USA Swimming Safe Sport

Mission Statement:  USA Swimming is committed to safeguarding the well‐being of all of its members, with the welfare of its athlete members as the top priority.  

The six primary types of misconduct are

  • Bullying
  • Harassment
  • Hazing 
  • Emotional Misconduct
  • Physical Misconduct
  • Sexual Misconduct, including Child Sexual Abuse

Guiding Principles

  • USA Swimming believes that every member should have a safe, healthy, fun sport environment.
  • USA Swimming believes that every young person should be protected from abuse and safe from harm.
  • USA Swimming believes that all non‐athlete members share a collective responsibility to protect our membership.
  • USA Swimming will make available training for all members to increase awareness and understanding of athlete protection policies and best practices. USA Swimming will provide a process for members to recognize and respond to any Safe Sport issues that arise.
  • USA Swimming will provide resources, information, and guidance on Safe Sport related issues to all members, including coaches, parents and athletes.
  • USA Swimming will treat all allegations of abuse or concerns regarding athlete safety seriously and will respond appropriately and as prescribed by the USA Swimming Rules and Regulations.  

USA SWIMMING BEST PRACTICE GUIDELINES All USA Swimming members are required to abide by the Code of Conduct.  In addition to that Code, USA Swimming publishes the following Best Practice Guidelines.  The Best Practice Guidelines below describe strategies for creating an open and observable environment and establishing clear boundaries between adults and athletes.  Clubs are encouraged to use the Best Practice Guidelines to develop policies that can be implemented at the local level.

BACKGROUND CHECKS USA Swimming’s background check requirement is designed to deter individuals who should not be working with athletes from ever applying for membership.  Additionally, it identifies any unsuitable criminal history of those individuals who do apply for membership.   Any individual seeking non‐athlete membership with USA Swimming must successfully complete a criminal background check through USA Swimming’s background check.  

TRAINING FOR PARENTS USA Swimming is proud to offer free athlete protection training to the parents of our member athletes.  Parents are a critical component to our overall goal to protecting children from sexual abuse.  The comprehensive online programming includes information about how offenders operate, how to recognize and respond to boundary violations, myths and facts about child sexual abuse and USA Swimming’s Athlete Protection Policies and Procedures.  The training program is available at https://www.usaswimming.org/articles-landing-page/2017/02/16/safe-sport-for-parents.

TRAINING FOR ATHLETES USA Swimming is proud to offer free athlete protection training to all of our member athletes.   The training will teach athletes about the USA Swimming Safe Sport Program and share strategies that athletes can use with adults if they ever feel uncomfortable.  The training program is available at https://www.usaswimming.org/articles-landing-page/2017/04/05/free-safe-sport-training-for-athletes.