USA SWIMMING SAFE SPORT PROGRAM

 

FAST is committed to providing a safe environment for all its members with the welfare of its athlete members as top priority.  FAST adheres to SAFE SPORT athlete protection policies and has implemented the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP) as required by U.S. Center for SafeSport and USA Swimming.

USA Swimming is committed to fostering a fun, healthy and safe environment for all of its members. For that reason, USA Swimming has in place a detailed Code of Conduct. The following rules, policies, reporting structure, education and tools are intended to serve our members as we work together to maintain this environment.

Minor Athlete Abuse Protection Policy (MAAP)

Coaches Code of Conduct

Athletes Code of Conduct

Parents Code of Conduct

 

First Line of Defense

Background checks and pre-employment screens are critical tools to selecting the best possible people for staff and volunteer positions by USA Swimming clubs.  All FAST coaches, officials, and volunteers must satisfactorily pass a criminal background check in order to become non-athlete members of USA Swimming.  Additionally, all USA Swimming clubs must perform three required pre-employment screens on any new employee. 

 

Parent Education

The USA Swimming Safe Sport Program is proud to offer free athlete protection training to the parents of our member athletes.  Parents are a critical component to our overall goal to 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. Safe Sport for Swim Parents

 

Recognizing and Reporting

Mandatory reporting laws: "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."

USA Swimming and U.S. Center for Safe Sport Contact and Reporting Information

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

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.

 

Safe Sport Best Practice Guidelines

Social Media and Electronic Communications Policy

Grievance Procedure

Bullying Policy

Photography Policy

 

Representatives

FAST SAFE SPORT Coordinator: Sarah Wirth [email protected] 

Maryland Swimming SAFE SPORT Chair: Tom Schmidt [email protected]