Safety and Safe Sport Information
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What can I do to help others, especially athletes and children, be safer in swimming?
- Be aware of what's going on around you. Look for ways to PREVENT problems. RESPOND to issues when they arise and REPORT concerns.
- Known and used policies help us know what's okay and what's not. They help PREVENT problems. They also help us know when to RESPOND and what to REPORT. Do you know and follow your team athlete protection policies?
- Find out more below!
- Club Safety Coordinators
- Meet Directors
- Team Leaders
Information By Topic
- Athlete Protection Education (links for Athletes, Parents, Coaches, Officials and other USA Swimming members)
- Athlete Protection Policies
- Best Practices
- Club Safety Coordinator
- Club Toolkit (under Links and Resources)
- Coach Registration
- Code of Conduct
- Concussion/Head Injury
- Crisis Management Plan
- Electronic Communication see Athlete Protection Policies
- Insurance, USA Swimming see Risk Management
- Links and Resources
- Locker Rooms see Athlete Protection Policies
- Online Child Safety and Compliance
- Operational Risk, see Risk Management
- Pick One, Because Kids Matter Newsletter Archive
- Positive Team Culture
- Prevent, Respond, Report
- Photography see Athlete Protection Policies
- Racing Start Certification
- Responding to a Concern
- Resources see Links and Resources
- Risk Management (under Links and Resources)
- Safe Deck Plans
- Safe Sport, USA Swimming (under Links and Resources)
- Safe Sport, U.S. Center for (under Links and Resources)
- Safe Sport Club Toolkit (under Links and Resources)
- Safe Sport Mondays
- Safe Sport Recognized Club Program
- Screening and Selection see Hiring
- Travel see Athlete Protection Policies
- USA Swimming Safe Sport (under Links and Resources)
- US Center for Safe Sport (under Links and Resources)
- Utah Swimming Safety Committee
New or Recently Updated
Entire page was updated Jan 2019
Athlete Protection Education
USA Swimming offers a variety of free, online athlete protection education courses. Click to learn more, and access course:
Athlete Protection Policies
USA Swimming has Athlete Protection Policies which all members must abide by. They also require clubs to have certain athlete protection policies, and recommend that they have others.
- USA Swimming Athlete Protection Policies are found in article 305 of the current rulebook.
- Models of the REQUIRED policies clubs must have. These are the default policies of clubs who have not developed their own policies to fill this requirement. (See article 305 of the current rulebook for more.)
- Models of the RECOMMENDED policies clubs are encouraged to have. Clubs may alter and use as needed. They may also develop their own additional athlete protection policies.
- See also: Best Practices and Policies
- Additionally, The Pick One, Because Kids Matter Newsletter Archive has specific ideas on how to get others involved and build Athlete Protection Policies into your Positive Team Culture.
USA Swimming has developed a variety of Best Practices lists. For the most current list, search "Best Practices" on www.usaswimming.org. Best Practice links are also below.
Additionally, The Pick One, Because Kids Matter Newsletter Archive has specific ideas on how to get others involved and build Best Practices into your Positive Team Culture.
All USA Swimming teams are required to have a policy to address bullying and promote bullying prevention. Check your club website, with your coach, or another team leader to find out more. USA Swimming also has additional resources.
Club Safety Coordinator
Each Utah Swimming club has a Club Safety Coordinator. Here are some resources to assist those serving in that position.
USA Swimming requires coach members to meet specific requirements. Current proof of these required credentials must be submitted to the Utah Swimming Registration Chair to retain coach membership. Utah Swimming honors clubs whose coaches meet all the certification requirements on the 100% Certified Coach Club web page. Is your club there this month? Click to find out! If not, encourage them to do what it takes to get there.
Code of Conduct
USA Swimming has a Code of Conduct for all members, and recommends all teams have a Code of Conduct. They supply model Code of Conducts for Athletes, Parents and Coaches. Teams are welcome to use them, and modify if desired.
- USA Swimming Code of Conduct is found in Article 304 of the current rulebook.
- Model COACH Code of Conduct WORD PDF
- Model ATHLETE Code of Conduct WORD PDF
- Model PARENT Code of Conduct WORD PDF
Utah state law requires certain things happen when an athlete
- Receives a head injury or suspected head injury
- Begins, or continues a sport for more than a year.
Find out more:
If accident or injury occurs, a coach, official or someone affiliated with club/facility needs to file a USA Swimming Report of Occurrence.
Crisis Management Plan
The purpose of the Utah Swimming Crisis Management Plan is to help volunteer and staff LSC leadership effectively manage crisis leadership roles, decision making and communication. It can also serve as a model plan for Utah Swimming clubs.
USA Swimming requires new coach other non-athlete members to meet specific screening and selection requirements and provide free tools. USA Swimming also has other requirements for coach members. Current proof of theses required credentials must be submitted to the Utah Swimming Registration Chair to retain coach membership.
If accident or injury occurs, a coach, official or someone affiliated with the club or facility needs to file a USA Swimming Report of Occurrence. If possible head injury is involved, see the "Respond Section" of the Concussion Management and To Do's.
Links and Resources
- USA Swimming
- Website: www.usaswimming.org
- Safe Sport has resources, information and tools to help us “prevent, respond to and report” to abuse and misconduct within the sport. Safe Sport website: www.usaswimming.org/protect
- Safe Sport Club Toolkit: www.usaswimming.org/toolkit
- Risk Management has resources, information and tools to help us "prevent, respond to, and report" issues outside of abuse and misconduct. They help clubs plan safe activities and conduct them in an environment that values safety first. Risk Management website: www.usaswimming.org/riskmanagement
- U.S. Center for Safe Sport: Resources to help build a national safe sport culture built on respect
The Online Swim Meet Safety Kit is a Utah Swimming resource for meet directors, officials and others. The USA Swimming Safe Sport Club Toolkit has a "Safe Sport at Events" section with additional resources.
Online Child Safety and Compliance
Teams with websites, social media, or another online presence, need to comply with the the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. Find out more at www.coppa.org.
The USA Swimming model photography policy is another good resource to help ensure online child safety. See Athlete Protection Policies.
Click for a pdf of the Utah Swimming policy regarding the solicitation and collection of information from children under the age of 13.
Pick One, Because Kids Matter Newsletter Archive
Archive of monthly one page newsletter designed to give coaches, and other team leaders, simple specific ways they could increase the safety of their team members each month. Doing so helps build a positive, safe team culture. Click to access the newsletter archive and get some great ideas.
Positive Team Culture
What makes your team great? How does your team help build athletes in positive ways? Build safety within your positive team culture. Include a form of athlete protection within your mission or vision statements. Help make your athlete protection policies known and used, as well as your code of conduct and best practices. Help all on your team learn, and choose, to treat each other in positive ways.
Additionally, The Pick One, Because Kids Matter Newsletter Archive has specific ideas on how to get others involved and build safety into your positive team culture.
Prevent, Respond, Report
The Utah Swimming Safety and Safe Sport slogan. Each is a key action every member, or parent, can do to help increase the safety of athletes, and other members. To find out more about each, see the Utah Swimming Safety Committee page.
Known and used policies help everyone know what's okay and what's not. They also PREVENT problems, help us know when to RESPOND and what to REPORT. Every USA Swimming team is required to have athlete protection policies.
The Pick One, Because Kids Matter Newsletter Archive has specific ideas on how to get others involved and get your policies known and used in your Positive Team Culture.
Racing Start Certification
USA Swimming requires coaches to certify athletes in both backstroke and forward starts.
Responding to a Concern
If an accident or injury occurs on deck, get a USA Swimming coach member and/or facility lifeguard to help. Both are trained responders. The Utah Swimming Meet Safety Plan has additional information about responding to accidents or injuries at meets. Remember to also complete a Report of Occurrence.
For information about responding to, or reporting, a Safe Sport concern see the USA Swimming Deal with a Concern page.
Want to speak with someone local? Each team has a Club Safety Coordinator. Utah Swimming also has a Safe Sport chairperson. Contact information for the Utah Swimming Safe Sport Chair is on the Board of Directors list, located under the Governance tab at the top of this page.
Wondering if there's been a policy violation? See Athlete Protection Policies and Policies.
For information about reporting a Safe Sport concern, see the USA Swimming Deal with a Concern page.
For accident or injury, see injury for USA Swimming reporting requirement.
The Pick One, Because Kids Matter Newsletter Archive has specific ideas on how to get others informed about, and doing appropriate reporting.
Safe Deck Plans
Safe Deck Plans designate where spectators may sit at swim meets. Every team has one. Plans are listed by club abbreviation.
- Note: A coach or team leader may update a team Safe Deck plan by emailing it to the Utah Swimming Safe Sport and Safety Chair. (Click "Governance" > "Board of Directors" above to get contact information.)
Safe Sport Mondays
USA Swimming's Safe Sport Mondays program is designed to help launch conversations within swim clubs about everyday issues. Having regular, short conversations about different Safe Sport related issues can strengthen a club's values and open productive communications channels. Families are welcome to use these resources too!
Safe Sport Monday scenario and discussion guides are available online. Additionally, USA Swimming mailed every team a Safe Sport Mondays booklet in the spring of 2018. Coaches attending the 2018 Utah Swimming Swimposium Coach Safety class also received a copy.
The Pick One, Because Kids Matter Newsletter Archive has specific ideas on how to get Safe Sport Mondays going in your swim club.
Safe Sport Recognized Club Program
Demonstrate your team's commitment to safeguarding your athletes and all participants. Become a Safe Sport Recognized Club.