USA Swimming Safe Sport - MAAPP Acknowledgement
The health, safety, and well-being of the participants in our program has always been our most important priority. Governing bodies and agencies are constantly looking to ensure that risk of abuse on minor athletes is minimized as much as possible by implementing policies that create appropriate boundaries from adults.
the spirit of the efforts described above, recent federal
legislation involving the US Olympic Committee and the US Center
for Safe Sport has mandated USA Swimming to announce an enhanced
set of Safe Sport policies collectively called
Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (
What does this mean for PPD families? Beginning in 2019, all club families and adult athletes (aged 18 and over) are required to read and acknowledge that they agree to follow MAAPP. Failure to do this will jeopardize your and/or your swimmer(s) membership with USA Swimming and PPD. Yearly acknowledgment of MAAPP is required and will become part of the registration process every fall. One parent from each family can acknowledge MAAPP for the entire family, except that any swimmer aged 18 or turning 18 before fall registration will need to individually acknowledge. If you have a swimmer within that age group, please make sure he/she reads the policy. In order to agree to this policy, you would commit to this event.
Listed below are a few areas in particular
MAAPP that will affect how we conduct business at
1) All communication between coaches and minor swimmers is prohibited between the hours of 8:00 PM to 8:00 AM. The only exceptions to this rule are during competition travel or emergency situations that can include a last minute cancellation of early morning practice.
2) All one-on-one electronic
communication between coaches and minor athletes is
Any text or email with an individual minor athlete must include that athlete's legal guardian. Phone calls, group emails and group texts are permissible, but must include at least one other adult.
Any adult athlete (aged 18 or over) is prohibited from travelling alone with an unrelated minor athlete to/from team events, training, practice and/or competition without the written consent of the minor athlete's legal guardian. Parents are strongly urged to refrain from transporting unrelated minor team athletes alone as well.
4) Locker Rooms/Changing areas at other meet facilities:
Non-athlete adults are prohibited from being in the locker room or changing area alone with an unrelated minor athlete. As such, all non-athlete adults are now encouraged to use the restrooms in nearby hallways when needing bathroom facilities.