Safe Sport

SAFE SPORT ABUSE PREVENTION PROGRAM

Mendocino Coast Sea Dragons under the guidance of Pacific Swimming and  USA Swimming are committed to providing a healthy and positive environment free from abuse for all its members.  USA Swimming’s Safe Sport program, a comprehensive abuse prevention program, consists of a multi-layered approach to keep kids safe, including: required policies and best practice guidelines; mandatory screening, including criminal background checks and employment screening; training and education; monitoring, supervision and mandatory reporting.  These measures are informed by experts in the field of child safety and are among the strongest safeguards found in youth-serving organizations.

 

Safe Sport Contact and reporting:

Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Program

USA Swimming's and MCSD's top priority continues to be keeping athletes safe.  Safe Sport is USA Swimming's comprehensive abuse prevention program and provides tools for swim clubs to educate their members and intervene in risky situations.

The Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Program (MAAPP) is the program required by the U.S. Center for SafeSport and must be implemented.  The policy addresses risk areas that present opportunities for abuse to occur.

This policy covers five (5) areas:

1- One on One Interactions

2- Travel: Local & Team

3- Social Media & Electronic Communication

4- Locker Rooms & Changing Areas

5- Massages & Rubdowns

MAAPP will apply to all adults who interact with and have direct and frequent contact with minor athletes, including adult athletes.  The language used in the policy is Applicable Adult.  All Applicable Adults will be required to follow MAAPP.

Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy:

/pcmcsd/UserFiles/File/minor-athlete-abuse-prevention-policy-mcsd_018226.pdf

Best Practices Guidelines

/pcmcsd/UserFiles/File/best-practice-guidelines_072537.pdf

Below are links to educate our staff, coaches, board, parents and members about Safe Sport and MAAPP

Mandatory Training for Adults:

usaswimming.org/utility/landing-pages/safe-sport/apt

Safe Sport Training for Minor Athletes:

usaswimming.org/articles-landing-page/2017/04/05/free-safe-sport-training-for-athletes

Safe Sport Training for Adults:

usaswimming.org/articles-landing-page/2017/02/16/safe-sport-for-parents

Safe Sport Electronic Communication FAQs

/pcmcsd/UserFiles/File/social-media-and-electronic-communications_013037.pdf

Locker Room and Changing Areas FAQS

/pcmcsd/UserFiles/File/locker-rooms-and-changing-areas_053574.pdf

Bullying Prevention:

usaswimming.org/articles-landing-page/2017/02/16/bullying-prevention

National Center for Safe Sport Helpline & USA Swimming SwimAssist

safesporthelpline.org