Safe Sport Information

There are a lot of great reasons to swim – at any level. As a life‐long activity, people often swim to have fun and spend time with friends. Swimming also encourages a healthy lifestyle and builds self‐confidence. Swimmers even benefit from the sport out of the water. They learn goal‐setting, teamwork and time management skills.

Unfortunately, sports, including swimming, can also be a high‐risk environment for misconduct, including physical and sexual abuse. All forms of misconduct are intolerable and in direct conflict with the values of USA Swimming.

Misconduct may damage an athlete’s psychological well‐being. Athletes who have been mistreated experience social embarrassment, emotional turmoil, psychological scars, loss of self‐esteem and negative impacts on their relationships with family, friends and the sport. Misconduct often hurts an athlete’s competitive performance and may cause him or her to drop out of our sport entirely.

USA Swimming is committed to fostering a fun, healthy and safe sport environment for all its members. We all must recognize that the safety of swimmers lies with all those involved in the sport and is not the sole responsibility of any one person at the club, LSC, or national level. USA Swimming and the Fishers Area Swimming Tigers are committed to safeguarding all our members with the welfare of its athlete members as top priority.
 

Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies
The U.S. Center for SafeSport is a separate, independent organization that oversees all sexual misconduct in Olympic sports. They created the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies (MAAPP) to set a baseline for acceptable safety standards governing interactions between adults and minor athletes. The NASA Board of Directors adopted these Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies at their June Board meeting. Please read through MAAPP to see how the club, your athlete, and your family will be affected by these new policies.

To help navigate these new policies, USA Swimming has provided a number of resources to help clubs, coaches, athletes, and parents understand the new requirements put in place by MAAPP. Please take some time to review USA Swimming's updated FAQ's and view their mini-webinars.


Adult Athlete APT Membership Requirement
Starting June 23, 2019, all adult athlete members of USA Swimming (athletes ages 18 and over) will be required to complete the Athlete Protection Training (APT) as a condition of membership. Adult athletes will be given 30 days to complete the training. Starting July 23, 2019, any adult athlete who has not completed APT will not be a USA Swimming athlete member in good standing. Similarly, athletes who turn 18 years old after June 23 will be given 30 days after their 18th birthday to complete the training.

 

Where do I Report?

If you feel a SafeSport/MAAPP Violation has occurred, please use the following information to determine if a report needs to be filed. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list. If you are not sure who to contact with a concern please contact the Safe Sport Staff at USA Swimming and they will be sure to talk through your concern, answer your questions and connect you with the correct people.

If you concern deals with any of the following:

  • Sexual Misconduct
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Sexually Explicit/Inappropriate Communication through Social Media

Please contact the U.S. Center for Safe Sport to make a report.  Use the online reporting form, call (720) 524-5640, or find more information at www.uscenterforsafesport.org

If your concern deals with any of the following:

  • Criminal Charges
  • Use, Sale, or Distribution of illegal drugs
  • Physical Abuse
  • Inappropriate Touching
  • Lap Sitting
  • Coaches sharing hotel rooms with Athletes
  • Rubdown or Massage performed by coaches
  • Pictures or video taken in locker rooms or changing areas

 Please contact Liz Hahn ehahn@usaswimming.org at the USA Swimming National Office or call USA Swimming (719) 866-4578  

Deal with a Safe Sport Concern.

If your concern deals with any of the following:

  • Fraud
  • Deception
  • Recruiting

Please make a report through your Zone Board of Review by referencing the Zone Directors List


If your concern deals with any of the following:

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

Please make a report to the Club Director or a NASA Board Member.

 

MANDATORY REPORTING RULE

Pursuant to federal law, all adults authorized to interact with minor or amateur athletes who learn of facts that give reason to suspect that a child has suffered an incident of child abuse, including sexual abuse, shall make a report of the suspected abuse to law enforcement and/or your state’s designated agency within 24 hours.

 

If you have any questions regarding NASA's Safe Sport policies, please NASA's Safe Sport Coordinator or a board member.

  • Kyle Hembree
    • NASA Safe Sport Coordinator
    • Phone: 574-822-5353
    • Email: coachhembree@nasaswimming.org

 


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