background checks have been introduced by USA Swimming, the sport’s national governing body, according to abcnews. These new checks will require anyone involved in the sport – such as coaches, volunteers and employees to pass a criminal background check.
These changes were discussed back in September, and have now been put into practice, after it was revealed that 36 coaches had been quietly banned from the organization for sexual abuse of young swimmers they coached. The changes are designed to “deter individuals who should not be working with athletes from ever applying for membership,” the organization said on its web site. “Additionally, it serves to identify any unsuitable criminal history of those individuals who do apply for membership.” Individuals will automatically be disqualified from USA Swimming for any felony or misdemeanor involving a sexual crime. Other disqualifiers include convictions, deferred sentences or pending charges of violence, crimes involving firearms, animal abuse, drug use or possession, and child endangerment, neglect or abuse. Check out the full list of USA Swimming Protection Measures and Guidelines, and let us know what your thoughts are on the whole situation.]]>
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