A recent expansion of USA Swimming bylaws requires several new categories of those involved with the organization to become non-athlete members, but meet marshals will no longer be a part of that list.
In order to comply with U.S. Center for SafeSport requirements, the USA Swimming Board of Directors recently approved expanding Corporate Bylaw 2.6.6, which set forth those who must be non-athlete members of the organization.
Meet marshals were initially among the categories of individuals required, but USA Swimming says that, after receiving feedback from members, it requested a specific review from the Center regarding the role of a meet marshal and whether it “meets the threshold of a volunteer who interacts directly and frequently with athletes or has authority over athletes as a regular part of their duties.”
Upon review, the U.S. Center for SafeSport confirmed to USA Swimming that the role of a meet marshal does not “rise to the level of contact with or authority over athletes significant enough to require non-athlete membership of these volunteers.”
USA Swimming’s Operational Risk Committee has since worked to standardize the role of a meet marshal and developed Meet Marshal Standards, along with putting in place a standard meet marshal training program that will be released in 2022.
The following categories will still be required to become non-athlete members of USA Swimming as of January 1, 2022:
- Adult employees of USA Swimming, Local Swimming Committees (LSCs) and member clubs;
- Adults serving on the board of directors of USA Swimming, LSCs and member clubs;
- Individuals in a position of oversight over the operations of a member club;
- Adults with an ownership interest in a member club;
- Referees, starters, administrative officials, chief judges, as well as stroke and turn judges; and
- Other volunteers who interact directly and frequently with or have authority over athletes (as defined in the SafeSport Code for the Olympic and Paralympic Movement) as a regular part of their duties.
In addition to registering as a non-athlete member of USA Swimming, these individuals must complete Athlete Protection Training (APT) and a USA Swimming background screen.