COOL is working hard to be a recognized as a Safe Sport Team

 
To deal with a Safe Sport concern, contact USA Swimming at (719) 866-4578.  Contact the US Center for Safe Sport to make a report at (720) 524-5640 or use the on-line reporting form at  https://safesport.i-sight.com/portal or find more information at  www.uscenterforsafesport.org.

 

MAAPP: Minor Athlete Abuse Prention Policy

 

Here are some important links for Safe Sport:

DELAING WITH A SAFE SPORT CONCERN

SAFE SPORT REPORTING

USA SWIMMING CODE OF CONDUCT

SAFE SPORT EDUCATION 

SAFE SPORT BEST PRACTICES

 

Safe and Positive Environment Policy: Effective August 1, 2010 In order to make sure swimmers and their parents feel good about their involvement with COOL Swim Team, COOL has a reporting structure in the event there is a concern about coach behavior, including, but not limited to, sexual abuse.
 
1. All parents have unlimited access to coaches and the Board of Directors. Contact numbers for each Board member and coach can be found on the Team website. COOL takes all parental complaints and concerns seriously. If any parent – or swimmer – has concerns, they should bring those concerns immediately to the Board. This includes concerns over inappropriate behavior of any kind.
 
2. The Board will investigate all concerns. Depending on the nature of the allegation, the Board may immediately suspend or terminate the coach (or other alleged offending person) and report the incident to the Olathe Police Department for a more thorough investigation. It will also report the incident to Missouri Valley Swimming and USA Swimming for investigation and follow-up. If requested by the parent or swimmer, the Board will keep all identities anonymous. 
 
Reporting Steps

All incidents of alleged misconduct and abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately by the COOL Board of Directors. The reporting steps are as follows:
 
1. Parent or swimmer reports concern to a board member

2. Board member notifies Board President

3. Board President suspends or terminates coach, depending on nature of allegation

4. Board President reports incident to Olathe Police Department for investigation

5. Board President will report incident to Missouri Valley Swimming
 
Safeguards
 
In addition, the following safeguards will be taken to ensure a safe and positive environment for COOL swimmers:
 
● Prior to hire, all coaches will undergo a sexual offender background check by the COOL Board of Directors. As well, all USA Swimming coaches undergo a background screening by USA Swimming prior to certification.
 
● There are no closed practices for swimmers. Parents are always welcome and encouraged to attend their child’s practices. 
 
● Parental permission is required for any filming/videoing of swimmers for stroke analysis. 
 
● COOL is only responsible for the safety and welfare of the children while they are attending practice. Parents/guardians are responsible for the safety and welfare of their swimmers prior to the start of practice and immediately following practice. Please pick up your children after practice in a timely manner. 
 
Our main goal as the Board is to ensure that swimming with Cool is a positive and safe experience for the swimmers and parents. If you have any questions about this policy, please contact a member of the Board of Directors.
 
All parents should be aware, as well, that COOL expects appropriate behavior from its swimmers towards other swimmers and coaches. Depending on the nature of the conduct, the Board may get involved in investigating inappropriate behavior of swimmers and has the right to discipline the swimmer. Such discipline can include dismissal from the team.
 
Photo Policy

Periodically, coaches, board members and/or volunteers may take photos and/or videos of COOL swimmers for instructional or promotional use. These photos and videos may be posted to the team website and team social media accounts, including Facebook and Instagram. All photographs and media will fall within the guidelines set by USA Swimming's Safe Sport:

All photographs must observe generally accepted standards of decency in particular:

  • Action shots will be a celebration of the sporting activity and not a sexualized image in a sporting context.
  • Action shots will not be taken or retained where the photograph reveals a torn or displaced swimsuit.
  • Photographs will not be taken from behind swimming blocks at the start of a race or exhibit a child climbing out of the swimming pool.
  • Photographs will not be taken in locker rooms or bathrooms.

All photographs of minor athletes will be taken and published only with the parent or guardians consent. Consent is given upon registration with COOL Swim Team via electronic form. Consent may be revoked at any time. If you see an image of your minor child on one of COOL's social media pages that you wish to have removed, please message the page and the administor will remove it within 24 hours. 

The team may take videos, both above and under the water, in order to better instruct swimmers on stroke technique and to illustrate both positive and negative aspects of a swimmer's stroke or racing skills. Videos will be taken with the verbal consent of the swimmer. They will be viewed by the swimmer, parent/guardian and coach. Videos will be deleted from personal devices in view of the swimmer and/or parent. Parents/guardians may request the video be sent to them via e-mail. This exchange will occur between  the coach's professional e-mail address and the e-mail address of the adult's choosing. 
 

If you have a Safe Sport question or concern, please contact Coach Laura @ lcolon@coolswimteam.com.