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Inspiring our athletes to achieve their dreams in the pool & in life!

 

Registration Quick Links:

 Learn 2 Swim;   Swim Team Registration;   AQUATICS PROGRAMS

To report a Safe Sport concern, please click HERE to go to our reporting page

 

LEARN ABOUT SAFE SPORT

Steel City Aquatics and USA Swimming is committed to fosteringa fun, healthy, and safe environment for all its members, and in 2010, USA Swimming formally implemented a comprehensive Safe Sport program to respod to and prefent 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 like us to create the best possible environments for all members.

 

Safe Sport Essentials

 

Safe Sport Children's Coloring Book

 

Steel City Aquatics Policy Page

 

Best Practice Guidelines 

The following Best Practice Guidelines are strongly recommended for all USA Swimming members.

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. Appropriate interaction would include high fives, fist bumps, side-to-side hugs and handshakes.

8. Coaches should avoid having athletes as their favorites. They should also avoid creating a situation that could be perceived as them having favorites.

9. Gift-giving, providing special favors or showing favoritism to individual athletes is strongly discouraged.  

 

Safe Sport Team Coordinators

  1. Moon Site: Barb Mellett; Cell: 412-303-0742; [email protected]
  2. South Fayette Site: Mark Koutavas; Cell: 412-848-5787; [email protected]
  3. Steel City Safe Sport Coordinator: Heather Patterson: Cell 724-466-9243; [email protected]

 

For more questions about Safe Sport,  please contact your Safe Sport Team Coordinator