USA Swimming Safe Sport Program

Tsunami Swimming is committed to promoting a nurturing and safe environment for its swimmers.

USA Swimming is continually improving the programs and services it offers to its members.  One of the most important relates to the safeguards for protecting young athletes. In an effort to continue to foster safe and positive environments within all member clubs, USA Swimming has provided Tsunami with best practice guidelines that help define elements of appropriate behavior and conduct.

Our Mission

Tsunami Swimming, an Amateur Athletic Organization recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3), is committed to providing a safe, healthy, and supportive environment for all of its athletes.  Tsunami's top priority if keeping our swimmers safe.  No form of abuse has a place in our club.  The USA Swimming Code of Conduct and SafeSport policies enable Tsunami Swimming to accomplish its goals of affording children the opportunities:
  • to learn and participate in the sport of swimming,
  • to participate in swimming competition at all levels,
  • to learn about good nutrition and its importance in competitive sports,
  • to participate in instructional, as well as competitive swimming, regardless of income, and
  • to learn new skills and self-discipline.

Tsunami Swimming makes it a top priority to keep our athletes safe. NO form of abuse has a place on our team, or in our sport.

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What is SafeSport? 

The U.S. Center for SafeSport (“the Center”), a separate, independent, organization that oversees all sexual misconduct reports in the Olympic and Paralympic Movement, created the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies (MAAPP) to set a baseline for acceptable safety standards that limit one-on-one interactions between adults and minor athletes.

Tsunami Swimming is committed to providing a safe environment for all of its athletes.  

Below you will find important information and resources regarding Tsunami Swimming's Safe Sport policies.  The SafeSport Coordinator for Tsunami Swimming is Melissa Field.  Contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Reporting a Safe Sport Concern 

  • To deal with a Safe Sport concern, contact USA Swimming at (719) 866-4578.
  • USA Swimming members can submit anonymously or on the record through simple text messaging at 888-270-SWIM (7946).
  • Contact the U.S. Center for Safe Sport to make a report. Call 833-5US-SAFE (587-7233) or use the online reporting form.
  • Contact the Tsunami SafeSport Coordinator with info about issues dealing with peer-to-peer bullying, coach-athlete bullying, parent issues, violations of the TSUNAMI SWIMMING Code of Conduct and violations of the Tsunami Swimming Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy. You may use this form to share your grievance.

Minor Athlete Protection Policy (MAAPP)

On April 29, 2019, USA Swimming released its Minor Athlete Protection Policy (MAAPP) addressing one-on-one interactions, social media and electronic communications, travel: local and team, locker rooms and changing areas, and massages, rubdowns and athletic training modalities. 

All USA Swimming member clubs are required to implement MAAPP in full by June 23, 2019. Tsunami Swimming implemented this policy and has published an updated version effective September 1, 2021.  Our club policy can be found here:  TSUNAMI SWIMMING MAAPP.

The following resources will help you understand our team's MAAPP:

Athlete Protection Training

USA Swimming offers free online Athlete Protection Training for coaches, officials, board members, chaperones, volunteers, and parents.  All coaches, officials, chaperones, and board members must take the course to be certified as a non-athlete member of USA Swimming.

USA Swimming is required to provide regular and consistent training for all adults who interact with and have direct contact with minor athletes, including adult athletes. All athlete members ages 18 and over must complete Athlete Protection Training annually.

Effective September 1, 2022, there will no longer be a 30-day administrative grace period.  Going forward, any 17-year-old athlete who has not completed the APT requirement by their 18th birthday will not be a USA Swimming member in good standing unless or until the APT requirement is completed. If a siwmmer is not in good standing they will be unable to compete in USA Swimming sanctioned meets, club practices and all other related activities.

Safe Sport Courses for Parents and Athletes

USA Swimming offers Safe Sport courses for 12 & older athletes and all parents. Each year, Tsunami Swimming requires all team athletes 12 and older to complete the training and asks that at least 1 parent/guardian from each family (regardless of swimmer's age) complete the training.  To access the courses, follow the instructions linked below.

TSUNAMI SWIMMING SafeSport QUICK LINKS:

*Signature required with team contract at the beginning of the season

TSUNAMI SWIMMING PERMISSION FORMS:

**Signature required for each applicable date/meet

 

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