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Oaklantis Swim Team fully supports all measures adopted by the US Center for Safe Sport and USA Swimming, with the sole purpose of protecting all athletes from any form of abuse or mistreatment.

USA Swimming’s Safe Sport program, a comprehensive abuse prevention program, consists of a multi-layered approach to keep kids safe, including: required policies and best practice guidelines; mandatory screening, including criminal background checks and employment screening; training and education; monitoring, supervision and mandatory reporting. These measures are informed by experts in the field of child safety and are among the strongest safeguards found in youth-serving organizations.

Safe Sport Best Practice Guidelines

The following Best Practice Guidelines are strongly recommended for all USA Swimming members.

1. Parents should be encouraged to appropriately support their children’s swimming experience.
2. All swimming practices should be open to observation by parents.
3. Coaches should not initiate contact with or accept supervisory responsibility for athletes outside club programs and activities.
4. When only one athlete and one coach travel to a competition, at the competition the coach and athlete should attempt to establish a “buddy” club to associate with during the competition and when away from the venue.
5. Relationships of a peer-to-peer nature with any athletes should be avoided. For example, coaches should avoid sharing their own personal problems with athletes.
6. Coaches and other non-athlete adult members should avoid horseplay and roughhousing with athletes.
7. When a coach touches an athlete as part of instruction, the coach should do so in direct view of others and inform the athlete of what he/she is doing prior to the initial contact. Touching athletes should be minimized outside the boundaries of what is considered normal instruction. Appropriate interaction would include high fives, fist bumps, side-to-side hugs and handshakes.
8. Coaches should avoid having athletes as their favorites. They should also avoid creating a situation that could be perceived as them having favorites.
9. Gift-giving, providing special favors or showing favoritism to individual athletes is strongly discouraged.

Oaklantis Swim Team communicates Safe Sport policies and action plans to coaches, parent volunteers, and athletes annually, at the beginning of the fall swimming season.

Reporting Information:

To address a Safe Sport concern, you may contact:

USA Swimming at (719) 866-4578
The U.S. Center for Safe Sport via phone at 720) 524-5640 or via the online reporting form, to be found at http://www.uscenterforsafesport.org/
The Oaklantis Safe Sport Club Coordinator: Scott Thompson, scott@oaklantis.org, (248) 229-4537

Important Documents:
MAAPP (Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy)
MAAPP Acknowledgement Form
USA Swimming Code of Conduct
Anti-Bullying Action Plan
Athlete Code of Conduct
Parent Code of Conduct
Coach Code of Conduct
Grievance Procedure
Sexual Abuse and Misconduct Prevention Policy
Photography Policy

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Sources:
Stop Bullying -- a federal government website managed by the US Department of Health & Human Services
USA Swimming Safe Sport -- USA Swimming defines bullying in Article 304.3.7