Pacific Swimming

The Dolphins Aquatic Club Safe Sport Information:

 

Contact Information:

 

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. 

 

 

The Dolphins Aquatic Club: Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy

 

THIS POLICY APPLIES TO:

 

• All USA Swimming non-athlete members and adult athlete members;

• Participating non-members (e.g., meet marshals, meet computer operators, timers, etc.);

• LSC and club adult staff and board members; and

• Any other adult authorized to have regular contact with or authority over minor athletes.

 

GENERAL REQUIREMENT

 

USA Swimming member clubs and LSCs are required to implement this Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy in full. The Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy must be reviewed and agreed to in writing by all athletes, parents, coaches and other non-athlete members of member clubs on an annual basis with such written agreement to be retained by the club.

 

ONE-ON-ONE INTERACTIONS

 

I. Observable and Interruptible

 

One-on-one interactions between a minor athlete and an Applicable Adult (who is not the minor’s legal guardian) must occur at an observable and interruptible distance from another adult unless meeting with a Mental Health Care Professional and/or Health Care Provider (see below) or under emergency circumstances.

 

II. Meetings

 

a. Meetings between a minor athlete and an Applicable Adult may only occur if another adult is

present and where interactions can be easily observed and at an interruptible distance from

another adult, except under emergency circumstances.

b. If a one-on-one meeting takes place, the door to the room must remain unlocked and open. If

available, it must occur in a room that has windows, with the windows, blinds, and/or curtains

remaining open during the meeting.

c. Meetings must not be conducted in an Applicable Adult or athlete’s hotel room or other

overnight lodging location during team travel.

 

III. Meetings with Mental Health Care Professionals and/or Health Care Providers

 

If a Mental Health Care Professional and/or Health Care Provider meets with a minor athlete in

conjunction with participation, including at practice or competition sites, a closed-door meeting

may be permitted to protect patient privacy provided that:

a. The door remains unlocked;

b. Another adult is present at the facility;

c. The other adult is advised that a closed-door meeting is occurring; and

d. Written legal guardian consent is obtained in advance by the Mental Health Care

Professional and/or Health Care Provider

 

IV. Individual Training Sessions

 

Individual training sessions outside of the regular course of training and practice between

Applicable Adults and minor athletes are permitted if the training session is observable and

interruptible by another adult. Legal guardians must be allowed to observe the training session.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA AND ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS

 

I. Content

 

All electronic communication from Applicable Adults to minor athletes must be professional in

Nature.

 

II. Open and Transparent

 

Absent emergency circumstances, if an Applicable Adult with authority over minor athletes needs to communicate directly with a minor athlete via electronic communications (including social media), the minor athlete’s legal guardian must be copied. If a minor athlete communicates to the Applicable Adult (with authority over the minor athlete) privately first, said Applicable Adult must copy the minor athlete’s legal guardian on any electronic communication response to the minor athlete. When an Applicable Adult with authority over minor athletes communicates electronically to the entire team, said Applicable Adult must copy another adult.

 

III. Requests to Discontinue

 

Legal guardians may request in writing that their minor athlete not be contacted through any form of electronic communication by The Seaside Dolphins, Pacific Swimming or by an Applicable Adult subject to this Policy. The organization must abide by any such request that the minor athlete not be contacted via electronic communication, or included in any social media post, absent emergency circumstances.

IV. Hours

 

Electronic communications must only be sent between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.,

unless emergency circumstances exist, or during competition travel.

 

V. Prohibited Electronic Communication

 

Applicable Adults with authority over minor athletes are not permitted to maintain private social

media connections with unrelated minor athletes and such Applicable Adults are not permitted to accept new personal page requests on social media platforms from minor athletes, unless the

Applicable Adult has a fan page, or the contact is deemed as celebrity contact as opposed to

regular contact. Existing social media connections with minor athletes must be discontinued.

Minor athletes may “friend” The Dolphins Aquatic Club and/or Pacific Swimming’s official page.

Applicable Adults with authority over minor athletes must not send private, instant or direct

messages to a minor athlete through social media platforms.

 

TRAVEL

 

I. Local Travel

Local travel consists of travel to training, practice and competition that occurs locally and does not include coordinated overnight stay(s). Applicable Adults must not ride in a vehicle alone with an unrelated minor athlete, absent emergency circumstances, and must always have at least two minor athletes or another adult in the vehicle, unless otherwise agreed to in writing by the minor athlete’s legal guardian. Legal guardians must pick up their minor athlete first and drop off their minor athlete last in any shared or carpool travel arrangement.

 

II. Team Travel

Team travel is travel to a competition or other team activity that the organization plans and

Supervises.

 

a. During team travel, when doing room checks two-deep leadership (two Applicable Adults

should be present) and observable and interruptible environments must be maintained.

When only one Applicable Adult and one minor athlete travel to a competition, the minor

athlete’s legal guardian must provide written permission in advance and for each competition

for the minor athlete to travel alone with said Applicable Adult. Team Managers and Chaperones who travel with The Dolphins Aquatic Club or Pacific Swimming must be USA Swimming members in good standing.

 

b. Unrelated Applicable Adults must not share a hotel room, other sleeping arrangement or

overnight lodging location with a minor athlete. Minor athletes should be paired to share hotel rooms or other sleeping arrangements with other minor athletes of the same gender and of similar age.

 

c. Meetings during team travel must be conducted consistent with the One-on-One Interactions

section of this Policy (i.e., any such meeting must be observable and interruptible). Meetings

must not be conducted in an individual’s hotel room or other overnight sleeping location.

 

LOCKER ROOMS AND CHANGING AREAS

I. Requirement to Use Locker Room or Changing Area

The designated locker room or changing area must be used when an athlete or Applicable Adult

changes, in whole or in part, into or out of a swimsuit when wearing just one suit (e.g., deck

changing is prohibited).

 

II. Use of Recording Devices

Use of any device’s (including a cell phone’s) recording capabilities, including voice recording, still cameras and video cameras in locker rooms, changing areas, or similar spaces by a minor

athlete or an Applicable Adult is prohibited.

 

III. Undress

An unrelated Applicable Adult must not expose his or her breasts, buttocks, groin or genitals to a minor athlete under any circumstance. An unrelated Applicable Adult must not request an

unrelated minor athlete to expose the minor athlete’s breasts, buttocks, groin or genitals to the

unrelated Applicable Adult under any circumstance.

 

IV. One-on-One Interactions

Except for athletes on the same team or athletes attending the same competition, at no time are

unrelated Applicable Adults permitted to be alone with a minor athlete in a locker room or

changing area, except under emergency circumstances. If the organization is using a facility that only has a single locker room or changing area, separate times for use by Applicable Adults must be designated.

 

V. Monitoring

The Dolphins Aquatic Club must regularly and randomly monitor the use of locker rooms and changing areas to ensure compliance with this Policy. Locker rooms and changing areas may be monitored by use of the following methods:

a. Conducting a sweep of the locker room or changing area before athletes arrive;

b. Posting staff directly outside the locker room or changing area during periods of use;

c. Leaving the doors open when adequate privacy is still possible; and/or

d. Making occasional sweeps of the locker rooms or changing areas with women checking on

female locker rooms and men checking on male locker rooms. Every effort must be made to recognize when a minor athlete goes to the locker room or changing area during practice and competition, and, if the minor athlete does not return in a timely fashion, to check on the minor athlete’s whereabouts.

 

VI. Legal Guardians in Locker Rooms or Changing Areas

 

Legal guardians are discouraged from entering locker rooms and changing areas. If a legal

guardian does enter a locker room or changing area, it must only be a same-sex legal guardian

and the legal guardian should notify a coach or administrator in advance.

 

MASSAGES AND RUBDOWNS/ATHLETE TRAINING MODALITIES

I. Definition: 

In this section, the term “Massage” refers to any massage, rubdown, athletic training modality including physical modalities (e.g., stretching, physical manipulation, injury rehabilitation, etc.) and electronic or instrument assisted modalities (e.g., stim treatment, dry needling, cupping, etc.).

 

II. General Requirement

Any Massage performed on an athlete must be conducted in an open and interruptible location

and must be performed by a licensed massage therapist or other certified professional. However, even if a coach is a licensed massage therapist, the coach must not perform a rubdown or massage of an athlete under any circumstance.

 

III. Additional Minor Athlete Requirements

a. Written consent by a legal guardian must be obtained in advance by the licensed massage

therapist or other certified professional, with a copy provided to The Dolphins Aquatic Club.

b. Legal guardians must be allowed to observe the Massage.

c. Any Massage of a minor athlete must be done with at least one other adult present and must

never be done with only the minor athlete and the person performing the Massage in the

room.

d. Any Massage of a minor athlete must only occur after a proper diagnosis

from a treating physician and be done in the course of care according to the physician’s

treatment plan.