CAT Commitment to Safety: Clemson Aquatic Team is committed to helping our athletes achieve their goals in a safe environment guided by the US Center for Safe Sport and USA Swimming’s safe sport policies and guidelines. Our coaches, parents, volunteers, and board are dedicated to protecting our athletes and working toward our mission and vision together.



Our training tools will help you:
- Understand the scope and effects of abuse in sport
- Recognize the signs of grooming behavior and boundary violations
- Understand how to establish boundaries and protect against false allegations
- Know how to react and report when you suspect abuse

Safe Sport USA Swimming Best Practice Guidelines

Safe Sport for Parents - Athlete Protection Education

Safe Sport Training for Athletes

CAT's Communication and Bullying Policies

Team Travel Policies

Safe Sport Reporting Form

CAT MAAPP Policy, adopted Dec 5, 2019

CAT Grievance Procedures


Make a Safe Sport report:


Mandatory USA Swimming Safe Sport Rules & Policies for All USA Swimming Members and Clubs



Minority Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP) 

Coaches, Swimmers and Parents,

Programs and procedures that were once recommended ARE NOW MANDATORY. Please read in full and contact Heather Alexander with any questions at [email protected]


USA SWIMMING ATHLETES must now complete Athlete Protection Training by their 18th birthday. Compliance will be tracked through SWIMS, and those not in compliance will be prohibited from competition until compliance is achieved. THIS IS NOT AN OPTION.  There is no grandfather clause.



▪ 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 a minor athlete. Collectively “Applicable Adult(s)”

CAT MAAPP        


USA Swimming Safe Sport Coordinator: [email protected]            

USA Swimming Deal with a Safe Sport Concern

U.S. Center for Safe Sport: to make a report use the online reporting form, call (833) 587-7233 or find more information at

South Carolina Swimming Safe Sport Chair: Heather Alexander ([email protected])

Safe Sport Club Coordinator: Coach Lindsey Little (


REPORTING (see CAT Grievance Procedures for details)


For issues dealing with sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, and/or sexually explicit or inappropriate communication through social media:

For issues dealing with physical abuse, emotional abuse, criminal charges and the use, sale or distribution of illegal drugs:

For issues dealing with known or suspected child abuse:

  • Central Police Department (864) 639-4020
  • Clemson Police Department (864) 624-2000

For issues dealing with peer-to-peer bullying, coach-athlete bullying, parent issues, violations of the CAT Code of Conduct and violations of the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy.

  • These issues are handled at the club level following the procedures outlined here


Regarding the Conduct of a Swimmer - Contact the swimmer’s coach.

Regarding the Conduct of an Assistant or Age Group Coach - Contact the Head Coach

Regarding Conduct of Head Coach – Notify the CAT Board President

Regarding Board of Director Member Conduct - Notify the CAT Board President

Regarding Parent or Swim Official Conduct - Notify the Head Coach and Board President


Note: With the exception of issues which immediately affect the health and safety of swimmers, all matters should be discussed before or after a coaching session, as coaches should not be expected to deal with issues during water time.




At South Carolina Swimming, our top priority is safety at ALL of our activities.  Our Safe Sport program focuses on creating a secure environment for our swimmers and non-athlete members that is free from abuse of any kind including sexual abuse, bullying, and inappropriate communications.

Dealing with a Safe Sport Concern: 
USA Swimming with a Safe Sport Concern

U.S. Center for Safe Sport: to make a report use the online reporting form, call (720) 524-5640, or find more information at