WHAT IS SAFE SPORT?

IST & USA Swimming are committed to providing a healthy and positive environment free from abuse for all its members.  USA Swimming’s Safe Sport program, a comprehensive abuse prevention program, consists of a multi-layered approach to keep kids safe, including: required policies and best practice guidelines; mandatory screening, including criminal background checks and employment screening; training and education; monitoring, supervision and mandatory reporting.  These measures are informed by experts in the field of child safety and are among the strongest safeguards found in youth-serving organizations. 

USA Swimming Safe Sport Home Page.  

Additionally USA Swimming provides free training videos for parents and athletes.  Parents, we highly encourage you to sit down with your athletes and review these training videos.

FREE TRAINING FOR PARENTS

Parents are a critical component to our overall goal of protecting children from sexual abuse. The comprehensive online programming includes information about how offenders operate; how to recognize and respond to boundary violations, myths and facts about child sexual abuse and USA Swimming’s Athlete Protection Policies and Procedures.  

Athlete Protection Training for Parents

FREE TRAINING FOR ATHLETES (AGES 12 AND OVER)

The training course covers:

  • Inappropriate Contact
  • Physical, emotional, and behavioral boundaries
  • What to do if your boundaries are violated
  • Who to tell
  • How USA Swimming can be a resource

Free Athlete Protection Training for Athletes

DEALING WITH A CONCERN

If your concern deals with any of the following:

  • Peer to Peer Bullying
  • Adult to Athlete Bullying
  • Parent Issues
  • Violations of team rules and/or team code of conduct

Please make a report to our Head Coach and/or IST Board of Directors. USA Swimming has provided a template letter to assist you in beginning this process.

For additional reporting information, please see the following from the US Center for Safe Sport to the Safe Sport landing site.

  1. USA Swimming (719) 866-4578  Deal with a Safe Sport Concern
  2. U.S. Center for Safe Sport to make a report.  Use the online reporting form, call (720) 524-5640, or find more information at www.uscenterforsafesport.org
  3. IST Safe Sport Coordinator, Dan Miller at danm@danmiller.net 

FREE SAFE SPORT ACTIVITY BOOK FOR ATHLETES (AGES 11 AND YOUNGER)

Parents, coaches, and swimmers will be able to use the books to start a conversation about positive team culture, maintaining an environment of support and safety, and all the reasons to love the sport of swimming!

Download Safe Sport Activity Book

ADDITIONAL LINKS AND RESOURCES

Safe Sport Newsletter

Best Practices Guideline

MAAPP Acknowledgement of Policy Signature Form

MAAPP for IST

IST Grievance Process

More USA Swimming Athlete Protection Policies