The Cincinnati Marlins are proud to adhere to USA Water Polo Athlete Protection Policies.  For more information please click on a link below.

Cincinnati Marlins Bullying Policy

Cincinnati Marlins Electronic Communication Policy

Safe Sport


Marlins Polo,

With the start of a new season, the well-being of our athletes is the highest priority of the Cincinnati Marlins.  The Coaching Staff and the Marlins Board demand that our club provide a SAFE and fun swimming environment for athletes and families.   

In addition, key takeaways should be the following:


  •   The Marlins and USA Water Polo require all coaches to submit to a full background and reference check, and attend an online athlete protection seminar generated by USA Water Polo. This is in compliance with the United States Olympic Committee's Safe Sport initiative.  Both requirements must be completed as a condition of hire, and updated roughly every two years.
  •   During practice and / or club-sanctioned events including travel meets, NEVER should a coach or parent be alone with a child that is not their own.  This protects the coach as well as the athlete.  This policy should be common sense with any activity anywhere honestly, but is top of mind with our team. 
    •    Parents, you can help us here by being on time to pick up your swimmers after practice each night.  It is Marlins policy that the last person out the door at night is a coach so no child is left alone, and our coaches are more than happy to wait for you to arrive to pick your child up…but this is not ideal.  Thanks for your help.
    •    Also, it is helpful for coaches to get to know the parents of our swimmers.  Drop by the natatorium every so often and introduce yourselves to your child’s coach. 


  •   Our coaches are not permitted to be linked or “friends” through social media with current Marlins athletes. 


  •   If you witness and / or are concerned about a situation with our club, you should:
    •    First, contact your lead site coach or parent representative.
    •    If situation is not addressed, contact Team Manager, Ryan Hammer or Board Members.
    •    If you are not comfortable doing any of the above, contact the police.


  •   Lastly, confidentiality is paramount to this process.  All reports, inquiries, and concerns will be kept confidential and shared only with proper authorities. 


To repeat, it is important to us to provide a SAFE and fun water polo environment for athletes and families.  If you have any questions regarding these policies, please speak to your child’s coach, lead site coach, or the Marlins office.