Athlete safety lies at the foundation of everything we do here at ZAP. Together with USA Swimming and the National SafeSport Center, we work to provide a club where athletes can trian in an environment free from all forms of abuse.
This includes bullying, harassment, hazing, physical abuse, emotional abuse, and sexual misconduct and abuse. This page contains resources for day-to-day issues we may encounter for keeping our kids safe, reporting abuse incidents, policy changes, and where to go to become more informed on these issues.
TO REPORT A CONCERN:
If you have any sort of concern about the conduct of anyone affiliated with ZAP, please contact DeAnne Preyer at: [email protected]
If you do not feel comfortable contacting ZAP Staff for any reason, or if you have questions about reporting about which you are uncomfortable asking ZAP staff, please CONTACT THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR SAFESPORT:
Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP)
All ZAP families are reqired to review and understand MAAPP, as well as to agree to follow the policy's parameters. Download a copy of the MAAPP here.
Find related forms here:
Permission to Travel with non-Family member
You can get current Safe Sport info on the USA Swimming website:
ZAP's Anti-Bullying Policy is here.
ZAP PHOTOGRAPHY POLICY
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. ZAP's policy is as follows:
1. 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’ written consent. ZAP's photography release can be downloaded here.
2. 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.
In the case of open meets and other competitions where the host club has an official photographer present, all parents attending will be made aware of this in the meet information. If photos are to be published anywhere, the individual parent should be given the opportunity to withhold their consent. Their right to do so will be specifically drawn to their attention.
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 swim suit.
- 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.