USA Swimming released an explanation of the "flagging" process on July 30, as updated in this article.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, July 27. ACCORDING to the Associated Press, USA Swimming not only has a list of 46 people who have been banned for life from the organization, but also has a "flagged" list.
The second list is reserved for people who could potentially be on the "banned" list but are not currently members. USA Swimming President Jim Wood told the AP that the organization will be looking to add those on the "flagged" list to the "banned" list.
No information has been divulged regarding how many people, or who, specifically is on the "flagged" list, but this information is sure to be revealed when they move onto the "banned" list.
USA Swimming has since released an explanation of the "flagging" process:
There has been a great deal of confusion and some inaccurate information distributed regarding the practice of flagging records of previous members who have a complaint registered against them. For this reason, please see the below clarification of the practice.
USA Swimming only has jurisdiction over its members. However, because we are committed to doing whatever we can to keep accused predators from being members of our organization, we have embraced the practice of "flagging" records of former members when we become aware of complaints against them (whether the complaint is about something that allegedly happened before, during or long after their membership in our organization).
This gives us a tool for identifying these individuals, should they attempt to become members of our organization in the future. Should they try, their computerized member record would immediately indicate that they would be ineligible for membership until they had a full hearing to find out if they had engaged in misconduct that would make them ineligible for membership.
Since the highest penalty available to a youth sports organization is revoking membership, "Flagging" their membership record used to be the only course of action available to USA Swimming.
However, now that USA Swimming has published the "Suspended for Life" list – (an action taken by only one other youth organization — USA Gymnastics) – we have a course of disciplinary action against non-members. For this reason, at Tuesday's Board meeting USA Swimming committed to contacting these former-members with complaints against them, and offering a hearing to determine if they should be added to the "Suspended-for-life" list. Those that decline the hearing will automatically be added to the list. Those who accept the offer will go through the investigation and review process to determine if they should be added to the "Suspended-for-Life" list.
We are not aware of any other youth organization that does this– but USA Swimming is committed to doing what's right for our athletes, and doing everything we can in order to provide the safest possible environment.