USA Swimming  and AZ Riptide's top priority continues to be keeping our athletes safe. No form of abuse, including child sexual abuse, has a place in our sport. USA Swimming and AZ Riptide are committed to reducing the risk of abuse in swimming and increasing awareness of red flag behavior through its Safe Sport program. All adults working with athletes are responsible for creating an abuse-free environment.

If there is ever a concern, please reach out to our Safe Sport Club Coordinator, Kalie Allen at [email protected]

You can also reach out to USA Swimming at (719) 866-4578

To Contact the U.S. Center for Safe Sport to make a report. Call (720) 524-5640 or find more information at http://www.uscenterforsafesport.org/

To view our Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy please vist the link below

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You can find out more about Safe Sport, with additional resources for parents in the link provided below.

https://www.usaswimming.org/swimmers-parents/parents/safe-sport-for-parents

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.