What to do if you have a Safe Sport Concern

  • Refer to the DDAC's Grievence Policy & Procedure for step by step instructions on what to do if you have a SafeSport concern.
  • Instructions can also be found on the USA Swimming site, HERE. Or by calling (719) 866-4578.
  • U.S Center for SafeSport reporting form can be found online HERE. Or you may call (720) 524-5640.
  • For more information go to www.uscenterforsafesport.org

DDAC Safe Sport Coordinator: Joyce McCoy Email: [email protected]

DDAC MAAPP Policy can be found HERE.

Best Practice Guidelines for Safe Sport

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. 


Attention: All swimmers 12 and over, coaches, parents & volunteers!!

To ensure DDAC is Safe Sport Certified there are trainings required for our athletes, coaches and volunteers who are 12 years of age and over.

What does this mean? David Douglas Aquatics is committed to creating an environment where athlete safety, health, and professional boundaries are intentional. We ask that all athletes, parents and volunteers 12 years of age and over complete a short video exercise that will inform them of our expectations in the safe sport initiative.

Where do I go for this training?

  • Scroll up, hover over the Safe Sport Tab in the banner at the top of the page. Click on For Athletes or For Parents. It will bring you to the site.
  • We have provided step by step instructions at the bottom of this page if you get stuck.

How long will this take? Video run time is about 10 minutes. It will take a few minutes to log into the video course. Please know that this ensures that all our swimmers, volunteers and parents get credit for taking this course.

Do I have to do this? yes please! Are you a parent/guardian of a swimmer? Are you a swimmer who is 12 years of age or older? Are you a volunteer? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, then the answer is: Yes please!

Is there a fee for this? No, there is no cost to our families for this course. During the log in process there is a section that seems as though you are being asked for payment, however you are able to pass by this by adding the course to your cart and filling in a few name and address fields. No payment information is required. 

Step by Step instructions: Athlete Safe Sport Training 

Step by Step instructions: Swim Parents