Report a Safe Sport Concern

Where To Start

When making the decision to report a concern you have, it can often feel intimidating and overwhelming. Please use these guidelines to help you on the first step “Where do I report?” Please use the provided links which will additionally help you get in touch with the appropriate people.


Please note that this is not an exhaustive list. If you are not sure who to contact with a concern please contact Safe Sport Staff at the National Office and we will be sure to talk through your concern, answer your questions and connect you with the correct people.


Mandatory Reporting Rule

Pursuant to federal law, all adults authorized to interact with minor or amateur athletes who learn of facts that give reason to suspect that a child has suffered an incident of child abuse, including sexual abuse, must make a report of the suspected abuse to law enforcement and/or your state’s designated agency within 24 hours.

It is every USA Swimming members responsibilities to promptly report any incident regarding sexual misconduct by a member to USA Swimming. 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 part. Various state laws may also require reporting to law enforcement or to a designated child protection agency.

No member shall retaliate against any individual who has made a good faith report. False reporting of sexual misconduct made in bad faith is prohibited, and neither civil nor criminal statutes of limitation apply to reports of cases of sexual abuse.

Reporting can be difficult, if you need any advice or help in making your report, please contact USA Swimming Safe Sport Staff.

Reporting An Issue

U.S. Center For SafeSport
The Center has exclusive jurisdiction for all issues dealing with:
  • Sexual Misconduct
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Sexually Explicit/Inappropriate Communication through Social Media

You can also report issues dealing with:

  • Physical or Emotional Misconduct
  • Violation of the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy

Report your concern to U.S. Center for SafeSport using the following:

Call: 833-5US-SAFE (587-7233)

USA Swimming
For all issues dealing with:
  • Criminal Charges
  • Physical or Emotional Misconduct
  • USA Swimming Code of Conduct Violations
  • Violations of USA Swimming Safe Sport Policies including USA Swimming's Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy

Report your concern to USA Swimming using the following:

Your Club
For all issues dealing with:
  • Peer-to-Peer Bullying
  • Adult-to-Athlete Bullying
  • Parent Issues/Parent Complaints
  • Violations of team rules and team code of conduct
  • Violations of the team policies including the team's Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy

Please make a report to your team.  You can use the provided letter to assist you in beginning this process.


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