Programs & Services

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.

2016 Code of Conduct


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.


Want to evaluate your club's safe sport activities?  

Take the online self-assessment and gain a greater understanding of how the available resources can assist you in creating a culture of Safe Sport within your team.


There are six sections of the self-assessment, consistent with the six program areas of Safe Sport.  While there are not necessarily right or wrong answers to the assessment, the questions and the recommendations in the user guide are designed to provide a step by step map to create a Safe Sport culture on your team.

Take the self-assessment first.  When you are finished, you will receive a copy of your responses.  Use the guide to review your self-assessment with the other leaders of your swim club.  If you would like individualized feedback on your self-assessment, please contact Maggie Vail at (719) 866-3552 or


Safe Sport Self-Assessment

Self-Assessment User Guide


Required Policies

Electronic Communication   
Anti-Bullying Plan   
Team Travel   

Suggested Policies

Locker Room Monitoring   
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