Dec 31, 2023
December, 31 2023


MAAPP - Minor Athlete Abuse Protection Plan

All NCAC parents and swimmers are required to read the document below and discuss the information with their swimmers. You must acknowledge that this is done by committing your swimmer to the event like you would for a swim meet.  It is required by USA Swimming.

Please Review the document on the bottom with your athlete.

Important Notes and Rules:

1. Social Media & Electronic Communication

  • When communicating with a minor through electronic means (including social media), a coach must include the minor athlete’s legal guardian in the communication. That means CCing a parent on e-mails, including a parent in text threads or other electronic correspondence. We’re told that this includes college recruiting, where an adult coach (an “applicable adult”) is contacting a minor athlete and will need a guardian on the thread with the athlete.
  • When communicating with a group or an entire team, a coach must include another adult in the communication. (Copying another coach, parent or another adult).
  • Coaches can only use electronic communications between 8 AM and 8 PM.
  • A coach cannot have “private social media connections with unrelated minor athletes” – that means coaches cannot be connected with minor athletes on personal social media platforms.

2. One-on-one interactions

  • It must be observable & interruptible. That is, they must take place someplace where another adult can see what is happening and intervene if the communication looks inappropriate. This includes individual training sessions like private lessons.
  • Meetings in a room must have the door open and unlocked and blinds open on the windows.
  • Meetings cannot take place in an applicable adult’s hotel room or “other overnight lodging location” when a team is traveling.

3. Travel

  • Applicable adults cannot ride in a vehicle alone with an unrelated minor athlete. For a coach to drive an athlete anywhere, they need either multiple athletes or multiple adults present.
  • Two applicable adults should work together to do room checks when a team is traveling.
  • Unrelated, non-athlete applicable adults cannot share a hotel room with a minor athlete. Adult athletes can only share rooms with minor athletes if the minor’s guardian provides written permission.

4. Locker Rooms & Changing Areas

  • Applicable adults are not allowed to expose themselves to minor athletes for any reason, nor to ask a minor athlete to expose themselves to the adult.
  • As with the one-on-one interaction policy, an adult should never be alone with a minor athlete in a changing area.
  • Clubs are required to monitor locker rooms for safety.

5. Massages & Rubdowns

  • The policy defines “massages” to refer to massages, rubdowns, stretching, injury rehab and things like cupping or dry needling.
  • Massages must happen in an “open and interruptible location,” even if the massage is given by a licensed massage therapist.
  • Coaches are not allowed to give athletes massages or rubdowns, even if the coach is a licensed massage therapist.
  • A legal guardian must give permission for a minor athlete to get a massage from a licensed massage therapist. And guardians must be allowed to observe the massage.
  • Another adult must always be present during the massage – no one-on-one situations with an athlete and a massage therapist.

How to Report an Issue

If you or your swimmers ever feel these rules have not been met by anyone on the staff you will begin with reporting it to Coach Brown, the Head Coach. If you feel the team is not following up on these reports appropriatly, please contact our North Carolina Swimming SafeSport Coordinator Rebecca Landre at [email protected].

For 18 & O Swimmers

If you have not completed your MAAPP Athlete Protection Training, please complete this through the link below: