This was originally a post on the AI Group on Linkedin in response to the article listed below regarding allegations made at the Mission Viejo Swim Club. I cleaned up some of the grammar and added a few thoughts.
-Original Source- http://www.ocregister.com/news/dusenbury-345890-nadadores-club.html
-The link below is Mission Viejo's Response to the stories that ran.
Ok so most of us across the US don't know the players here and the total story. There is crazy stuff going on all over the place and we likely won't get everything from the media.
With that said...Young Aquatics folks (and it's mostly guys) stay the heck away from the younger kids in your programs. Regardless of if it is "legal" doesn't make it right. USA Swimming as the organization is really trying to stop this with their newer policies but as industry professionals we need to call things as they are. "older" young guys should not be getting involved with younger girls who are involved with our programs. It is just flat out isn't right. We as professionals who need to police ourselves for those cases that are perfectly legal but we all know they are wrong.
18 year olds have a different mentality typically than 21 year olds, 21 year olds have a different mentality than 25 year olds. When I get into my 30's I'm sure I'll tell you that it is a different mentality than when I was closer to 25. Those of us in positions of authority have a higher obligation to be better.
If we are going to be a group of professionals we need to start acting like it. We are better than this garbage that the media is putting out. We need to stop being reactionary to the media and being proactive that this kind of garbage isn't going to be allowed. I call on all of our facilities to put standards in place similar to what USA Swimming has that we enforce as the code of conduct for our facilities. I would even go as far to include it in contracts/use agreements that reoccurring users have to agree to, if they don't follow it they are out of the facility and the group could lose their pool space. It doesn't have to be for just illegal but those things that are just not ok anymore.
News stories like this for a facility or program in trouble could be the tipping point to losing that facility. This will suck away the political support, user support and credibility you have.
Let's make ending abuse of children and young adults a priority on the same level of preventing drownings.