MINOR ATHLETE ABUSE PREVENTION POLICY (MAAPP): UPDATED June, 2021
USA Swimming’s top priority continues to be creating healthy and positive environments free from abuse for all its members. As part of its commitment to safeguard athletes, USA Swimming has released an updated Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP) applicable to all USA Swimming Adult Participants, Zones, Local Swimming Committees (LSCs) and member clubs. These required updates come from the U.S. Center for SafeSport (the “Center”). USA Swimming’s updated MAAPP document has been approved by the Center and is required to be fully implemented by USA Swimming, its Zones, LSCs and member clubs. USA Swimming has set a deadline for those organizations to implement the policy in full no later than September 1, 2021; all organizations are encouraged to implement the MAAPP prior to the September 1 deadline.
To help prepare USA Swimming members, there are new resources available:
- Four informative, hour-long webinars, with varying dates and times, to maximize membership participation.
- A editable MAAPP 2.0 document for organizations to download and customize.
- Educational documents to help guide and assist all USA Swimming member clubs.
For more information about MAAPP 2.0, please click the link below or visit usaswimming.org/MAAPP
- Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy – Full Policy
- Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy – Customizable for Clubs
- Applicable Adults
- One-On-One Interactions
- Social Media and Electronic Communications
- Locker Rooms and Changing Areas
- Massages, Rubdowns and Athletic Training Modalities
- APT Requirement for Adult Athletes
- Non-USA Swimming Activities
- Implementing MAAPP at Swim Meets
MAAPP SAMPLE FORMS
- Acknowledgement of Policy
- Permission for a Licensed Massage Therapist or Other Certified Professional or Health Care Provider to Treat a Minor Athlete
- Permission for a Mental Health Care Professional or Health Care Provider to have One on One Interaction
- Permission for an Unrelated Adult Athlete to Share the Same Lodging with a Minor Athlete
- Permission for an Unrelated Applicable Adult to Provide Local Transportation to Minor Athlete
- Permission for an Unrelated Applicable Adult to Travel to Competition with Minor Athlete
ADULT ATHLETE APT CERTIFICATION
Effective June 23, all athlete members 18 years of age and older must satisfactorily complete the US Center for Safe Sport Athlete Protection Training Program every 12 months. Athletes who are not certified within 30 days after their 18th birthdays or do not renew their certification every 12 months will not be permitted to participate in USA Swimming activities like sanctioned swim meets and practices.
Adult Athletes can access the certification site here https://www.usaswimming.org/ATP
DOWNLOAD DECK PASS PLUS
All USA Swimming members can use USA Swimming’s website and DECK PASS PLUS to prove and track APT compliance.
CHECK YOUR ATHLETE ROSTER IN YOUR CLUB PORTAL ON USASWIMMING.ORG
Use your club portal to track APT status for your Adult Athletes and address non-compliance issues. Go here www.usaswimming.org/utility/landing-pages/club/club-and-lsc-portal-search and log in. Coaches, don’t know your team’s password? Contact Barb Frith at firstname.lastname@example.org.