Safe Sport Policies

Safe Sport is USA Swimming’s program to eliminate sexual abuse and misconduct in our sport. COSA Swimming embraces this program and is committed to providing a safe environment for our members. Sexual abuse and misconduct are not tolerated.

Quoting the Prior President of USA Swimming, “the key aspect to the success of the Safe Sport program is for every member to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity that might be a violation of our Code of Conduct. We simply cannot assume that those being abused will voluntarily come forward, even if given the opportunity to do so in a confidential manner.”

Full implementation of the Safe Sport Program involves six key components:
-> Policies and Guidelines
-> Screening and Selection
-> Training and Education
-> Monitoring and Supervision
-> Recognizing, Responding, and Reporting
-> Grassroots Engagement and Feedback

COSA Swimming Reporting Procedure
Members of COSA Swimming need to feel confident that their concerns are being listened to by our staff. The following procedure should be used in the case of a bullying incident or another type of Safe-Sport concern:

-> The swimmer and/or parent should notify the swimmer’s coach of the incident.
-> The swimmer’s coach will address the situation with the involved parties and notify the Administrative Head Coach, Luke Schumm.
-> Depending upon what was found through investigation of the incident, disciplinary action will take place.
-> The Coach and Administrative Head Coach will meet with the involved parties.
-> If the incident is sexual misconduct, parents must report the incident via the link below.
-> A COSA Swimming Incident Report will be filled out and electronically stored.

Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy
COSA Swimming follows USA Swimming’s MAAPP. Click here for details.

Online Safe Sport Education
Members of COSA Swimming are encouraged to take the appropriate online Safe Sport course below.

-> Free Safe Sport Training for Athletes
-> Free Safe Sport Training for Parents

Additional Resources & Information
USA Swimming SafeSport Page
-> USA Swimming Reporting Form (Dealing with a Concern)
-> COSA Swimming Model Code of Conduct – Coaches
-> COSA Swimming Model Code of Conduct – Athletes
-> COSA Swimming Model Code of Conduct – Parents
-> COSA Swimming Grievance Procedure
-> USA Swimming Athlete Protection Policies
-> USA Swimming Best Practice Guidelines
-> Mandatory Athlete Protection Training for Non-Athlete Members
-> COSA Swimming-Safe Sport Bullying Action Plan
-> COSA Swimming-Safe Sport Photography Policy