USA Swimming Code of Conduct
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Reporting of Misconduct
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 (click here to go to appropriate USA Swimming page). 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.
Our anti-bullying policy is in place to ensure a safe, friendly, and respectful, environment conducive to the comprehensive development of our members. Our anti-bullying policy describes prohibited behavior and procedures for dealing with those behaviors.
The USA Swimming Code of Conduct defines bullying in 304.3.7. Bullying is the severe or repeated use by one or more USA Swimming members of oral, written, electronic or other technological expression, image, sound, data or intelligence of any nature (regardless of the method of transmission), or a physical act or gesture, or any combination thereof, directed at any other member that to a reasonably objective person has the effect of:
(i) causing physical or emotional harm to the other member or damage to the other member’s property;
(ii) placing the other member in reasonable fear of harm to himself/herself or of damage to his/her property;
(iii) creating a hostile environment for the other member at any USA Swimming activity;
(iv) infringing on the rights of the other member at any USA Swimming activity; or
(v) materially and substantially disrupting the training process or the orderly operation of any USA Swimming activity (which for the purposes of this section shall include, without limitation, practices, workouts and other events of a member club or LSC).
Bullying, in any form, is prohibited.
Swimmers should report incidence of bullying to a member of the coaching staff or their parents. Parents should contact the Head Coach if a swimmer is being bullied or is engaging in bullying behavior.
Depending on the seriousness of the bullying the Head Coach may implement sanctions, which include, without limitation:
(i) verbal warning;
(ii) written warning to the parents of swimmer engaged in bullying behavior outlining possible sanctions if the prohibited behavior continues;
(iii) letters of apology;
(iv) required service or good deed to the affected swimmer, to the team, or to the community;
(v) clean up, repair, or replacement of damaged property;
(vi) suspension from team events;
(vii) expulsion from the team.
V. Further Information
Electronic Communications Policy
Agon’s electronic communication policy is in place to limit risks involved when adults use these methods to communicate with minors. Our electronic communication policy outlines appropriate means and content for electronic communication between coaches and members of the team who are minors.
Athletes shall refer to members of the team who are minors. If the coach is a parent, guardian, sibling, or spouse to a particular athlete, that athlete shall be defined as family, as such, they are not restricted by the electronic communication policy for that athlete.
All communications between a coach and an athlete must be professional in nature and for the purpose of communicating information about team activities. The content and intent of all electronic communications must adhere to the USA Swimming Code of Conduct regarding Athlete Protection.
Facebook, Myspace, Blogs, and Similar Sites
Coaches may have personal Facebook (or other social media site) pages, but they are not permitted to have any athlete member of Agon join their personal page as a “friend.” A coach should not accept any “friend” request from an athlete. In addition, the coach should remind the athlete that this is not permitted. Coaches and athletes are not permitted to “private message” each other through Facebook. Coaches and athletes are not permitted to “instant message” each other through Facebook chat or other IM method.
Agon has an official Facebook page that athletes and their parents can “friend” for information and updates on team-related matters.
Coaches are encouraged to set their pages to “private” to prevent athletes from accessing the coach’s personal information.
Agon has an official Twitter page that coaches, athletes and parents can follow for information and updates on team-related matters. Coaches are not permitted to follow athletes on Twitter. Likewise, athletes are not permitted to follow coaches on Twitter. Coaches and athletes are not permitted to “direct message” each other through Twitter.
Texting only shall be used for the purpose of communicating information directly related to team activities.
Coaches and athletes may use email to communicate provided that email communication from coach to an athlete is copied to one of the swimmer’s parents/guardians and/or the head coach.
Request to Discontinue All Electronic Communications
The parents or guardians of an athlete may request in writing that their child not be contacted by coaches through any form of electronic communication.
V. Further Information