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Safe Sport

SAFE SPORT and ATHLETE PROTECTION

THSC and USA Swimming have athlete protection policies in place to help protect the safety of our athlete and non-athlete members.  THSC's policies related to Safe Sport and athlete safety can be found on our website under the Members tab, on the Club Policies page.  All THSC members are required at registration to acknowledge that they have received, read and understand our Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy in particular, and our policies regarding athlete safety more generally.

 

Dealing with a Concern

Any athlete safety concerns you may have can be brought to any THSC Board member or coach at any time - the safety of our athletes and non-athlete members is our top concern.

 

Contacts and Resources

USA Center for SafeSport

USA Center for SafeSport Online Reporting Form

THSC Club Policies Page

 

Where to Start with a Concern

When making the decision to report a concern you have, it can often feel intimidating and overwhelming. Please use these guidelines to help you on the first step “Where do I report?” Please use the provided links which will additionally help you get in touch with the appropriate people.

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list. If you are not sure who to contact with a concern please contact Safe Sport at the USA Swimming National Office and their team will be sure to talk through your concern, answer your questions and connect you with the correct people.

If your concern deals with any of the following:

  • sexual misconduct
  • sexual harrassment
  • sexually explicit/inappropriate communication through social media

​please contact the US Center for SafeSport to make a report.  You can use the online reporting form, call (720) 531-0340, or find more information at www.uscenterforsafesport.org.

If your concern deals with any of the following:

  • criminal charges
  • use, sale or distribution of illegal drugs
  • physical abuse
  • inappropriate touching
  • lap-sitting
  • coaches sharing hotel rooms with athletes
  • rubdown or massage performed by coaches
  • pictures or video taken in locker rooms or changing areas

Please contact Liz Hahn ehahn@usaswimming.org at the USA Swimming National Office or ​complete USA Swimming's online reporting form.

 

USA Swimming Mandatory Reporting Rule (from the USA Swimming 2019 Rule Book)

ARTICLE 306

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

306.1 It is every member’s responsibility to promptly report any incident regarding sexual misconduct by a member as described in the SafeSport Code for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement to the U.S. Center for SafeSport. Reporting must occur when an individual has firsthand knowledge of misconduct or where specific and credible information has been received from a victim or knowledgeable third party. Various state laws may also require reporting to law enforcement or to a designated child protection agency.

306.2 Filing a knowingly false allegation of sexual misconduct is prohibited and may violate state criminal law and civil defamation laws. Any person making a knowingly false allegation of sexual misconduct shall be subject to disciplinary action by USA Swimming.

306.3 Neither civil nor criminal statutes of limitation apply to reports of cases of sexual abuse.