SafeSport federal legislation has expanded requirements around sexual abuse prevention for organizations that arrange amateur athletic competitions for minors.

To ensure compliance with all applicable laws, and to continue to strengthen our ability to protect youth in our care from abuse, ALL volunteers/officials must take the following steps to ensure policies and procedures for abuse prevention and reporting align with the law. Subject to parental consent, the training will also be made available to minor members if they are working/volunteering.

        REQUIRED TRAINING: For volunteers/officials, you must complete the Praesidium Training and complete a  background check.

  1.         ​​Officials who are USA-S certified officials who are USA-S registered do not need to take the Praesidium Training since they are required to take an approved training under USA-S policy. 

        To Enroll in Training:

  1.         Go to
  2.         Enter the registration code: ymcacentralmd
  3.         Fill out the form and click the link to enroll.
  4.         Print the page or write down your user login and password for future reference.
  5.         To begin taking training immediately, click the link or follow the instructions below to login later.


        To Begin Training:

  1.         Go to
  2.         Enter your user login and password. Then, click Login.
  3.         Click on the course image or title to begin.

        To Register as a volunteer and Complete your Background Check:

  1.         Go to
  2.         If you are a first time user, you’ll create a username/password
  3.         Complete the integrated background check

If you have any questions regarding training please contact Melanie Greenhill at [email protected]

You may also contact Praesidium technical support at [email protected] or 817-801-7773

For more information on how to discuss SafeSport with your athlete, please go to the:  USA Center for SafeSport Parent Toolkit

USA Swimming online Safe Sport Training for athletes 12 and older can be found at:

USA Swimming Best Practices can be found at:  USA Swimming SafeSport Best Practices

For more information on how to report a concern, please go to:  USA Swimming Deal with a SafeSport Concern