Safe Sport

COSA and USA Swimming are committed to providing all members with a healthy and positive environment, free from abuse.

Safe Sport is USA Swimming’s comprehensive abuse-prevention program, which 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.

Online Education and Information
Members of COSA Swimming are strongly encouraged to take the appropriate online Safe Sport course and review the associated Safe Sport materials from USA Swimming below.

-> Free Safe Sport Training for Athletes
-> Free Safe Sport Training for Parents
-> USA Swimming Main Safe Sport Page
-> USA Swimming Reporting Forms
-> USA Swimming Best Practice Guidelines
-> USA Swimming Athlete Protection Policies
-> USA Swimming Athlete Protection Training (Mandatory for Non-Athlete Members)

COSA Resources Related to Safe Sport
COSA also established the following policies, procedures, etc. for our members in support of Safe Sport:
-> COSA Swimming Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy
-> COSA Swimming Grievance Procedure
-> COSA Swimming-Safe Sport Bullying Action Plan
-> COSA Swimming-Safe Sport Photography Policy

Dealing with a Safe Sport Concern
Different types of Safe Sport concerns require different reporting. The USA Swimming Safe Sport Reporting Page indicates how to report each type of Safe Sport concern. COSA members may also contact the US Center for Safe Sport at (833)5US-SAFE (587-7233) or USA Swimming at (719)866-4578 or our COSA Safe Sport Coordinator (Cheryl Bisque) via [email protected] with questions about how to deal with a concern.