Consequences for violating a policy include, but are not limited to, revocation of membership. The USA Swimming Safe Sport homepage is www.usaswimming.org/protect.
LSC Safe Sport
Gulf Swimming has established the position of Safe Sport Coordinator (LSC Safe Sport Chair – [email protected]). This person is responsible for the implementation and coordination of the USA Swimming Safe Sport Programs at the LSC level and serves as the liaison between the USA Swimming Director of Safe Sport (Susan Woessner) and the LSC. This position is critical to providing an all-important communication link between USA Swimming and the LSC on all Safe Sport matters. The appointed Safe Sport Coordinator can be contacted by emailing [email protected].
USA Swimming’s 2,700 Clubs, as independent businesses, are responsible for abiding by USA Swimming’s Rules and Policies surrounding Safe Sport. We all have a role to play in creating a healthy setting for sport. Safe Sport helps raise awareness about misconduct in sport, promote open dialogue, and provide training and resources. When we work as a team, we can build a game plan to make sports safe for everyone