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Safe Sport                                                   

What is Safe Sport?

USA Swimming is committed to fostering a fun, healthy and safe environment for all of its members.  For that reason, they have created a Safe Sport program and put in a place a detailed Code of Conduct.  Safe Sport also provides policies, education, a reporting structure, and tools that are intended to serve all members as we work together to maintain this environment.  To learn more about Safe Sport, visit the USA Swimming Safe Sport Home Page.  

Additionally, USA Swimming provides free training videos for parents and athletes.  Parents, we highly encourage you to sit down with your athletes and review these training videos.

Best Practices Guidelines

  • Parents should be encouraged to appropriately support their children’s swimming experience.
  • All swimming practices should be open to observation by parents.
  • Coaches should not initiate contact with or accept supervisory responsibility for athletes outside club programs and activities.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Coaches and other non-athlete adult members should avoid horseplay and roughhousing with athletes.
  • 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.
  • Coaches should avoid having athletes as their favorites. They should also avoid creating a situation that could be perceived as them having favorites.
  • Gift-giving, providing special favors or showing favoritism to individual athletes is strongly discouraged.

Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP) - Effective June 23, 2019

USA Swimming has enacted enhancements to the 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.

Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy

Educational Documents

Applicable Adults

One-on-One Interactions

Social Media and Electronic Communications

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Dealing with a Concern

If your concern deals with any of the following:

  • Peer to Peer Bullying
  • Adult to Athlete Bullying
  • Parent Issues
  • Violations of team rules and/or team code of conduct

Please make a report to our head coach and exec board at the following email address: execboard@velocity-swimming.com.  USA Swimming has provided a template letter to assist you in beginning this process.

For more serious concerns, please visit the USA Swimming website to find out how best to address your concern.

Free Training for Parents

Parents are a critical component to our overall goal of 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.  

Athlete Protection Training for Parents

Free Training for Athletes (Ages 12 and older)

The training course covers:

  • Inappropriate Contact
  • Physical, emotional, and behavioral boundaries
  • What to do if your boundaries are violated
  • Who to tell
  • How USA Swimming can be a resource

Free Athlete Protection Training for Athletes

Free Safe Sport Activity Book for Athletes (Ages 11 and younger)

Parents, coaches, and swimmers will be able to use the books to start a conversation about positive team culture, maintaining an environment of support and safety, and all the reasons to love the sport of swimming!

Download Safe Sport Activity Book