USA Swimming Safe Sport Newsletter
The purpose of this newsletter is to provide a foundation that allows for direct on-going communication with each
of you. Information contained within will cover the most current Safe Sport related information. If you have any feedback, comments or suggestions,
please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Safe Sport Updates
Please help us in recognizing Ralph
Nowacki, San Diego Imperial Safe Sport Chair! Ralph became involved in USA Swimming when his children made childhood and teenage
careers out of being in the water. The Safe Sport initiative is important to Ralph because it makes a clear and strong statement to the swim community
that any abuse towards USA Swimming members will not be tolerated. Ralph has enjoyed being the Safe Sport Chair because he gets to see the
program’s processes in action. He has also realized that the potential of the program itself taps into the natural tendency that people have to
protect and care for others. Ralph took it upon himself to develop a Safe Sport Blog for San Diego Imperial. This is a great way
to highlight the importance of Safe Sport. Thanks Ralph for your leadership and commitment to the Safe Sport initiative.
We would also like to highlight the
Indiana Swimming Safe Sport page! This is another fabulous example of how the
Safe Sport initiative can be shared with members. Please take some time to look through this page.
All of our LSC Safe Sport Chairs are doing great work!
Let us know what you are doing in your LSC to spread the Safe Sport word and we’ll highlight it in the next Safe Sport
Safe Sport Bag
Tag! We are pleased to announce creation and distribution of the Safe Sport Bag Tag. The bag tag was given to each athlete at the
2013 AT&T Winter National Championships and the 2013 Speedo Winter Junior National Championships. We received good feedback that the athletes are
familiar with Safe Sport and put the tags on their bags right away. If you would like to make a bag tag order please contact Susan Woessner at email@example.com or Liz Hoendervoogt at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will send up to 500 bag tags to any one LSC free of charge and can
provide the art to any LSC who would like to duplicate more. We will make another order in advance of the summer championship meets and have
more available for the LSCs then as well.
Training and Education
In November, Safe Sport
Coordinator, Liz Hoendervoogt, traveled to Houston to facilitate the Safe Sport Athlete
Training for approximately 60 athletes ages 12-15 at the Texas All Star Camp. The athletes were extremely receptive to and
engaged in the training. Safe Sport staff are available to come to LSC athlete camps or clinics to facilitate the Athlete Training. Please contact Liz
at email@example.com if you are interested.
We continue to offer free webinars as Safe Sport
educational opportunities! The next webinar will be December 18th and will address “Risk Areas and How to Respond to
Boundary Violations”. Please click here
As a reminder, if you are
interested in bringing a speaker to your HOD or Swimposium to speak on Safe Sport issues, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Remind Your Clubs
Approaching for the Mandatory Athlete Protection Training for Non-Athlete Members. Non-athlete members will need to renew their
athlete protection training course by Dec. 31, 2013 in order to remain a current member of USA Swimming. You can access the training here for either renewals or the first time taking
the training. Please remind your coaches, officials, and other non-athlete members!
Follow us on Twitter! USA Swimming Safe
Sport is on Twitter at @SwimSafeSport. Follow us for Safe Sport related information, program highlights and other educational nuggets.
Safe Sport Literature
There are many national
organizations that offer fantastic resources regarding childhood sexual abuse.
Darkness to Light is a grassroots national
non-profit organization that seeks to protect children from sexual abuse by placing responsibility squarely on adult shoulders.
They educate adults to prevent, recognize and react responsible to child sexual abuse. Please click here for their PDF on 7 Steps to preventing,
recognizing and reacting responsibly to child sexual abuse.
Stop It Now! is another national organization that prevents the
sexual abuse of children by mobilizing adults, families and communities to take actions that protect children before they are
harmed. Please click here for information on
behaviors to watch for when adults are with children and what you can do if you see warning signs.
Stop It Now! has also put together tips on how to talk
with children and young people about adults who show signs of sexual interest in children. It is important to take the time to
learn to recognize and speak up before a child is harmed. This would be a great resource to pass along to clubs as well as to parents and you can
access it here.