Gulf Swimming has established the position of Safe Sport Coordinator. This Gulf Board Chair will be responsible for the implementation and coordination of the USA Swimming Safe Sport Programs at the LSC level and will serve as the liaison between the USA Swimming Director of Safe Sport and the LSC. The appointed Safe Sport Coordinator is Erik Cozaad, [email protected].

For additional information regarding Safe Sport and the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy, click



Safe Sport Team Talk


Sexual, physical and emotional abuse have no place in our sport. A great way to prevent any kind of abuse is to simply talk- have the conversation. Talk about the kind of culture you have or want to have on your team. Talk about behaviors that are acceptable and not acceptable, and what steps someone should take to stop the inappropriate behavior and get help from a trusted adult.

Sparking meaningful conversations across the country, our sport, and in our clubs can strengthen values and open productive communication channels. We have the tools to help you have the discussion.

How it works:

Coaches conduct a brief weekly (or monthly if that works better) conversation with athletes using the Safe Sport CBIM Cards or Athletes as Leaders scenarios. The full curriculum are printable for free below. CBIM’s curriculum is meant for male coaches to do with their male identified athletes 12+, and Athletes as Leaders curriculum is meant for female coaches or team mentors to do with their female identified athletes 12+.

Both curriculum provide all the language and questions to ask your swimmers. There are discussion points and wrap up notes to every scenario that will also assist you in your conversations.

Coaching Boys into Men Male 12+ Curriculum

Athletes as Leaders Female 12+ Curriculum






Safe Sport Training Opportunities!

We are excited to announce that starting July 2020, USA Swimming Safe Sport staff will be hosting bi-monthly Zoom training's to help club’s achieve the training requirements of the Safe Sport Club Recognition Program. 

Parents and athletes will tune in for the one hour training where attendance will be taken so their clubs receive credit. There will also be monthly training available to coaches where they will learn more about the Safe Sport Club Recognition program and how to share Safe Sport information with their membership.

There is no registration required at this time, attendees only need to join the meeting at the links below and come willing to participate and learn. 

March - June 2021 Zoom training schedule: CLICK HERE

Alongside all of the hard work that you all are doing, we look forward to this being another resource to assist our goal of getting every USA Swimming club Safe Sport Recognized. 







USA Swimming’s top priority continues to be keeping our athletes safe. No form of abuse, including child sexual abuse, has a place in our sport. As a part of our continued commitment to safeguarding our athletes, USA Swimming has enacted enhancements to our Safe Sport policy and education requirements.

The U.S. Center for SafeSport (“the Center”), the separate, independent, organization that oversees all sexual misconduct reports in the Olympic and Paralympic Movement created the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies to set a baseline for acceptable safety standards that limit one-on-one interactions between adults and minor athletes.

The Center urged all National Governing Bodies (NGBs) to add restrictions tailored to fit the sport. On April 29, 2019, USA Swimming released its Minor Athlete Protection Policy (MAAPP) addressing one-on-one interactions, social media and electronic communications, travel: local and team, locker rooms and changing areas and massages, rubdowns and athletic training modalities.  All USA Swimming member clubs are required to implement MAAPP in full by June 23, 2019.

Please CLICK HERE to read the policy along with the educational resources, to assist your team in implementing MAAPP.






Deal with a Safe Sport Concern


When making the decision to report a concern you have, it can often feel intimidating and overwhelming. Please use these guidelines to help you on the first step “Where do I report?” Please use the provided links which will additionally help you get in touch with the appropriate people.