What is Safe Sport?
USA Swimming is committed to fostering a fun, healthy and safe environment for all of its members. For that reason, they have created a Safe Sport program and put in a place a detailed Code of Conduct. Safe Sport also provides policies, education, a reporting structure, and tools that are intended to serve all members as we work together to maintain this environment. To learn more about Safe Sport, visit the USA Swimming Safe Sport Home Page.
Additionally, USA Swimming provides free training videos for parents and athletes. Parents, we highly encourage you to sit down with your athletes and review these training videos.
Dealing with a Concern
Tri City Channel Cat Safe Sport Representative
April Walkley [email protected]
If your concern deals with any of the following:
- Peer to Peer Bullying
- Adult to Athlete Bullying
- Parent Issues
- Violations of team rules and/or team code of conduct
Please make a report to our head coach and exec board or at the LSC level the following email address: [email protected]. USA Swimming has provided a template letter to assist you in beginning this process.
For more serious concerns or sexual abuse, please visit the USA Swimming website to find out how best to address your concern.
CENTER FOR SAFE SPORT/USA SWIMMING REPORTING (updated 01/2022)
To deal with a Safe Sport concern, contact USA Swimming at (719) 866-4578
Contact the U.S. Center for Safe Sport to make a report. Call (833) 587-7233 or use the online reporting form at https://safesport.i-sight.com/portal or find more information at
Free Training for Parents
Parents are a critical component to our overall goal of protecting children from sexual abuse. The comprehensive online programming includes information about how offenders operate; how to recognize and respond to boundary violations, myths and facts about child sexual abuse and USA Swimming’s Athlete Protection Policies and Procedures.
Athlete Protection Training for Parents
Free Training for Athletes (Ages 12 and older)
The training course covers:
- Inappropriate Contact
- Physical, emotional, and behavioral boundaries
- What to do if your boundaries are violated
- Who to tell
- How USA Swimming can be a resource
Free Athlete Protection Training for Minor Athletes
Free Safe Sport Activity Book for Athletes (Ages 11 and younger)
Parents, coaches, and swimmers will be able to use the books to start a conversation about positive team culture, maintaining an environment of support and safety, and all the reasons to love the sport of swimming!
Download Safe Sport Activity Book
QUICK LINKS AND RESOURCES
MAAPP 2.0 Tri City Channel Cat 2021
MAAPP EDUCATIONAL DOCUMENTS FAQ
TRAINING FOR PARENTS
Wed., June 8 at 8:00 p.m. EDT | REGISTER
USA Swimming Safe Sport Staff
What parents are saying about this training:
"I came because it was required, but I left feeling so grateful I came. I wish I had this training sooner. Thank you!!!"
"This was a very informative and important session. I absolutely agree that all parents should attend this training."
"Thank you! Great way to share good information-- the interactive questions were great too."
"Thanks for the meeting! Definitely a good reminder to always be aware and educated."
"Thanks for the great training and I look forward to my daughter taking the class as well."
"We have a dear family friend who went through some awful trauma in a different sport. It is comforting to know that USA Swimming takes this seriously!"
TRAINING FOR ATHLETES
Thur., June 9 at 8:00 p.m. EDT | REGISTER
USA Swimming Safe Sport Staff
What Athletes are saying about this training:
"Thank you, this chat was very helpful."
"Thank you for educating me on this matter"
"This was a very good experience. I learned a lot from this and will take way some important lessons from this."
"Thank you for doing this, very important things to discuss!"
"Great explanation and very helpful for awareness."
"In my opinion, Mrs. Hahn does a great job of informing athletes about Safe Sport no matter how many times she has explained the information by talking with an engaging voice and taking things seriously when needed to. Please keep up the great work."
"Super informative and I learned a lot."
TRAINING FOR COACHES
Fri., June 10 at 3:00 p.m. EDT | REGISTER
USA Swimming Safe Sport Staff
Suicide Prevention Apps – At this link you will find eight different suicide prevention apps. They will help you recognize warning signs, build a safety plan, and give practical advise on how to intervene with an at-risk person. The apps provide you with resources on suicide prevention information, breathing exercises and grounding techniques, and some helpful do's and don'ts when reaching out to a potentially suicidal love one.
Resilience, Mental Health Promotion & Suicide Prevention Apps - This list has app examples for “upstream” (preventing problems before they emerge through self-help), “midstream” (catching emerging problems early and linking people to least restrictive support), and “downstream” (helping people with more serious mental health challenges and suicidal thoughts) suicide prevention approaches.
The Mighty created a list of eight apps you can download on your phone to help you positively cope with any struggles you may be dealing with. There are examples for anxiety, schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder, eating disorders, and substance abuse.
Other apps to improve self-care
- Calm Harm provides tasks to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm, including cutting. If you want to you can set a password so that it's completely private.
- Stop, Breathe & Think - Meditation & mindfulness to help you build the emotional strength and confidence to handle life's ups and downs. It has a unique approach that allows you to check in with your emotions, and then recommends short, guided meditations, yoga and acupressure videos, tuned to how you feel.
- Headspace offers guided meditations, animations, articles and videos.