USA Swimming Safe Sport - MAAPP
USA Swimming’s top priority continues to be keeping our athletes safe. As a part of our continued commitment to safeguarding our athletes, USA Swimming has enacted enhancements to our Safe Sport policy and education requirements. The Madison Aquatic Club welcomes and supports these policies, as we are committed to a safe environment for our athletes to participate. No form of abuse is ever tolerated in our sport.
The US Center for SafeSport is the governing authority for all SafeSport policies (and enforcement) for all sports within the Olympic and Para-Olympic movements. The Center oversees all national governing bodies, including USA Swimming, for compliance with SafeSport policies and best practices. For several years, USA Swimming has either required club policies, enacted national rules or recommended best practices in most of these areas. We have consistently followed the guidelines set forth which means that MAAPP requirements should be familiar to USA Swimming members.
MAAPP addresses 5 areas:
- One-on-one interactions
- Social Media and Electronic Communications
- Travel: Local & Team
- Locker Rooms and Changing Areas
- Massages & Rubdowns
One of the new procedures requires that all members who are 18 and older who have interaction with minor athletes, this includes athletes, parents, coaches, officials and other Applicable Adults, confirm and comply with the policies by June 23, 2019. 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.
The process is straightforward – go to our MAAPP Policy page, carefully read the documents and click on “Register Online”. Once inside the registration portal, sign up (like for a banquet, picnic or other non-swim event) and affirm the policy. Parents will need to register as a “New Member”, note that is not to join the team this is to confirm MAAPP. The online system requires an electronic process to affirm the documents, so the term “New Member” really means “New Signature” – the website does not retain your birthdate or other info, it will merely retain your signature.
Click here or use the above Register Online button to access our Event Page for all parents, coaches and 18 & older athletes.
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. Detailed MAAPP information can be found on our website within the Event page, Safe Sport section and on USA Swimming.
Thank you for your support of SafeSport!