SafeSport - ASC Guidelines

ASC Coordinator

Luke Page and Dana Babik are ASC's current SafeSport coordinators. You may contact them with any questions or concerns.

What is it?

SafeSport is USA Swimming's minor athlete abuse prevention policy. COPPA is the FTC's digital protection act policy. Our club and all parents, swimmers, and volunteers must conform to USA Swimming's and Maryland Swimming's latest SafeSport and Digital Safety guidelines.

What do I need to do?

Maryland Swimming and Annapolis Swim Club requires that all parents, coaches, and volunteers read, acknowledge, and comply with the latest Athlete Protection Policies and Requirements. To ensure this compliance, you need to review and complete the reading and acknowledgement in the Policies and Requirements section.

To report a SafeSport concern

Please go to the USA Swimming reporting page: https://www.usaswimming.org/safe-sport/deal-with-a-safe-sport-concern

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) 587-7233, or find more information at www.uscenterforsafesport.org.

USA Swimming Code Of Conduct

https://www.usaswimming.org/docs/default-source/governance/governance-lsc-website/rules_policies/2021-rulebook_coc.pdf


Policies and Requirements

USA Swimming Safe Sport Best Practices (Updated: June 23, 2019)

  1. Parents should be encouraged to appropriately support their children’s swimming experience.
  2. All swimming practices should be open to observation by parents.
  3. Coaches should not initiate contact with or accept supervisory responsibility for athletes outside club programs and activities.
  4. When only one athlete and one coach travel to a competition, at the competition the coach and athlete should attempt to establish a “buddy” club to associate with during the competition and when away from the venue.
  5. Relationships of a peer-to-peer nature with any athletes should be avoided. For example, coaches should avoid sharing their own personal problems with athletes.
  6. Coaches and other non-athlete adult members should avoid horseplay and rough-housing with athletes.
  7. When a coach touches an athlete as part of instruction, the coach should do so in direct view of others and inform the athlete of what he/she is doing prior to the initial contact. Touching athletes should be minimized outside the boundaries of what is considered normal instruction. Appropriate interaction would include high fives, fist bumps, side-to-side hugs and handshakes.
  8. Coaches should avoid having athletes as their favorites. They should also avoid creating a situation that could be perceived as them having favorites.
  9. Gift-giving, providing special favors or showing favoritism to individual athletes is strongly discouraged.

COPPA Policy

Our club website conforms to the latest Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The full text of the COPPA statement from the FTC is available on the FTC website.

All parents and volunteers need to review the latest COPPA information. We request that all club parents respect the guidelines and the spirit of COPPA when posting any digital content which may directly or indirectly involve any club swimmers.

SafeSport Policy

Annapolis Swim Club requires that all swimmers, coaches, parents, and volunteers abide by ASC's latest SafeSport guidelines (MAAPP). (Download a PDF Copy). These guidelines are based on MD Swimming and USA Swimming's guidelines.

1. Each parent and volunteer must acknowledge their understanding and agreement to comply with these MAAPP guidelines. (MAAPP Acknowledgement Form

2. If you are a coach or official in good standing you have already completed what is necessary for SafeSport and no further action is required on your part at the moment.

3. In addition, all CURRENT 18-year-old swimmers must complete the online Athlete Protection Training (APT). As swimmers age up to 18, they have 30 days to complete the APT. Failure to complete the training will prevent them from competing in USA Swimming-sanctioned events. (APT LINK). YOU MUST COMPLETE ALL THREE PARTS AND TAKE THE SURVEY!