Athlete Protection Policies & Rules

Protecting our young athletes is all of our responsibility, as coaches, volunteers and parents. In order to create a positive experience and a safe environment for athletes, USA Swimming's Code of Conduct provides specific, mandatory policies that must be followed at all levels of the organization. Policies are enforceable by the National Board of Review process. Consequences for breaking a policy include but are not limited to, revocation of membership.

Also included are Best Practice Guidelines. These guidelines are best practice recommendations for adult-athlete interaction to best foster healthy boundaries. Guidelines are designed to help avoid or identify potentially inappropriate situations. 

Code of conduct

USA Swimming implemented a Code of Conduct in the late 1990s. Any member or prospective member of USA Swimming may be denied membership, censured, placed on probation, suspended for a definite or indefinite period of time with or without terms of probation, fined or expelled from USA Swimming if such member violates the provisions of the USA Swimming Code of Conduct. 

 

2014 USA Swimming Code of Conduct

 

2014 USA Swimming Safe Sport Best Practices

 

 

Mandatory Reporting Rule

ARTICLE 306
SEXUAL MISCONDUCT REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

 

.1 It is every member’s responsibility to promptly report any incident regarding sexual misconduct by a member as described in Article 304.3.8  to USA Swimming’s Director of Safe Sport.  Reporting must occur when an individual has firsthand knowledge of misconduct or where specific and credible information has been received from a victim or knowledgeable third party.  Various state laws may also require reporting to law enforcement or to a designated child protection agency.

 

.2 No member shall retaliate against any individual who has made a good faith report under 306.1.

 

.3 False reporting of sexual misconduct made in bad faith is prohibited.

 

.4 Neither civil nor criminal statutes of limitation apply to reports of cases of sexual abuse.

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