This is the North Carolina Swimming Home Page for Safe Sport and Safety.
Click here or on the Safe Sport logo at the left to visit the USA Swimming Safe Sport home page.
North Carolina Safe Sport and Safety Coordinator – JP Merchant (firstname.lastname@example.org)
North Carolina Swimming, its coaches, officials, and volunteers are committed to providing our swimmers with a safe and secure environment in which to practice, compete, and enjoy the sport of swimming. We fully endorse and support USA Swimming’s Safe Sport and Safety programs by providing training, policy guidelines, reporting channels, and other resources for our clubs and members.
NCS Safe Sport Program
Safe Sport focuses on creating a secure environment for our swimmers and non-athlete members that is free from abuse of any kind including sexual abuse, bullying, and inappropriate communications.
USA Swimming’s Safe Sport program provides comprehensive information for clubs, coaches, members, swimmers, and parents. The Club Tool Kit includes the Safe Sport Policies and Guidelines which outlines required policies and best safe sport practices for members and clubs and free online education programs for coaches, officials, parents, and swimmers. Please click here to initiate a background check.
The USA Swimming Safe Sport Committee compiled the following document that coaches and officials can use to educate themselves and as a reference when questioned about USA Swimming’s efforts to protect young athletes. It includes the Safe Sport Authorization Act as well as a history of Safe Sport at USA Swimming.
The USA Swimming Code of Conduct requires any individual with credible information involving sexual misconduct to report that information to our Safe Sport Program staff. USA Swimming provides an online form for confidential reporting of sexual misconduct, bullying, inappropriate communications, or code of conduct violations. Please be aware that in North Carolina everyone has a duty to report suspected child abuse to law enforcement. Contact your county’s Division of Social Services or the Special Victims unit at your police station for more information about reporting. If an incident involving child sexual abuse occurs outside of North Carolina, please also contact law enforcement in the municipality in which the incident occurred.
USA Swimming and NC Swimming Safe Sport contacts:
Safe Sport Program Coordinator, Liz Hoendervoogt, email@example.com, 719-866-3542.
Southern Zone Safe Sport Chair, Ceci Christy, firstname.lastname@example.org, 404-219-6915
NC Safe Sport Coordinator, JP Merchant (email@example.com)
Hear Something, See Something, Say Something:
NCS Safety Program
The safety of our swimmers and members is a top priority at our meets, practices, and all other USA Swimming activities. The NCS Safety Program provides rules and guidelines, training and certification requirements for coaches, and best practices for clubs to avoid injuries to their members.
Report of Occurrence
Injuries, accidents, and property damage that occur at USA Swimming events such as meets and practices must be reported to USA Swimming using the online Report of Occurrence form. Properly registered USA Swimming members and clubs are covered by General Liability and Excess Accident Medical insurance for reported incidents occurring at authorized USA Swimming events and activities.
USA Swimming and NC Swimming Safety Contacts:
USA Swimming Member Services, Mary Illich, 719-866-3574, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Gina Mensay, 719-866-3574, email@example.com,
Carol Burch, 719-866-4578
NC Swimming Safety Coordinator, JP Merchant (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Year to Date Safety Reports from USA Swimming
Safety Program Resources: