LAC and Safe Sport
Safe sport was developed in 2010 by USA swimming as a comprehensive abuse protection program committed to reducing emotional, physical and sex abuse in swimming and to increase awareness of red flag behaviors. It promotes healthy, physical and emotional behavioral boundaries.
At LAC, our mission is to utilize swimming as a unique educational tool that will develop young people into leaders in their communities. We ensure that our swimmers thrive in a safe environment by following the Safe Sport guidelines.
Many of the applicable policies are communicated annually via the LAC Membership Packet which is signed and acknowledged by parents yearly. Please make sure you are knowledgeable about our policies.
USA Swimming Safe Sport for Parents Training - Free
LAC specific resources and USA swimming general practices
The following Best Practice Guidelines are strongly recommended for all USA Swimming members.
USA Best Practice Link
- Parents should be encouraged to appropriately support their children’s swimming experience.
- All swimming practices should be open to observation by parents.
- Coaches should not initiate contact with or accept supervisory responsibility for athletes outside club programs and activities.
- 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.
- 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.
- Coaches and other non-athlete adult members should avoid horseplay and roughhousing with athletes.
- 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.
- Coaches should avoid having athletes as their favorites. They should also avoid creating a situation that could be perceived as them having favorites.
- Gift-giving, providing special favors or showing favoritism to individual athletes is strongly discouraged.
Where to start if I have a concern:
To deal with a Safe Sport concern, contact USA Swimming at (719) 866-4578
Contact the U.S. Center for Safe Sport to make a report. Call 833-5US-SAFE (587-7233) or use the
online reporting form or find more information at http://www.uscenterforsafesport.org/
If you have questions, please contact the Safe Sport coordinator for LAC: [email protected]
USA Swimming Code of Conduct
Action Plan to Address Bullying
Action Plan to report Bullying
Grievance Reporting Process
Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy
Photography Policy and Release Form