Polices/ Safe Sport /MAAPP

The Lake Erie Silver Dolphins protects every one of our athletes. The team follows all safety rules and regulations provided by USA Swimming. For more information please see USA Swimming's Code of Conduct

  • For information on all the USA Swimming Safe Sport guidelines, check out the information below on this webpage. 
  • Click here to view the New Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP) for LESD​ ​
    • Click here to view MAAPP 101.  Remember all athletes 18 & over must complete APT Training every year.  Athletes 18 & over must complete all 3 courses AND the survey.  Click here to get for more information and to complete the courses.
    • Click here to acknowledge that you have read and understood MAAPP.  Click here to email your completed acknowledgment.

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How To Deal With a Safe Sport Concern

Please review the LESD Grievance Procedure below. 

To deal with a Safe Sport concern, contact USA Swimming at (719) 866-4578

Contact the U.S. Center for Safe Sport to make a report. Call 833-5US-SAFE (587-7233) or use the

online reporting form or find more information at http://www.uscenterforsafesport.org/

Optional: include how to report anonymously. Text anonymous tips to 888-270-SWIM (7946)

 

LESD Grievance Procedure

The Lake Erie Silver Dolphins (LESD) Grievance Procedure provides swimmers, parents, coaches, club leaders and employees a system to address and report grievances in a productive, systematic way. Following these Procedures provides the appropriate parties a means to properly investigate, intervene, and take disciplinary action when needed.  

WHERE TO REPORT:
For issues dealing with sexual misconduct, sexual harassment and/or sexually explicit or inappropriate communication through social media:

For issues dealing with physical abuse, emotional abuse, criminal charges and the use, sale or distribution of illegal drugs:

For issues dealing with known or suspected child abuse:

  • Provide immediately contact for local law enforcement 

For issues dealing with peer-to-peer bullying, coach-athlete bullying, parent issues, violations of the LESD Code of Conduct and violations of the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy.

These issues are handled at the club level following the procedures outlined below.

WHOM TO NOTIFY OF A GRIEVANCE (Chain of Command)

Regarding the Conduct of a Swimmer - Contact the swimmer’s coach.

  • Should a parent or swimmer feel another swimmer’s conduct is inappropriate or violates the LESD Code of Conduct, the parent/swimmer should discuss these concerns with the coach of the swimmer responsible for the violation (Responsible Coach). This complaint should be made in person or in writing.  Coaches will ensure the LESD head coach is notified of the complaint and will participate in assessing behavior.

Regarding the Conduct of an Assistant or Age Group Coach - Contact the Head Coach, Adam Katz

  • Should a parent or swimmer feel an Assistant or Age Group Coach’s conduct is inappropriate or in violation of any Club policies or procedures, the parent/swimmer should notify the Head Coach of this violation.  This complaint should be made in person or in writing.  The Head Coach will ensure that the LESD club owner is notified of the complaint and will participate in assessing behavior.

Regarding Conduct of Head Coach – Notify LESD Leadership - Contact James Miller, Chief Financial Officer at Hawken School at [email protected] or 440.423.2141 

  • Should a parent or swimmer feel the Head Coach’s conduct is inappropriate or violates any Club policies or procedures, the parent/swimmer should notify [appropriate institutional authority] of this violation.  This complaint should be made in person or in writing. 

Regarding Parent or Official Conduct - Notify the Head Coach, Adam Katz

  • Should a parent or swimmer feel another LESD parent’s or an official’s conduct is inappropriate or violates any Club policies or procedures, the parent/swimmer should notify the Head Coach of this violation in person or in writing.

Note: With the exception of issues which immediately affect the health and safety of swimmers, all matters should be discussed before or after a coaching session, as coaches should not be expected to deal with issues during water time.

HOW GRIEVANCES WILL BE HANDLED

The Head Coach has the authority to impose penalties for infractions of the LESD Athlete, Parent and Coach Codes of Conduct or any behavior(s) they deem not conducive to the best interests of the Club or other swimmers. Consequences are at the sole discretion of the coaches and may include, but aren’t limited to, verbal warnings, dismissal from practice, contacting parents, temporary suspension from club activities and expulsion. Involved parties will be informed of the processes and range of potential consequences. The U.S. Center for SafeSport, USA Swimming and local law enforcement (if applicable) will be contacted within 24 hours if a coach, parent, or swimmer violates the SafeSport Code for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movements, the USA Swimming Code of Conduct, Athlete Protection Policy, or local laws.

  1. Gathering Information: The appropriate individuals will contact the person who filed the grievance, and the person against whom the grievance is being filed, to ask questions about what happened. In addition, other witnesses may be contacted for more information.  All information will be recorded on the LESD grievance procedure form. 
  2. Assessing Behavior: The behavior of the person(s) against which the grievance was brought, will be assessed using club policies and facility rules, USA Swimming Code of Conduct, USA Swimming Safe Sport policies, as well as applicable local and state laws.
  3. Consequences will be given and disciplinary action will be taken, if appropriate. These consequences and disciplinary actions will be decided using the following general guidelines: 
    1. Nature of the misconduct
    2. Severity of the misconduct
    3. Prior disciplinary actions
    4. Adverse effect of the misconduct
    5. Application of the Code of Conduct