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.USA Swimming is committed to providing a healthy and positive environment free from abuse for all its members.
Below are documents and links for your use to be a more informed swimmer and parent.
USA Swimming Safe sport website https://www.usaswimming.org/safe-sport
USA Swimming Code of Coduct
The Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies (MAAPP) aim to help young athletes feel safe, supported, and strengthened—by limiting one-on-one interactions between adults and children, requiring abuse prevention training for certain adults, and promoting environments in which misconduct is less likely to occur.
Buehler YMCA MAAPP Policy
Buehler YMCA MAAPP Acknowledgement
For Swimmers ages 12-17
All swimmers ages 12-17 need to take "Safe Sport for Athletes"
Safe Sport for Athletes teaches swimmers how to be a part of Safe Sport, as well as gives education about healthy boundaries and where to take a concern.
USA SWIMMING MEMBERS/NON-MEMBERS may access the course via learn.usaswimming.org
All parents need to take "PARENT’S GUIDE TO MISCONDUCT IN SPORT (FKA SAFE SPORT FOR SWIM PARENTS)"
This course is designed for swim parents to understand the Safe Sport program and their role in working with the swim club to provide a safe, healthy, and positive environment for the swimmers.
FOR NON-MEMBERS: You can create a free non-member education account and access the training for parents at learn.usaswimming.org
Other important Safe Sport items:
Best Practice Guidelines
Action Plan to Address Bullying
Buehler YMCA Blue Marlins Swim Team Grievance Procedure
Parent Code of Coduct
Permission for Licensed Massage Therapist
Permission for Travel with an unrelated adult (travel meet)
Permission for Local Travel with an unrelated adult
Permission for Adult Athlete lodging with a minor athlete