Bellingham Bay Swim Team Safe Sport

BBST is committed to the safety of our athletes. As we continue to grow in building a safe environment for swimmers, we will update this page. 

Mission: BBST provides a safe, inclusive, and growth focused environment for all teammates. BBST promotes excellence through consistency, camaraderie, and trust. Members will learn lifelong skills to succeed with confidence in a healthy and balanced lifestyle.


USASwimming Safe Sport Best Practice Guidelines:

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. Updated: June 23, 2019


BBST Bullying Action Plan

BBST Electronic Communication Policy

BBST Photograph Policy

BBST Travel Policy

BBST Parent Supervision Policy

Lystedt Law / Concussion Policy


BBST Safe Sport Coordinator: Clint Carlton, [email protected]



To deal with a Safe Sport concern, contact USA Swimming at (719) 866-4578


Contact the U.S. Center for Safe Sport to make a report. Call 833 - 5US-SAFE (587-7233) or use the

online reporting form or find more information at