LOUISIANA SWIMMING

USA Swimming is committed to fostering a fun, healthy, and safe environment for all of its members. Safe Sport also provides policies, education, a reporting structure, and tools that are intended to serve our members as we work together to maintain this environment.

USA Swimming Safe Sport: Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy. Required to be implemented by ALL USA Member Clubs no later than June 23, 2019.
    NOTE: MAAP "will not apply to Applicable Adults and their interactions with minor athletes unrelated to USA Swimming Activities.

  • Link to USA Swimming's MAAPP landing page.
    • ​includes further "Educational Documents" and information on policy and implementation.
  • ​Policies Included within MAAPP
    • ​Locker Room Policy
    • One-On-One Interactions (between "Applicable Adults" & Minor Athletes)
    • Team Travel Policy
    • Social Media & Electronic Communication
    • Massage, Rubdowns, and Athletic Training Modalities
  • ​REQUIRED Athlete Protection Training for Adult Athletes (all athletes 18 and older)
    • ​This training is required. Failure of an Adult Athlete to take this course annually will result in the invalidation of performance results.
    • Adult athletes must take THREE Courses: Sexual Misconduct Awareness Education, Mandatory Reporting and Emotional and Physical Misconduct. Upon completion of each course, the athlete will receive a completion certificate. After receiving the certificate, the athlete must complete the survey in order to fully complete the course.
    • FAQ's regarding APT for Adult Athletes
    • Athlete's with Disabilities exception:
      • From USA Swimming - ​We have received inquiries as to how to apply the adult athlete APT training requirement to adult athletes with cognitive delays or disabilities. USA Swimming encourages people with disabilities to participate in the sport of swimming and facilitates their inclusion in USA Swimming programs through education and collaboration. In furtherance of that commitment, USA Swimming is working to implement a policy to include athletes with disabilities in the adult athlete APT requirement. Recognizing the need to a comprehensive policy while being mindful of the July 23, 2019, end to the initial 30-day grace period, USA Swimming is providing an exception to the adult athlete APT requirement of membership for athletes with disabilities for this year.

        Please provide the names and member information for any impacted athletes to learn@usaswimming.org. USA Swimming will update the athlete’s member record to reflect an expiration date of 7/23/2020 and will communicate the future policy once it is in place.

Safe Sport Recognized Clubs in Louisiana

  1. Lakeside Aquatics Team
  2. South Louisiana Swim Team
  3. St. Bernard Swim Club

Information and Free Trainings for Parents & Swimmers

 

How to Report a Safe Sport Concern:

click HERE to be directed to the USA Swimming Safe Sport page for contacts and submission guidelines.

  • Mandatory Reporting Rule
  • Issues related to Bullying (Peer to Peer & Adult to Peer), Parent Issues, and Violation of Team Rules/Code of Conduct should be directed to the Club's Head Coach or Lead Team Administrator.
  • Any issues related to Safe Sport may also be brought to Louisiana Swimming Safe Sport Coordinator - John Janszen, to assist with direction and steps needed to be taken.

 

Each LA LSC club is encouraged to have a Club Safe Sport Coordinator. It is also suggested that each club have a designated Safe Sport section on their Team Website.

Club Safe Sport Coordinator:
 
The purpose of the Club Safe Sport Coordinator is to identify, plan, and execute efforts to raise awareness for Safe Sport within the club’s coaches, parents, athletes, and volunteers. Selection and Term of Service shall be determined by each club.
 
 
 
Requirements:
  1. Be a registered non-athlete member of USA Swimming;
  2. Successfully pass the required USA Swimming criminal background check ;
  3. Complete the USA Swimming athlete protection training
 
 
 
Responsibilities :
  1. Serve on Club Board of Directors/Reports directly to the Owner/Head Coach/President
  2. Be a resource for the club on how to create and foster positive Safe Sport culture.
  3. Work with Club Leadership to:
    1. Update Club Safe Sport website content
    2. Include Safe Sport information/fliers in Club meet information, heat sheets, meet packets, etc.
    3. Coordinate the successful completion of the Safe Sport Certified Club application
  4. Works with new athletes and parents to:
    1. Educate them about the Safe Sport Program
    2. Encourage participation in online Athlete Protection Training
  5. Organize in-person training.
    1. Secure trainer
    2. Coordinate logistics: room/location, refreshments, communicate date/time/location
  6. Solicit and receive feedback and suggestions on the Safe Sport policies and programs from the club’s membership and provide that feedback to the LSC’s Safe Sport Chair.

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