The YMCA Alexandria Sea Dragons swim team is dedicated to the inclusion and safety of all athletes who compete. Safe Sport focuses on creating a secure environment for our swimmers and non-athlete members that is free from abuse of any kind including sexual abuse, bullying, and inappropriate communications. USA Swimming, Potomac Valley Swimming and National YMCA Competitive Swimming and Diving have created Safe Sport programs which provide comprehensive information for clubs, coaches, members, swimmers, and parents.
USA Swimming, Potomac Valley Swimming (PVS), and National YMCA Competitive Swimming and Diving have expanded their Safe Sport programs which have in the last two years. Parents and athletes need to become familiar with current Safe Sport regulations and updates. Below you will find links for information and guidelines to each organizations Safe Sport webpage.
USA SWIMMING SAFE SPORT:
MINOR ATHLETE ABUSE PROTECTION POLICY (MAAP):
USA Swimming has required a "Background Check" for all non-athlete members of the Sea Dragons Swim Team. (Coaches, Team Rep, Officials)
Reimbursement Form for PVS/USA Swimming Officials to request reimbursement for the cost of their background screen. Please read the form carefully before submitting. USA Swimming free Athlete Protection Training for its athlete members. Details are on the USA Swimming Website. USA Swimming also has made available a parent education program for their members. The course takes 15-20 minutes, is free, and can be accessed on the USA-Swimming Website under the header "Free Training for Parents."
All USA Swimming non-athlete members (including coaches and officials) are required to take Athlete Protection Training every two years as a requirement for membership. Link to the Non-Athlete Training.
USA SWIMMING SAFE SPORT NEWSLETTER:
POTOMAC VALLEY SWIMMING SAFE SPORT WEBSITE:
Guidlines for Clubs from the PVS Athlete Protection Committee
The Safe Sport Act expands requirements around sexual abuse prevention for organizations that arrange amateur athletic competition for youth. The federal law carries implications for YMCAs, as well as staff and volunteers who interact with youth participants.
NATIONAL YMCA COMPETITIVE SWIMMING AND DIVING:
https://www.teamunify.com/team/yusa/page/news/172100/ymca-update-to-safe-sport-faqs YMCA & Safe Sport Webinar:
YMCA Swimming will have specific requirements for staff and volunteers at its YMCA National Meets, which will include screening, child protection training, as well as a code of conduct acknowledgement. Please see the following resources. Questions may be directed to [email protected] or
by calling Praesidium’s helpline at 855-347-0751.
USA Child Abuse Prevention Pages on Exchange
YUSA Safe Sport Act FAQ
Praesidium Safe Sport Overview
Link to webinar recorded August 23 by YUSA
Praesidium Tools and resources Overview