What is Safe Sport?
Safe Sport is USA Swimming abuse prevention effort. USA Swimming is committed to fostering a fun, healthy, and safe environment for all its members.
Safe Sport works hard to ensure that USA Swimming’s members are safe for kids by screening and selecting the right people and by educating its members about child abuse, grooming behaviors, warning signs, and athlete protection.
-Established in 2010, initially called “Athlete Protection”, USA Swimming launched a new initiative for the protection of Athletes. 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 polices that must be followed at all levels of the organization. These policies are enforceable by the Local Swim Club (LSC) and National Board of Review process. Consequences for violating a policy include, but are not limited to, revocation of membership.
-Wisconsin Swimming (STAR’s LSC) has established the position of Safe Sport Coordinator, to coordinate the distribution of safe sport information and policies from USA Swimming within Wisconsin Swimming. In addition, the Safe Sport Coordinator will serve to “triage” concerns and complaints within the LSC. Certain issues are reported, by mandate, to USA Swimming, and others will be dealt with within the LSC.
What does this mean for STAR?
-All non-athlete members (coaches, officials, etc.) are subject to a criminal background check and a pre-employment screening, as well as complete USA Swimming’s Athlete Protection Training.
-All member clubs are required to have athlete protection policies in place with regard to Travel, Electronic Communication, and Anti-Bullying as well as policies regarding Photography, Locker Room Monitoring, Best Practice Guidelines, and Codes of Conduct for Coaches, Athletes, and Parents.
What are the expectations from STAR Parents?
-Communicate with your child, your child’s coaches, and other parents.
-Observe practices and help out at meets and team events.
-Know the standards of conduct for all coaches, volunteers, and athletes, and speak up if the standards are not being upheld.
Who should you contact if you have a concern?
- USA Swimming (719) 866-4578
- US Center for Safe Sport to make a report. Use the online reporting form, call (720) 524-5640, or find more information at: US Center for Safe Sport
- Safe Sport Coorindator: Heather Gerard
Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP)
Best Practice Guidelines
Code of Conduct