USA SWIMMING SAFE SPORT
At Belmont Aquatic Team we take the protection of our athletes very seriously.
Resources regarding policy, how to deal with a Safe Sport issue, how to make a Safe Sport report, and additional Safe Sport training for athletes and parents can be found below.
Safe Sport Policies
USA Swimming Code of Conduct
USA Swimming Safe Sport Best Practice Guidelines
BAT MAAPP (Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Program)
(updated Aug. 18, 2021; changes in effect Sept. 1, 2021 are highlighted)
BAT Action Plan to Address Bullying
BAT Photography Waiver
There has been much talk about whether it is safe to have images taken of children participating in sports. While the great majority of images are appropriate and are taken in good faith, it is a fact that images can be misused and children can be put at risk if common-sense procedures are not observed.
The publishing of a photograph of swimmer under 18 either on a notice board or in a published article or video recording (including video streaming) of swimming competitions (“publication”) should only be done with parents’ consent per the attached form (see above).
A parent or guardian has a right of refuse to have children photographed. The exercise of this right of refusal cannot be used as grounds for refusing entry into a swimming competition. Therefore, any photo that may go to press or on a notice board, be it through a member of the club or official photographer, should receive parental consent before publishing/displaying the photo, preferably in writing (form supplied during registration and available above).
- All photographs must observe generally accepted standards of decency in particular: Action shots should be a celebration of the sporting activity and not a sexualized image in a sporting context.
- Action shots should not be taken or retained where the photograph reveals a torn or displaced swimsuit.
- Photographs should not be taken from behind swimming blocks at the start of a race or exhibit a child climbing out of the swimming pool.
- Photographs should not be taken in locker-rooms or bathrooms.
- Please see the link above for the photo waiver
Safe Sport Training
Below are suggested training resources created by USA Swimming. For more details on how to take these courses, please click on the this link, register, and navigate to the courses below.
• Safe Sport Training for Parents
• Safe Sport Training for Minor Athletes
If you have any questions about this process, please contact our Safe Sport Club Coordinator.
To Deal with a Safe Sport Concern
The USA Swimming Safe Sport website has guidelines and frequently asked questions about dealing with a Safe Sport concern. If you have a concern, please make a report to your team. You can also contact USA-S at (719) 866-4578.
To Make a Safe Sport Report
Contact the U.S. Center for Safe Sport to make a report.
Call (720) 524-5640 or use the online reporting form.
For more information visit the US Center for Safe Sport.
Safe Sport Club Coordinator
Shirley Wang can be reached with any questions via email.