Iowa Swimming Safe Sport Resources

Committee Members: Jen Matthews (Chair), Ramsey Vens, Jennifer Carter, Michael Peterson, Jordon Kloth, Zoe Heiar

Safe Sport Best Practices

Best Practices for Safe Sport with Athletes with Disabilities

Safe Sport Reporting

USA Swimming: (719) 866-4578 Deal with a Safe Sport Concern 

U.S Center for Safe Sport: Use the online reporting form, call 833-5US-SAFE (587-7233), or find more information at 

Safe Sport Recognition Program The Safe Sport Recognized Club Program (SSRP) allows a USA Swimming member club to demonstrate its commitment to creating an abuse-free, safe, healthy and positive environment for all its members. Using a web-based tool through their club portal, clubs can earn SSRP status by describing club procedures, uploading their policies and verifying education and training efforts. Once completed, clubs receive a badge to display on their club website and will be designated as Safe Sport Recognized on the USA Swimming Find-A-Club online search tool. Contact [email protected] to get started.

USA Swimming Safe Sport Recognized Club FAQ

Iowa Swimming Safe Sport Recognized Clubs

Club Name Club Code Safe Sport Recognized until:
Ames Cyclone Aquatic Club ACAC December 2023
Johnston Blaze Swim Team BLAZ June 2023
Black Hawk Area Swim Team BLST February 2023
Carroll Area Swim Team CAST June 2023
Central Iowa Aquatics CIA May 2024
Dubuque Area Swimmin' Hurricanes DASH June 2024
Davenport Metro Swim Team DMET July 2022
Des Moines Swim Federation DMSF June 2022
YMCA of Greater Des Moines DSMY renewal in progress
Iowa City Eels ICE July 2022
Iowa Flyers Swim Club IFLY June 2022
Linn Mar Swim Team LMST April 2023
  MACR renewal in progress
North Iowa Splash NIS May 2023
Northeastern Swim Team NST May 2023
Ottumwa Hurricanes OTT July 2023
Piranhas Swim Club PSC June 2022
River Cities Aquatics RCA June 2023
Dowling Catholic Riptide RIP May 2023
Rams Swim Club RSC July 2022
South East Aquatics SEA June 2023
Southern Prairie Stingrays SPS May 2023

Safe Sport Education

For Individuals

  • ATHLETE PROTECTION TRAINING (APT) - Required annual training for Non-Athlete members and Adult Athlete members (18&O) of USA Swimming. 
  • Safe Sport for Athletes - Free, voluntary training for minor athlete members of USA Swimming ages 12-17. Your club earns points toward the Safe Sport Recognition Program when you complete this. Go to Choose Safe Sport for Athletes during the checkout process (it's free!).
  • Parent's Guide to Misconduct in Sports - Free, voluntary training for non-member adults (parents, caregivers, non-member volunteers). Your club earns points toward the Safe Sport Recognition Program when you complete this. Go to Choose Parent's Guide to Misconduct in Sports during the checkout process (it's free!).
  • Athlete Protection Training for Adult Athletes with Cognitive Disabilities USA Swimming recognizes that the required APT course may not be appropriate for some adult athlete members with cognitive disabilities

For Clubs

  • Safe Sport Mondays Safe Sport Mondays is a national program to launch conversation within swim clubs about everyday issues that clubs face. Having regular, short conversations about different team and Safe Sport related issues can strengthen a club's values and open productive communication channels. The goal - spark meaningful conversations and build strong, healthy communities within clubs. Once per month, coaches read a SCENARIO with their swimmers and have a short, 5-10 minute discussion about the scenario. For more information, and for a library of previously used conversation scenarios, click HERE
  • Also consider Coaching Boys Into Men  and  Athletes Into Leaders  These FREE programs have been tested and proven by coaches, athletes, educators and leaders to be a powerful tool for promoting respect, building team culture, supporting intervention, reporting abuse and violence prevention. Each is ideally suited for Safe Sport Mondays. 

USA Swimming Model Policies & Guidelines

Mandatory Policies for Clubs

Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP) 2.0 - in effect 9/1/2021

USA Swimming Code of Conduct

Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act - (COPPA)

Model Anti Bullying Policy

Model Photography Policy

USA Swimming Pre-Employment Screening    

Racing Start Certification - Protocol & Checklist

Recommended Policies for Clubs:

Code of Conduct Model Polcies     

Model Grievance Policy

Locker Room Monitoring Procedure

Safe Sport at Events Meet 360 is designed for meet hosts, meet directors, meet referees and meet organizers. This resource is "Safe Sport in a Box" and is intended to assist in creating a safe environment for all who attend, and will aid in

  • implementing preventative Safe Sport measures before, during and after a meet
  • addressing Safe Sport concerns
  • complying with the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy
  • Information, announcer scripts, and signs included to copy and use for locker rooms, deck, heat sheets, scoreboard.

Meet 360 Complete Guide

No Cell Phones No Cameras Behind the Blocks Poster

No Deck Changing Poster

Locker Room Conduct Poster

Respect the Boundaries Poster

Recognize, Respond, Report Poster

5 Safe Sport Meet Announcements for Scoreboard or Announcer

7 Safe Sport Statements for Heat Sheet or Scoreboard 

Code of Conduct Reporting Form

Safe Sport Impact Award - The purpose of this USA Swimming award is to recognize significant achievements by an individual or group who has contributed to the fulfillment of the Safe Sport mission to safeguard all members of USA Swimming from sexual, psychological, emotional and physical abuse. Nominationscan be submitted through May 31. All nominations will be reviewed, and a recipient is selected prior to the US Aquatic Sports Convention. The recipient will be honored at Convention. Safe Sport Impact Award Nomination Form