purpose

The Safe Sport Recognized Club Program allows a member club to demonstrate its commitment to creating an abuse-free, safe, healthy, and positive environment for all of its members through the development and implementation of Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (including Electronic Communitication and Travel Policies), Anti-Bullying policies, Safe Sport Best Practices, and Athlete Protection Training.

 


SAFE SPORT TRAINING FOR ATHLETES
SAFE SPORT FOR ATHLETES ONLINE COURSE

THIS COURSE IS DESIGNED FOR ATHLETES 12 AND OLDER AND WILL COVER:

  1. The basics of Safe Sport,
  2. Understanding the three types of boundaries, and
  3. What to do if you or someone you know is being harmed.

Parents and coaches can use the facilitation guide in the course to open up a conversation about Safe Sport and healthy boundaries.  Preview the facilitation guide below.

USA SWIMMING MEMBERS may access the course via www.usaswimming.org/learn

NON-MEMBERS may access the course via learn.usaswimming.org 


SAFE SPORT TRAINING FOR PARENTS AND NON-ATHLETES
SAFE SPORT FOR parents ONLINE COURSE

USA SWIMMING MEMBERS may access the course via www.usaswimming.org/learn

NON-MEMBERS may access the course via learn.usaswimming.org 

U.S. CENTER FOR SAFE SPORT - PARENT TOOL KIT

On February 14, 2018, a new law went into effect, S.534, the “Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and SafeSport Authorization Act of 2017.” The Act designates the U.S. Center for SafeSport (The Center) as the independent national safe sport organization responsible for delivering education and resolving allegations of misconduct within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movements; additionally, the law requires the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and U.S. Olympic national governing bodies (NGBs) to report child sexual abuse to law enforcement.

If your child participates in a sport organization that is a member of a national governing body recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee, the U.S. Center for SafeSport Code and definitions apply. Click the link below for full details.

Parent Tool Kit


reporting information and procedure

USA SWIMMING SAFE SPORT & U.S. CENTER FOR SAFE SPORT

To deal with a Safe Sport concern, contact USA Swimming at (719) 866-4578
https://www.usaswimming.org/articles-landing-page/2017/05/08/safe-sport-report

Contact the U.S. Center for Safe Sport to make a report.  Call (702) 524-5640 or use the online reporting form at
https://safesport.i-sight.com/portal or find more information at http://www.uscenterforsafesport.org/.


ATHLETE PROTECTION TRAINING

MANDATORY TRAINING FOR NON-ATHLETE MEMBERS, APPLICABLE ADULTS AND 18+ ATHLETES

USA Swimming LEARN, a new online education hub, has launched! The app requirement will have some slight changes. More details can be found below.

All non-athlete members, applicable adults and 18+ years old athletes of USA Swimming are required to complete the Athlete Protection Training by clicking the link below. New members will be required to have their non-athlete application form and payment processed by their LSC registrar before they can sign in to complete the course.

This certification is required for all new and existing members including coaches, officials, chaperones, meet directors. If you have registered with USA Swimming for the first time, this is the course you need to take. 

The course is free of charge and, upon completion, should update in your membership record within 24 hours. Initiate the course by entering your information in the boxes below.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETION

To complete the Athlete Protection Training Certification, please follow the directions below:

  1. Enter your first name, last name, and birthday. Make sure to use your legal name. Click the Search button.
  2. When the system finds you, click on "CONTINUE" to access the LEARN site.
  3. You must take three courses to complete the requirement:
  • "Sexual Misconduct Awareness Education"
  • "Mandatory Reporting"
  • "Emotional and Physical Misconduct"


You must complete the last evaluation questions on the three required courses, so that it will appear in SWIMS and match to your member record. Once you have fulfilled the requirement there will be a check mark on the course and you will receive an email congratulating you for completing the requirement.

Once you have completed your courses, your membership record will update within 24 hours with a new APT expiration date.

Your APT will expire 12 months after you complete all three courses.

Members must always enter LEARN via www.usaswimming.org/learn or www.usaswimming.org/apt.  If you create a non-member account, you will not receive credit for the courses that you take.

If you get a "No Results Found" message, one of three things has happened:

  1. You may have made a typo on your name and birthday. Double check and resubmit.
  2. If everything is correct and you are or have ever been a member of USA Swimming, it is possible that there is a typo in your membership information in the USA Swimming database. Contact your LSC registrar.
  3. You have never been registered with USA Swimming. You must join through your LSC. New members will be required to have your application form and payment processed by your LSC registrar before you can sign in to complete the course.

 

Best Practice Guidelines

 

 

The following Best Practice Guidelines are strongly recommended for all USA Swimming members.

 

  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 roughhousing 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.