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 SKY Family YMCA  Hurricanes Safe Sport Information for Athletes, Parents and Coaches
 

Welcome to the SKY Family YMCA Hurricanes Safe Sport information section.  We are currently working to finalize our Safe Sport policies and more will be coming soon.  Please browse the Athlete, Parent, Coach and Competition tabs for additional information.  

SKY Family YMCA Hurricanes Safe Sport Coordinator: Gary Sanderson (717)330-0950 [email protected]

USA Swimming (719) 866-4578 Deal with a Safe Sport Concern

U.S. Center for Safe Sport to make a report.  Use the online reporting form, call (720) 524-5640, or find more information at http://www.uscenterforsafesport.org.  

Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy 

Safe Sport Best Practice Guidelines

1. Parents should be encouraged to appropriately support their children’s swimming experience.

2. All swimming practices should be open to observation by parents.

3. Coaches should not initiate contact with or accept supervisory responsibility for athletes outside club programs and activities.

4. When only one athlete and one coach travel to a competition, at the competition the coach and athlete should attempt to establish a “buddy” club to associate with during the competition and when away from the venue.

5. Relationships of a peer-to-peer nature with any athletes should be avoided. For example, coaches should avoid sharing their own personal problems with athletes.

6. Coaches and other non-athlete adult members should avoid horseplay and roughhousing with athletes.

7. When a coach touches an athlete as part of instruction, the coach should do so in direct view of others and inform the athlete of what he/she is doing prior to the initial contact. Touching athletes should be minimized outside the boundaries of what is considered normal instruction. Appropriate interaction would include high fives, fist bumps, side-to-side hugs and handshakes.

8. Coaches should avoid having athletes as their favorites. They should also avoid creating a situation that could be perceived as them having favorites.

9. Gift-giving, providing special favors or showing favoritism to individual athletes is strongly discouraged.