WEST Safe Sport

USA Swimming is committed to fostering a fun, healthy, and safe environment for all its members, and in 2010, it formally implemented a comprehensive Safe Sport program to respond to and prevent instances of abuse and misconduct within the sport of swimming.  Since then USA Swimming Safe Sport has worked tirelessly to educate members, put policies in place, and empower LSCs and clubs to create the best possible environments for all members.

Full implementation of the Safe Sport Program involves six key components:

  1. Policies and Guidelines
  2. Screening and Selection
  3. Training and Education
  4. Monitoring and Supervision
  5. Recognizing, Responding, and Reporting
  6. Grassroots Engagement and Feedback

 

Safe Sport 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.

 

 

WEST Safe Sport Resources

 

USA Swimming Online Resources

 

Safe Sport Trainings

  • Online Safe Sport Education for Parents – Safe Sport’s online course for parents provides an introduction to Safe Sport, abuse, and reporting information. Follow the link to the USA Swimming Learn page, and search for the course called, “Parents Guide to Misconduct in Sport”.
  • Online Safe Sport Education for Athletes – Safe Sport’s online training for athletes provides an introduction to Safe Sport, healthy boundaries, and how to speak up about misconduct, abuse, and the behaviors that lead to abuse. Follow the link to the USA Swimming Learn page, and search for the course called, “Safe Sport for Athletes”.
  • Athlete Protection Training – Required training for 18 and over members (including athletes and coaches) of USA Swimming.

 

Reporting Information

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 (720) 524-5640 or use the online reporting form at: https://safesport.i-sight.com/portal or find more information at http://www.uscenterforsafesport.org/