Dear USA Swimming Family,
In light of recent media coverage, I would like to provide some perspective on the very important subject matter discussed and the commentary surrounding USA Swimming’s Safe Sport efforts.
Let me be clear: USA Swimming does not tolerate sexual abuse or misconduct, and I assure you that this organization is facing this extremely serious issue with one very clear goal – protecting children and athletes.
Every day we work hard to get better as an organization. We are never complacent. We want to listen and to hear from you. We are rightfully held to a high standard by our membership and our peers, and we will continue to work tirelessly to educate members, put policies in place, and empower clubs to create the best possible environments for all members.
We will not shy away from acknowledging or supporting survivors of abuse, and we will strive to ensure that there is never a lapse of a support system again. We will continue to work hand-in-hand with survivors, the U.S. Center for Safe Sport, and law enforcement to hold wrongdoers accountable and remove them from our organization.
While we disagree on several of the reported statements and many of the conclusions in recent media reports, members were failed, and we are doing everything we can to make sure it never happens again.
Our system of uncovering sexual abuse is not flawless, but it has enabled USA Swimming to detect and prosecute members who have engaged in this misconduct. Every year we have endeavored to make our sport safer for our athletes and other members than the year before. Since 2010, USA Swimming has created a leading Safe Sport program with key resource materials for members, updated its Code of Conduct, mandated abuse prevention training, and created a public list of individuals banned for sexual misconduct-related violations in a continued effort to identify and remove offenders from the sport. This is and will be an on-going process that has our full commitment.
The key aspect to the success of the Safe Sport program is for every member to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity that might be a violation of our Code of Conduct. We simply cannot assume that those being abused will voluntarily come forward, even if given the opportunity to do so in a confidential manner.
In order to be successful, it will require your active participation. Working together we can strive to completely eradicate sexual abuse from our organization.
To report concerns to the U.S. Center for Safe Sport at: https://safesport.org/report-a-concern.
As an organization we can do more, and we will continue to do more with your valued feedback, guidance, and involvement.
Tim Hinchey III
USA Swimming President and CEO
Safe Sport Best Practices
River Cities Aquatics Safe Sport Director
Liz Hoffman Coachliz.firstname.lastname@example.org or 563-271-5217
USA Swimming’s top priority continues to be keeping our athletes safe. No form of abuse, including child sexual abuse, has a place in our sport. As a part of our continued commitment to safeguarding our athletes, USA Swimming has enacted enhancements to our Safe Sport policy and education requirements.
The U.S. Center for SafeSport (“the Center”), the separate, independent, organization that oversees all sexual misconduct reports in the Olympic and Paralympic Movement created the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies to set a baseline for acceptable safety standards that limit one-on-one interactions between adults and minor athletes.
The Center urged all National Governing Bodies (NGBs) to add restrictions tailored to fit the sport. On April 29, 2019, USA Swimming released its Minor Athlete Protection Policy (MAAPP) addressing one-on-one interactions, social media and electronic communications, travel: local and team, locker rooms and changing areas and massages, rubdowns and athletic training modalities. All USA Swimming member clubs are required to implement MAAPP in full by June 23, 2019.
Training our members in abuse prevention and mandatory reporting is just as important as creating policies. USA Swimming is required to provide regular and consistent training for all adults who interact with and have direct contact with minor athletes, including adult athletes. Starting June 23, 2019, as a condition of membership, all athlete members ages 18 and over must complete Athlete Protection Training.
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 (720) 524-5640 or use the
online reporting form or find more information at http://www.uscenterforsafesport.org/
River Cities Aquatics is committed to ensuring the safety of all of our athlete members.
ALL RCA athletes 18 years and older are REQUIRED to take Athlete Protection Training. Your swimmer will be contacted by ISI when they need to complete the course. IF this course is not completed by the time they turn 18, they will not be allowed to compete in any meets until this is done.
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Safe Sport Course for Parents
As part of the Safe Sport initiative, USA swimming is offering this course to increase awareness for parents as well.
LINK FOR THE PARENT COURSE IS HERE!
FREE SAFE SPORT TRAINING FOR MINOR ATHLETES
Safe Sport for Minor Athletes Online Course
This course is designed for athletes 12-17 years old and will cover:
- The basics of Safe Sport,
- Understanding the three types of boundaries, and
- What to do if you or someone you know is being harmed.
Parents and coaches can use the facilitation guide in the course to open up a conversation about Safe Sport and healthy boundaries. Preview the facilitation guide below.
Adult athletes of USA Swimming must take the full Athlete Protection Training.
USA SWIMMING MEMBERS
may access the course via www.usaswimming.org/learn
may access the course via learn.usaswimming.org