Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy(MAAPP)

Jun 23, 2019 - Jun 23, 2020
June, 25 2019


Please read below, USA swimming's new updated Safe Sport letter and attached Safe Sport Policies. 

All Rocket Aquatics families must comply with this requirement by committing to the MAAPP event on the Rocket Aquatics website by Sunday, June 23rd 2019. Commitment/acknowledgement is just like committing to a swim meet.

By committing to the MAAPP event for each Rocket Aquatics(RA) Member in your family, you are acknowledging the following statement:

I acknowledge that I have received, read and understood the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy and/or that the Policy has been explained to me or my family. I further acknowledge and understand that agreeing to comply with the contents of this Policy is a condition of my membership with the Rocket Aquatics.

You will notice a few changes to how Rocket Aquatics operates in order to abide by MAAPP. These changes include but are not limited to the following:


Communication between RA staff and RA athletes of any kind outside of practice/competition (phone, text, email, other) will be limited to between the hours of 8:00 am – 8:00 pm. No communication outside of practice/competition will be allowed between the hours of 8:00 pm and 8:00 am except in emergency situations.  Parents are allowed to text coaches but we ask that it is between 8am and 8pm as well, email is always preferred.

All communication outside of practice/competition (phone, text, email, other) between RA staff and RA athletes will require a parent/guardian to be copied in on the message. This applies both directions. Athletes will be required to copy a parent/guardian in communication to RA staff and RA staff will be required to copy a parent/guardian in communication with RA athletes.

If an RA staff member is sending a group communication (text, email, other), another adult RAstaff member will be copied in on the message.

Acknowledgement - Waivers

Acknowledgement of MAAPP will be a requirement for all future registration with Rocket Aquatics.   Additional acknowledgement and waiver forms will be required for team travel events. 

18-Year-Old Athletes

Swimmers 18 years old must take the Athlete Protection Training, found HERE to be in good standing(able to practice and compete in meets) with USA swimming by Sunday June 23rd.  The training is free.  Athletes that are 17 must complete the training by their 18th birthday. 

There are also several permission forms attached to this event, please make sure to fill these permission forms out if they ever pertain to you.  HERE is a link to the MN LSC page, there are links to many different resources and to an FAQ that is very helpful.  

To All USA Swimming Members -

We are excited to announce enhancements to our Safe Sport policy and education requirements as part of our continued commitment to safeguarding our athletes.

USA Swimming’s top priority continues to be keeping our athletes safe. No form of abuse, including child sexual abuse, has a place in our sport. Under our leadership, this organization will continue to make abuse prevention and response an important piece of everything we do.

The enhancements stem from requirements imposed by the U.S. Center for SafeSport (the “Center”). The Center is the separate, independent organization that oversees all sexual misconduct reports in the Olympic and Para-Olympic movement. The Center is also responsible for creating requirements in the areas of policy, education and training for every National Governing Body (NGB) in the Movement. USA Swimming, as an NGB, must follow the Center’s requirements.


Policy Changes

First, the Center requires every NGB to implement a Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP) by June 23, 2019. This Policy addresses risk areas that present opportunities for abuse to occur.


The Policy covers five (5) areas:

1. One-on-One Interactions

2. Travel: Local & Team

3. Social Media & Electronic Communication

4. Locker Rooms & Changing Areas

5. Massages & Rubdowns


For several years, USA Swimming has either required club policies, enacted national rules or recommended best practices in most of these areas. This means that MAAPP requirements should be familiar to USA Swimming members.

MAAPP will apply to all adults who interact with and have direct and frequent contact with minor athletes, including adult athletes. The language used in the policy is Applicable Adult. All Applicable Adults will be required to follow MAAPP.


Education and Training Changes

Second, the Center requires regular and consistent training for all adults who interact with and have direct and frequent contact with minor athletes, including adult athletes. All USA Swimming non-athlete members regularly complete Safe Sport training, known as Athlete Protection Training. Now, all adult athlete members will also be required to complete Athlete Protection Training. All adult members—athlete and non-athlete—will be required to complete the training annually.  

At its April 26, 2019 meeting, the USA Swimming Board of Directors reviewed and approved interim changes to USA Swimming rules related to MAAPP. Those same changes will be presented to the House of Delegates in September for permanent implementation.  

Accordingly, by June 23, 2019, every USA Swimming member organization is required to update its policies to reflect MAAPP.

Over the next two months, leading up to the June 23 compliance date, USA Swimming will share the policy and education changes across multiple channels and our Safe Sport staff members are prepared to answer any questions you have.

MAAPP is provided in full at You will also find additional resources to assist you as you make these changes.

If you have questions about these changes, please contact USA Swimming staff at

Your continued support of USA Swimming’s abuse prevention and response efforts is invaluable. Together we can promote a safe and healthy environment for our swimmers.  



Bob Vincent, USA Swimming Board of Directors Chair

Tim Hinchey III, USA Swimming President & CEO