Dear Dolphin Family,
On April 26, the USA Swimming Board of Directors reviewed and revised national policy
regarding our athlete protection measures. All USA Swimming Clubs and staff are subject to
these policies for the protection of our athletes. DEFY 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. DEFY staff and other non-athlete members annually
receive training/certifications for Athlete Protection and SafeSport.
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.
This year, The Center implemented additional procedures to further safeguard our
athletes. One of the new procedures requires that all members who are 18/Older who have
interaction with minor athletes (this includes athletes, all (both) parents, coaches, officials and
other Applicable Adults) must affirm/sign their agreement to MAAPP, the Minor Athlete
Abuse Prevention Policy.
Full compliance is required by The Center and USA Swimming. 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. 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 to access our Event Page for all parents, coaches and 18/Older athletes who
are required to register/sign
Thank you for your support of SafeSport!
- Matt Montgomery