NOVA of Virginia Aquatics is committed to protecting your swimmers by following the Safe Sport Policies defined by USA Swimming.  In addition, NOVA has added some of its own policies to further create a safe environment specific to our club. If ever NOVA policy and USA swimming policy overlap, USA swimming policy will prevail. All NOVA athletes and parents need to read and understand all information on this page.

USA Swimming is committed to fostering a fun, healthy and safe environment for all of its members. For that reason, USA Swimming has in place a detailed Code of Conduct. The following rules, policies, reporting structure, education and tools are intended to serve our members as we work together to maintain this environment.

For questions or concerns, please contact USA Swimming's Safe Sport Director Abigail Howard ahoward@usaswimming.org  Abigail oversees USA Swimming's efforts to foster safe and positive training environments.  NOVA's safe sport contact is Ann McGee annmcgee@novaswim.org

First Line of Defense

Background checks and pre-employment screens are critical tools to selecting the best possible people for staff and volunteer positions by USA Swimming clubs. All NOVA coaches, officials, and volunteers must satisfactorily pass a criminal background check in order to become non-athlete members of USA Swimming. Additionally, all USA Swimming clubs must perform three required pre-employment screens on any new employee. 

Parent Education

The USA Swimming Safe Sport Program is proud to offer free athlete protection training to the parents of our member athletes.  Parents are a critical component to our overall goal to 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.

Please take the USA Swimming Free Parent Training to learn more.

Recognizing and Reporting

Mandatory reporting laws: "Pursuant to federal law, all adults authorized to interact with minor or amateur athletes who learn of facts that give reason to suspect that a child has suffered an incident of child abuse, including sexual abuse, shall make a report of the suspected abuse to law enforcement and/or your state's designated agency within 24 hours."

USA Swimming and U.S. Center for Safe Sport Contact and reporting information call USA Swimming (719)866-4578
Click HERE to Deal with a Safe Sport Concern

If you have questions or concerns regarding sexual harrassment or misconduct, contact the US Center for Safe Sport HERE.

   Phone: (720) 524-5640         Online reporting form   

- If you have questions or concerns regarding criminal charges, drugs, physical abuse, or violation of MAAPPs, contact Liz Hahn at USA Swimming.

Email: ehahn@usaswimming.org              Online Reporting: USASwimmingreporting

- If you have questions or concerns regarding fraud, deception, or recruiting, contact the Eastern Zone Board of Review.

Director Ward Foley      Email: gefoley@yahoo.com

- If you have questions or concerns regarding bullying, parent issues, violations of team rules/policies, contact your club representative.

Executive Director Ann McGee     Email: annmcgee@novaswim.org
Board President Adam Russell     Email: president@novaswim.org