Safe Sport

USA Swimming Anonymous Safe Sport Hotline – or call 720-524-5640

MD Swimming Safe Sport Chair : Sondra Hunt

Have a Concern? Click here for what to do 

APT for ATHLETE Members with Cognitive Disabilities

The U.S. Center for SafeSport requires USA Swimming to provide regular and consistent training for all adults, including adult athletes, who interact with and have direct contact with minor athletes. USA Swimming requires, as a condition of membership, all athlete members age 18 and over complete Athlete Protection Training.

USA Swimming recognizes that the required training course may not be appropriate for some adult athlete members with cognitive disabilities. For any such adult athlete member, USA Swimming recommends the following:

  1. If the Athlete Protection Training Course is appropriate for the adult athlete’s cognitive level, the adult athlete should complete the Athlete Protection Training course with a parent or legal guardian(s).
  2. In the event the Athlete Protection Training course is not appropriate for the adult athlete’s cognitive level, the adult athlete should complete the most developmentally age-appropriate training offered by the U.S. Center for SafeSport ( Once the age-appropriate training is completed, the completion certification shall be sent to USA Swimming will update the athlete’s member record to reflect that the training requirement is complete.
  3. In the event that none of the available trainings are cognitively appropriate for the adult athlete, the athlete’s parent or legal guardian shall send an email explaining the circumstance to

It is the responsibility of every athlete member to ensure the annual training requirement is met applying the criteria provided above.




Keeping Athletes First Incentive
CLUB CONTACTSUSA Swimming’s Board of Directors endorsed a new incentive, as part of the Keeping Athletes First Action Plan, to continue to increase the number of clubs to achieve Safe Sport Club Recognition.Once a club achieves Safe Sport Club Recognition, it will be automatically entered into a monthly drawing for the chance to have a National Team member or alum visit your club. This is an exciting opportunity to have a conversation, a clinic and/or take photos with one of these athletes at no cost to the team. All previously recognized clubs and newly recognized clubs will be eligible for entry.Additional Information:

  1. Monthly drawings will begin July 2, 2020 and continue through December 1, 2021.
  2. Clubs can only win one time.
  3. Winners will be picked at random and notified via email.
  4. The visit will be scheduled at the convenience of the club and athlete and will take place on a single day.
  5. The visit may take place in-person or virtually, at USA Swimming’s discretion.
  6. There will be no cost to your club for the visit.

For more information on this incentive, please click here.

To view the official rules, please click here.

Thank you in advance for demonstrating your club’s commitment to Safe Sport by creating a healthy and positive environment free from abuse for all its members. If you have any questions regarding this incentive, please email

Click to Read “What is a Safe Sport Recognized Club”.












Maryland Swim Meet Safety Policies
• No picture taking device, including a cell phone, can be turned on in the rest rooms, changing areas, locker rooms or areas behind the blocks
• No diving is allowed during warmups, from the blocks, the bulkhead or the side of the pool, unless it is into a designated Sprint Lane.
• Swimmers must enter the pool feet first during warmups. Look before you leap.
• No Stretch cords, paddles, fines, pull buoys during warmups
• Sprint lanes are one way only – exit at the end of the lane
• No Deck Changing
• No bullying or taunting anywhere any time
• No one who is actively sick can be on the deck or in the pool. They should go home.

Break the rules? You could be DQ’d from the meet or future meets.



This article was reprinted from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. More info at

“Stranger danger.” It’s short. It’s simple. It even rhymes! But is it really the most effective abduction prevention lesson for our children?

Children do not understand the concept of a stranger. Many believe that strangers are mean, ugly people — so the nice man asking for help to find his lost puppy? Not a stranger.

Children also learn that some strangers – like store clerks, police officers, or parents with children – are helpful. It may be hard for them to understand the difference between strangers who could hurt them and strangers who may help them.

Most importantly, “stranger danger” ignores the fact that most children are abducted by someone they know.

Avoiding strangers will not help if the abductor is a family member, neighbor, or family acquaintance. When you talk to your children about abduction prevention, don’t focus on warning them about certain types of people. Instead, teach them to identify and respond to threatening situations.


Say goodbye to “stranger danger.” Try using the following language when talking to your child about abduction prevention:

— Don’t say: Never talk to strangers.

— Say: You should not approach just anyone. If you need help, look for a uniformed police officer, a store clerk with a nametag, or a parent with children.

— Don’t say: Stay away from people you don’t know.

— Say: It’s important for you to get my permission before going anywhere with anyone.

— Don’t say: You can tell someone is bad just by looking at them.

— Say: Pay attention to what people do. Tell me right away if anyone asks you to keep a secret, makes you feel uncomfortable, or tries to get you to go with them.

In addition to these conversations, use role-playing scenarios to help your children practice their abduction prevention skills.