HAWKS Swimming Association has achieved USA Swimming Safe Sport Recognized Club status.
USA Swimming believes that every child has the right to a safe swimming environment that is free from any type of bullying or abuse. Swimmers should be able to work hard, pursue their goals, make friends, benefit from good coaching, and celebrate achievements without worrying about being in an abusive situation. The relationships developed through the sport of swimming can be some of the most positive and lasting relationships in a young person's life. Coaches often become trusted mentors and valuable role models. Teammates become life-long friends. USA Swimming's Safe Sport Program provides model polices for clubs to demonstrate their commitment to creating safe, healthy and positive environment for all their members through the development and implementation of Athlete Protection Policies, Safe Sport Best Practices, and Safe Sport education for athletes, parents, coaches and all club members.
USA Swimming is committed to fostering a fun, healthy, and safe environment for all its members, and in 2010, it formally implemented a comprehensive Safe Sport program to respond to and prevent instances of abuse and misconduct within the sport of swimming. Since then USA Swimming Safe Sport has worked tirelessly to educate members, put policies in place, and empower LSCs and clubs to create the best possible environments for all members.
Full implementation of the Safe Sport Program involves six key components:
1. Policies and Guidelines
2. Screening and Selection
3. Training and Education
4. Monitoring and Supervision
5. Recognizing, Responding, and Reporting
6. Grassroots Engagement and Feedback
The USA Swimming site has tools such as dealing with a concern, a club tool kit, background check information, code of conduct policies and more. Please visit this link for the most up to date information.
SAFE SPORT BEST PRACTICES & TOP TIPS
Safe Sport 5 Tips
USA Swimming encourages all members adhere to the following 'best practices'
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.
8. Appropriate interaction would include high fives, fist bumps, side-to-side hugs and handshakes.
9. Coaches should avoid having athletes as their favorites. They should also avoid creating a situation that could be perceived as them having favorites.
10. Gift-giving, providing special favors or showing favoritism to individual athletes is strongly discouraged.
MINOR ATHLETE ABUSE PREVENTION POLICY
This Policy Applies To:
All USA Swimming non-athlete members and adult athlete members;
Participating non-members (e.g., meet marshals, meet computer operators, timers, etc.);
Hawks Swimming Association adult staff and board members; and
Any other adult authorized to have regular contact with or authority over minor athletes.
The MAAPP is provided in full at www.usaswimming.org/maapp. You will also find additional resources to assist you as you make these changes.
Training and Education:
Safe Sport Training for Athletes 12 & over online course
Safe Sport for Parents online course
HAWKS Swimming Association Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP)
PARENT CONSENT FORMS
HAWKS Travel consent form (MAAPP)
HAWKS Lodging consent form (MAAPP)
HAWKS Massages consent form (MAAPP)
HAWKS Photography Policy consent form (MAAPP)
HARASSMENT & BULLYING
Unsportsmanlike conduct, harassment and bullying will not be tolerated under any circumstances and may result in immediate suspension from the team, pending further review by the Hawks Swimming Association Board of Directors.
UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT: Displaying behaviors inconsistent with the Vision, Mission and Values of the Club such as disrespecting another individual or group, being discourteous to others, displaying bad temper, using inappropriate language, raising voices, being unfair or knowingly violating the rules, cheating, etc.
HARASSMENT: Harassing behaviors of any nature that have the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an employee's or coach’s work performance, with a swimmer’s participation in the program, or in any way creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment, may result in immediate suspension from the team, pending further review by the Hawks Swimming Association Board of Directors.
BULLYING: Bullying is considered a form of harassment and is potentially devastating to the victim, counterproductive to team spirit and may result in immediate suspension from the team, pending further review by the Hawks Swimming Association Board of Directors.
The HAWKS Swimming Association Action Plan to Address Bulling can be found here.
CODE OF CONDUCT
HAWKS Swimmers Code of Conduct
HAWKS Coaches Code of Conduct
HAWKS Parents Code of Conduct
USA Swimming Code of Conduct
The Hawks Swimming Association Grievance Procedure can be viewed here
To file an official Safe Sport Report please use the following information:
For all issues dealing with: Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Harassment, Sexually Explicit/Inappropriate Communication through Social Media, report your concern to the U.S. Center for Safe Sport using the following:
Online Reporting Form: https://safesport.i-sight.com/portal
USA Center for Safe Sport: https://uscenterforsafesport.org/ Call (720-524-5640)
For all issues dealing with: Criminal Charges, Use, Sale, Distribution of Illegal Drugs, Physical Abuse or Emotional Abuse, report your concern to USA Swimming using the following:
Online Reporting Form: https://fs22.formsite.com/usaswimming/form10/index.html
Email USA Swimming Safe Sport: [email protected]
USA SWIMMING FREE SAFE SPORT ONLINE COURSES
USA Swimming provides FREE online Safe Sport courses:
Athlete Protection Training
- Sexual Misconduct Awareness Education
- Mandatory Reporting
- Emotional and Physical Misconduct
All non-athlete USA Swimming Members and all adult athletes (18+) must complete Athlete Protection Training each year. Click here for more information about this requirement.
Safe Sport Training For Minor Athletes (Ages 12-17)
- Safe Sport Basics
- Understanding the three types of boundaries
- What to do if you or someone you know is being harmed
Safe Sport Training For Minor Athletes (Ages 6-11)
Safe Sport Training For Parents
USA Swimming email [email protected] Call (719) 866-4578
Hawks Swimming Association Safe Sport Coordinator: Paul Benkert [email protected]